Home  >>Trails >> Trails Around The World >>Europe >>United Kingdom >>

Lat: Lng:

Glentress and surrounding area

Average Rating:    (4.78 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 49

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!)
discuss this trail in the Other Areas forum >>
post pictures of this trail >>
search for trail pictures >>

This trail doesn't have any Longitude and Latitude data for the map. Participate and drag the red marker to the correct location.
Enter a Starting Point (City, State, or Landmark)


[X]Cancel
Latitude
55.6512483633028
Longitude
-3.1475830078125
Trail Directions
From Edinburgh, take the A703 to Peebles (25 miles), then the A72 towards Innerleithen and Galashiels. After about 2 miles, Glentress car park is off to the left. Or you can ride, off road from Peebles.
Trail Length
5-25 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Peebles, Scottish Borders
   


Sort Reviews by:  Latest Review | Best Rating
Reviews 1 - 5 (49 Reviews Total) View All | Next 5

Review Date
February 13, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

Rate this review?

Reviewed by: Mark1 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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!

Recommended Route:
Combine all the routes in one weekend!!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Innerleithen, Kirroughtree.



Would you like to Comment?
Join MTBR for a free account, or Login if you are already a member.

Review Date
February 13, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

Rate this review?

Reviewed by: Mark1 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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!

Recommended Route:
Combine all the routes in one weekend!!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Innerleithen, Kirroughtree.



Would you like to Comment?
Join MTBR for a free account, or Login if you are already a member.

Review Date
January 21, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

Rate this review?

Reviewed by: Clive on the cliff ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
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.



Would you like to Comment?
Join MTBR for a free account, or Login if you are already a member.

Review Date
October 25, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

Rate this review?

Reviewed by: redrook ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
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.



Would you like to Comment?
Join MTBR for a free account, or Login if you are already a member.

Review Date
March 5, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

Rate this review?

Reviewed by: alexgrandjot ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
red

Other recommended trails in the same area:
innerliethen, right next door.



Would you like to Comment?
Join MTBR for a free account, or Login if you are already a member.
Reviews 1 - 5 (49 Reviews Total) View All | Next 5
 


Kind Shock:

Kind Shock LEV 125mm
$349.00
$395.00
BikeBling.com


Shimano DEORE XT:

WH-M775 26 in
$299.97
$650
Crosslake Sales Inc.