Newcastleton mountain bike trail centre is on the Scottish Borders with England and touches the borders of Kielder Park and so just a stones throw from the Kielder mtb centre. It is part of the wider 7stanes network and has slightly shorter and often felt as tamer trails than it's other Scottish brethren. Newcastleton has a Red trail, a Blue, an ungraded route and a skills area.
In 2016 Collective Trax through Rock UK built a new bike park at Newcastleton that has a pump track, a dual slalom and more.
- The Caddrouns is a moderate blue graded 6km long trail. There is 50% single track and it takes around 1 - 1.5 hrs to complete. Great for novices, beginners and families. It takes you through the Liddel Valley, along forest roads and through twisty descending single track. Some of the surface is quite loose and the corners can be quite tight adding to the fun. The Pouter Lampert is the main event of the trail and consists of 2km of pure single track that is flowing fun with banked berms, boardwalk crossings and over optional rock steps.
- Despite the technical sounding description above, as the trail gradient is kept low and the surfaces firm and well maintained it makes for a ride that is very do-able by all levels. Final 1km is on tarmac which for families is probably a godsend at this point.
- The Red (difficult) graded trail is 16km long and has 60% of single track and takes around 1.5 - 2.5 hrs to complete. The terrain is fast flowing, narrow singletrack, has rock steps to navigate over, bridge crossings and boardwalks. It ends on The Caddrouns Blue (see above) to make up the full 16km. There is a short black grade raised timber trail line section on route.
- The Skills Area features blue and red-graded short loops.
Linns Route (ungraded)
- The Linns route is 8km of ungraded trail suitable for those wanting the 100% pure forest road track experience going deep into the forest. It takes between 1-2 hours to complete and is quite a workout as it's hilly.
- The main area consists of a climb with optional technical features, a blue grade flow trail, a blue grade dual slalom track, a red technical trail and a red drops trail. There is also a beginners loop with optional features for coaching, and a pump track. Total of over 1600m of trail. All managed by the landowners Rock UK but open to riders of the 7stanes (just off the Blue and Red mtb Route between post 8 and 9)
- In the village of newcastleton there are public showers in the main square and also 2 cafes that are definitely worth a visit. The Olive Tree and the Copshaw Kitchen.
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