Tweed Valley Bike Patrol

The Tweed Valley Bike Patrol (TVBP) is a fun way of contributing to the success of mountain biking in the Tweed Valley and a great way to get out and ride your bike lots. Together our goal is to make the forests a safer, more enjoyable place to be for all users.

The TVBP will facilitate leadership training and first aid training to individuals that will provide them with the skills required to enable them to act as individual Bike Patrollers. As Bike Patrollers, you can help forest users make the most of their visit and ensure they can do so in the safest manner possible, and come back for more. You basically go out with a small amount of kit, ride your bike and have fun and provide help to other forest users, should they need it, on the way.

In addition, you can play a vital role in emergency situations. It is important for our sport that mountain bikers continue to be perceived as helpful, responsible visitors and helping others such as walkers and horse riders is an important role. You’ll probably find most of your time spent riding your bike and chatting to fellow forest users.

The TVBP is a great way to gain new skills too and there are additional benefits like discounts from certain retailers. You'll learn a lot from other patrollers, whether is trailside repairs, hints, first aid tips or handy information about useful kit to carry. We are definitely not the bike police but more of a friendly helpful group of volunteers who are happy to help out those who need it.

If you are interested in becoming a bike patroller, you can contact us by emailing us at:

tweedvalley.bikepatrol@hotmail.co.uk

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Facilities

Catering

Glentress Café 

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 10am-4.30pm
Wednesday: closed
Friday: 10am-5pm
Saturday: 9.30am-5.30pm
Sunday: 9.30am-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 9am - 5pm Daily. Showers cost £1 for 5 minutes

Bike Hire

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

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 23rd January 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).

From Mon 12th Jan to end of Fri 6th Feb (7 days per week): Buzzards Nest carpark closed to vehicles (Falla Brae carpark remains open if road clear of snow/ice); Cardie Hill Climb on Outward Blue/Red/Black Route closed with diversion from post 8 (exit of Dougie Bank Climb) rejoining Routes at post 10 (Buzzards Nest car park);  Electric Blue on Blue Route closed with diversion from post 30 rejoining Route at post 31 (Falla Brae entry); Red/Black Route Return closed at post 55 (exit of Tourist Trap) with diversion via Admiral back to Trailhead. 

These closures and diversions are due to tree felling operations, part of a large programme of tree thinning improvements at Glentress ongoing until May 2015. 

 

Conditions: Icy in places, snow at all levels but very changeable. Watch out for storm damaged trees/branches across trails.  

 

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 23rd January 2015

 

DH Trails: All open

 

XC Trail:  All open.

 

Conditions: Icy in places, snow on all levels but very changeable. Watch out for storm damaged trees/branches across trails.  

 

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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