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The Kitchener Trail
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.7/5)

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Difficult

Length of trail:

8 miles

Trail is currently open


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?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Rode the trail today - really enjoyed it. Shame I couldn't stay long enough to do the others, but I'll definitely be back :-)

Phil Metcalfe, 16/Mar/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

For my first time on this type of trail, I didn't really know what to expect! But it was really enjoyable and I loved the challenge, thanks!

Joe, 17/Sep/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

First time there today met up with a lad who pointed me in the direction of the red route, have to say best thing I did lately was upgrade to xt brakes, saved me all but once when I did my best superman over the bars impression. Fast single track good climbs and lots of twists and turns. Caf staff very pleasant food good too. Facilities are excellent. Thanks to Garry for showing me round. Will definitely be back. Already twisting my riding buddies arms to have a jolly boys outing there. Well done to the trail builders on a fantastic job. And to anyone who has not been yet but have read the professional complainers comments. Come and try it and make your own mind up. I did and so glad I did. The only downfall is the fact that on my way home and some deliberation my decision was made. At the expense of upsetting my better half. A full suspension is going to find its way to my shed.

Les , 9/Sep/2016
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