Kielder Mountain Bike Trail Centre

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Deadwater fell and lonesome pine
(Updated: June 27, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Grin Factor 
 
3.5
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
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.

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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!
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.

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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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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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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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