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Kielder Water and Forest Park Cycling Trails

Whether you've just bought your first bike, or you're happy shredding through rock gardens, Kielder Forest offers a fantastic opportunity for natural cycling. With over 100 miles of trail, much of it single-track and all of it traffic-free, radiate out from the trail hub at Kielder Castle.

1. Young cyclists and family trails

Learn to ride your bike in the forest! Cycling in the forest is one of the safest and most relaxing ways to pick up confidence and develop cycling skills.

Lakeside South Shore between Kielder Castle and Lewisburn is gentle multi-user path and a fantastic trail to learn to ride a bike.

Another fantastic family ride is the Green Borderline Trail, which follows the trainline along more natural surface.

2. Cross Country & Downhill Mountain Biking

Ready for a challenge of fitness, technique and skill? Craving your next adrenaline fix? Our famous mountain bike routes will spoil you for choice.

  • The blue grade Castle Wood Skills Loop has been built to show mountain bikers what they can expect from similar grade trails in Kielder Forest.
  • The Blue Osprey Mountain Bike Trail offers sweeping singletrack and climbs in the forest, as well as some breathtaking views of Lakeside Way.
  • The Red Cross-Border Trail gives you a chance to ride in two countries on one ride! Spectacular views and gradual climbs await you.
  • The Red Bloody Bush gives an impressive 33km of singletrack to the border. A return route via along the Cross Border Trail makes for a ride of over 60km and an adventure ride through some of the UK's wildest terrain - so be prepared!
  • The Red Deadwater Mountain Bike Trail takes on the 1,900 foot summit of Deadwater Fell, straddling the Scottish border and giving you sensational 360° views from coast to coast.
  • The Red Lonesome Pine Trail offers breath-taking views of the North Tyne Valley, and 1000 yards of timber 'fly-over', the longest of its kind in England.
  • The Black Deadwater Up and Over route was build by Gary Forrest, World Cup Downhill Mountain Bike Championship competitor, which should give you an idea of the level of skill required for this trail!

For more information on each of the MTB trails, scroll to the bottom of this page. Don't forget, Kielder is one of the Super 6, so share your progress for a chance to win!

3. Facilities, events, and things to look out for

  • Print a map before you go - available to download here
  • Drop by the Kielder café for a post-ride coffee and food. The café is attached can be found in Kielder Castle.
  • Shop and hire bikes from our excellent local bike shop The Bike Place. We also have a bike wash available here. You can find these opposite Kielder Castle.
  • Did you know, Kielder is part of the North's Super 6? Find out more and get your Super 6 passport.
  • A volunteer trail group, the Kielder Trail Reavers (external), meet regularly to help build and maintain the trail network.
Bloody Bush Mountain Bike Trail
  • Hard
Bloody Bush Mountain Bike Trail, Kielder Water and Forest Park
Borderline Cycle Trail
  • Easy
Borderline Cycle Trail, Kielder Water and Forest Park
Castle Wood Skills Loop
  • Moderate
Castle Wood Skills Loop, Kielder Water and Forest Park
Cross Border Trail
  • Hard
Cross Border Trail, Kielder Water and Forest Park
Deadwater Black Grade ('Up and Over')
  • Severe
Deadwater Black Grade (Up and Over) MTB Trail, Kielder Water and Forest Park
Deadwater Mountain Bike Trail
  • Hard
Deadwater Mountain Bike trail, Kielder Water and Forest Park
Lakeside Way Cycle Trail
  • Moderate
Lakeside Way Cycle Trail, Kielder Water and Forest Park
Lonesome Pine Trail
  • Hard
Lonesome Pine Trail, Kielder Water and Forest Park
Osprey Mountain Bike Trail
  • Moderate
Osprey Mountain Bike Trail, Kielder Water and Forest Park
Last updated: 16th November 2017

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