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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

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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?

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
3 Stars 3 Stars

Did green, blue, red, blue, green today. Great ride, just let down by poor condition of the majority of the singletrack. In places it is now actually dangerous as berms have collapsed halfway round, the jumo landings have eroded away (especially on the rock ones). Signage was definitely an issue with several missing or laying broken at the side of the tracks. At the cost of parking its still a bargain and I had a great day, seems a shame that some of the basics arent even kept up with.

Chris, 4/May/2018

Hi Chris thank you for your comments. I think in terms of the Kitchener trail it has been in constant use throughout what has been a very long, wet winter. The same conditions have made it difficult to work on the trail as repairs/upgrades wear out quickly as the trail erodes through a combination of rain and heavy use. Work on the trail will continue over the coming weeks and months, however as it is a red graded trail don't expect groomed, smooth surfaces, uneven ground, exposed roots and rocks are a common feature and are essential to test and challenge riders ability, perhaps you should ride more of the blue trail if you're not confident on the red? Trail signs are being upgraded and replaced as soon as we can get to them.

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