Explore Kidland Forest and Upper Coquetdale on this circular cycle ride in the Northumberland National Park. You'll enjoy off road woodland tracks and a long riverside section on this varied ride.
The route starts near the parking area at Barrowburn and follows the Border Country Ride off road cycle track into Kidland Forest. You then follow the track along the edge of the forest, passing Nettlehope Hill and Saughy Hill on the way. At Alwinton you pick up a country lane which takes you along the River Coquet to Barrowburn.
If you're looking for more cycle rides in the area then you could try the Harwood Forest cycle route which also makes use of the Border County Ride.
You could also explore further into Kidland Forest as it has a number of other super mountain bike trails.
Kidland Forest Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Kidland Forest Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Kidland Forest OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Kidland Forest Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head south from the forest and you can pick up the Alwinton Walk. The route starts in the little village and visits the River Alwin, River Coquet, the ruins of Harbottle Castle, West Wood and the excellent viewpoint at the Drake Stone. There's also a 12th century Norman church and a couple of classic old village pubs to visit in the area. From the village you can also pick up the circular Usway Burn - River Coquet - Upper Coquetdale Walk.
The delightful villages of Elsdon and Otterburn are well worthy of a visit. The former includes an ancient church, a large village green, the remains of the old motte and bailey castle and a noteworthy Pele tower. The latter has nice trails along the pretty Otter Burn and the historic Otterburn Hall with its fine architecture and deer park.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Northumberland Walks and the Northumberland National Park Walks pages.