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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?

3 Stars 3 Stars

Did green, blue, red, blue, green today. Great ride, just let down by poor condition of the majority of the singletrack. In places it is now actually dangerous as berms have collapsed halfway round, the jumo landings have eroded away (especially on the rock ones). Signage was definitely an issue with several missing or laying broken at the side of the tracks. At the cost of parking its still a bargain and I had a great day, seems a shame that some of the basics arent even kept up with.

Chris, 4/May/2018

Hi Chris thank you for your comments. I think in terms of the Kitchener trail it has been in constant use throughout what has been a very long, wet winter. The same conditions have made it difficult to work on the trail as repairs/upgrades wear out quickly as the trail erodes through a combination of rain and heavy use. Work on the trail will continue over the coming weeks and months, however as it is a red graded trail don't expect groomed, smooth surfaces, uneven ground, exposed roots and rocks are a common feature and are essential to test and challenge riders ability, perhaps you should ride more of the blue trail if you're not confident on the red? Trail signs are being upgraded and replaced as soon as we can get to them.

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5 Stars 5 Stars

Hi any news on how long the diversions will be on kitchener trail

John, 2/Apr/2018

The diversions on the Kitchener Trail will remain in place whilst harvesting operations continue. As soon as they have been completed we will assess the infrastructure, trails, paths and roads and decide whether or not the reinstatement work can either be undertaken by our local staff, or contractors. Unfortunately, due to continued poor weather the process remains open ended.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

Could I just ask is the forestry commission becoming anti cycling because where the heavy machinery is working and the trails are closed there seems to be no consideration to protecting the trails they are just riding roughshod over them this inturn is causing more damages to the trails which just fill with water the Kitchener trail is in dire need of some TLC with parts being underwater after heavy rain also other riders have commented on families riding the red trail the wrong way i have witnessed this myself this does need addressing as I can see an accident arising soon on a more positive note there is some decent riding to be had on the more drier sections

Julian, 2/Apr/2018

Hi, Sherwood and all woodlands owned and managed by the Forest Commission on behalf of the country are first and foremost working forests. The timber is essential to the economy and industry. Having said that, the benefits provided to recreation and welfare from visiting our woodlands is something we take great pride in, so balancing the both factors is often a challenge and not something taken lightly. Following harvesting at our forest centres such as Sherwood Pines, a process of reinstatement begins to restore or replace damaged trails, obviously this takes some time to assess and decide on the correct course of action, to date we have been able to reinstate fairly quickly, with improvements at Tornado Alley, Hellfire Alley and Fifth Avenue, some areas due to ground conditions following the recent poor weather take longer to resolve.

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