Kielder Mountain Bike Trail Centre

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Grin Factor
Level of fun had, or to be had
Trail Variety
Variety of specific trail or overall trail centre. Mix of obstacles, berms, jumps, drops, shore etc.
Skills Development
Did it develop or push your skills and leave you with more to come back and learn
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Overall rating 
 
4.8
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
I would recommend staying here for at least one night to explore the full range of trails, you would really struggle to get round the whole place in a day.

User Review

Good Points
it does not get full of riders stopping talking at the end of trails or at the start, you need to spend some time here to appreciate the full options available. my first ride out I went towards the northshore section, this is slippery but fun in the cold and wet, you need to bare in mind that it does rain here. my next ride out I drove from the lodges to the trail center and started from there, and I was shocked how much I did enjoy it there was parts that where difficult rock or boulder sections to climb, ( even if you where on a motorbike). but the downhill parts justified the climbs and for me that is what makes me happy. Nothing worse then climbing for hours to find the down hill part is c**p.
Bad Points
it gets really dark very quick, limited to no phone signal. and the ride around the water is full of gates.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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bloody bush plus the reservoir loop with the osprey blue
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Grin Factor 
 
3.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
3.0
Trail Quality  
 
2.5
Facilities 
 
5.0
The red trail was ok, few to many fireroads but good climb up onto the Boardwalk. I found it a bit hard going on the HT but this might of been set up issues as it was only my 2nd ride on it. Last descent back to the castle from the observatory was fun.

The wife and I did a full circuit around the reservoir with the osprey blue added in. For a family trail the reservoir trail is amazing with great views and just enough in the trail to keep me happy. The blue was a blast, the wife loved it and she is a relative beginner. The final descents had me smiling all the way down.

User Review

Good Points
Amazing views
osprey blue trail is fun
Long distance riding possible
Good facilities on the west side of the reservoir
Bad Points
Trail maintenace required.
Fire roads climbs were dull
Signage on the red was confusing - two options in places that were poorly explained
Bloody bush was a tad rocky for the HT
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Kielder - Lonesome Pine and Bloody Bush trails
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.0
The remoteness and solitude of Kielder may not suit all but i enjoyed it and shall return to try out the other trails available.

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Good Points
Parking was plentiful on a fresh December morning and at £4 for the day i thought it was reasonable.The shop was closed today but the toilets where open with not another sole about.
I had quick blast around the skills course and then headed for the red route - Lonesome Pine and Bloody Bush.
The trails themselves are very raw and dont have that bedded in feeling which makes them more natural surface, once they get more use the smoother and faster they will become.
Bad Points
The only negative point i have about the trail is that the Northshore wooden section of the trail was totally un-rideable due to it wet/damp slippy surface which the signage does warn you of.
Would you recommend?
Yes
Lonesome Pine and Bloody Bush trail
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Road to nowhere
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Grin Factor 
 
3.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
2.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
3.0

I rode the 2 red routes in on a mid week in August and didn't see another soul on a bike. It felt quite remote in places so maybe riding alone is a bit risky.

The trails flowed well most of the time but a couple of poorly located gates on uphills resulted in walked technical climbs. Blue Osprey route was entertaining and in a couple of place felt more like a red level, especially the climbing.

Bike shop and local pub good for facilities but cleaning facilities could be improved

User Review

Good Points
Not busy so trails are in good condition
Good mix of trails, almost feels natural in some areas
Bad Points
Remote and probably not enough technical trails to justify a whole weekend. Needs another XC red route that doesn't share the other red routes?
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Remote Riding
(Updated: October 10, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.5
Kielder often gets overlooked because of its remoteness, but I really like that. If you spend some time exploring you can soon link up the good bits, or even session them for example Sky Dive is easy to get to the top of, just follow the forest road up to Skyspace and you are at the top again. The facilities are pretty good, excellent bike shop with good bike wash, cafe with proper homemade cakes and a friendly pub. The only thing missing are showers.

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Good Points
Some re-worked trails have been opened (18/10/14) and some improvements made to the trails, go and explore.
Kielder has some excellent single-track, it is just a matter of joining them up while trying to avoid the forest roads. The best sections on the Deadwater trail are Into the Valley and Twist and Shout, both should put a grin on anybodies face. The blue Osprey trail is quite challenging and long for a blue but once you get to Hill 361 the fun begins and it just gets better with Squirrel Nut Pines topping it off, beware the drag back on the Lakeside Way. On the other side of Kielder is the Lonesome Pine and the Bloody Bush Trail, the highlights are the hand-built Capon Hassock section and Sky Dive which flows really well all the way back to Kielder. The Bloody Bush trail is little used and remote but has a long section of north shore and is the way to go if you are going over to Newcastleton. There have been a lot of trail developments and improvements in the last year (2015/16) or so.
Bad Points
Some of the trails are a bit rough at the moment, but some like it that way, it is also very remote which means it is a long way from anywhere, but has the advantage that it never gets really busy.
Mobile phone signal very limited.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Kielder
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
5.0
Really impressed with Kielder, recently done Lonesome Pine and Bloody Bush trails which I found good quality and fun routes with a mix of terrain and stunning views! Its about an hour out of Newcastle so easily accessible.

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Good Points
Kielder is stunning and there is plenty to go at here, including some longer rides. Great facilities and generally a nice place to be.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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kielder dead water trails
(Updated: September 13, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
4.9
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
I have only traveled a little in england and scotland on my bike and when i moved to kielder i found we have the largest and longest downhill section in england.

User Review

Good Points
:rattle snake (black) great fun to ride fast flowing and some nice jumps drop offs and a great rock garden half way though. if you keep going to the top of dead water you will be meet with some insane views that stretch from the west coast to the east coast dead water fell is one of only 3 places in england you can see coast to coast.

:jimmys hill (red) great technical up hill section with 4 rock gardens and some good climbs its all worth it to get to twist and shout or up and over.

:up and over (black) well i think this one explains itself half way up jimmys hill turn left to the up and over this is a great fitness and skills test even for the experienced rides devils elbow is very hard to climb on your wheels i have to admit i have never been able to complete on my wheels, there are rock gardens 12 inch wide north shore and a fantasic downhill section with 4-5 foot drop offs and 6 foot jumps the burms are slightly washed away but they are in the process of being repaired. ( THIS TRAIL IS CLOSED UNTIL 2014 )

:twist and shout (red) carry on up jimmys hill and you will come to a t junction where you can turn left for the super bowl or right for twist and shout, the super bowl is a power bowl with 5 corners and 20 foot downhill decents. twist and shout is a really really fast flowing track with speeds to be gained around the 35 mph mark you no your riding when you are going like a bat out of hell there are a number of different terrains to comprehend from loose soil to gravel northshore and rock this track has it all. thanks to the trail reavers for putting grip take strips on wood stock (OPENING SOON) and a big thank you to tony from the forestry for taking the time to repair this track ready for next years tourists. the end of twist and shout brings you to the trails area and skills loops which are brilliant and well worth a potter around.
THANK YOU TO ALL AND EVERYONE WHO HAS PUT THE EFFORT IN IN BUILDING THESE GREAT TRAILS AND KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK GUYS AND GIRLS.
Bad Points
:no up lift service
:no phone signal
:up and over is closed
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Great scenery in the Borders
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Grin Factor 
 
3.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.5
You'd perhaps need a couple of days to complete the red and black trails here. The Deadwater Trail was a good warm up with some very technical climbing over boulders, not helped by a couple of gates to open on the way up.

The lonesome pine trail was varied though a bit loose in places, and it was quite a long ride along the lakeside way to get to the start of the trail proper. Trail builders were out in force adding more diversity to the singletrack already in place. The view from the top of the hill is great reward on a fine day. We didn't take the plunge and do the Bloody Bush trail.

For those taking families Kielder is ideal- plenty of easy graded trails and alternative activities when youngsters get bored- a maze, wildlife watching, outdoor activities(climbing, kayaking etc), mini golf, stargazing in the observatory at night.

We'll be back to complete the rest of the trails but its too far away to make it a regular visit.

User Review

Good Points
Enough trails to make a weekend of it
trails not too busy
great views on a nice day
Cycle hire available
There is a pub on site
Bad Points
Most remote village in the whole of England
Take plenty of midge repellent (Avon Skin So Soft does the trick if you can cope with stick from your pals)
Not many flowing downhill sections (on the trails we completed)
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Skills area
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Grin Factor 
 
3.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
3.0
I used the skills area whilst attending a demo day..
(The Bioicon with it's (still) unique take on adjustable suspension fairly blew me away as a versitile trail muncher).
The skills area is well planned, easily accessed, lots of variety, all of which is present on the actual trails.

User Review

Good Points
Its a great if small skills area.
Miles and miles and miles of tracks..
The round the lake circuit however is a longish but nice family trundle.
Bad Points
We took the green trail (up the old railway line (2011) that was..well very boring,
an out and back on the flat, with little scenery of interest.

WARNING there is no insect repellant currently available which will deter the midgies here...
and it's in the middle of nowhere...
If you are travelling this far..go to Glentress/Inners.
Would you recommend?
No
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Overall rating 
 
2.7
Grin Factor 
 
2.0
Trail Variety 
 
2.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Facilities 
 
2.0

User Review

Good Points
Out in the wild.... able to cross the border at Bloodybush, excellent skills area behind castle, brutal section by border
Bad Points
Needs about 5 years riding to bed in the trails, majority of downhill return trail to start is on fire road
Would you recommend?
No
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