Cycle Routes & FAQs
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Can you cycle around Kielder Water?
Yes, you can cycle around Kielder on the Lakeside Way shared use path. It’s not a cycling specific trail, so you will share it with walkers, hikers, equestrians and other cyclists!
Bike Hire Kielder is located right in the middle of the trail at the Landal Kieder Waterside site, with parking right outside.
The route is shown below or viewed here: https://www.forestryengland.uk/kielder-castle/lakeside-way-kielder
What Bike do I need?
Think about what you would like to do. Our Dutch Style Step-through Ebikes are perfect for enjoying the lakeside way. They have a relaxed comfortable position, and the electric assist will allow you to enjoy taking in the view! If you want more of a challenge, take a mountain bike or gravel bike on the lakeside way or into the forest for an adventure.
If you want to try the any of the blue, red or black MTB routes you will need a mountain bike. Our Ridley Hardtail MTBs are lightweight, quality bikes which are prefect for the trails at Kielder.
How long does it take to cycle around Kielder Water?
The full lakeside way is 26.4 Miles (44km) so it’s not a short distance. If you’re a fit, confident cyclist it can be completed in 2.5/3hrs without stopping. It is worth allowing a full day to take in the full lakeside way, with time to stop off for refreshments and to take in the view.
Can you cycle in Kielder Forest?
Yes, you can cycle in Kielder Forest BUT you must be aware that this is one of the largest working forests in Europe – heavy machinery operates throughout the forest and sections of the forest may occasionally be closed for works. Always obey signage, and check where you intend to ride is open before heading out without Forestry England: www.forestryengland.uk/kielder-castle
In summer 2023, some sections of the Kielder MTB trails are still closed following damage sustained during storm Arwen.
What do I need to bring?
Kielder is a remote area with no mobile phone service, so make sure you’re prepared. Water, Suncream, a map, trainers, gloves, snacks are all great to bring. It’s essential you bring a map if you are going exploring. We have so equipment you can buy at BHK, including maps, suncream and some basic spares. Helmets are included with each bike.
Are the Kielder MTB Trails open?
Following some extensive storm damage during storm Arwen, as of summer 2023, some damage is still in place. Check with Forestry England’s website for updates.
We have kids mountain bikes available which are perfect for the easier MTB routes at Kielder or the Lakeside Way.
Are you open during the Kielder Marathon?
We’re closed during the weekend of the Kielder Marathon – the Lakeside way is closed to all but participants, so we’ll have the weekend off!