Glentress Freeride Park

Glentress Freeride Park Stats

Grade: Orange - Extreme

Packed full of advanced level features, the Freeride Park is an ideal spot for riders looking to push their skill levels, style it up, learn new tricks or just hang out and ride with friends. It's located right next to the Buzzards Nest Car Park.


The park is graded ‘orange bike park’ (see trail grades for details of this grade) with a great range of features, small and large. Check out the info panels on site before riding. In addition to helmet and gloves, body armour is strongly recommended!

Getting to the park

From the car park, riders either take the forest road that runs along the edge of the park or push up through the park itself on a network of paths. Doing the latter means you can also check out the features (recommended) and other riders on your way up. Both ways only take about 5 minutes.


Riders tend to practise ('session') short sections rather than riding a whole trail in one go. 'Sessioning' is positively encouraged, but please use the push up paths rather than the actual trails to push back up.

The Freeride trails

Teenage Kicks

Packing 23 jumps into its 650m length this trail is a veritable jump-fest! Featuring mostly 'tabletops’, these medium-sized jumps have fairly steep up-ramps and sharp lips that ping you into the air. If you're new to this type of jump, check out the ‘Essentials’ trail first.


Down the start ramp, a couple of pedal strokes and you're on the first jump. The next two come straight after but being through a left turn are trickier to negotiate. Keeping low through these sets you up nicely for two more tabletops then a sweet 180º berm.


Exiting this, you're straight into two more tabletops then a hip jump dropping away into sweeping left-hander, which leads into two slightly bigger tabletops. Onto the brakes for a tricky set of rock steps through a tight right-hander and you’re into a tightly spaced set of five tabletops, then two smaller jumps.


The trail now drops away steeply, firing you into another set of five tabletops. After these, the trail flattens, giving time for a quick breather before two final tabletops and the option of hitting the Funbox.


This trail takes a more direct route down the hill and starts as it means to go on with three log ‘skinnies’ in quick succession. Each is no more than 2-3 feet off the ground, but with less than 10 inches of riding surface to play with, there’s not much room for error.


Next comes a wide ramped drop with a long run out – roll it or launch it and clear the ramp completely! Scrub a little speed for a left hand berm and you’re at the Hucks – three timber ladder drops (small, medium and large). The small one can be rolled off, the other two definitely have to be jumped! Land on the wide, steep run out and set up for a right hand berm that fires you onto the first wall ride. Off this one and you’re straight onto a second one. These are tricky (not to mention flippin’ slippy in the wet), as you have to jump onto and off both. Here speed, skill and a healthy dose of courage are what’s needed.


Merging with Teenage Kicks, the trail then hits two final small tabletops, setting you up for the final feature – a Funbox. At 8ft high, 6ft wide and over 15ft long, it’s a beast, though on and off ramps mean it can be rolled or jumped at both ends.



Whereas the two trails above have mainly medium-sized features, this trail, built with novice freeriders in mind, is a little mellower and incorporates a wide range of small features (with some optional medium lines to improve those skills). The trails are super wide and smooth, with soft fall areas and plenty of spots to catch a breather.


The trail is split up into a series of short sections, each with different types of feature and dedicated push up paths. These sections can be ridden individually or linked up into one longer trail.


Sections include: easy split-size tabletop and step up jumps; low raised timber ‘north shore’ trails linking between large rocks; a split step down jump and small and medium sized tabletop sets.

The Trails view grading charts

Visitor Comments

aye no bad likes
Awesome place, fantastioc park and great to session. Blue trail and Red trail and both flowy and fun, although the maps are quite confusing.
went up today . done spooky woods . theire needs to be bigger jumps . ones you can get "air" on . bring back the wallride
Planned to do the red route but wasted a good hour or so just playing on the freeride park, great fun on a 6x 6 full suss and perfect for people like me who're bored of earning their descents.
Good little park but obv not built by riders as some of it is a bit awkward and flat. Not great on the DH bike but it's essentially the best around at the moment.
This is an awesome park. I ride a commencal all mountain 1 and it does the job perfectly here. I looove the fun box! !
Good stuff! not good for DH bikes though! super fats on a dj/hardtail! When will the big 180 degree wallride be opened again?
Calum McGee
Good fun! Need to sort out some of the holes at the start of the take offs, and build some bigger better things.
Stevie Barrie
Some of it is closed off but what we did was good fun.
I came here for the first time a few weeks
back and it was brilliant. and even though it takes us 4hrs tto get there we have been coming back almost every fortnight since. The only downfall is you will get addicted very quickly and may end up paying lots in fuel to get there.
Love this freeride park! Got to be the best I've been to :)
great track, love the fast flowing berms and jumps. wish the track was a bit longer though:(
sam mumford
I love the ladder drops they are the bomb :D
katie mcbride
this is awesome
Voodoo luva
I managed the whole thing ok, i was 8 when i tried it first, im 13 and im ready to roll again! It's great fun, I made it through a couple of times, my brother wasn't so lucky. he hasn't really been aware of the two metal things on his handlebars, brakes! I wached him fly into the side of a ramp and thought to myself, I think he may be in slight pain! Lolz
i took my NS dirt jump bike here with only a rear brake feeling a bit nervous that I'd have to much speed but the jumps link well into berms that are just right so you can hold your speed! I loved everything that I rode!
7 stanes regular
Major upgrade required. Not really a freeride park at all. Transitions too shallow and rolling. Fencing to slow you down?! Nothing exciting here at all.
jumps are too small and im 12 get tabletops and gap jumps the same height as the one's on a-line in whistler!
sam mumford
want to try the wallride open sometime
Is the wallride ever going to open. 8.5M spent on a visitors centre? Open the wallride!
YEARS later and no wall ride!? More people might pay to park if they thought the funds go back into the trails, but clearly they dont.
brendan cherry
When will we get to ride the wall?
Money well spent!!!
lone rider
Glentress is so awesome
lone rider
Glentress rocks
Scaredy cat
Getting back into MTB after too many years away and love this place.
the freeridepark is beast I love it but when is the wall ride gonna open
Freerider! No doubt your experienced riders have become soft with uplift systems and need to get back to basics. Use the legs up!
Hilary Alexander
For a novice with three kids under 11, this place is amazing!
Agreed- Not much for experienced riders, go to Inners instead.
80% Blue grade, 20% Freeride= Dissapointing.
Orange bike park? Small kids on toy bikes are not an unusual sight....C`mon guys, could do better.
glenn adamson
no big jumps?....then hit them faster.
mtb 200000
I love the freeride park and i think its great!!!!!
gareth mcc
Two words....too cool. =)
Is the wall ride open yet?
no real big jumps
the trail are all the big wall ride open yet?

--7stanes Team Response--
Not yet.
Kevin Millar
I think people are forgetting what a great trail center we have at glentress a think the moaning about 1 wallride should stop. keep up the good work!!!!!

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Glentress Café 

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9.30am-4.30pm
Wednesday: Closed

Saturday, Sunday: 9am-5pm

For more information see:



Glentress has several parking options. The trail head is at Glentress Peel visitor centre.    
Buzzards Nest Car Park and Forest Road past Go Ape closed due to weather conditions

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.



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

Open Mon - Fri : 9am - 4.30pm

  Sat & Sun: 9am - 5.00pm

Gateway Facilities will be closed 25th & 26th December, 1st & 2nd January

Showers cost £1 for 5 minutes

Bike Hire

Alpine Bikes
Monday - Friday open 9.30am to 4.30pm;
Saturday & Sunday open 9am - 5pm

Closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day.  Restricted trading hours from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 26th December and 2nd January

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,, 38,

Trail Conditions

Glentress - Current at Thu 4th Feb 2016 


Trails:   Lower Green mtb Route, Blue mtb Route, Skills Area and Freeride Park all fully open. 


Upper Green mtb Route:  closed until Fri 18th Mar 2016 (7 days/week) for tree felling operations.  Janets Brae road (access to/from Peebles) and 'Zoom or Bust' also closed Mon - Fri (open weekends) for duration of works.


Red mtb Route: Matrix, Lombard St, Pie Run, Mushroom Pie and Magic Mushroom closed due to tree felling operations until Fri 12th Feb (7days/week).  Diversion from post 45 to 54.  Pennels Vennel closed long term due to windblown trees with diversion from post 37 to 38.  Rest of Route open.


Black mtb Route:  Last part of Redemption Climb, Ewok Village, XX, Bitch, Wormhole & Magic Mushroom closed due to tree felling operations until Fri 12th Feb (7days/week).  Diversion from post 87 to 54.  Rest of Route open.



Conditions:  Very wet - lots of surface water on trails.  Icy patches on highest level trails.  Please take extra care when high winds forecast as this could lead to windblown trees and branches across trails.


Diversions: See above


More info: Contact 07834 435380


Innerleithen - Current at Thu 4th Feb 2016


Caution!  Part or all of trailhead carpark likely to flood at present.  Please park in Innerleithen town if required.


DH Trails: All open.


XC Trail:  All open.   


Conditions: Very wet - lots of surface water on trails.  Icy patches on highest level trails. Please take extra care when high winds forecast as this could lead to windblown trees and branches across trails.


Diversions: none. 


More Info: Contact 07834 435380

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