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Powerline Mountain Bike Trail
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 5/5)

Latest News (12/10/2016 13:13)

Please note that due to forest operations, the Powerline cycle trail will be closed on Monday 17th October for up to 5 days. The trail will be reopened by Saturday 22nd October.

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Difficult

Length of trail:

2.5 miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

Cyclists on the 'Powerline' cycle trail, Chopwell Woodland Park

The Powerline is a fast technical red grade trail that travels from the main car park down beneath the path of the high voltage powerline towards the River Derwent. This trail was built in partnership between the Northeast Freeride Association (NEFA) and the Forestry Commission and is one of a suite of trails newly open in the Wood. The others are moderate 'blue' grade trails that follow the extensive forest road network.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

I love walking with my dogs and elderly father in the wood. I have no issues with cyclists using the designated trails as that way I can avoid them, but, they seem to be creating new trails, presumably without the consent of the forestry commission given the posting above, and this puts my father, dogs and the cyclists at risk as they go at break neck speeds.

Rachel, 22/Jun/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

Well done with the new additions, especially in the middle section, it flows very nice. What it lacks in length it sure makes up for in terrain. We usually fly down the whole run and repeat the bottom section a few times before returning to the top, have a quick drink and do it all over again!. Very satisfying doing it in repetition which gives you the confidence to push harder each time..

davoI use the woods all the time, 15/May/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

please could you bulid more trails there

thanks very much

Anonymous, 23/Apr/2016

Chopwell is a small wood with loads of other users. There are currently no plans to build any more bike trails here, although there is some repair work and small additions to the powerline trail underway. If you want a full on MTB experience we would encourage you to visit Hamsterley Forest or Kielder Water and Forest Park.

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What's Here?

  • Mountain biking
  • Gradient (moderate)


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Postcode: NE39 1LT

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