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The Kitchener Trail
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.5/5)

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Difficult

Length of trail:

8 miles

Trail is currently open

Cycling map


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?

4 Stars 4 Stars

Rode Kitchener early this morning and it was exhilarating and fun. Signs could be bigger as kept getting lost as it was my first time. Can't wait to go back on a muddy day :-)

Stuart Franey, 1/Sep/2018

Did a couple of sections today and had lots of fun. Would love to come back and try the whole trail. First time I've done this sort of trail so no rating as no frame of reference, but lots of fun so big thumbs up.

Toby, 2/Aug/2018
4 Stars 4 Stars

I have riden the Kitchener today and thoroughly enjoyed it, I didnt see much damage but I suspect this is because of great weather we have been having so the repairs are easier to bed in than in any wet weather.

The main concerns I came across were people riding the trail the opposite way, this was on two occasions but towards the end of the trail. The main problem was a lady walking her 4 dogs in the middle of a downhill section, she was totally oblivious it was a specific cycling trail so maybe a little further encouragement on the signage to adhere to the correct direction/usage of the trail.

All in all a great ride.

Dan, 17/Jul/2018
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