At last some detailed (good) news from the Forest Enterprise Scotland on the Glentress plans has come in. In July when the news of the £11.3 million project was first announced we were told 56 secluded luxury eco-cabins would be built, we would lose the iconic freeride area at Buzzard’s nest and to compensate there would be new biking trails and a walking route. This level of detail was light though and didn't cover how much would be spent on any new trails or the extent of the new trails themselves. As a result, negative press and difficult questions surfaced (see our article here)
Thankfully and possibly, as a result, of the press that ensued, Forest Enterprise Scotland has now revealed more details of the biking trails being proposed for Glentress Forest as part of this new £11.3 million eco-cabins development.
In summary, over £1 million is to be spent on the new biking trails which are a significant investment. Around 16 km of new trail will be built, a larger skills area, taster trails for beginners to experts, new descents linking to existing 7stanes trails and some hand-cut enduro style biking sections. This is much better news than feared and exactly what we asked them to detail when iBikeRide first wrote about this. If this had been revealed at the start and they would likely have avoided the backlash.
Pre-Planning applications for both the trails and the Forest Holidays eco-cabins have been submitted to Scottish Borders Council. The total investment for trails and the cabins are worth £11.3 million.
A two day consultation event at Glentress Peel is being planned for 1st and 2nd September where mountain bikers and other visitors can give their feedback on the cabin and biking plans. Sallie Bailey, Forest District Manager with Forest Enterprise Scotland said:
“With the proposal to locate 56 of the new eco-cabins in the Buzzard’s nest location we need to replace the old skills area and existing ‘freeride’ trails. The plan is to bring the new trail features closer to the Peel building on the nearby hillside. Our mountain biking rangers, who are all keen riders themselves, have been meeting with many local biking interests and explaining the plans in greater detail. The new features will give riders more trail, more skills training and new descents, drop offs and tabletops with some enduro type riding too”
Current biking plans up for consultation include:
- Larger area with bigger range of features to train on
- Area for kids balance bikes
- Green, blue, red and black sections for skills development
- Climbs and descents
- Rollers, small rhythm bumps and shallow berms
- Open area for gathering and coaching groups.
- Designed to take skills to the next step
- 6 short trails covering all grades of riding
- Two natural trails for enduro type riding
- Some trails to contain drop-offs, table tops, jumps similar to existing Freeride area
- Designed so sections can be ‘sessioned’ or used for group coaching.
- New sections to join the existing 7stanes trail network back to the Peel centre
- Will feature green, blue, red and black descents
- An area of descent will be left for a hand-cut enduro type descent back to the Peel centre.
So sounding better for Glentress? What do folk think? please share in the comments below and on social.