Glentress

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MTB Trail Update (18 April)

All MTB Trails currently open, except on 25 April (5-8pm), 2 May, 9 May & 16 May for the KICC Dirt Crit Series. See below for times and details of trail closures.

The Boardwalk near the end of Magic Mushroom on the Red Mountain Bike Route is closed until the end of April. Look out for a tiny diversion just before the boardwalks, re-joining the trail just after.

Award-winning mountain biking and so much more

Glentress is rightly celebrated for some of the best mountain bike trails in the country. However, there's a lot more to it.

Visit for walking, tree-top adventure and magnificent views of the Tweed Valley. Or enter our Wildlife Room where you can watch our observation beehive, view our live osprey cams and learn more about other wildlife you may encounter in Glentress Forest. There's great coffee, food and cake in our buzzing café too.

Guide map to Tweed Valley Forest Park (PDF 3.8MB)

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Walking trails

Walking

Ponds Trail

Stroll around the enchanted Glentress ponds, an oasis of ash, birch and pine that is home to herons, bats and red squirrels.

Firm gravel path with regular seats. Short moderate ramps with some loose stones. Includes a wide kissing gate and bridge, and a narrow 0.85m opening.

Easy
½ miles / 0.9 km

Allow
¼ hour

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The ponds lie in a hollow where a grove of Douglas fir once stood. Some of the trees came down in a storm some 40 years ago, and the ponds are now a peaceful, sheltered corner of the forest. There are ten brass rubbings of forest animals and birds along the way, ideal for a family activity.

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Walking

Glen Trail

A trail notice is in effect

From 5pm to 8pm on Thursday 25 April, 2 May, 9 May and 16 May the Glen Trail will be closed for the KICC Dirt Crit Series races.

Discover the charms of Glentress Burn, passing its serene ponds before winding through the magnificent Douglas firs above.

Numerous short steep slopes with some loose gravel. Some narrow and uneven earth sections with exposed tree roots. A short flight of steps, and several kissing gates and narrow openings.

Moderate
2 miles / 3.3 km

Allow
1 hour

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The Douglas fir trees on ‘Dougie Bank’, just above the ponds, are nearly 100 years old. Some of the trees from this part of the forest now sail the high seas as masts on tall ships. Douglas fir from Glentress has also been used to build the café and toilet block at Glentress Peel.

Walking

Time Trail

Get a glimpse of our Iron Age past on this delightful high level promenade above the Tweed Valley, with spectacular views over Peebles to the Caddon Hills.

Mostly firm gravel surface. Some sections of uneven earth and grass with exposed tree roots. Long moderate slopes with some steeper sections.

Moderate
2 ¼ miles / 3.8 km

Allow
1½ hours

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Starting from the Buzzard’s Nest car park, visit the fortified settlements at Janet's Brae and imagine how our ancestors would have lived in this area over 2000 years ago on this fascinating route through a beautiful and varied area of the forest.

Walking

Buzzard’s Nest Trail

Explore the varied plantations of Glentress Forest, including characterful areas of Scots pine, Douglas fir and Norway spruce, and good views across the valley from the slopes of Cardie Hill.

Firm gravel and earth surface with loose and uneven sections. Long steep slopes for 400m. Includes kissing gates, narrow openings and some steps. Look out for vehicles and other users.

Strenuous
3 miles / 4.9 km

Allow
2 hours

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Along the way you’ll find stories about the foresters who’ve built Glentress, including the ‘Lumberjills’ – women who worked here during World War II.

Walking

Tower Trail

Climb to the top of Glentress Forest and pass the Iron Age settlement at Shieldgreen Tower. Magnificent views over Peebles and Soonhope Burn.

Rough earth and grass paths, often narrow. Several long and continuous steep slopes for over 500m. Some short muddy sections.

Strenuous
5 ¾ miles / 9.3 km

Allow
4 hours

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On Saturday 26 August expect mountain bikers crossing the Tower Trail due to the Peebles CC Youth Stage Race. Please look out for signs and follow Marshal’s advice.Starting from the Buzzard’s Nest car park, this trail takes you through remoter, mature woodland to some fine viewpoints to the north. You’ll often see buzzards and roe deer along the way.

Mountain biking trails

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Glentress is one of the world class 7stanes mountain bike venues. It features a wide range of trails for beginners and experts alike.

Glentress 7stanes mountain biking trail map (PDF 826KB)

Phytophthora Ramorum, a disease that kills larch trees, has reached nearby Innerleithen’s Traquair Forest. Please help slow the spread of the disease by making sure your bikes, shoes, kit, dogs, horses, buggies etc., are all clean before visiting the Glentress and other forests.  Our bikewash in the Peel car park is FREE - please could you help by cleaning your bike after your ride (and before if required) Thank you. #keepitclean

Uplift to the Buzzards Nest car park and shuttles around the Tweed Valley available on weekends with Adrenalin Uplift.  More info and to book here.

Get involved

If you’d like to get involved in the mountain biking community, check out the Glentress Trailfairies and the Tweed Valley Bike Patrol.

 

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Mountain Biking

Glentress Skills Area

Close to Buzzards Nest car park you'll find the skills area. Offering green, blue, red graded trails to help you choose the right trail for you.

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A place to practise and perfect your technique, suitable for kids, beginners or those looking for a refresher. Choose from the Blue or Green Loops, or the Red Trail to get warmed up.

Note: The skills area has undergone a makeover, with new features to help make it more attractive to families, kids and beginners. There are now some differences between the grading of the loops in the Skills Area 'on the ground' and what's detailed on the current 7stanes trail map. This will be updated soon.

Mountain Biking

The Lower Green Route

A trail notice is in effect

From 5pm to 8pm on Thursday 25 April, 2 May, 9 May and 16 May the Lower Green MTB Route will be closed for the KICC Dirt Crit Series.

An excellent beginner route through Glentress's oldest, tallest and most magnificant trees.

2 ¼ miles / 3.5 km

Green: Easy

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This trail starts and finishes at the Glentress Peel Visitor Centre. The route has gentle gradients and mellow bends that are a perfect introduction to mountain biking.

Mountain Biking

The Upper Green Route

A trail notice is in effect

From 5pm to 8pm on Thursday 25 April, 2 May, 9 May and 16 May the Upper Green MTB Route will be closed for the KICC Dirt Crit Series.

A fabulous trail that provides stunning views of Peebles, the Tweed Valley and the surrounding hills.

2 ¾ miles / 4.5 km

Green: Easy

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This purpose-built singletrack route starts from the Buzzards Nest Car Park, which is sign-posted from the forest entrance. It’s a fair old pedal up to the car park from the bottom of the forest (only 2km, but lots of climbing) so driving up is advised unless you’re feeling really fit!

Mountain Biking

The Glentress Blue Route

A trail notice is in effect

From 5pm to 8pm on Thursday 25 April, 2 May, 9 May and 16 May the Admiral section on the Blue mtb Route will be closed at post 33 with a diversion back to the Visitor Centre via the forest drive, for the KICC Dirt Crit Series.

A hidden gem that's big fun for all - from novices taking the next step up from green routes, to experienced riders. There are options along the way for earlier finishes or you can go for the full whack.

10 miles / 16.0 km

Blue: Moderate

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This route is split into a lower loop and upper loop – each 5 miles / 8km long. Start at the trailhead at Glentress Peel and climb as far as the Buzzards Nest. Then either descend on the bottom loop or continue on, to include the upper loop too. So many highlights, including Berm Baby Berm, Blue Velvet, Good Game. It’s all good. If you’ve got a mixed ability party, this is a great choice for the whole team.

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The Glentress Red Route

A trail notice is in effect

From 5pm to 8pm on Thursday 25 April, 2 May, 9 May and 16 May the Red mtb Route will be closed and diverted towards the end of Magic Mushroom with a diversion back to the Visitor Centre via a walking path and forest road, for the KICC Dirt Crit Series.

This world famous route is sure to put a huge grin on your face with its technical climbs, fabulous views, fast flowing descents, jumps and berms.

11 ¼ miles / 18.0 km

Red: Difficult

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The Red Route delivers some of the best riding in the country, including the legendary 'Spooky Wood' - a stunning 1.5km singletrack descent with sweeping bermed bends. The route's best ridden from the trailhead at Glentress Peel and is recommended for experienced riders only.

Mountain Biking

The Glentress Black Route

A trail notice is in effect

From 5pm to 8pm on Thursday 25 April, 2 May, 9 May and 16 May the Black mtb Route will be closed and diverted towards the end of Magic Mushroom with a diversion back to the Visitor Centre via a walking path and forest road for the KICC Dirt Crit Series.

A long, technical ride that includes epic climbing and thrilling descents.

18 miles / 29.0 km

Black: Severe

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Packed with epic climbs and nail-biting descents that’ll make you smile from ear to ear, the Black Route is a physically demanding ride.

Mountain Biking

Glentress Freeride Park

Packed full of advanced level features, the Freeride Park is an ideal spot for riders looking to push their skill levels, style it up, learn new tricks or just hang out and ride with friends. It's located right next to the Buzzards Nest Car Park.

¾ miles / 1.4 km

Orange: Extreme

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Check out the range of features big and small, which are perfect for practising your bike skills on. Whether you’re a novice freerider or a seasoned pro, there are areas built to suit all levels of experience. Read the onsite info panels before you jump on your bike.

Activities

Go Ape tree-top adventure

For a day you’ll remember, try the tree-top course at Go Ape. Climb rope ladders up into the branches and experience the thrills of trekking from tree to tree, some 40 feet above the forest floor! There’s a really long zip wire to finish, whizzing high over the ponds in the valley.

Tweed Valley Osprey Project

Since the 1990s, ospreys have been coming to the Tweed Valley to breed. The Tweed Valley Osprey Project works to make sure they’re protected and can find good places to nest. In the Tweed Valley Wild Watch centre you can see live footage of our birds.

Please note, we are experiencing some technical issues with the osprey camera feed at the moment. Weather, terrain and wear and tear can all affect the feed, so thanks for your patience while we find a solution.

News for 2019: We can confirm that returning breeding pair SS and his partner Mrs O have been seen on the main nest. Early days yet but first sightings are in.

Glentress bees

Our bees have gone on holiday for the winter but will return in the spring once temperatures get warmer. You can still read all about the bees, ospreys as well as other birds and wildlife in the comfort of our Wild Watch Room at the Gateway building. Collect a free activity booklet and pencils when you visit!

Facilities & access

Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Easy-access facilities
Easy-access facilities
Cafe or refreshments
Cafe or refreshments
Visitor centre
Visitor centre
Shower
Shower
Picnic area
Picnic area

Opening hours

  • The Gateway Building is open daily: 9am - 5.30pm
  • The café is open Monday to Friday: 9am - 5pm (last food orders 4pm) and Saturdays and Sundays: 9am - 6pm (last food orders 5pm)
  • The Alpine Bikes shop is open daily: 9am - 6pm

Car parking charges

  • £2 for up to 1 hour
  • £3.50 for up to 3 hours
  • £5 for full day
  • £20 for minibus and coach all day

Parking machines accept coins only.

Annual parking permits are also available. Contact us for more details.

Facilities for cyclists

  • Bikes can be hired from the Alpine Bikes shop onsite. Book your bike online before you visit.
  • Bike wash facilities can be found in the lower car park.
  • Changing rooms, lockers and showers can be found in the Gateway Building. Lockers cost £1. Showers accept £1 or 20p coins.

Dogs

Dogs are welcome in the visitor centre and café. There's water and sheltered tie-up points outside the café.

Events

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KICC Glentress Dirt Crits 2019 - Race 1

Starts
25/04/2019
6:00 pm
Ends
25/04/2019
8:00 pm

Price
£6 in advance; £8 on the day.

The Glentress Dirt Crits, organised by KICC, return for 2019.

Open to riders from 8 to 16 years old, the series consists of four races around a short circuit over four evenings in April and May.

Book online at British Cycling

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KICC Glentress Dirt Crits 2019 - Race 2

Starts
02/05/2019
6:00 pm
Ends
02/05/2019
8:00 pm

Price
£6 in advance; £8 on the day.

The Glentress Dirt Crits, organised by KICC, return for 2019.

Open to riders from 8 to 16 years old, the series consists of four races around a short circuit over four evenings in April and May.

Book online at British Cycling

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KICC Glentress Dirt Crits 2019 - Race 3

Starts
09/05/2019
6:00 pm
Ends
09/05/2019
8:00 pm

Price
£6 in advance; £8 on the day.

The Glentress Dirt Crits, organised by KICC, return for 2019.

Open to riders from 8 to 16 years old, the series consists of four races around a short circuit over four evenings in April and May.

Book online at British Cycling

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KICC Glentress Dirt Crits 2019 - Race 4

Starts
16/05/2019
6:00 pm
Ends
16/05/2019
8:00 pm

Price
£6 in advance; £8 on the day.

The Glentress Dirt Crits, organised by KICC, return for 2019.

Open to riders from 8 to 16 years old, the series consists of four races around a short circuit over four evenings in April and May.

Book online at British Cycling

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Glentress Seven 2019 MTB Race

Starts
25/05/2019
10:00 am
Ends
25/05/2019
5:00 pm

Price
£51

The Glentress Seven is now Scotland’s most popular MTB endurance event – a great day’s riding and racing for everyone, with the emphasis on great trails and a friendly, fun atmosphere.

Find out more and book your place at TweedLove

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Tweedlove Transcend Bike Festival 2019

Starts
07/06/2019
8:00 am
Ends
09/06/2019
6:00 pm

Price
£10 festival entry. More for race entry.

TweedLove’s award-winning festival launches its unique bikefest weekend. Don't want to enter a race? There's bike demos, an expo, DJs, live music, streetfood, workshops and family events.

Find out more and book tickets at TweedLove

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Specialized Trail Days MTB Festival

Starts
05/07/2019
8:00 am
Ends
08/07/2019
4:00 pm

Price
Visit www.traildays.co.uk for details.

A three day MTB festival run by Specialized bikes, with guided rides, coaching sessions, live music and entertainment.

Book tickets and camping at Trail Days

Getting here

The turn-off for Glentress is well signposted on the north side of the A72 between Peebles and Innerleithen.

Using SatNav?

EH45 8NB is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

Local bus services, including some from Edinburgh, pass the forest entrance. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.

Get in touch

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Phone
0300 067 6900
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