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Sunday, 17 August 2014

Electric Bike Ride Round Kielder Water

Kielder Water in Northumberland is a man-made reservoir which has a multi-user track that stretches 26.5 miles all the way round. On Friday I had the amazing opportunity to ride the Batribike Diamond Pro electric bike on that track.

The weather was overcast as we arrived at the Tower Knowe Visitor Centre and car park just below the dam on the southern shore. We packed our cameras, waterproofs, bottled water and apples, to sustain us on the adventure, and set off. We had decided to take the clockwise route, starting on the shady side and saving the sunny northern shore for the return journey.

I was immediately impressed with the surface and width of the track. My research had shown that it is suitable for cyclists, walkers and wheelchairs and I would definitely agree. The track does occasionally meet a road but apart from car park areas we did not share any part with road traffic – it was a very safe route for all.

We started along the waterside and then headed into the trees. The route was very well way-marked and the handy little map that we picked up in the visitor centre told us where to find sculptures and other points of interest around the route.

Some of the roads that we met showed a different history of the area, before it was a reservoir.
The end of the Road!
There were also new bridges to carry the route round. This curved suspension bridge was a lovely sight as we came out of the trees.

Kielder Water itself was obviously the star of the show and we had some lovely views as we rode round.

This wooden head had stairs inside so you could climb to the first floor and look out of the eyes!

I had assumed that the route would be fairly level as it is a waterside route, but actually it is quite undulating with some quick ascents and descents. The Diamond Pro took them all in its stride, I did have to increase to max power and drop down the gears for the steepest ones but this was not a problem. I was very impressed with its performance. We were about two thirds of the way round when we me a lady coming the other way on a Batribike Diamond LCD. We said hello and how are you doing. She said that she was very pleased that since getting her Diamond she rides further than she did before.

We soon reached some giant reclining chairs and stopped in the sunshine to eat our apples.

The open stretches of track were bounded by heather, Willowherb and waving grasses and were full of Finches that rose like swarms of butterflies and fluttered along in front of us.

We finished the ride across the dam and back to the car park as the skies became a little darker. A great day out and a good workout for the bikes.


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