It gets a slagging on here but I really like it. Good climbs, some really nice techy bits to get your teeth into, bit different to your average trailcentre. Only ridden the Deadwater side- don’t bother with the topmost part (climb to viewpoint), the climb is grim, the descent is poor, and the view isn’t worth it! But otherwise, lap of red and black, good stuff. Good skills playground too.Posted 4 years ago
It’s not in the same league as GT, but I still quite like it. Lonesome Pine is a nice trail, especially the Skydive descent. The blue is good too, flows nicely. If I’m up there on my own, I often string together lonesome pine, deadwater (minus the top climb/descent) and the blue for a long day out. Alternatively, the cross border route plus newcastleton trails is 45 miles of XC riding. Feels properly remote.Posted 4 years agopaul4stonesSubscriber
I did the cross border last week and the return leg was closed because of forestry work, ie go back the way you came. The route is just forest roads really but has more of a mini expedition feel to it and you can, of course, ride the Newcastleton trails too. If you do that and the Lonesome Pine stuff you’ll do more like 45 miles.Posted 4 years agomonshoMember
I like Kielder, its good to get some miles on the legs. The black descent after the pretty grim descent from the top of Deadwater is ace, flows with enough rough stuff to keep it interesting. The Blue has some ace little runs in it too.
There are trail closures at the minute though, was there at the weekend. The up and downy black section is closed (before the Deadwater ascent) as well as the last few black descents, so not the best time to go to be honest – dunno when they’ll be opened again.
Can be properly sinister out there, especially if its still and starting the get dark, think it must be the quietest place I’ve ever been! Good for the soul and all that…Posted 4 years ago
Osprey was all open at the weekend. The Kersey Cleugh section on Deadwater was closed the last time I was there (end of June/beginning of July), but you’re not missing much there. However, at that visit, the Up and Over trail (again on the Deadwater trail) was open for the first time in ages. Not been on Lonesome Pine for a while so can’t comment on that.
Why don’t you give The Bike Place at Kielder a ring (or post up on Kielder Trail Reavers’ forum)Posted 4 years agoI_did_dabSubscriber
My 10yr old son and his friend enjoyed the Osprey blue route despite a bit of moaning on a fire road climb slog. I thought it was really nice and has bedded in well so feels quite natural. A good warm up for the more ‘built’ red sections. I was also interested to see that the Deadwater hill has been regraded from red to black since I last bent my wheel there.Posted 4 years ago
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