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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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