Glentress mountain bike trail centre is part of the 7stanes MTB network in the Scottish Borders. It consists of black, red, blue and green trails as well as an all ability skills Loop and an orange graded freeride bike park.
In March 2018 the Scottish Borders Council's planning committee unanimously approved a project that will see more than 50 "eco-cabins" and 10 miles (16km) of new trails constructed on the site. It will mean we will lose the iconic freeride area at Buzzard’s nest and to compensate there would be new biking trails and a walking route.
Currently, these are planned to be: 1) a Skills Area with a Larger area with a bigger range of features to train on. 2) Six new short 'Taster' trails covering all grades of riding. 3) Two natural trails for enduro type riding with drop-offs, table tops, jumps similar to existing Freeride area and 4) New green, blue, red and black descents.
Current Trails Available Today
Skills Loop (green)
- The skills loop at Glentress lets you practice and develop your skills before heading out onto the trails. There are timber and rock features and obstacles. It has separate sections graded green, blue and red to aid skill progression across all technical levels.
- The Glentress green trails range from 3.5 to 4.5km in length. they cater for family and beginners. One starts from the Buzzards Nest car park and the other from the Glentress Peel visitors centre.
- The blue route at Glentress is made up of an 8km lower (recommended) and an 8km upper loop. You can do them separately or tie them together for the full 16km! Some of the best swooping and flowing sections are Electric Blue, Betty Blue, Blue Velvet and the latest Berm Baby Berm.
- The 18km red trail at Glentress is the most popular of all the trails here. Some of the sections of note are Pennels Vennel which is a quick blast of single track, Spooky Wood with kickers, sweeping berms followed by small jumps and flowing tabletops, Super G section with berm after berm and jump after jump, Hit Squad section the most rooty, twisty, technical section of the trail, Pie Run and Magic Mushroom. Like all the trails at Glentress, it is constantly being developed and having sections added.
- In June 2017 they opened a new 298-metre red MTB descent called Mild Peril.
- The 29km black is graded black/severe. This is a challenging, long and technical epic ride, taking in some of the remoter parts of Glentress Forest and should only be attempted by experienced riders with expert technical skills.
Freeride Bike Park
- This starts as mentioned in the section before up the climb from the trail centre. It starts from Buzzard's Nest Car Park so of course you can drive up here and spend the day here as your base. The bike park offers a series of runs that can be completed end to end or you can take small sections and just session them over. One of the most well-designed bike parks there is a decent taster of everything; berms, table tops, doubles, step ups, shore, kickers and even a double wall. There are 23 jumps in its 650 metres footprint.
In 2015 Glentress took 2nd place for UK Trail of the Year, 1st place for Scottish Trail of the Year and 1st place for the UK XC Centre of the Year
- Use postcode EH45 8NB to reach Glentress, then follow signs for the trailhead. Join the A703 to Peebles just south of the Edinburgh City Bypass (A720). Note that the road becomes the A701 between Penicuik and Leadburn, but reverts to being the A703 from Leadburn to Peebles.
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