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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

Great red trail. But please, fellow cyclists, take litter home with you! It's such a shame how filthy some parts of the trail are. It detracts from an otherwise wonderful site.

YDJ, 13/Jan/2018
5 Stars 5 Stars

I come here regularly and do a mix of red trail and off-piste trails that I have discovered. Over the years the Ranger team have done a fantastic job of making the trail ride-able all year round. In addition new features have been added from time to time that have added technical interest. The trail is one of the easier reds, but if you do not respect it, it will catch you out! If you are not getting an adrenaline surge at times, then you are not going fast enough! The green is a good trail for the kids or just to walk. The blue is an unexpected gem. It is a genuinely lovely trail to ride in dry weather, especially the Autumn. The parking is cheap and the facilities are excellent. Even if you don't bring a bike, there is something for all ages. If you go to the Dirt Jump area, for heaven's sake take your rubbish home with you! (angry face)!

I am not a Forestry Commission employee, nor a family member of one either, I just love the place.

Steve Sordy, 27/Nov/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

Visited at the weekend, all trails were open, and it wasn't too wet either.

Rich, 19/Nov/2017
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