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Lonesome Pine Trail
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.3/5)

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Difficult

Length of trail:

11 miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

Cyclists riding the Lonesome Pine mountain bike trail in Kielder Forest

This red grade cross-country trail is one of the most spectacular in England (download pdf map). Starting from Kielder castle, the first 3 miles are on the Lakeside Way multi-user trail. At Lewisburn the adrenalin starts to pump as the first section of singletrack along Lewisburn Valley hits you.

The trail climbs out of the valley and heads up to the top of Purdom Pike at over 1000 feet where you will be greeted by quite simply breath-taking views of the North Tyne Valley and beyond. To help get you across the boggy terrain of Purdom Pike is a 1000 yards of timber 'fly-over', the longest of its kind in England.

From Purdom Pike the trail begins its descent back towards Kielder village, passing Skyspace and close to Kielder Observatory. The final stretch down Bewshaugh to the village is a thrilling flowing descent through the forest. Please observe all warning signs.

As with all trails in Kielder, please be fully prepared for riding in remote environments and come properly equipped. The weather can change rapidly and small equipment failures can quickly turn into a more serious situation. Always let somebody know where you are going and when you are due back.

Overview map of ALL Kielder's 100 miles of trails (download pdf here).

What do other visitors say?

Really bad trail badly built would class this as a bike ride not a trail ride, kielder has so much potential for some amazing tracks/trails which could bring many more rides to the area,some where like this could be made into a really good bike park alot like the one in Wales. Will we maybe see something like this in the future or is there any plans on making new trails for kielder???

Nick, 22/Jun/2018

Due to a stroke a few years ago I find boardwalk very difficult and the comments above don't help. What is the alternative on the Lonesome Pine route, which otherwise sounds great?

jonathan Nicoll, 12/Feb/2018

The boardwalk can be bypassed (which is recommended in wet or icy weather) via a signed shorter return route back to Kielder village (incorporating Oliver's Oscar and skydive singletrack sections).

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

We had a great ride on the Lonesome Pine/Bloody Bush the other day...except for the treacherous, long stretch of boardwalk at the top. It was extremely slippy and near impossible to ride or walk. Could it be covered with e.g. chicken wire?? Didn't want to miss it out as we were doing the Bloody Bush as well.

Enjoyable cross country ride with good, flowing sections apart from the woodwork and we will definitely be back.

Carole Jackson, 28/Jan/2018

Thank you for the feedback. Unfortunately, due to the location, even rough cut timber becomes slippy in wet weather. We have trialled numerous solutions including grip strips and chicken wire but these are expensive to install and maintain and provide a false sense of security as they too can become slippy. In wet or icy weather, it is best to heed the warning signs and give the boardwalk a miss.

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  • Cycling Hire
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  • Cycle wash
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  • Viewpoint


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