Length: 100 mi (160.9 km)
Elevation: +2,496/2 ft
Total: 9 riders
Mountain Biking Kielder
#29 of 99 mountain bike trails in England
All grades, mostly singletrack, catering to inexperienced and veterans combined.
First added by TrailAPI on May 14, 2014. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
- Drinking water: unknown
- Lift service: unknown
- Night riding: unknown
- Pump track: unknown
- Restrooms: unknown
- Fat bike grooming: unknown
- E-bikes allowed: unknown
- Fee required: unknown
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Kielder Water and Forest Park is England's largest forest, centred at Kielder Castle (adjacent to Kielder village) in the breathtaking wild Border Country around the North Tyne Valley. Kielder is about as remote as it gets in England, with the nearest major population centres over fifty miles away.
By Public Transport: Kielder Castle is served by public transport on Sundays during the summer season, when the 'Kielder Bus' (service number 714, Arriva) runs a morning service between the Metro Centre and Kielder village, returning late afternoon.
On Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, a bus run by Snaiths departs from Hexham Bus Station to Kielder (via Hexham Railway Station and Bellingham) at 0930 and 1545. The service returns from Kielder Castle to Hexham at 1051 and 1726.
In addition, ADAPT (North-East) run a service from Kielder to Bellingham on Monday and Thursday every week. Bus departs Kielder Post Office at 1010, arriving Bellingham 1100. Return from Bellingham leaves at 1345, arriving Kielder 1435.
By Car: The fastest route to Kielder Forest is via the A69 Carlisle-Newcastle road. From the east, leave at the junction for Corbridge and follow the Brown tourist signs on to the A68. From the west, exit the A69 at the turn for Bellingham (B6320) and follow the brown tourist signs for the Forest. If you are travelling from the Scottish borders, there are two routes that take you Kielder Castle. The first is via the A68 from Jedburgh, turning on to the Kielder Forest Drive toll road 2 miles (4 kilometres) north of Rochester. Alternatively, follow the B6357 from Bonchester Bridge or Newcastleton to Kielder for a spectacular 'alternative' Border crossing. (via Kielder Forestry)