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Castle Wood Skills Loop
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Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Moderate

Length of trail:

1/2 miles

Trail is currently closed

Due to tree damage caused by high winds

Trail description

Bikers try out the new trials area in Kielder Water & Forest Park, which opens on Sunday 6 September

The Kielder Trail Reavers, working closely with Forestry Commission England, have built a half kilometre trail adjacent to Kielder Castle. The ‘Castle Wood Skills Loop’ has been built to show mountain bikers what they can expect from similar grade trails that are planned to appear in Kielder Forest.

The blue grade section of Castle Wood Skills Loop is half a kilometre long, single-track that is roughly 1 metre wide with a fine, solid surface. There are slight gradients as well as ground level north shore style decking, bridges and some berms. Blue grade trails are intended for the beginner or novice rider.

The red grade trail is a spur within loop of the blue grade trail. Shorter but more challenging than the blue trail, the red trail is typically less than 1m wide with a loose surface. The obstacles and gradients are also more challenging. Red grade trails are intended for the intermediate rider.

Finally, a short black grade section can be accessed from the red grade section. This contains highly technical features and is designed for expert riders. Adjacent to the Skills Loop is the Trials Area where highly proficient riders can hone their jumping skills or practice on testing north shore.

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OS Grid ref: NY632934
Postcode: NE48 1ER

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