Glentress & Innerleithen Overview

Glentress and Innerleithen

Situated in the Tweed Valley in the Scottish Borders, Glentress and Innerleithen have a massive reputation for providing some of the best mountain biking in the UK.

 

Glentress is probably the best biking centre in Britain having won several acclaimed awards. Apart from a buzzing atmosphere it has brilliant trails of all grades, it has a brand new state of the art £8.5m visitor centre with the following facilities:
• Car parks and bike wash
• Peel Gateway Building: Information, Toilets, Showers & Changing (open 9am – 5pm daily) ; Wild Watch Room (open 10am – 4pm daily)
• Glentress Peel Bikes operated by Alpine Bikes.  Bike Shop and Bike Hire (open 9.30am - 4.30pm Mon - Fri, 9am - 5.00pm Sat & Sun).
• Glentress Peel Café (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 10am-4.30pm, Wednesday: closed, Friday: 10am-5pm, Saturday: 9.30am-5.30pm, Sunday: 9.30am-5pm)

 

 

 

Innerleithen, situated just a few miles south east of Glentress is the preserve of the more experienced rider. Deemed as providing awesome downhill and freeride trails, as well as a cracking red-graded XC route.

 

You will find details of the trails and facilities on offer at both sites below:

The Trails

Glentress

At Buzzards Nest car park you will find the Skill Area, offering green, blue, red and black graded trails to help you choose the right trail for you.

 

The Green Routes offer real mountain biking, but with none of the scarier steeper climbs and descents found on harder trails.

 

With some marvellous singletrack the Blue Route is a great trail for riders with some experience and a good level of fitness.

 

The Red Route boasts some fine singletrack climbs as well as massive, fast, fun, flowing decents, with jumps and berms. Home to the infamous Spooky Wood descent.

 

The Black Route is a truly epic ride. Long challenging singletrack climbs combine with equally long and testing singletrack.

 

Packed full of advanced features, the Freeride Park is ideal for riders looking to push their skill levels or learn new tricks. There are four main trails all graded Orange-Bike Park.

Innerleithen

Innerleithen is regarded as providing some of the best UK downhill routes.

 

Four main waymarked routes offer a great range of riding, from super-steep, tight natural trails that weave tightly down through the trees, to wide open, fast, jumpy, bermy, freeride-type trails. All are graded Orange bike park.

 

The red-graded Innerleithen XC Route is a superb trail with plenty of climbing with stunning descents. Enjoy fast flowing singletrack packed full of jumps, rock features and berms.

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Facilities

Catering

Glentress Café 

Monday - Friday: 9.30am-5pm
Saturday: 9am-5.30pm
Sunday: 9am-5pm

For more information see:

 

Parking

Glentress has several parking options. The trail head is at Glentress Peel visitor centre. 
 

Car Parking Charges:

 £2 for 1 hour perfect if you’re stopping off for some food and refreshments in the café.
 £5 per day (or £3.50 for 3 hours). This applies to all car parks at this location Glentress Peel (over 100 spaces), Falla Brae, Buzzards Nest and our two overflow car parks.
You can pay car park charges by credit or debit card (with chip and pin) in the two Glentress Peel car parks and the Buzzard's Nest car park.  If you prefer to pay by cash the machines accept all denomination coins but do not accept notes.

 

Toilets

Forest Park Gateway building (toilets, showers & changing) at Glentress Peel:

Open Sun - Fri 9am - 5pm

  Sat - 9am - 5.30pm

Showers cost £1 for 5 minutes

Bike Hire

Alpine Bikes
Monday - Friday open 9.30am to 6pm;
Saturday & Sunday open 9am - 6pm

Advanced booking is recommended. Phone 01721 724522 for bookings and further information.

Bike hire is also available in Peebles and in Innerleithen.

Glentress Mountain Bike Trail Centre, http://www.ibikeride.com/scotland/1586-glentress-mountain-bike-trail-centre, 38,

Trail Conditions

Glentress - Current at 24th April 2015


Trails: All open with the exception of Pennels Vennel on the Red MTB Route which is closed due to dangerous windblown trees across the trail. A diversion is in place (reopening date tbc) and Blue Route closed at post 11 (start of forest road section heading away from Buzzards Nest car park) with a diversion via forest roads rejoining the Blue Route at post 17 until end April 2015 (7 days/week), due to tree felling operations.

Until end of April, Red MTB Route also closed at post 44 (Hit Squad Hill entry) with a diversion via forest roads and an old walking path, rejoining Route at post 54 (Tourist Trap entry). Sections on Red closed are Hit Squad Hill, Pie Run, Mushroom Pie, Matrix, Lombard St & Magic Mushroom (last ¼ of Magic Mushroom is open for Black Route diversion).  Black MTB Route closed at post 94 (Wormhole exit) with a very short diversion rejoining Route near end of Magic Mushroom.  Closures due to tree felling operations and apply 7 days/week.

Conditions: Good. Dry trail surfaces, loose in places.

Diversions: Red MTB Route diverted at post 37 (Pennels Vennel entry),  rejoins Route at post 38 (Spookywood Climb entry). See also above.

 

More info: Contact 07834 435380
 

Innerleithen - Current at 24th April 2015

DH Trails: All open, except on Sat 2nd May, all downhill trails closed from 10am until 6pm due to Selkirk MTB Marathon.

XC Trail:  All open, except on Sat 2nd May, all downhill trails closed from 10am until 6pm due to Selkirk MTB Marathon.

Conditions: Good.

Diversions: Short temporary diversion on XC Trail at the very end of the Lead Mine Climb and for first 100m of Clattering Path (post 18) due to storm damaged trees. See also above.

More Info: Contact 07834 435380

 

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