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. Both days have an epic full route & 60km medium routes. Nearly all of the riding is off road in remote & beautiful countryside, Camping available in Kielder for £15 per night or in hotels 50 mins away in Hexham.
Saturday: Kielder Forest Epic 126km or 59km
Sunday: Kielder Borders Epic 99km or 59km
Forest Route Difficulty 4.5/5
Borders Route Difficulty 4/5
Percentage of Route Off Road 88%
Bike & Tyre Choice: The vast majority of the ride is on the fast flowing, smooth gravel in Kielder Forest, absolutely perfect for gravel bikes. We will update on conditions before the ride but early Sept should see the roads in great condition so a gravel bike with all round / fast rolling 40mm tyres. E bikes are welcome, MTBs would be ok but gravel bikes are recommended.
Countdown to the Kielder Gravel Epic
– The best gravel riding in England
– Miles of fast flowing gravel in this stunning & remote part of Northumberland
– Two routes offering variety from deep forests to the Scottish borders
– Option of camping or hotels on the Saturday night
One Weekend | Two Epic Rides
Saturday: The Kielder Forest Epic
126km, 2,300m elevation OR 59km, 1,100m
Sunday: The Kielder Borders Epic
99km, 2,000m elevation OR 59km, 1,300m
The biggest gravel weekend of the year. Take on the Kielder Forest Epic on the Saturday, the Borders Epic on Sunday or the weekend pass. Two varied routes but all on the best off road surfaces in England with miles of stunning, remote riding. An unmissable weekend!
Saturday: Kielder Forest Epic
Kielder: 126km, 2,300m elevation OR 59km, 1,100m
Immerse yourself in England’s largest forest. Starting from Kielder, we start with 5km of flat terrain to get the legs working and then we are straight into the biggest climb of the day – a 6km ramp with a little descent in the middle to truly wake you up!
We head into some of the remotest parts of the country and enjoy amazing gravel throughout from gentle reservoir shoresides to epic forest tracks. The route loops back round to the ride village at 59km where the medium route finishes and the long route gets some lunch before the second part of the day, round the reservoir and south into the wilds of Northumberland before a fast finish back round Kielder Water. 126km of the best gravel riding on the planet 👊👊
Ride Difficulty: 4.5/5
Sunday: Kielder Borders Epic
Kielder: 99km, 2,000m elevation OR 59km, 1,300m
Heading west to start with from Kielder, the Borders Epic starts with two climbs in the first 12km on either side of the Scottish border. We then enjoy 30km of stunning, rolling terrain in Scotland with a mix of wide open vistas of the Bloody Bush Trail to hidden valleys along the border before hopping back into England.
As with Saturday’s ride, this route loops back to Kielder after 59km where the medium route finishes and the long route has lunch before tackling another 40km.
The second half of the ride takes us round Kielder Water before heading south west and finishes with the flattest 20km of the weekend back to the finish.
Ride Difficulty: 4/5
What type of bike should I ride?
This route is ideal for gravel bikes with almost 90% of the ride on smooth, fast rolling gravel. Road bikes are not suitable for this ride, mountain bikes will be fine on the gravel sections though obviously slower than the majority of riders on gravel bikes. E bikes are very welcome on our rides.
How do I find out my start time?
We will send you an email after you have booked to choose your start time between 8am and 9.30am, if you are riding with a friend you can choose to start with them.
Where is the start / finish?
The ride starts and finishes at Kielder. There is free parking onsite as well as toilets & refreshments.
What happens if I have a mechanical / accident?
We have first aiders & mechanics at all the feed stops and ride captains along the route to support.
What shall I pack with me for the ride?
You need to have a water bottle, basic kit to repair punctures, inner tubes & riding with a helmet is compulsory. Big parts of the route are in very remote areas so you will need to be self sufficient. Our feed stops have water, coke, cake, fruit, bars, gels & real food.
When will I get my GPX file
Our local team do a final recon ride 1 week before the event and can make final tweeks then based on route conditions. We will then send out the route GPX a few days before the ride.