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No. of Trails: 5
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Car Park
Location:-
Just south of Newcastle, past Rowlands Gill on the A694

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Description:-
A small forestry commission site on the fringe of Gateshead (http://www.forestry.gov.uk/chopwell), this mixed woodland has plenty of shared trails. The locals are very tolerant of mountain bikers and there are plenty of hidden trails in the woods, as well as the marked ones.

Please Note: These are shared trails and they should be used with caution as there could be buggies or small children around on them. This is a very busy forest with over 200,000 visitors per year.


Trails at Chopwell

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Trail TitleLength (Miles)Ascent (Mtrs)Time (Hrs)Tech GradeFitness Grade
Chopwell Woods6.32941 Moderate Moderate
More Chopwell Fun8.44101.25 Moderate Moderate
Chopwell8.54102 Moderate Moderate
powerline3.31881 Moderate Moderate
Chopwell Best Bits13.55992.5 Hard Moderate

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brianelliott65 gave this trail 3 stars about 6 years ago
Great trails. Very compact area but easy to do a 7 miler without repeating any trails or parts of trails. Very varied terrain plenty of roots and slop when its wet and some technical climbs.
stumpy gave this trail 4 stars about 7 years ago
greenon gave this trail 4 stars about 7 years ago
My 'local',. There are so many options, I'm never disappointed.
skiiter2 gave this trail 4 stars about 7 years ago
legolam gave this trail 4 stars about 8 years ago

Chopwell Woods


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Length: 6.3 Miles
Ascent: 294 m
Time: 1 hr
Tech Grade: Moderate
Fitness Grade: Moderate
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Description:-
A short but fun XC blast that takes in a lot of the trails that Chopwell has to offer. It incorporates the purpose-built, red-graded "Powerline Trail", but also some natural tracks that are mostly rooty in nature. Can get a bit muddy in places in the winter but is generally pretty weather-proof. Due to its location, there are no flat sections - this trail is either going up or down the whole way!

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More Chopwell Fun


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Length: 8.4 Miles
Ascent: 410 m
Time: 1.25 hrs
Tech Grade: Moderate
Fitness Grade: Moderate
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Another loop trying to incorporate the best hidden (and not so hidden!) trails in Chopwell.

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Chopwell


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Length: 8.5 Miles
Ascent: 410 m
Time: 2 hrs
Tech Grade: Moderate
Fitness Grade: Moderate
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same route as previously posted just a little mor accurate with new GPS data

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powerline


Viewed 1569 times
Length: 3.3 Miles
Ascent: 188 m
Time: 1 hr
Tech Grade: Moderate
Fitness Grade: Moderate
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Description:-
down Powerline then trip back to car park

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Chopwell Best Bits


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Length: 13.5 Miles
Ascent: 599 m
Time: 2.5 hrs
Tech Grade: Hard
Fitness Grade: Moderate
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Visiting Chopwell woods for nearly 30 yrs, I've used my local knowledge to link up all the best parts into a cracking ride. If you like your rides fast, techy and entertaining then you should really enjoy this route. What Chopwell lacks in height, it gains with sharp banks and gully's which are steeper than you would expect.

This ride has a bit of everything, from roots, jumps, berms, really steep loamy chutes, rocks, you name it! Ive thrown in the red power line official trail but most of it is secret sweet natural single track! I often nail it on my hardtail but its better with a full sus enduro bike.

Just watch out for walkers on some of the single track. Especially on weekends. Please be courteous so as not to annoy the locals. There's a fair bit of fire road to link everything up but its worth it. All the numbered points on the route are the beginning of the best bits!

Toward the end of the route and the east of the forest from marker 18 (cyclefix descent) there are loads of tracks to session so be sure to try out a few options! Can be ridden all year round but amazing and twice as fast when dry!

You can park in the main car park and start this ride from the middle but i think its best to park at Lintzford lay-by and start at the bottom of the wood. This way you end on a good descent. Enjoy! :)

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Went for a blast out at chopwell today. its 10 mins from my house and ive never been before.I can honestly say me and my mate had a great time exploring the trails. the powerline red route is fun with... read whole comment...
string72 commented about 4 years ago
Some good trails. Sloppy when wet. Some pedestrians can be a little tiresome. Booby traps have been set for cyclists.
stumpy commented about 7 years ago

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