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, 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 21st November 2014


Trails: All open except, from Mon 17th Nov to the end of Thu 18th Dec (7 days/week) the Buzzards Nest carpark is closed and the road and trail sections between Falla Brae car park and Buzzards Nest car park are closed to the public. The outward Blue/Red/Black Route will be closed at post 4 with a diversion via forest roads (steep in places) rejoining the Routes at post 16.  The Black Route diversion continues from post 16 (via the Blue Return Route & Blue Velvet) rejoining the Route at post 103 (just before Soor Plooms).  The Blue Route return is closed at post 11 (exit of Berm Baby Berm) with a diversion via mainly forest roads back to trailhead.  The Red/Black Route return will be closed at post 53 (exit of Magic Mushroom) with a diversion via forest roads 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: Good. The Freeride Park, Skills Area and Upper Green Route remain open but the only way to access these from the Peel trailhead is to follow the signposted diversions which use BLUE graded trails with a considerable amount of climbing/descending.

Diversions: See above.

More info: Contact 07834 435380
 

Innerleithen - Current at 21st November 2014

DH Trails: All open

XC Trail:  From Wed 22nd Oct until the end of Jan 2015, due to tree felling operations the XC Trail is closed (7 days/week) at post 10 (start of Taniel Hill descent), with a diversion rejoining the XC Trail at post 34 (Plora Craig). This reduces the overall distance of XC Trail from 19km to ~10.5km.

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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