Newcastleton Mountain Bike Trail Centre

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Newcastleton, Scottish Borders, TD9 0QD
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Newcastleton lies on the B6357 in the Scottish Borders, less than 5km from the border between Scotland and England. The trail head is at Dykecroft visitor centre, just over 2km from Newcastleton.
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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.

Caddrouns (Blue)

  • 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.

Red Route

  • 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.

Skills Area

  • 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. 

Bike Park

  • 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)

Other Stuff

  • 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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November 20, 2015
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Submitted by: iBikeRide

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4 reviews

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3.8
Grin Factor 
 
4.0  (4)
Trail Variety 
 
3.5  (4)
Skills Development 
 
4.0  (4)
Trail Quality  
 
4.1  (4)
Facilities 
 
2.6  (4)
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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
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Facilities
From cafe post ride grub to bike wash. Did it meet your expectations?
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Pleasant lil find
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
2.0
Found this place by accident while on holiday a few miles away before I'd heard of the 7 stanes. If you want a full on bike park experience you'll probably be disappointed. If you want a shortish fun quiet ride for a few hours it's spot on. There's some nice sections of single track and not overly hard also has scope to join up to kielder as well if you want a long ride. I like it here. There' no official facilities but the carpark which is free in the village has toilets lil shop a nice cafe and a couple of pubs.

User Review

Good Points
Nice sections of single track
Always quiet
Bad Points
No facailites
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Newcastleton
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
2.0
Been here quite a few times, it's the less heard of trail in the 7stanes offerings, this doesn't make it any less fun, the first time we rode here the was still all the Orange boardwalk technical stuff it was amazing fun, unfortunately I think this has now been removed!
The trail head has been changed this year into the village, which makes a longer initial uphill crossing the new newcastleton bridge but provides a new downhill finish as well.

User Review

Good Points
The red isn't to hard as far as reds go, makes it quite a family friendly trail
Bad Points
Not much in the way of facilities
Hard to get to (font let that put you off)
Would you recommend?
Yes
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worth a ride
(Updated: April 23, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
3.9
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
3.0
its the lesser riden out of all the 7 stanes but that doesnt mean its one to avoid, the fact its in the middle of nowhere it was quite nice with pure peace and quiet. you start out in the town of newcastleton itself that has a pub shops etc and head out over the river and through a summer camp type place that has a skills loop in it. a little further along the fire road you get onto one of the better descents at the place, its all relatively easier red grades than most of the 7 stanes but its still a good ride and still the odd technical bit scattered around, after the first decent section there is fire road that seems to go on forever up to the stane but then there is a fair amount of singletrack before another huge amount of fireroad to the final sections which are the best there. the final descent also links into the skills area at the end. all in all its worth riding.

User Review

Good Points
never busy
if your fit its close to kielder
Bad Points
a fair amount of fireroad
Would you recommend?
Yes
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New section gives a great finish to the ride
(Updated: October 07, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
3.5
We visited on a Saturday morning, surely prime time to hit the trails but were surprised to find the place deserted. We saw not a single soul during our ride. On arrival the (free) car park was completely empty.

We wondered if this was because of the poor quality of the trails but this was not the case. Starting on the red route we immediately hit singletrack with some slightly technical areas with short board walk sections to cross hidden streams. some of the track is very narrow and quite deep, probably due to rain erosion. The main climb on the route is not too difficult up a fire road, punctuated by the Newcastleton Stane beyond half way. Following this there is more singletrack and a good descent to the finish, before the route is completed by taking on the 6km blue section, which also has some exciting singletrack sections that can be negotiated by less confident riders. We did not visit the skills section but it did look quite extensive.

Other facilities on site were toilets and a sort of changing room, with a hosepipe available to clean bicycles. I guess the lack of visitors here is probably due to it not being near any large towns and the number of better known trail centres more conveniently located, but it is well worth a visit.


*Edit- having revisited in Oct 2014 much work has been done. The old trailhead is gone, you now park in town at a carpark on the main street, with public toilet, shower and plenty of local hotels within a hundred yards for a bite to eat.

There is a new bridge to cross the river before a long climb takes you up to the re-routed trails. newly built singletrack has been laid with a 1.3km switchback climb to warm up the legs. it has been eroded by recent rain but when I went there were workers repairing the trail already. The arrows are easy to follow- there is only one section where you have to make sure you take the left-hand (outward) one to get to the main trail, one section is ridden twice which sometimes confuses riders.

The descent to the finish has been carefully laid with berms that allow a confident rider to keep off the brakes and maintain high speed, with a few jumps thrown in but rewards the efforts of previous climbs.

User Review

Good Points
Well signposted from the road
You don't have to pay for parking or bike wash (don't expect power washers though)
good quality trail with some good descents
uninterrupted riding due to lack of traffic
skills area
good percentage of singletrack
Bad Points

no extreme biking (makes it family friendly)
Would you recommend?
Yes
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