Kielder Mountain Bike Trail Centre

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Kielder Mountain Bike Centre is situated in Kielder Water & Forest Park in Northumberland, North East England. It has 7 waymarked mountain bike trails starting from the trail hub at Kielder Castle visitors centre. There is family friendly greens, beginners blues, reds, a black and even an orange graded MTB trials area.

Overall there are over a 100 miles of MTB trails! So there is something for all abilities.

In October 2014 they reworked a couple of sections after harvesting work on the the Deadwater Trail (Red) and The Up and Over (Black) trails. The Deadwater Red trail now contains newly configured sections of sweeping single-track. The Rattlesnake section of the Deadwater Black MTB trail now has new berms built into the existing trail section.

 

Borderline Trail (Blue)

  • The blue Borderline trail is 11km (7 miles) long and starts from Kielder Village and follows the former Border Counties Railway line. It is perfect for all the family as it is fairly flat with mainly grassy tracks and occasional tarmac road. 
  • Download the Trail map from here.

Castle Wood Skills Loop (Blue, Red and Black Options)

  • The blue grade section of Castle Wood Skills Loop is 0.5km long, single-track that is around 1 metre wide with a solid surface. There are slight gradients as well as low-level north shore style decking, bridges and some berms.
  • The red grade trail is shorter but more technically advanced than the blue trail (less than 1m wide with a looser surface). The obstacles and gradients are also more challenging. 
  • The short black grade section can be accessed from the red grade section. This contains highly technical features and is designed for expert riders. 

 The Lakeside Way (Green)

  • The Lakeside Way multi-user path is 42km (26 miles) long and circles Kielder Water. It has a good surface for cycling, with some hills. Allow least at 3-4 hours plus if you are fit. 
  • There are also some shorter route options e.g. the south shore is approximately 14 miles in length, stretching from Kielder Dam to Kielder Castle Visitor Centre and including Tower Knowe Visitor Centre and Leaplish Waterside Park.

Osprey Trail (Blue)

  • The Blue Osprey trail is 19km (12 miles) long and starts from Kielder Castle and heads up the Forest Drive to the first of several sections of single-track as it turns along Kielder Burn and climbs into the forest. The trail links back onto the Lakeside Way on forest road or via a new bridge over Plashetts Burn at Wainhope.
  • This route now has a new 1km shortcut route which joins the existing trail and adds a new option for visiting riders short of time. The route is also intended to add an additional section of flowing single-track for those wanting a bit more. It is hoped that the new route will also be used in the future to host junior rider competitions.

  • Download the Osprey MTB trail map 

 Lonesome Pine Trail (Red)

  • The Red Lonesome Pine trail is 18km (11 miles) long and offers fun descents as well as having the UK’s longest, one metre wide, wooden boardwalk of its kind (quite a sight!). It starts from Kielder Castle and the first 3 miles is on the Lakeside Way multi-user trail. At Lewisburn you hit the singletrack and it then climbs out of the valley and heads up to the top of Purdom Pike at over 1000 feet to then to get across the boggy terrain of Purdom Pike is 1000 yards of timber north shore as mentioned. Then you have the descent back towards Kielder village, passing Skyspace and close to Kielder Observatory. The last bit from Bewshaugh to the village is a great flowing descent through the forest.
  • Download the Lonesome Pine trail map

The Bloody Bush Trail (Red)

  • The Bloody Bush red trail is 33km (20 miles) long and starts via the Lonesome Pine trail. It links Kielder Water & Forest Park to the Scottish Border and Newcastleton. You can ride single-track to the border to tie in with existing routes in Scotland.  A return route via the existing Cross Border Trail makes for a ride of over 60km. 
  • Download the Bloody Bush Trail map

The Deadwater Trail (Red) and The Up and Over (Black) Option.

  • The Deadwater red trail is 15km (9.5 miles) long and starts from Kielder Castle. It takes in the 1,900-foot summit of Deadwater Fell which straddles the English/Scottish border. The trail descends from the peak back down to Kielder Castle on specially constructed single track, packed full of features like technical climbs, rock drop off’s, berms, single-track and north shore. 
  • The Deadwater Black Grade trail, known as Up and Over is a 2.4km (1-mile long track that spurs off from the Red Grade trail just after Jimmy's Hill. This section of trail has quite a technical climb, some skinny woodwork on an incline, and a fast descent. It ends with a gap jump in the Rattlesnake section.
  • As mentioned above In October 2014 there was a rework of some of the sections on these trails. Both of these reworked sections are reached from Deadwater trail. Kersey Clough and 3 Dog Climb (the first section) have had just about a complete rebuild and a reversal of direction and are now ridden with 3 Dog Climb now called 3 Dog Descent. These are red graded trails which vary in character from big berms, fast flowing to some tight twists and a few small technical rocky bits.

To access this new section you now turn left instead of right at the first fork you come to, shortly after a cattle grid, as you start the climb up to Deadwater and approx 150m further on the trail starts on the right with a stiff climb but you soon gain height. You turn right where the trail meets 3 Dog Descent coming down to a section of trail you do twice. 

The other section of re-worked trail is on the Black Up and Over trail, It starts at Forrest's Dive and continues down to the Kielder Drive road. This is a real Black and would advise anyone doing it for the first time to walk it first or at least approach with caution, large berms and jumps on a fairly steep hillside, so experienced riders only.

Trials Park (Orange)

  • The Orange graded Trials Park is jam packed with technical features like a rock garden, big jumps and a two metre high elevated timber trail, bikers using the new trials park will require body armour and specialist bikes. It has different progressive Orange sections for a variety of technical abilities. 

Other Stuff

  • An overview map of all the trails can be found here 
  • The trails are maintained for by the volunteer trail group, the Kielder Trail Reavers, who meet up regularly to help build and maintain the trail network. Get in touch.
  • Timber features in the new trail area were built by Neville Potts, sponsored by Jacksons Timber in Hexham. Ian Bell and David Robinson from the Bike Place, Kielder, also helped with design and construction.

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Janus Chairs
Lonesome Pine and Bloody Bush trail
longest boardwalk in England
Kielder Water
View from the top

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Fantastic wilderness
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4.8
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
All the trails have been improved with new surfacing and better lines and features in many places. Some of the climbs still demand the best your legs can offer, but the rewards are there with amazing views and stunning descents. A great variety of trails to both whet new appetites and further develop existing ones.
The low level multi user trails are the best I have come across and are a fabulous day out for any level of rider. Great for chilling and great for endurance training too.

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Good Points
Long days in the middle of wild places
Riding into Scotland for a pint in Newcastleton
Two trail centres in one day without getting off the bike
Always the chance of Ospreys in spring and summer
Bad Points
Summer midges, but we can outrun them!
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Awesome Kielder
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4.7
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Great centre for all the family. We love how many trails in one place.

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Good Points
Lakeside Way and Osprey Trail are just amazing. So much open space in Kielder. We love it.
Bad Points
Midges in summer so just keep peddling
Would you recommend?
Yes
J
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Kielder rocks!
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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Fantastic trail centre. Decent length trails for any level of rider, always worth the visit!

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Great all round trail centre
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5.0
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5.0
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Kielder Water & Forest is a spectacular home for some of the best mtb trails in the North of England, with amazing scenery and a great sense of wilderness. The trail centre has an excellent variety and balance of trail grades with everything from leisurely green routes by the lake to leg-busting climbs and technical descents on the red and black routes. The blue route was the first trail I ever rode on mtb, and the wife and I still love a good blast around it! Some trails have been hit badly by wind blown trees and floods in recent years, but the FC and the Kielder Trail Reavers have worked really hard at restoring, and making some great improvements to all trails. Would highly recommend Kielder to any mtb rider!

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Good Points
Variety of trails
Scenery
Facilities
Ongoing trail developments
Good food at castle cafe
Bad Points
Midges in summer
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So many trails in one place
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4.9
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Love Kielder so much to it and u can ride to Newcastleton from the Castle.

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Good Points
Wide range of trails, love Deadwater and Lonesome Pine.Osprey is a good Blue.

Trail crews work all year round so like the subtle changes that keep adding to the network.
Bad Points
Midges in height of summer. No phone reception is that a bad thing?
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Fantastic place for MTB
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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Highly recommended. Also I love camping so camping site is handy for me and my family.

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Good Points
Different choices of trail, family friendly and bicycle shop staff are friendly and helpfull. We been several times and will come back again.
Bad Points
Midges;)
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Yes
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KTR
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5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
All the trails are great if you need help or advice the staff at the bike place are brilliant and the food at the castle cafe is always great.

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Good Points
Excellent place to be
Bad Points
Midges
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Yes
M
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Found all the trails to be excellent live returning to see the improvements that are always being do
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5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
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5.0
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5.0
Brilliant everytime I go

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Good Points
All the trails are great if you need help or advice the staff at the bike place are brilliant and the food at the castle cafe is always great.
Bad Points
Only really one and that's the midges
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Deadwater fell and lonesome pine
(Updated: June 27, 2017)
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3.3
Grin Factor 
 
3.5
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
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2.5
Facilities 
 
3.5
Keilder has to be one of the most scenic trail centers a have been to. A lovely place to explore walk and ride. Choice of 3 red trails here. the deadwater trail, red with an optional black loop up to deadwater fell. At the start there is a small skills area with 4 different lines on it. Good way to get the heart going. Once we got going we found the climbs not to severe and the descents weren't to bad either, that was until we did the deadwater fell climb! Its black graded and steep and rocky and seemed to take forever. Worth it though for the view from the top. 1900 feet above sea level and on a clear day you can see both east and west coasts. The descent from there is very good, what looks like a fire road from some videos is actually a loose steep and fast ride to the bottom. Well worth the long hard climb. Back onto the red after that. A fun drop down into the forest which looked like it had recently been repaired from storm damage. The rest of the return route back to car park was pretty good, some sections could have had a bit more to them but overall it is well worth riding.
the lonesome pine trail heads the pother way out the car park and follows the blue route around kielder water for a while. (very scenic) it then climbs through the forrest with a few ups and downs with the odd rock tjhrown in. the climb up to the boardwalk seemed to last forever and was hard work (it was also 31 degrees c when we rode) the highlight is the boardwalk though. wasnt sure which tree was the "lonesome" pine as there was a few up there!
once off the boardwalk some of the descents from there were all really loose. seemed to zap your speed as very little grip. the ones that werent loose however were very fast and rocky. great fun.

User Review

Good Points
A lot of fun
Amazing views
Good variety of trails
Middle of nowhere
Bad Points
Some sections didn't have a good flow
very loose in places
Middle of nowhere!
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Yes
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kielder mtb
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3.7
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
2.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.0
I always been going to kielder, recently due to logging its lost few trails, but now with ndh and fc help they getting rebuild, wish there were more black grade trails with lots of features, similar to into the valley, forest dive etc

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Good Points
Beautiful scenery, trails getting rebuilt, bike shop, helpful staff
Bad Points
Far from newcastle :)
Would you recommend?
Yes
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