Kielder Mountain Bike Trail Centre

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Skills Development
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Fantastic place for MTB
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
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;)
Would you recommend?
Yes
FL
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Kielder rocks!
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Fantastic trail centre. Decent length trails for any level of rider, always worth the visit!

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Great all round trail centre
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
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
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Awesome Kielder
Overall rating 
 
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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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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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.

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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
G
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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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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
H
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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.

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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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