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Lonesome Pine Trail
(Average user rating: 3 unrated 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?

1 Star 1 Star

Another route which was great is now partially unrideable due to a poor choice of surface chippings.

I understand the surface needs to be durable, but the depth and choice of chippings is not suited for a mountain bike and is very difficult / dangerous to ride on.

So this repair work will force people off the trails and onto natural areas.

I was going to come and ride the Lonesome Pine tomorrow, but then remembered the chippings, so I'm going elsewhere.

Rider, 1/Jul/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

Just had 7 days in Kielder and the trails are great.

Osprey - pretty good blue route. Fast and flowing and a good workout over the 15 miles if you include the climb back up to the Chick section.

Lonesome Pine - great route apart from the first 3 miles on the Lakeside Way (although the warm up is very useful) and the incredibly slippy Northshore section over the top. I couldn't get any grip at all - either on the bike or walking so ended up walking slowly alongside for a good section. Nearly broke my neck. You can miss this out though when wet and I would recommend doing so!! I chose to miss the Bloody Bush trail for this reason but hopefully the weather will be better when we return. Some good single track but mainly fast flowing rather than technical.

Deadwater - brilliant climb to the top of the fell. Very hard work though. Good challenging descents back to the village. Favourite trail but I hope next time I will be able to enjoy the view as the weather was horrendous!! October for you!

Already planning a return!

Jonny p, 27/Oct/2016
3 Stars 3 Stars

SORT THE BLACK GRAVEL OUT! Once again a ride that should be a total blast is ruined by piles of deep poorly compacted black stones. What is going on a Kielder.

Derek, 3/Jun/2016
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