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News from the 7Stanes


There’s loads going on in thee Scottish hills over the winter including more trail building and bike related developments. It’s great news for singletrack lovers with a bunch of new trails due to be finished this winter…

At Ae the red route has a new single track climb to take out some of the red section on ‘Nil Desperandum’.

At Mabie the construction of three new sections of trail on the blue/green route has started and is progressing well.

Kirroughtree is getting a new 1.2 km section of trail added to the black-graded Black Craigs route, running from the road after Heartbreak hill and linking to the start of the Talnotry Hill section. 
More (1.3km) black single track before Hissing Sid due October 2006 and the storage area at Kirroughtree Visitor Centre is being converted into the ‘Shack’. A new business venture for bike hire and sales, spares, repairs and guided rides, hoped to be up and running in early 2007.

The skills loop at Dalbeattie is now finished except for the black sections (strictly for elite riders only!!!), which are awaiting the 7stanes team finishing touches! The launch of the skills loop is September 30th 2006. New red grade singletrack trail sections are due to finish December 2006.

Any day now Glentress will see construction of blue and green grade trails starting which should be finished by spring 2007.

Work has just started on the new 8km blue loop at Glentrool and should be completed by the end of November 2006.

And last but definitely not least the Innerleithen and Newcastleton centers have construction planned to start in 2007, so expect some new trails there too.

On the female news front, Ex-Scottish cross country champion, Julie Cartner from Dumfriesshire, has joined the 7stanes mountain bike project team. She will be looking after business liaison, marketing and promotion, event organization, visitor monitoring and developing outreach work to bring more groups into biking. “Through this job I want to help put the south of Scotland on the map as the best place in the world to go mountain biking, and to bring a mountain biker’s perspective to the management of the 7stanes.” Say hello to her when you’re next up at 7 Stanes.

For more information about trails of the 7 Stanes check out the official website www.7stanes.gov.uk

Photos thanks to Claire Jennings


7 Stanes – Dalbeattie


Skills routes

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