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Forestry and Land Scotland is making steady progress in clearing storm damage from trails and mountain biking routes across south Scotland.

With many recreational facilities and trails now open, FLS is about to start phase II of the clear up work tackling some of the worst hit locations.

Martin Page, FLS’ South Region Visitor Services Manager, said;

“We’ve made safe a lot of the easier to clear locations and are now turning our attention to some of the more challenging sites.

“There will be several weeks of chainsaw work, followed by some trail repair work but we hope to have completed this by March. However, any serious deterioration in the weather will mean additional delays.

“We know how important the trails are  for visitors and local businesses and we are doing all we can to repair the storm damage and re-open as quickly and safely as possible.

“Every day sees us move that bit closer to getting all the storm damage cleared from our visitor sites and we would urge everyone to keep checking our web pages for the latest updates.”

Almost all FLS car parks in the Region, around half of the 27 formal walking trails and around two thirds of the informal walking trails are open.

For mountain bikers, some Glentress, Innerleithen and Glentrool trails are already open and the next phase of clear-up work in the Tweed Valley is focussing on the Glentress blue trail and the first half of the black trail.

Work will also be carried out on the top section of Innerleithen’s Gold, Cresta and Matador downhill trails, the top Push up Path and some of the cross country trail.

It is also anticipated that several walking trails at Glentress, Cardrona and Cademuir will also be opened up by March.

Visitors should continue to check details on the FLS web pages.


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