Forestry Commission logo

Discovery Pass

Discover the
freedom of
the forest…
every day of the year…

Get free parking, discounts on events and much more with an annual Discovery Pass


The ultimate free guide to our forests

Forest Xplorer running on iPhone and Android devices

The Kitchener Trail
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.6/5)

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?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Visited at the weekend, all trails were open, and it wasn't too wet either.

Rich, 19/Nov/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

Hi visited today 9th Nov, and as checked the website yesterday evening and this morning, before traveling 30mile to Pines, was surprised to find a substantial trail diversion, yes there are still lots of rideable trails, but, it would have been good to know before hand, and I do appreciate this work has to be done, just please let people know Ta! .

Christopher , 9/Nov/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

Did 2 laps of the red the other day after having not been for about 18 months and forgot how much fun it is. Is this trail a true "red", no. It's a red for the fact it's the hardest trail at Pines. The only true red part I would consider is the double rock drop quite early on. Does this mean it's boring? NO! There are some fantastic flowy sections, Tornado Alley being my favorite. I'd love some more techy rock sections but the topography simply doesn't allow for it and I feel they have done the best with the land available. I feel the signage at times could be better, a few times I came out the end of a section and had to stop for a moment to find the entrance to the next part. Overall though fantastic facilities, parking, toilets, cafe etc and an excellent trail.

Michael, 2/Nov/2017
More user comments

Please tell us about your visit

Please email us at if you have an enquiry, a complaint or would like a personal reply to your comments.

Email addresses will not be shown

Get the latest news, information & offers

What's Here?

  • Cycling
  • Educational
  • Horse riding
  • Orienteering
  • Picnic
  • Play area
  • Walking
  • Visitor centre
  • The visitor centre provides info and leaflets for the forest trails and events
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SK611625

Get directions


Related documents

Useful sites

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification certifiedForest Stewardship Council certified

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.