Newcastleton Forest’s Caddrouns Blue route has been upgraded, with an extra 2km of singletrack being added to the existing 6km trail.
The addition means that almost half of the trail consists of purpose built singletrack. As it’s intended for novice/intermediate riders, much of the trail is wide, smooth and gentle gradients, although bermed corners, rock steps and boardwalks also feature.
The work forms part of a series of planned improvements to Newcastleton, Scottish Borders. Upgrades include new signs at the skills area, two new trailhead features and, though just a possibility at the moment, the re-opening of the Dykecroft Visitor Centre.
Construction of a further one kilometre of blue trail is also underway.
“The 7stanes has focused on creating a series of new mountain biking trails across southern Scotland to both expand the number of visitors to the area and encourage more novices and beginners into the sport,” says 7stanes Project manage Colin Williamson.
“We hope the addition of more blue grade trails and improvements to the skills area at Newcastleton will encourage local residents and visitors alike to come and try the delights of the Newcastleton Forest. We are also in regular touch with our counterparts in Kielder Forest to look at ways to improve cross-border links and are in the process of introducing additional signs for the Reivers’ Trail.”
The upgraded trail will complement the existing routes in Newcastleton, which currently include a green skills area, an additional 8km blue trail, a 10.5km red route and an extensive North shore Area (Orange Bike Park grade) with several raised timber features.
Paul Elborn, Chair of Newcastleton, Development, Tourism and Leisure Group says: “We’re delighted that the trails at Newcastleton have been extended and improved. There are increasing numbers of experienced riders as well as families on days out and these enhancements will ensure that they continue to visit Newcastleton. There’s definitely something for everyone now whatever your level of experience. Come and enjoy it.”
For more information on Forestry Commission Scotland’s mountain bike trails visit www.forestry.gov.uk/mtbscotland.