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The Kitchener Trail
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.6/5)

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Difficult

Length of trail:

8 miles

Trail is currently open

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Trail description

The Kitchener Trail is named after Lord Kitchener the famous General of WW1.

The Kitchener Trail flows through forest linking broadleaf and pine woodland with Heathland and clear fell. The trail is virtually 100% singletrack the only time your tyres hit fire road is when you cross one to hit the next section.

What we may lack in elevation, we try to keep you flowing with berms and rollers with a nice mix of rocks and roots that give the trail its red grading. At 13km long, it is fast and a challenge to ride at differing times of the year and is a great introduction to riding singletrack for riders wanting to progess.

"It's exactly what a Red trail should be: Rewarding, Flattering and Entertaining' (Trail Centre Focus, MBR Magazine, Summer 2016 Issue)

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Hi visited today 9th Nov, and as checked the website yesterday evening and this morning, before traveling 30mile to Pines, was surprised to find a substantial trail diversion, yes there are still lots of rideable trails, but, it would have been good to know before hand, and I do appreciate this work has to be done, just please let people know Ta! .

Christopher , 9/Nov/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

Did 2 laps of the red the other day after having not been for about 18 months and forgot how much fun it is. Is this trail a true "red", no. It's a red for the fact it's the hardest trail at Pines. The only true red part I would consider is the double rock drop quite early on. Does this mean it's boring? NO! There are some fantastic flowy sections, Tornado Alley being my favorite. I'd love some more techy rock sections but the topography simply doesn't allow for it and I feel they have done the best with the land available. I feel the signage at times could be better, a few times I came out the end of a section and had to stop for a moment to find the entrance to the next part. Overall though fantastic facilities, parking, toilets, cafe etc and an excellent trail.

Michael, 2/Nov/2017
4 Stars 4 Stars

First time doing a red route today really enjoyed it only issue was the first attempt i got lost due to lack of signs Last marker i see then the next one i see was 18 so decided to do it again and found my way where theres multiple tracks to go down there should be arrows most places there is but some are missing

Lee, 27/Oct/2017

Hi Lee, I am glad you had a good time on the red route. The route gets checked regularly so any missing signs will get picked up and replaced as soon as possible. Thanks for your comment.

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