100km | 2050m
59km | 1350m
The biggest gravel weekend of the year at the home of gravel riding in England. Take on the Kielder Forest Epic on the Saturday and the Kielder Borders Epic on Sunday on the smooth and wild fire roads of the far north of the country. Ride one day or make a weekend of it and stay in Kielder Forest for one or two nights taking in the stars with it’s dark sky zone & observatory. Check out Saturday’s Kielder Forest Epic HERE.
The Kielder Border Epic takes in stunning & remote gravel across both sides of the border. Choose between the long 100km option including a loop back in Kielder Forest or the medium 59km route in both Kielder & Newcastleton Forest. Camping for the weekend is available from £15 per night or hotels near Kielder & 50 minutes away in Hexham.
- Ride in two countries with some epic gravel & views in both England & Scotland.
- Remote riding into the rolling hills of the Scottish Borders.
- Make a weekend of it by adding the Kielder Forest Epic on Saturday with camping and hotels available nearby & see the stars in this dark sky zone.
Included in Entry
29th August: GPX files and pre ride briefing video sent by email to each rider.
1st September – 7.45am: Ride village in Kielder opens next to the campsite. Collecting your ride number takes approx 10 mins.
1st September – 8am to 9.30am: Ride start. We will give you a short ride briefing and set you off in small groups.
1st September – 6pm: Ride village closes
1st September – 7pm: Link to ride times & rider photos sent to each participant by email.
Heading out from Kielder, we head off road straight away for a tough first 13km which is all up and down. The first 30km of today’s route is slightly rougher than the smooth gravel we are on for most of the weekend – expect some singletrack and bumpier gravel as we ride through stunning & remote hills away from the loggers.
The first feed is in Newcastleton at 29km – by the time you are getting coffee & cake you will have done the hardest part of the ride.
From here we head back into England and along the border for a while on rolling terrain with very little flat. The gravel here is smoother as we get back to feed stop 2 at 59km.
The last 40km is (relatively) flat and quick on smooth gravel as we head into Kielder Forest and finish along Kielder Water before a well earned beer at the finish line.
Percentage of Route Off Road: 85%
The medium route does the first loop only of the long route going into Scotland on slightly rougher surfaces with some longer climbs before a feed in Newcastleton & some rolling terrain along the border home.
A good option if you want a variety of gravel riding in the remote and stunning hills along the border.
Percentage of Route Off Road: 90%
The short route follows the medium for the majority of the day but cuts off a section in the middle and near the end to make this nearly 20km shorter. With some nice variety on the off road sections & very little climbing, this is ideal for riders of all abilities.
Percentage of Route Off Road: 55%
Bike Selection & Packing List
Bike Choice: The route is nearly all off road on smooth gravel (think Strade Bianche in Tuscany). Where the loggers have been working the gravel can be heavier. A gravel bike or hard tail MTB would be perfect. Road bikes are not suitable. E-bikes are allowed on all of our rides.
Tyre Choice: We will send an update on conditions closer to the ride. A 36 – 40mm allrounder gravel tyre should be ideal for this route.
Packing List: Bring equipment to be self sufficient on the route (inner tubes, sealant, multi-tool, pump or CO2 etc) as you will be without mobile signal for most of the day.
Clothing: Likely to be mixed weather in early September, bring layers, arm / knee warmers and a lightweight waterproof jacket etc. Helmets are mandatory, you will not be able to ride without one.
The ride starts and finishes in Kielder. There is free parking onsite as well as toilets & refreshments. We will send the ride village address by email.
Yes, e-bikes are allowed on all Glorious Gravel ride. These must comply with UK law.
We have first aiders & mechanics at the feed stops. There will be a phone number on the back of your ride number – call this if you need collecting.
Yes, we start between 8am and 9.30am and set people off in small groups so the off road sections are not too busy. Please come to the start line with anyone you want to ride with, we will give a short ride briefing and set you off.