14/11/2012 | 10 comments
Destination: Jedforest Trails, Jedburgh, Borders
If you’re after manicured man-made all-weather singletrack, you’re probably better off heading to one of the nearby 7 Stanes centres but, if you want to log some miles on some quality semi-natural trails, there’s plenty of good riding to be had around Jedburgh.
How to get there
Jedburgh is on the A68, which runs between Newcastle and Edinburgh (roughly 55 miles from Newcastle and 45 from Edinburgh). Once in Jedburgh, turn into town and park in the main car park beside the Tourist Information Office.
Sat Nav: TD8 6BE
There are no trail head facilities as such but full facilities in Jedburgh.
The two Family Trails and the long Justice Trail are all reasonably way-marked but we’d recommend taking a map just in case you miss a turn. They’re not graded and, as they’re shared with other users including horse riders, keep an eye out. All the trails can get a bit boggy and cut up so they’re best ridden in the dry.
The first Family Trail is the 10.5km Dere Street Dash. You gain most of your height early on tarmac and forest roads but there is some wide-ish singletrack. Despite the family moniker, young kids would struggle but it is novice rider friendly.
There are two loops in Lanton Wood of 6.5km and 3.8km which have some roots and rocks and are a technical notch up from the Dere Street Dash.
All of the Family Trails form part of the 40km Justice Trail. It’s a big ride out and, although not technical, shouldn’t be underestimated. You’ll find some bumps, jumps and berms, some nice singletrack but also a fair bit of mindless slog. All things considered it’s a decent “true cross-country” ride but definitely best ridden in the dry.
Nearest bike shops
Simon Porteous Cycles, Kelso Tel: 01573 223 692
Teviot Cycles, Hawick Tel: 01450 377611
Pick up route maps from the Tourist Information Office and, as they are a bit tricky to find, get a pointer to the start of the trails.