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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

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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?

5 Stars 5 Stars

1st time at the pines today and we did the blue route. Thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it ( even if it was raining cats and dogs). There was enough to keep the hubby entertained while I tootled round at my own pace. Looking forward to returning very soon.

Andrea Doble, 17/May/2017

Enjoy coming here, closer than the Peaks (Very different riding obviously) but for a quick blast out and home mid morning it's great. Well maintained trails and a fun run. Nothing over the top technical wise, but fun. The main thing that is frustrating is the amount of litter left by bikers. Come on, seriously, how hard is it to put an empty bottle in your bag until you get to the car park? Have some respect.

Rich, 27/Apr/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

Been coming to pines with my son for weeks now so we decided to move on to the Red trail from the blue. We loved every minute of it especially the twisty downhill sections. My son can't wait for the weekend to do it all again. Brilliant route to learn all the skills and become a better trail rider. Just have to be aware of the faster riders coming up from behind with it being singletrack.

Jamz, 24/Apr/2017
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