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Most downhill trails are open – see below for details. The XC Trail remains closed but a route (with diversions around worst storm damaged areas) is reopening soon.

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The best downhill and enduro mountain-biking in the area

A 7stanes destination, Innerleithen is renowned for its four downhill trails, all of them orange-graded Bike Park Extreme. There's also some serious cross-country action on the challenging red-graded Innerleithen XC trail.

Mountain biking trails

The 7Stanes logo. including the text "Mountain bike trails"

Innerleithen 7stanes route card (PDF)

Brilliant uplift service at Innerleithen Trails! More info at: www.adrenalinuplift.co.uk.

Phytophthora Ramorum, a disease that kills larch trees, has reached 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 Innerleithen and other forests. Thank you. #keepitclean

Mountain Biking

Innerleithen XC (closed)

A trail notice is in effect

The XC Trail is closed due to extensive storm damage, though Cadon Bank (final descent back to car park) is now back open.  

Not for the faint hearted, this route includes a leg-burning climb, some thrilling singletrack descents and optional black graded features.

Red: Difficult
11 ¾ miles / 19.0 km

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You’re on single track right out of the car park, with a switchback climb through the forest and a lung-busting climb to the summit of Minch Moor ahead of you. It’s back to singletrack on the way down, with jumps, drop-offs and optional black-grade features.

Mountain Biking

Innerleithen Downhill (diverted)

A trail notice is in effect

All downhill trails closed on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 May for Tweedlove x Pirelli Vallelujah Enduro. At other times: 

Gold Run: all open.

Cresta Run: all open.

Matador: all open except drop near end of Matador middle closed for maintenance with short diversion to road.

Make or Brake: upper and middle sections closed due to extensive storm damage. 

Cadon Bank open.

Unwaymarked trails: Angry Sheep and Greenwing trails open. More reopening officially soon.

Push Ups: Main Push Up path to top of DH trails – all open.

Some of the best downhill routes in the country.

Orange: Extreme
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The mix of 'natural' and machine-built routes drops steeply through the forest from the summit of Plora Rig.

All routes are graded 'extreme', with small, medium and large features. Full face helmet, gloves, body armour and a downhill specific bike are strongly recommended for all trails.

The four waymarked downhill tracks are:

  • Make or Brake: 1.2 miles / 2km
  • Matador: 1.2 miles / 1.9km
  • Gold Run: 0.9 miles / 1.4km
  • Cresta Run: 0.9 miles / 1.5km
  • Double D (optional line): 0.4km

Activities

Walking

Walkers are welcome at Innerleithen, except on the mountain bike trails, where it’s unsafe to walk. We recommend walking the section of The Southern Upland Way, which passes through Traquair village and heads up on to Minch Moor.

Trails in Innerleithen:

The trails and facilities in Innerleithen make it a popular destination for mountain bikers, but there are plenty of other paths that cater for a quieter time in the forest. Find out more about how we’re working to create ideal environments for walking, mountain biking and horse riding in the Tweed Valley Forest Park.

Tweed Valley Zoning Plan (PDF 6MB)

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
Mountain biking
Mountain biking
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Picnic area
Picnic area

The nearest public toilets and places to eat are in Innerleithen.

Car parking information

The charges to park at Innerleithen are:

Payment options: Card only

  • £1.50 for up to 1 hour
  • £4 for all day
  • £14 for minibus or coach all day 

Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates. Nearby car parks with free parking can be found in our local forest list without the £ symbol. 

Annual parking pass available:

Blue badge holders park free. Please display your Blue Badge clearly.

More parking info

Bike uplift service

Maximise your time on the trails with Adrenalin Uplift. When available, this shuttlebus service runs every 15 minutes, carrying up to 64 riders and their bikes to the top of the hill.

Visit Adrenalin Uplift to book day, weekend and season passes.

Stay the night

Motorhomes and campervans that are self-contained and have their own toilet facilities will be able to stay overnight at this car park from 1 April – 31 October 2022.

To help plan your stay, please see the details below:

  • Height barrier – No
  • Motorhome capacity of car park – 8
  • Suitable for large vehicles/caravans – Yes
  • Parking notes – Please use car park behind the mountain bike trail head, behind main car park. Pot holes on site. Site can flood in heavy rain. Please leave a 4m gap between other motorhomes.

Please visit our Stay the Night page for full details, participating locations, best practice, and terms and conditions of use.

Stay the night

Getting here

From the main road through Innerleithen village, look for the road sign for '7stanes Trails' next to St James' Church. The car park is ½ mile along this road on the left.

Using SatNav?

EH44 6PW is the nearest postcode, a little to the south-west.

Public transport

Innerleithen village is well-served by buses. It's a ½ mile walk to the forest from the nearest bus stop. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.

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Get in touch

Have a question or suggestion for improvement?

Phone
0300 067 6900 (option 1)
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