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Forestry and Land Scotland is advising visitors to Glentress that from 17 April the café and bike shop will close for up to two months while the boardwalk is replaced.

Installing the replacement surface is the latest phase of FLS’ £6 million investment in the Masterplan development programme that will help mark out the Tweed Valley as a top-flight visitor destination.

Although the café and bike shop will close temporarily, on-site café facilities will be in place and toilets will be available at the FLS gateway building.

Martin Page, Regional Visitor Services Manager said;

“With the bulk of the heavy work done, this is us beginning to put the icing on the cake and adding those finishing touches that will further improve and enhance the Glentress experience for all visitors.

“Over the past few months we’ve worked closely with our partners to minimise disruption and we know that this has been appreciated by those visitors who have continued to enjoy what Glentress has to offer.

“Integral to creating a sustainable future for Glentress and its partners in hospitality & cycle retailing, the resurfacing will unfortunately cause some inconvenience and we would like to apologize for that in advance.

“And we’d also re-assure everyone that the café and the bike shop will soon be re-opening  for business.”

Early feedback on the Masterplan work has been hugely positive and suggests that the anticipated boost to visitor numbers and the local economy are on-track to be realised.

While the boardwalk replacement is underway, visitors can take advantage of the additional car parking near the entrance. Temporary diversions will also be in place to help guide visitors around the site.

The boardwalk replacement will be completed in June ahead of the site being handed over to the UCI World Cup event organisers who will begin their preparations for the August start date.

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) manages forests and land owned by Scottish Ministers in a way that supports and enables economically sustainable forestry; conserves and enhances the environment; delivers benefits for people and nature; and supports Scottish Ministers in their stewardship of Scotland's national forests and land.

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  3. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Media Manager, Forestry and Land Scotland Media Office 07785 527590 or