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No. of Trails: 5
Facilities:
Car Park
Toilets
Bike Shop
Bike Hire
Bike Wash
Cafe
Showers
Location:-
Using SatNav or GPS? Use postcode EH45 8NB to reach Glentress, then follow signs for the trail head. From Edinburgh & Peebles Join the A703 to Peebles just south of the Edinburgh City Bypass (A720). Note that the road becomes the A701 between Penicuik and Leadburn, but reverts to being the A703 from Leadburn to Peebles. At Peebles, take a left at the roundabout where the A703 meets the A72. Follow the A72 east towards Innerleithen. Glentress is signposted, with the 7stanes trails signposted a little further on. Follow the road for around 3.5km. The entrance to Glentress is on the left.

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Description:-
Possibly the most iconic of the Scottish trail centres, this venue owes much of its popularity to its location, wealth of facilities, and the breadth of trails on offer here.

Situated in the mountain biking Mecca that is the Tweed Valley, Glentress caters to all abilities with trails of green, blue, red and black grades. There is also a skills area and an orange grade freeride park, not to mention various opportunties to work in some of the natural trails in the area, such as the classic Gypsy Glen, for example.

As for facilities, Glentress has the entire works - just remember to bring some change for the showers and the parking meter!


Trails at Glentress

Summary


Trail TitleLength (Miles)Ascent (Mtrs)Time (Hrs)Tech GradeFitness Grade
Black15.59332.5 Hard Hard
Gypsy Glen134832.5 Moderate Moderate
Red Route115942 Moderate Moderate
Blue Route9.34521 Easy Easy
Tweedlove 2012 natural26.29914.5 Easy Very Hard

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brianelliott65 gave this trail 5 stars about 3 years ago
richlee7 gave this trail 5 stars about 3 years ago
Love Glentress what more can i say.....Spooky Wood :-)
darrel gave this trail 5 stars about 3 years ago
Favourite thing about this loop is that you can arrive at Scotland's busiest trail centre on a sunny public holiday and yet completely escape the masses within the first few miles of the black. Althou... read whole comment...
cat89 gave this trail 4 stars about 5 years ago
portydave gave this trail 5 stars about 5 years ago

Black


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Length: 15.5 Miles
Ascent: 933 m
Time: 2.5 hrs
Tech Grade: Hard
Fitness Grade: Hard
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(5 votes so far)
Description:-
Lots of climbing and fast, flowing, rocky singletrack descents.

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Great natural trail, fire roads up through the forest, was a bit boggy once left the forrest so a bit of pushing. The descent from kirkhope was brill, id say its a Red/blue grade, some super fast b... read whole comment...
robin84 gave this trail 5 stars about 1 month ago
Love this place!!
sgdinsdale gave this trail 5 stars about 1 year ago
The climb was hard work but worth it once you leave the trees and start to take in the amazing views. A bit boggy after the gate before the climb up Kirkhope Law but it been lashing down the day b... read whole comment...
hedleyp gave this trail 4 stars about 3 years ago
Great natural trail! Nice steady climb and then a real mix of terrain for the fast decent.
andyduncan75 gave this trail 4 stars about 3 years ago
A refreshing change from all the man-made stuff at Glentress
wayne gave this trail 4 stars about 5 years ago

Gypsy Glen


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Length: 13 Miles
Ascent: 483 m
Time: 2.5 hrs
Tech Grade: Moderate
Fitness Grade: Moderate
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(5 votes so far)
Description:-
This trail is actually nothing to do with Glentress at all. But the Glentress car park is a great place to start and finish this ride (although there is a P&D car park at the start of the trail if you prefer to really get away from the crowds). Gypsy Glen is not part of Glentress and it has a totally different character to all the man made stuff in GT. It is very much a natural ride (in fact it is quite 'unmarked' in places), muddy in sections, but worth it for the descent.

This route has you crossing the river Tweed via a small foot bridge at Tag1. Don’t be too surprised when you realise you are in the middle of a golf course (only on the tracks of course). Then there is a wee burn to cross at Tag2 (it was rideable when we crossed it). Then you have lots of fire road to climb most of the way up the hill.

Once you pop out of the trees you have some boggy open heath land to cross and ultimately you climb up to the top of Kirkhope Law (537m). From there you have an undulating descent down the ridgeline all the way back in to Peebles. The descent is fast and grassy in places, but has loads of rocks and interesting features to keep you awake. It has a very natural feel to it.

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Jeez! Spooky Wood section is amazing! You wont get bored of that I promise you!
richlee7 gave this trail 5 stars about 3 years ago
Did the whole red route but adding on bits of the blue to give a total distance of around 18miles in a slowish 3hr45mins (car to car, parked in the bottom carpark). Every named trail has a different c... read whole comment...
ravelin gave this trail 4 stars about 3 years ago
stoneymtb gave this trail 5 stars about 4 years ago
Excellent venue, great facilities and a down that is totally worth the up. Loved it almost as much as Golspie!
2wheelbarrow gave this trail 5 stars about 5 years ago
Nice mix of trail and the climbs are enjoyable - not all fireroad. Good fun and a good leg stretcher.
dickbarton gave this trail 4 stars about 5 years ago

Red Route


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Length: 11 Miles
Ascent: 594 m
Time: 2 hrs
Tech Grade: Moderate
Fitness Grade: Moderate
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(9 votes so far)
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Built between 1998 - 2000 and tweaked and updated ever since, the Red is a classic trail that has everything: big climbs, fast flowing descents, jumps and berms in abundance, elevated timber trail, roots and rocks – it’ll leave you grinning from ear to ear!
- From the 7 Stanes website

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Didn't do all of the Blue route but did manage most of it whilst doing the Red by doubling back in places. What I did do though was great fun! Betty Blue & Electric Blue flow well, although the former... read whole comment...
ravelin gave this trail 5 stars about 3 years ago
stoneymtb gave this trail 5 stars about 4 years ago
The understated blue route at GT is fantastic. For those who think it wont be hard enough time yourself from Buzzards nest down. Top times are around 2.30. Now try it.
bigmadchris gave this trail 5 stars about 5 years ago
If only all blue-graded loops were this good! This trail proves that a high % of boring fire road is not always implicit in blue grading. Plenty of feature-rich singletrack which is fun to ride whatev... read whole comment...
cat89 gave this trail 4 stars about 5 years ago
legolam gave this trail 5 stars about 5 years ago

Blue Route


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Length: 9.3 Miles
Ascent: 452 m
Time: 1 hr
Tech Grade: Easy
Fitness Grade: Easy
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(5 votes so far)
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A great introduction to mountain biking. The trail is silky smooth and has some great features, the best of which is probably the "Berm Baby Berm" section. Guaranteed to have mountain bikers of all levels grinning!

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Tweedlove 2012 natural


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Length: 26.2 Miles
Ascent: 991 m
Time: 4.5 hrs
Tech Grade: Easy
Fitness Grade: Very Hard
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This was the route of the Natural Tweed 2012. Which was part of the week long Tweedlove festival that runs near then end of May/begin June each year.

This was my first shot at real xc mtb'ing and after doing this I have never looked back and been out doing other xc routes in the scotish borders most weekends since this back in June!!!

This as the title sugest's all natural track's I put this in the Glentress trail as you could start from there if you want.

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Average rating for the trails at Glentress


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Overall comments about Glentress


Impressive set-up with plenty of parking and swish toilet/changing/shower facilities to justify the £3 parking charge. Trails are fun and well marked, but make sure you take a trail map first time.
ravelin commented about 3 years ago
Red is an excellent route but Im not so keen on the black. Reds got a bit more interest. Bllack seems to be more about distance. As a whole though Glentress is excellent. Decent facilities,plenty cho... read whole comment...
bigmadchris commented about 5 years ago
Classic venue, with lots of different trails to ride. The red and blue routes can be a bit busy on a nice weekend, but the black never sees excessive traffic.
cat89 commented about 5 years ago

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