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.
- 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.
Groups and Clubs
- If you have ridden the mountain bike trails at Kielder then please share your pictures, videos and reviews to this listing.