Glentress Forest (1 mile east of Peebles
on the A72 towards Innerleithen) is fast becoming THE place to
go mountain biking in southern Scotland, with people coming from
all over the Central Belt and northern England to check out the
In the last few years the Forestry Commission has
been building many new all weather mountain bike paths throughout
the forest. Some of these tracks are amongst the best single-track
routes you will find anywhere.
All the routes start form the main car park (click
for scalable map) nearest to the entrance of the forest
As well as some fantastic routes, there's also a café
called Hub in the Forest (www.thehubintheforest.co.uk)
with route maps, bike hire/spares/wash and the chance to take it easy
after a hard day's biking. There are also guided tours available.
There is a bike shop in Peebles (click
for scalable map), which does and sells all the usual things
including repairs and services, and there is a good selection
of B&B's, hotels and campsites for those who want to make
a weekend of it.
There are three colour coded routes of varying length and
difficulty, but it is easy to mix and match the routes if you
- Black is the more difficult
- Red is moderate
- Blue is the easier of the routes
The black route is the longest route that skirts the perimeter
of the forest and takes you up to the highest point called Dunslair
Heights. It is mostly technical single track with long climbs
and descents that test both skill and stamina.
The red route is not quite as long or technical as the black,
but it is still an excellent route with good viewpoints, fast
single track and testing climbs.
The blue route is excellent for beginners or as a warm up for
those going on to bigger things. Again it is mostly on singke
track, which is easy enough to build confidence but testing enough
to make you want more!
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