In a bid to create more singletrack than motorway in Scotland
11th September saw the opening of yet another mountain bike trail in Peebles in the
Officially opening the trail was the deputy minister for the Environment John Hulme
Robertson alongside downhill rider Emma Guy and cross country ace Tracy Brunger.
Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to the tune of twenty thousand pounds the trail
comprises of 14km of mainly single-track with 35 hairpins, 3 tabletops, 4 sets of
doubles, 6 bridges, 10 drop-offs, as well as a total of 1400ft ascending. Riding
times are estimated from 60mins for the super fit to 150mins for the aerobically
The route has been constructed using a hard-core base, and with most of the trail
sheltered in the trees, should withstand anything the Scottish weather can throw
Pete Laing the route designer visited trails in America and Switzerland in a bid
to create a unique riding experience. Next month also sees the creation of a freeride/jump
area in the forest, as well as an extra 2km on the route to take in a viewpoint of
the Tweed Valley. Already known as a fat tyre mecca due to the proximity of Innerleithen
(6miles)-site of this years National downhill and cross country championships, Glentress
Forest is ideally situated just 1/2 mile outside the town of Peebles, which is geared
up splendidly for the visitor, so good food and accommodation is in abundance.
We’re awaiting pics and further info, but this sounds like a location that is worth visiting!
Call Peebles Tourist Information Centre
on 01721 720138 for more details