Sherwood Pines Forest Park - TRAIL

Sherwood Pines Forest Park - Trail, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom

A circular trail which is part of the new National Cycle Route. However, there is a dedicated area for mountain bikers - lots of jumps, steep climbs/drops, technical sections.....

User Reviews (18)

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Arnold Teal   Cross Country Rider [Mar 03, 2015]

Just got home after riding the Kitchener trail.....and still buzzing.True it is not a red route in the purist sense but it is still a challenging trail especially at this time of year with the unpredictable weather. The condition of the trail was very good with a few areas of standing water, the worst being about 30' in length in the area where the tress have been cut down....it wasn't deep and easy to navigate through but certainly would not want to put my foot down there if got caught out. Be like when you were a kid and pulled your foot out of the mud only to find you are no longer wearing your wellie.
I arrived at 8:30 a.m. and practicably had the place to myself, whilst riding the trail only saw one other person and they were riding a different trail. Got back to the car park around 10:00 a.m. an it was still quiet then.
If you want a trail which others great scenery riding through woods, a bit of variety with some small climbs and tricky sections then you can't go far wrong with the Kitchener.

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Leighton Rees   Cross Country Rider [Mar 16, 2013]

The trail was very flat had around 4 berms and not one boardwalk, was quite looking forward to some technical sections and down hill, but seemed lacking in them too!, after travelling 70 miles to get there I was very disappointed in the whole Kitchener trail, if you want to train and live local its a great course for keeping fit, but making a move to visiting Degla or my local 3 miles away Cannock Chase would be like doing a black graded route in comparison. The Bike park Orange grade is great, lots of hills and jumps to try and practice on.

Customer Service

For fitness training do the Kitchener, for learning how to tak steel hills the Orange section.

Similar Products Used: Not visited any, but the Forestry staff were very helpful.
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2
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Pozza   Weekend Warrior [Oct 30, 2012]

Red Route: Completely flat, some half decent sections here and there, good as a training circuit as you have to pedal non-stop from start to finish.
Downhill route: Not worthy of the name, the only decent part was a substantional north shore drop which has been taken down?!
Jumps: Not too shabby, but seen better.

Cycle store. Mechanics seem ok, owners/shop staff... useless, arrogant & plain stupid. Example, I asked for some DOT brake fluid in the shop, they supplied me with mineral oil had I not realised it would have destroyed my brakes. If they had a shop that wasn't bang in the centre of a trail they would go bankrupt.

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2
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Andy Ingram   Weekend Warrior [Apr 15, 2011]

I stayed at Centre Parcs and Sherwood Forest trails are 1.5 miles away. The weather has been dry for several weeks and all trails were very dry (apart from the major water leak on Thurs 14th which caused serious flooding around one particular small area)

Adventure Trail:
I did the adventure trail with my wife - she hates cycling off road but admitted to having fun, and i thought it about right - some singletrack, some smallish climbs, roots and loose stones. Very well waymarked - didn't get lost once - i think the NT have been busy putting in signage.

Kitcheners Trail
Went back the following eveining to do the Kitcheners Trail - again very well waymarked once you've found the start ! Lots and lots of singletrack, not too many downhills and some bombholes/rootholes. Lots of maintenance apparent with roadstone having been put down in places. I prefer XC trails and to do all 13km/8m at a fast pace would be a great workout whatever your fitness. I stopped at the top of the downhill tracks and had a quick look - large start ramp, into wooden bridge, followed by wallride... all looked promising.
I finished around 6pm and all shops/cafes shut, but i genuinely wanted to congratulate somebody on the trail signage - well done NT or whoever. Major waymarks even included grid references/place names in case of emergency.

Customer Service

Kitcheners Trail - On dry trails a great evening blast that'll get your legs working !! A couple of guys i met on the trail recommended the shortcut down the downhill track but preferring my wheels on the ground i chickened out !

I wouldn't consider this as a trail centre destination but good fun if you're in the area or staying at Centre Parcs. Given the ocation, there's not vast climbing/descending, but most of the time you are having to cencentrate and they've made the most of what they have.

Similar Products Used: All Peak trails about 1 hour away.
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4
Clive on the cliff   Cross Country Rider [Jan 21, 2011]

Probably very fun for a family ride with the nippers, but this is the worst trail centre I've ridden at. No maps in the shop for a start. Prickly reception from the staff. The cafe is good and the fields around are good for picnics.

The first half hour we spent going round in circles due to very poor signage. When I eventually found it, I was disappointed. The flow in my opinion is non-existent. A couple of pedal strokes and a corner or boggy braking dip. Many tree stumps in the middle of the dark trail waiting to slam into you rims. Wide boggy sections overdue some TLC. My local deep tractor rutted bridle-way has much more appeal.

For a family fun-fest, this could be a nice day out. For an experienced rider looking for the usual trail centre experience, don't be too expectant and you might have a nice ride out.

Customer Service

Not here.

Similar Products Used: Up the road to the Peaks. A route over Jacob's Ladder. But consider the time of week/year and bridle-way users.
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Homer   Cross Country Rider [Aug 23, 2008]

The only information I can find about the new singletrack says The new 13k route, which will be opened in March, has been dubbed the “Kitchener Trail”. It is now Aug 08 so I wonder March of which year?

It isn't signposted and you will waste a day looking for the hidden bits of single track. Only go if you will be a regular visitor otherwise it will not be worth the effort, wait until it's finished. Be prepared to ride around fire roads looking for the singletrack.

The new "Kitchener?" route that I found is quite flat with no rocks, roots or technical challenges. Maybe these features will be put in later?

It has a good cafe, bike shop and toilets parking is £3 per day and £1 evenings.

Customer Service

The XC route can't be described. you will have to find it. Good luck.

Don't bother with the older reviews about the dual descender, it went ages ago but there is a dirt jump in the far corner from the visitor centre at SK600616

You can take a ride out SW via "The Desert" to the edge of Harlow Wood and return on route6 (20 miles)

Or go north and do a loop around Sherwood Forest

Similar Products Used: Cannock Chase has a finished man made trail.
Lots of natural trails in the peak district.
Wharncliffe woods maybe? Not tried it yet.
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alf jones   Cross Country Rider [Sep 07, 2006]

wow. new bike shop here. much bigger than last. great bikes and bits.

Customer Service

talking to lads in shop. new trails on the way.should be good

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4
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4
Heyden Harrison   [Nov 21, 1999]

Good cafe and bike shop (sales and hire).
Some very good single track away from fire roads.Marked off road sections and also training area.For real fun "the Bombhole" is first class.You can spend several superb exhausting hours in Sherwood Pines.

Customer Service

Everywhere especially away from "family route".

Similar Products Used: Plenty in Derbyshire.
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Bob Rushton   [Feb 02, 2000]

Every time I get there it rains in gresat bucket loads - and was snowing last time! - even more fun as there are very few other people i.e. families !) around. Even better if you can get there during week days as its not as busy. Have regular XC race season here too !

Customer Service

Warm up with a blast round the fire road route and then loop round the "Off Road" trails

Similar Products Used: Plenty of bridleways around Derbyshire / Peaks etc - if you want fast links use High Peak / Tissington Trails in order to stay off road as much as poss.
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Jamie Carter   [Feb 11, 2000]

the only real thing worth going here for is the bombhole, the fire roads are the same all their lenght...the dedicated pro track is ok as long as its dry...try it in both directions...
there are also 2 big steep drops towards the railway bridge & right...good if u have the bottle to land near the bottom...

Customer Service

Just make straight for the bombhole...if u can find the little sucker..ask someone...

Similar Products Used: dont go to clumber park or rufford...*yawn*
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