Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails

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201 Ardencraig Rd, G45 0HR Glasgow, United Kingdom
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The park is located approximately five miles south of the city centre immediately south of Castlemilk, north east of Carmunnock village and west of the housing suburbs of Fernhill and Cathkin.
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Cathkin Braes mountain bike trails are in the Cathkin Braes Country Park in the South East of Glasgow. It opened in June 2013 and was built for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The location is well placed as it is 200 metres above sea level making it the highest point in Glasgow. There are no facilities so go prepared. In June 2017 £616,766 of new funding was approved towards a new blue and red trails, a skills loop and a Velo solutions pump track. Work commenced in August 2017 and it is due to open in March 2018.

There will be:

• New floodlit car parking and road access
• One of the biggest Velosolutions UK Pump Tracks
• Skills coaching area including practice jumps 
• Race start area
• Blue grade access climb to new and existing trails 
• Blue graded flow trail descent 
• Red graded trail descent 
• Jump trail

Glasgow Life are also working to get toilet facilities installed. Full confirmation on this as soon as we have it.

 

Cathkin Braes Trail

  • The trail is a Red graded trail with Blue and Black options. Specifically, there are two Black sections on the Red route. Hence it is graded to suit different skill and fitness levels. 
  • It's  5.5 km long designed in a figure of eight. 
  • Features include drop off's, berms, exposed bedrock, steep descents, tough climbs, water splash, steps, rock boulders and flagstone causeways.   
  • The terrain is a mix of ancient woodland, and more exposed wide open spaces and stunning views that take in Glasgow city as its backdrop. 
  • The track is split into multiple sections with names that give a clue to the ride on that segment such as Propeller Point, Double Dare, Rest and Be Thankful, Broken Biscuits, Brig O’Doom and Clyde Climb.
  • New reds, blues, skills and pump track are kicking off development from August 2017.

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Overall rating 
 
3.6
Grin Factor 
 
3.8  (12)
Trail Variety 
 
3.7  (11)
Skills Development 
 
4.1  (11)
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4.1  (11)
Facilities 
 
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Grin Factor
Level of fun had, or to be had
Trail Variety
Variety of specific trail or overall trail centre. Mix of obstacles, berms, jumps, drops, shore etc.
Skills Development
Did it develop or push your skills and leave you with more to come back and learn
Trail Quality
Are the trails well built /maintained using sustainable techniques?
Facilities
From cafe post ride grub to bike wash. Did it meet your expectations?
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Grin Factor 
 
2.5
I just hope they warn dog walkers and walkers off the track
And maintaine it better if they do it will be a happier place to ride
Thanks

User Review

Good Points
If want to get fit on you're bike it's fantastic track
Brave hart is great fun
And the woodland part of the track is fast and fun to




Bad Points
I am with everyone else the dog walkers are a pain and I mean that literally .
I have had to go to the hospital on two occasions because of dog walkers
Thay should not be allowed on the track .
And I think it could be maintained better
I volunteered last year to help with repair of the track four hours wasted
Achieved nothing .
Apart from that it's a great we track
Would you recommend?
Yes
BM
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Catkin XC
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Grin Factor 
 
3.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
2.0
For a track to live near and with the additional trails and pump track being built its going to be really good for a local spot

User Review

Good Points
Decent loop with a few options to increase the difficulty.
Bad Points
Could be more technical
Would you recommend?
Yes
JB
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Good facility
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
2.0
Good

User Review

Good Points
Awesome wee xc loop, makes a great training ride to bash out a few laps on.
With the soon addition of a velosolutions pumptrack and trail exections, it's only going to get better!
Bad Points
Lack of facilitys, toilets etc...
Although I believe there may be plans made for that in the near future too.
Would you recommend?
Yes
BK
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Cathkin Braes
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
3.0
Get rid of the dog walkers please.

User Review

Good Points
Track is superb for what it is, a city trail.
Plenty of variation to each technical part.
Bad Points
The dog walkers are ruining the circuit, some are quite aggressive.
Would you recommend?
Yes
DP
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Cathkin Braes mtb course.
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
1.0
Some great wee trails that could do with a few more facilities.

User Review

Good Points
Compact, fun and varied trails, close to the city and with awesome views over the city.
Bad Points
No facilities at all, sometimes dog walkers can wander onto trails. Car park is dodgy after dark due to fact is popular with different nocturnal groups of folk.
Would you recommend?
Yes
A
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Good but watch for civilians and dogs
Overall rating 
 
3.2
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
2.5
Facilities 
 
1.0
Good trail close to Glasgow. There should be more!

User Review

Good Points
Nice, fast course. Som real fun it's.
Bad Points
Dog walkers and joggers on the trails. Zero facilities.
Would you recommend?
Yes
BN
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XC fun
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
4.0
Great get fit XC track. Tough and fun!

User Review

Good Points
Great for fitness, mixed terrain for a short track. Nice scenery
Bad Points
Lots of walkers with dogs
Would you recommend?
Yes
AB
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avoid the dogs, their poo, the owners and the horses
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
great views and a cracking variety to this trail- its a red with blue and black sections with some real technical climbing, fast swooping downhills, gnarly roots, rising and falling fast trails through forest, exposed rock sections, drop offs of varying difficulty the actual trail is excellent though short. the shortness actually helps you since you get to repeat and polish up your line again soon enough. parking is plentiful and free although there are no other facilities so pack well. some of the trails aren't well marked out and at times its hard to work out which way is next until you are familiar with the course. that said, once i learnt the course i have found it very rewarding. an excellent facility to leave after the games, i wonder though how much priority is going into maintaining it.
I'm going to mention the dog poo again. I'm sick of having s**t splashes up my back, in my linkage and on my water bottle! I've come home from here stinking and with a stinking bike this is one area where a real effort could be made

User Review

Good Points
this would be a great track were you able to get a uninterrupted run. get up right early otherwise dogs and walkers all over the bike runs especially on a good day.
cracking views, some great technical sections and plenty variety to the bike runs
good parking
free
Bad Points
big signs saying no trail biking on walking routes but what about dogs and their owners on bike sections? i have never been able to get a fast run round this mountain bike track because of other non bike users, despite the fact that there are far more walking trails.
every time I've been on it I've been sprayed with dog poo but the horse ones are easier to see.
poor signposting at times, poorly delineated trails too in place
no facilities
too much dog poo, dog owners and horse s**t at times spoil a good track- difficult to do a timed run
Would you recommend?
Yes
PS
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Cathrin Braes
(Updated: December 24, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
3.9
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
1.0
Good all round trail lots of exciting bits on the trail, slalom section in particular! There is a lot of variety from roots to rocks to forest to open hill side all in such a short area! The hills are hard work but the downhill makes up for it!
The different grades for some sections keeps is interesting, and allows a good place and gauge to advance your skills!

User Review

Good Points
Lots of trail variety,
Close to glasgow
Short trail so you'll do a few laps and can section bits
Bad Points
No facilities to speak of, come prepared.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Overall rating 
 
3.1
Grin Factor 
 
3.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
1.0
I enjoyed this course apart from two things.
1.There are more dog walkers on the trial than cyclists despite having miles of existing footpaths to use.
2. A group of neds were hitting golf balls from the radio mast down on to the tracks below adding a unique Glaswegian flavour.

It could also probably do with some signposting from the surrounding towns.

User Review

Good Points
Bit of everything thrown in a short course
Close to the city
Bad Points
Dog walkers
Golfing neds
Would you recommend?
Yes
F
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