Take on the trails at the Kielder Big Bike weekend

Kielder big bike weekend
Kielder big bike weekend

England’s largest trail centre is gearing up for the Kielder Big Bike Weekend and to celebrate the vast network of trails that cross the forest

The weekend – on Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19 – will see the opening of new sections on the red and black-graded Deadwater Trail including the downhill section, known as Forest Dive.

The already spectacular trail climbs to the 1,900 foot summit of Deadwater Fell which straddles the English/Scottish border and gives 360 degree views from coast to coast.

The trail work was funded by the Northern Lands project and the trail building has been supported by the Kielder Trail Reavers and Northern Downhill, as well as volunteers from Natural England who have worked with the Forestry Commission on the trail construction through a series of trail-building days from April this year.

Alex MacLennan, recreation and public affairs manager for the Forestry Commission in the North East, said: “The new sections add a new dimension to the trail network and having mountain bikers involved in the build has really made it a trail for mountain bike enthusiasts.

On the Saturday, riders can try out the latest 2015 bikes from Orange and Kona, among others. The Cycle Centre will be organising guided rides from around 10am until dark, using parts of the Deadwater Trail. On Sunday there is the chance to try the latest in electrical assisted pedalling with both the Raleigh Motus electric hybrid bikes and the Haibike full suspension electric mountain bike on offer.

There’ll also be a downhill competition on Sunday with around 200 competitors, including some top downhill riders from the North East. Entries are still open and details are available at www.northerndownhill.co.uk.

For more, visit www.forestry.gov.uk/kielder.