Glentress and surrounding area - Trail, Peebles, Scottish Borders, United Kingdom

Glentress and surrounding area - Trail, Peebles, Scottish Borders, United Kingdom

DESCRIPTION

Glentress is a large forest with plenty of trails mapped but the best bet is to visit Bike Sport in Innerleithen (6 miles from Peebles) and ask them to mark out the new MTB trails. These are custom MTB trails, the best of which connect the dead end forest roads at the South East side of Glentress Forest. Superb technical downhill, and hardly any mud! Apparently it is even possible to hire someone to drive you up to the top! Ask at Bike Sport. Just across the River Tweed there are more trails in Elibank and Cardrona Forests, including downhill courses used in national DH championships: again, ask at Bike Sport - it's on your left just as you enter Innerleithen from the West (and no, I don't work there!)

USER REVIEWS

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[Feb 13, 2013]
Mark1
Cross Country Rider

My first review after several years of riding, so I'll be leaving reviews of all the routes I've done thus far.
Living in Sheffield it's a fair commute up to Glentress, so the best way is to go with a few pals and book yourself into some nice bike friendly lodgings as it works out not that much more than if you were camping.
Combine Glentress with some of the other 7 Staines and you'll have a blast of a weekend., Glentress, Innertleithen and Kirroughtree being the best.( Dalbeattie is just ok, i'll review this on the specific route)
Glentress... its brilliant. Nice gentle switch backs lead you most of the way to the top, all interspersed with some nice flowing single track, but when you get to the top, its well worth it,. Stuff your face with some Fizzy Crocodiles ( other sweets are available) as you'll need them. Its then a nice gentle rolling twisting decent to start where you can get your speed up and then its gets steeper and faster as you traverse down the side of the hill, all with bumps and jumps. Its very loose rock in places, but you'll be going that fast you'll be skipping over them. Just make sure that you aren't up someone's trumpet as this will spoil your decent, give them a few mins to get in front and similarly, make sure no-ones up yours.
A 20 min decent beckons, and where depending on your bravado, you'll either want to do it all again (like I did) and give it some beans on the second run round, or have forearms like Popeye!
When finished, off you pop to one of the other Staines. At a push in the height of Summer you can get 3 different Staines under your belt, (err that sounds wrong!!) I mean 3 of the 7 Staines. Enjoy!

Customer Service

Combine all the routes in one weekend!!

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Innerleithen, Kirroughtree.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Feb 13, 2013]
Mark1
Cross Country Rider

My first review after several years of riding, so I'll be leaving reviews of all the routes I've done thus far.
Living in Sheffield it's a fair commute up to Glentress, so the best way is to go with a few pals and book yourself into some nice bike friendly lodgings as it works out not that much more than if you were camping.
Combine Glentress with some of the other 7 Staines and you'll have a blast of a weekend., Glentress, Innertleithen and Kirroughtree being the best.( Dalbeattie is just ok, i'll review this on the specific route)
Glentress... its brilliant. Nice gentle switch backs lead you most of the way to the top, all interspersed with some nice flowing single track, but when you get to the top, its well worth it,. Stuff your face with some Fizzy Crocodiles ( other sweets are available) as you'll need them. Its then a nice gentle rolling twisting decent to start where you can get your speed up and then its gets steeper and faster as you traverse down the side of the hill, all with bumps and jumps. Its very loose rock in places, but you'll be going that fast you'll be skipping over them. Just make sure that you aren't up someone's trumpet as this will spoil your decent, give them a few mins to get in front and similarly, make sure no-ones up yours.
A 20 min decent beckons, and where depending on your bravado, you'll either want to do it all again (like I did) and give it some beans on the second run round, or have forearms like Popeye!
When finished, off you pop to one of the other Staines. At a push in the height of Summer you can get 3 different Staines under your belt, (err that sounds wrong!!) I mean 3 of the 7 Staines. Enjoy!

Customer Service

Combine all the routes in one weekend!!

Similar Products Used:

Innerleithen, Kirroughtree.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 21, 2011]
Clive on the cliff
Weekend Warrior

I rode the blue route with my other half and a couple of Canadiens. It was one of the most fun rides I've ever had. Almost to the point of letting go of the brakes (don't) and letting the trail take you - the flow was that brilliant, like being on rails. The highlight for both myself and my missus was the Blue Velvet. Like a roller-coaster. My other half hadn't done a good trail centre before and the smile on her face spoke volumes. It was over 6 months ago and we still talk about it.

Not to take your eye off the ball though, one of our riding buddys took a spill on a part of the trail where there were options to take small jumps with a 1-2ft drop. These were good fun though and avoidable if you're uncertain.

Not too aerobically challenging, but a certain level of fitness needed for the climbing.

Started the red, but time stopped us short. Can't comment on this.

Customer Service

Blue Velvet in the Blue is wide flowy and feels as smooth as a velodrome.

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The 7 Stanes are meant to be some of the best trails that side of the Scottish border. Only done the blue at Glentress though. Whinlatter or in the Lakes is a little ways away if you happen to pass and is a different kettle of fish entirely. Excellent descent on the North Loop.

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5
VALUE
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2
[Oct 25, 2008]
redrook
Weekend Warrior

The black trail is a bit of a slog, has a lot of uphill that burns you out before the good stuff. Just not fun.
The red route however is excellent! Theres also quite a bit of annoying uphill between the trail parts, which does disrupt your flow, but it gives you a chance to talk about the trail youve just done.
Also, at the end of the blue route theres a fun bit of smoothe track with jumps you can either roll over, or easily clear, which has some nice flow.
The freeride park/trail is just what you'd expect and very good.

Customer Service

The red route, has everything you need and you can reach the ewoke village northshore part of the black run from it.

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There are loads of single tracks all over the area. Not in the same area but if youre at a halfway point go north to laggan wolftrax, some of the best trails in scotland.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Mar 05, 2008]
alexgrandjot
Weekend Warrior

I have ridden all the trails in Glentress now and they are all masterpieces. the black route is a slog and a bit dissapointing so I only rode it once. the north shore bit (ewok village) can easily be reached from the red route aswell by turning left, uphill where the red route has its own north shore bit. the red route is a total blast which makes you forget about the long trek to the top. even the blue route was pretty cool when i took my nephew there. the jem in my view though is the new freeride park, which you could ride endlessly without getting bored. highly recommended, five stars.

Customer Service

red

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innerliethen, right next door.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 19, 2007]
KiltedOne
Weekend Warrior

Everything you could want within the area. Trail Centres with national DH with uplifts, to the green route for your granny. Also miles of unmarked, SWEET singletrack all over the area. You cannot fail to find singletrack heaven in the area.

Customer Service

Everything! I have been living in the area 6 months and am still loving every inch of trail. The closest is about 20 feet from my door!

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all the trails at the trail centres at Glentress and Innerleithen. Also the Jedburgh justice trails. The whole area is absolutely full of top quality trails. I have moved to the area about 6 months ago and am constantly finding new trail. Just park up, look for enticing singletrack off the beaten path and wham, another great ride. Can't recommend the area enough.

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5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Apr 06, 2006]
Bigkeeko
Weekend Warrior

First of all I`d like to say I think the seven stanes project has been an amazing venture for mountain bikers and I apprec iate everything that has been done.
I had read several reviews online regarding the `V trail` (black route) at Glentress and thought "Whey hey!, this is for me!" Emm, No.
I`ve been mountain biking for 13 years now and in that time I`ve covered most of what the sport has to offer (XC, trials, Freeride, DH) I`ve tried/dabbled in it all so when I read stuff like ` Awesome!! Will scare the pants off you!` and `Truly world class technical riding` or `Expert technical riders only attempt this`, I think "thats it I`m loading the bike into the car now!"
Arrived early and built the bike up with my mate and we headed off to tackle the `V trail`. Everybody was turning off to do the red route and we found there was very few people doing the black.This only got our enthusiasm up as we thought "This must be mental!"
4 hours odd later we realised why nobody was doing it. Its a slog. From start to finish. There WAS brillaint pieces of singletrack at the end, but by that time we were burnt out and too tired to enjoy it properly. 30kms. The majority seems like its uphill. I mean riding/pushing up good singletrack to ride down fireroad to go uphill on singletrack again.
If you`re in training for a race of whatever or you`re glutton for physical punishment or fitness freak then go for it.If you like to ride down great track for a mile ,then get off your bike and say "That was amazing!" Then avoid it. I`d say for my age I`m quite fit but I`m in mountain biking for the fun side of it.
No doubt somebody will disagree but hey, its only an opinion.
Helly hansen V trail? By the time you get to the good bit you`re done.

Customer Service

Red route. Not any less technical than the black (asides from the a little of the Northshore stuff)But fun.

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Kirroughtree. Flows better.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
[Sep 26, 2004]
JBone
Cross Country Rider

Superb set of trails overall, as pretty much else has pointed out (especially if you live in Edinburgh :) ) Some standouts: The black route is a hell of an aerobic challenge, no matter what level you're at. Novices will be happy to get round in an afternoon, experienced riders will race the erse out of it. The trail gives a great ride in beautiful surroundings without turning into a full-on epic. The blue route is masterfully put together, kudos to the trailbulders here. A great introduction to MTB for first timers with just the right amount of climbing mixed in with some fast non-technical descending. Definitely one to take your non-riding mates/other halves out on. One gripe concerns the level of technical riding, which is fairly average, especially on the black. Not a big deal (it's not like the black needs to get that much harder) but The Hub's marketing of this trail as one of the most challenging in the UK is bewildering, after a few rides you could clean it up on your kid sisters bike. This is mostly down to the climbs, which are tough up-hill grinds with zero technical challenge. Nit-picking aside, an impressive trail system that is deservedly one of the most popular in the UK

Customer Service

Black, red for a quick spin after work, blue with the missus

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Innerliethen, the Pentland hills have some fine aerobic stuff

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jan 07, 2004]
Scott Ramsay
Weekend Warrior

I was up in Scotland over xmas and had the pleasure of 3 visists to Glentress. The red route has a nice mixture of fireroad and singletrack climbing. None of the climbing is overly technical but there are a lot of switch backs. The descents are fast flowing singletrack with bermed turns and jumps. Grin inducing stuff. It took about and an hour and a half to complete The black run is somewhat longer. Again the climbing is a mixture of fireroads and singletrack. The single track climbing is more technical than the red route but is well within the reach of any competent rider. The black downhill is much more technically demanding than the red. Lots of rocks, tight switchback, drops etc. It ws snowing when we did this and it took about 3 hours in total

Customer Service

Red for fast fun descending Black for those wnating a more technical and bigger aerobic challenge - Ratings for the black.

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Had a day in the Pentlands which was top.

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5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Nov 23, 2003]
slimjim
Downhiller

im 16 an ride mainly dirt jumps an downhill an freeride this place is amazing do the black route even if u push up the hills the downhills r great. an if youve got the time go 2 inerlethen (however u spell it) make sure u book though its worth it very gud dh course but slightly painful on a hard tail. i traveled all the way from manchester 2 it for a weekend an im goin bak as soon as its fantastic.

Customer Service

the black route its long an hard but fun

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inerlethen (however u spell it)DH course make sure u book

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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