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Northumberland: Mountain biking paradise

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  February 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Next time you travel to Northumberland take your mountain bike or make a plan to hire one. With rolling hills and nature around every corner, Northumberland offers some of the UK’s best mountain biking opportunities – there’s truly something for everyone.

The vast forest around Kielder Water has been a firm favourite for mountain bikers since the early 1980s when the area was developed. Kielder is the largest artificial lake by capacity in the UK and the forest that surrounds it is the largest man-made woodland in Europe and thanks to foresight from the Forestry Commission, there is an extensive trail network around the forest that bring you right into contact with nature. There are also a host of events and races throughout the year.

Northumberland offers many options especially for the long distance cyclist including: Hadrian’s Cycleway, The Coast & Castles, Pennine Cycleway, and the UK’s most popular route, the Sea to Sea (C2C). There are literally hundreds of miles of options suitable all year round.

The 42km Lakeland route is suitable for everyone including your grandparents on mobility scooters. Something a little shorter but equally gentlr is the 11km blue grade Borderline, but if you’re looking for a more interesting trail, hit the 20.5km blue grade Osprey. You can still take the family on this one.

If you’re ready for something a little more challenging, take a look at the red grade trails. From the oldest 15km long Deadwater  or take the 19.7 Lonesome Pine,  an ideal stepping stone trail for less experienced riders wanting to progress from blue to red.

And if you’re looking to practice specific skills, take your wheels to the Trails Park right alongside the car park. It’s graded orange with great features for all abilities. Helmets, gloves and body armour are recommended.

While the night life and social scene offers visitors plenty of options, we’d recommend rather saving your entertainment for JackpotJoy Casino and getting an early morning with fresh air and endless bicycling options.

From dashing through the border ridge between England and Scotland or taking on the challenging Langlee Crags, the roads of Middleton, Teesdale or the North Pennines, you’ll soon learn why the area is described as England’s last wilderness. And what better way to explore than on your mountain bike!

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