Red Route Stats
Grade: Red - Difficult
Estimated Time To Ride The Route: 1.5 - 3 hrs
The Red Route delves deeper into more remote parts of Newcastleton Forest where you'll find stunningly good sections of narrow, fast flowing singletrack including Hidden Valley and Swarf Hill.
The Red shares the same outward route as the Blue heading from the village trailhead across a new bridge over the Liddel Water then climbing up into the forest proper on a mix of roads and singletrack. On Pouter Lampert the Red Route splits off and climbs higher again on forest roads to Hidden Valley.
Hidden Valley is a highlight of the route. This narrow trail clings to the side of the valley swooping down through the trees with fast, exhilarating descents punctuated by short, sharp climbs. Bridges, boardwalks, rock steps, rooty bits, loose bits, steep chutes - this section really keeps you on your toes!
A long climb on forest roads and singletrack passing the Border stane on the way is rewarded by reaching the highest part of the route and the start of Swarfe Hill, 1.5km of fast and flowy singletrack that points continuously down.
The climb back along Rowantree Road can sting tired legs but the twisty Caddrouns Descent that follows is worth it as is the blast along the full length of Pouter Lampert singletrack as the route rejoins the Blue for the return back to the trailhead. The final singletrack descent of the route is a new addition for 2014 - 1km of super flowy, bermy trail, which although Blue graded is also brilliant fun for more experienced riders.