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Trails At A Glance

Compare and contrast - a quick guide to the 7stanes trails by trail grade to help you decide where to ride.

Trail grades are a general indication of difficulty. There are easier and more tricky options available within each grade. We've listed the trails in what we think is the order of difficulty, with the easiest trail first in the table and the most difficult trail listed last.

This should help you decide which trail to visit especially if you want to move up to the next level of riding. For more information on what the different grades mean, see the understanding trail grades page.

For a quick and easy overview of what is available at each of the 7stanes from trail grade to facilities download our 7stanes fact sheet.

Cross country (XC) singletrack trails

Green-graded trails (easy)

Trail Distance Details
Newcastleton Skills Trail 0.4km 100% singletrack
Glentress Skills Area 1.5km 90% singletrack with optional practice features
Ae Valley Route 9km 30% singletrack, 1 - 2hrs to ride, with ideal picnic stop
Glentress Green Route 4.5km 60% singletrack with great views. 20mins - 1hr to ride
Kirroughtree Bargaly Wood 6km 10% singletrack, 0.5 - 1 hour to ride
Glentrool - The Glen 6km 35% singletrack, 1 hour to ride
Mabie Big Views loop 8km 30% singletrack, 1 - 2 hours to ride
Dalbeattie Ironhash trail 11.5km 5% singletrack, 1.5 - 2 hours to ride. Dalbeattie skills area also has a green-graded singletrack loop
Glentrool - The Palgowan 14km 10% singletrack, some climbing with good views and a long descent. 2 hours to ride.

Blue-graded trails (moderate)

Trail Distance Details
Ae - Larch View Route 4.5km 30% singletrack, 0.5 - 1hr to ride. Ride in combination with the Ae Valley Route (gives 13.5km ride in total)
Newcastleton Caddrouns Blue 5.5km 10% singletrack, 1 hour to ride
Kirroughtree Taster Loop 2km 50% singletrack, 10 - 15 mins to ride
Mabie Woodhead Loop 10km 25% singletrack, 1 - 2 hours to ride
Glentrool Blue trail 9km 65% singletrack, 1 - 2 hours to ride
Dalbeattie Moyle Hill Trail 14km 40% singletrack, 2 - 3 hours to ride.Dalbeattie also has a blue-graded singletrack skills area.
Kirroughtree Larg Hill 10km 50% singletrack, 1 - 2 hours to ride. The Doon Hill Extension to the blue trail is 4km, 15% singletrack, 0.5 hours to ride. Kirroughtree also has a blue-graded singletrack skills area.
Glentress Blue trail 8km - 16km Length of trail depends on start point. 60 - 80% singletrack depending on start point. 1 - 2 or 2 - 4 hours to ride, depending on start point. The Glentress skills area also has a short blue-graded section.

Red-graded trails (difficult)

Trail Distance Details
Newcastleton Red Trail 10.5km 60% singletrack, 1 - 2 hours to ride
Mabie Phoenix Trail 17km 82% singletrack, 1 - 2 hours to ride
Kirroughtree Twister Trail 17km 85% singletrack, 1 - 2 hours to ride. Kirroughtree also has a red-graded singletrack skills trail.
Glentress Red Trail 17km 65% singletrack, 1.5 - 3 hours to ride. The Glentress skills area also has a short red-graded section.
Dalbeattie Hardrock Trail 25km 65% singletrack, 1.5 - 3 hours to ride. Some black-graded sections. Dalbeattie also has a red-graded singletrack skills area.
Ae Line Scottish Power Renewables Trail 24km 65% singletrack, 1.5 - 3 hours to ride
Innerleithen XC 19km 75% singletrack, 2 - 4 hours to ride. Has optional black-graded features at Cadon Bank and a 1km, 100% singletrack section at Plora Craig.

Black-graded trails (severe)

Trail Distance Details
Kirroughtree Black Craigs 31km inc Red route 75% singletrack, 2.5 – 4 hours to ride. Kirroughtree also has a black-graded singletrack skills area.
Glentress Black route 30km 75% singletrack, 3 - 5 hours to ride. The Glentress skills area also has a short black-graded section

Non-singletrack trails

Orange grade - Extreme Bike Park / Downhill

Please note that the difficulty of these trails is subjective and so they are not listed in order of difficulty.

Trail Details
Glentress Freeride Park Three dedicated trails: The Unnamed (jump features), Cycopath and Essentials (aimed at novice freeriders).
Ae - The Shredder Designed for beginners - a good introduction to the Downhill discipline
Newcastleton North Shore Around 500m of North Shore timber trail.
Mabie Dark Side 3.8km of 100% North Shore timber trail.
Innerleithen Downhill Four dedicated downhill routes plus other 'classic' downhill routes. Uplift service on selected weekends
Ae Downhill A total of almost 2km of downhill trails, uplift service occasionally available (pre-booking required).

Ungraded - forest road or similar

Trail Distance Details
Newcastleton Linns -Linns trail 8km 100% on forest road with some fast descents and good views.
Mabie -Purple Trail - Lochbank Loop 23km Mostly on forest road with some on b-class road. Has its share of climbs, rewarded with great views. Not a technical route but higher level of fitness advisable.
Glentrool Big Country trail 58km Mostly on forest roads and some minor roads. No singletrack, 3.5 - 7 hours to ride. Strenuous.

For more information on what the different grades mean, see the understanding trail grades page.

Riding Safely

There's also information on the forestry commission your safety page.

Find more information on the Forest Cycling Code and information on Visitor Safety and Mountain Biking while on the National Forest Estate at the links above.

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