Kielder Forest Mtb trails (Beginner friendly)
11 people attending
5 places left
NB Good quality mountain bikes, preferably full suspension, but hard-tails are fine. However, MTB tyres are a must. (Sorry no Hybrid or Gravel Bikes)
🔁 around 15mi
📍 Home to northern Europe's largest man-made lake and England's largest forest, Kielder is rugged mountain bike heaven. Come and experience some of the best single tracks in the UK with breathtaking views. (1h from Carlisle, 1h 10 min from Newcastle, 2h from Edinburgh)
🧭 We will be riding bridleways that are ideal for anyone wanting to try out mountain biking, or get back in the saddle. The uphills consist of easier singletracks, and the downhills will be very flowy. This means you can easily carry your speed without having to worry about too steep or rocky bits, that could be tricky to deal with.
🔴 We will also offer riders the option to extend the day with a more technical section at the end. Details will be shared in the pre-event message.
🚲 Bike hire is available next to the starting point of the trail centre, pre-booking is advised
⛺️ By Kielder Castle is a campsite, as well as a pub and cafe. If you stay at the campsite, parking would be free. If you're looking for a B&B then why not stay at The Pheasant Inn. More accommodation options are available here. The closest supermarket is the Co-op in Bellingham, which is best visited on your way to Kielder.
🚗 While there is no bus service to Kielder, many members would be happy to carshare. Please check out who's going and consider dropping them a message.
⏭ This ride is part of a series, why not join the other rides:
🚴♂️ Want to do more rides? See the Mtb/Off-Road calendar
🌈 New to mountain biking? Read our full guide on gay mountain biking groups
📣 From the area? Join the Mountain Bikers up North WhatsApp group
IMPORTANT! - Participation Statement
You MUST complete the Cycling Participation Statement in addition to booking your event space before attending a cycling event.
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are extremely mild, or who has recently tested positive for Covid-19, is asked not to attend.
Photo Credits: Taken by the ODL leaders. OutdoorLads have permission to use these photos.
What to bring
✅ Please make sure your bike is in good working order to avoid disappointment on the day
Apart from your bike remember the following:
Puncture repair kit (or better still a spare inner tube) and tyre levers. Also any special tools that your bike needs.
Food - bring small snacks such as chocolate bars and energy foods.
A cycling bottle attached to your bike and plenty of water (minimum 2lts)
Eye protection - impact from a bee, grit or even a fly at speed is extremely unpleasant, sunglasses may do if not made of glass and not too shaded.
Clothing: choose suitable clothes and footwear for the weather forecast and time of year. You will be exercising so lightweight layered clothing is best. Shorts are best even in rain, as they allow free movement of your legs. Jeans are useless if it rains but tracksuit bottoms need to be not too baggy or they may snag in the chain and cause an accident. You'll need trainers or similar with grippy soles for standard pedals.
Helmet - Outdoorlads policy asks you to wear a helmet events.
Bag you will need a small day-sack to carry essential clothing, lunch, snacks and drinks.
Food & drink
Bring plenty of food and drink (at least 1.5l of water) to last you the day. After the ride, food is available in the cafe, pub and small shop.