Day 6: Haltwhistle to Kielder - Great North Trail
Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)
Road Cycling Highlight
Katherine Moore planned a mountain bike ride.
January 6, 2020
The last day before the border crossing, day six takes you into the centre of Northumberland’s gravel paradise; Kielder Forest Park. Climbing out of Haltwhistle, you soon pass by the old relics of Hadrian’s wall, once constructed to defend the Northern territory of the Roman Empire. It’s not far from here that you pass into Kielder territory, especially as today’s route is a much more modest 39 miles (62km).
Taking in the wide gravel tracks that give this area such prestige in off-road circles, you’ll soon see why the Dirty Reiver is hailed as one of the best UK gravel races, held here. It won’t be long before you reach the Southern shores of Kielder Water, a man-made reservoir that’s home to a successful Osprey breeding programme - keep an eye out! The trail then follows the waterside in an anticlockwise direction to the North shore where you can overnight in Kielder village.
January 8, 2020
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