Glentress Mountain Bike Trail Centre

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Glentress mountain bike trail centre is part of the 7stanes MTB network in the Scottish Borders. It consists of black, red, blue and green trails as well as an all ability skills Loop and an orange graded freeride bike park.

In March 2018 the Scottish Borders Council's planning committee unanimously approved a project that will see more than 50 "eco-cabins" and 10 miles (16km) of new trails constructed on the site. It will mean we will lose the iconic freeride area at Buzzard’s nest and to compensate there would be new biking trails and a walking route.

Currently, these are planned to be: 1) a Skills Area with a Larger area with a bigger range of features to train on. 2) Six new short 'Taster' trails covering all grades of riding. 3) Two natural trails for enduro type riding with drop-offs, table tops, jumps similar to existing Freeride area and 4) New green, blue, red and black descents. 

Current Trails Available Today

Skills Loop (green)

  • The skills loop at Glentress lets you practice and develop your skills before heading out onto the trails. There are timber and rock features and obstacles. It has separate sections graded green, blue and red to aid skill progression across all technical levels. 

Green routes

  • The Glentress green trails range from 3.5 to 4.5km in length. they cater for family and beginners. One starts from the Buzzards Nest car park and the other from the Glentress Peel visitors centre. 

Blue route 

  • The blue route at Glentress is made up of an 8km lower (recommended) and an 8km upper loop. You can do them separately or tie them together for the full 16km! Some of the best swooping and flowing sections are Electric Blue, Betty Blue, Blue Velvet and the latest Berm Baby Berm.

Red route

  • The 18km red trail at Glentress is the most popular of all the trails here. Some of the sections of note are Pennels Vennel which is a quick blast of single track, Spooky Wood with kickers, sweeping berms followed by small jumps and flowing tabletops, Super G section with berm after berm and jump after jump, Hit Squad section the most rooty, twisty, technical section of the trail, Pie Run and Magic Mushroom. Like all the trails at Glentress, it is constantly being developed and having sections added. 
  • In June 2017 they opened a new 298-metre red MTB descent called Mild Peril.

Black Trail

  • The 29km black is graded black/severe. This is a challenging, long and technical epic ride, taking in some of the remoter parts of Glentress Forest and should only be attempted by experienced riders with expert technical skills.

Freeride Bike Park 

  • This starts as mentioned in the section before up the climb from the trail centre. It starts from Buzzard's Nest Car Park so of course you can drive up here and spend the day here as your base. The bike park offers a series of runs that can be completed end to end or you can take small sections and just session them over. One of the most well-designed bike parks there is a decent taster of everything; berms, table tops, doubles, step ups, shore, kickers and even a double wall. There are 23 jumps in its 650 metres footprint. 

Other Stuff

  • In 2015 Glentress took 2nd place for UK Trail of the Year, 1st place for Scottish Trail of the Year and 1st place for the UK XC Centre of the Year

Directions

  • Use postcode EH45 8NB to reach Glentress, then follow signs for the trailhead. Join the A703 to Peebles just south of the Edinburgh City Bypass (A720). Note that the road becomes the A701 between Penicuik and Leadburn, but reverts to being the A703 from Leadburn to Peebles.

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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
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Mix and match
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5.0
Been around a while and changes are coming. Volunteer Trailfairies keep the trails in good nick. Add snow and frost and the trails have another level of fun added.

User Review

Good Points
So many options from green, blue, red, black and skills sections. You can mix and match the trails to get the most from your visit. I warm up on green as it is flowing and gets more technical towards the end so you can shake down and make sure your bike is set up before the more technical trails. A black section climb, red and fast blues back down. Local low cost accommodation and town nearby with shops and amenities. 30 mins from Edinburgh. Good to see skills courses from various providers getting more folk enjoying heir bikes.
Bad Points
Near Edinburgh so gets busy on a saturday morning, occasional queues at the popular red and blues.
Would you recommend?
Yes
PD
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I could have spent a week there
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4.2
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4.5
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4.5
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4.5
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3.5
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3.5
I only rode the blue and the free ride area, both are brilliant

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Good Points
Free ride area, good descents, parking, camping, cafe
Would you recommend?
Yes
AH
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Glentress
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If you need a ride Glenntress almost always delivers no matter the weather!

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Good Points
Everything is easy to access. Great for rainy days, bike wash is great. I like the food and the feeling of the cafe.
Bad Points
I wish the cafe had views of the area. Big windows, no view. Big mistake when they built that building. More black level natural trails.
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Yes
DL
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Fun
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5.0
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You go up, you come down smiling. Simple as that. Good facilities and the cafe is very nice. Wasn't busy at all when we went on weekday end of april.

User Review

Good Points
Fun downhill.
Great facilities
Bad Points
Lots of uphill.
Lacks a bit of xc
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Yes
A
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Mechanics in bike hire shop
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3.7
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4.0
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2.5
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3.5
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I just want to say me and three mates drove up from Manchester for the weekend had a top ride till my back brake died on me ? l called in the bike hire shop and thanks to a TOP Mechanic called ANDY who fitted and Loaned me a spare brake lever for FREE my weekend was not ruined. What a brilliant guy ? lf anybody gets a chance go and say hello ??

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Good Points
The weather was superb for the last weekend in September, did the black route - very good ?
Bad Points
My back brake !
Would you recommend?
Yes
R
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Insane in the 7Stanes
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5.0
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I'm only 45 minutes from Glentress so it's my back garden if you like.

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Glentress and Innerleithen is where I ride .It's all good at Glentress trails for skill levels and young and old you just have to get out there day or even at night which is sheer magic . There are wigwams you can book at Glentress sorry don't know the price.
£5 you can park all day in any of the three car parks . at Alpine bikes you can hire full suspension or hard tail and they will have all your mtb needs .bike wash,toilets and showers facilities available take £10 in £1 coins with you that will be enough . then once your all cleaned up there is the Peel cafe for some great food the rest is up to you if you do go have a great time.
Also be prepared for some aches and pains especially around the face area because you will be smiling from the start to the very end of your day at Glentress .
Almost forgot about GoApe where you can get up in the trees.
Bad Points
None.
Would you recommend?
Yes
JA
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Greatest of the Stanes
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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Great place, first of the stanes u visited and always come back to it!

User Review

Good Points
Great routes, especially the red. Long enough to be difficult, short enough not to nacker those who aren't exactly athletes. Excellent cafe too for a post-ride munch!
Bad Points
None
Would you recommend?
Yes
C
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"Lovely stuff" Shakin Stevens
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4.2
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3.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
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5.0
Good trails. Plenty to explore and enjoy for all ages and abilities

User Review

Good Points
Great to learn how to ride. Fun and safe. Great facilities. Even after years of riding harder /different stuff i came back recently and had great fun.
Bad Points
Too many people now.
A bit clinical and predictable (although this was a plus point when I was learning how to jump/drop/berm etc)
Would you recommend?
Yes
A
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Glentress........Ah've been & it's awfy guid :)
(Updated: August 24, 2016)
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4.9
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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Great place for a day out with friends.Grades for all abilities & have spoke to people from all over the UK who have travelled to sample them.

User Review

Good Points
It's right guid so it is :)
Bad Points
It's no bad :)
£5 for parking isn't cheap but I guess they gotta make their money somehow. (hopefully they are saving up for a gondola :)
Would you recommend?
Yes
D
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Very good trails amazing views good jump/skills park. Very helpful bike shop and machnics 
EE
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