Grade of Trail:
Length of trail:12 miles
Trail is currently open
The Osprey MTB trail (download map) is the latest addition to the family of Kielder trails. It starts at Kielder Castle and heads up the Forest Drive to the first of several sections of sweeping singletrack as it turns along Kielder Burn and climbs into the forest. The trail links back onto the Lakeside Way on forest road or for the more adventurous via a new bridge over Plashetts Burn at Wainhope. This section is an exhilerating run down singletrack with breathtaking views to the Lakeside Way.
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.
What do other visitors say?
5 StarsCam Mortimer, 5/Sep/2016
I have tried this trail 3 times now. I can't get enough. It's superb. It lets you experience everything you could possibly want from a MTB trail. There are some completely unneeded black chippings on the trail. Caught my better half out and she crashed off, luckily not at speed. Hill 361 is there to test you. We break for lunch at the top and the downhill section from there on is amazing. It's great for amateurs and pros alike. It's a great ride.
5 StarsSimon Bannister, 28/Jun/2016
Just spent a long weekend in Kielder and on day 2 I did the Osprey trail with my wife. It has a mix of everything from high up barron wilderness to deep dense forests, with steepish climbs and drops, to flowing singletrack through the forest. After doing the blue round Kielder the day before we were surprised how technical the Osprey was and found it great fun. We felt very lucky to see both a red squirrel and a deer on the trail.
5 StarsDerek, 3/Jun/2016
By far and away the best ride at Kielder, could well be one of the best blues in the country. However! Those nasty black chippings have made an appearance on some of the downhill sections and virtually ruined them. Really not sure what the thinking is behind them.