Two days of riding England's last wilderness, with exclusive permission to ride Kielder Forest? That would be the Hadrian Adventure Weekend...
Three years ago Northumbria TRF launched the Hadrian Adventure Weekend. Like many TRF groups around the country, the club were keen to help other TRF members explore their region and enjoy some of the most remote landscapes left in England. Over the years the event has steadily found it’s feet and hundreds of riders have travelled north for a taste of riding on the edge of the old Roman Empire.
This year, the club had a special treat in store, Kielder Forest. This huge Forestry Commission area covers 250 square miles and reaches right up to the border of Scotland. Traditionally it’s off limits to trail bikes, the many miles of gravel fire roads are closed to traffic. However, after much negotiation, Northumbria TRF’s events co-ordinator David Myers gained exclusive access for the Hadrian Adventure Weekend. Even better, the team were allowed to use the enduro loops through the forest itself, access normally reserved for motorsport events.
56 riders and a dozen run leaders/tail enders spent two adventurous days riding Northumbria’s rock, ruts, gravel, and of course Kielder’s killer bogs.