7Stanes Newcastleton – family friendly or fast and furious mountain bike trails!
The 7stanes are world-class mountain biking centres that span across the south of Scotland. These award-winning trails offer some of the best mountain biking in the country and attract riders from all over the UK and beyond.
Close to the Scotland England Border, Newcastleton has trails for all levels of rider and offer a great introduction to the 7stanes. The routes here are generally shorter than most other 7stanes, but the high quality single-track makes it a winner.
Blue Route – 6 miles/9.7 miles – Fun singletrack for the family – Moderate
Red Route – 14.5 miles/23.4km – Feel the power of this fast a furious route – Difficult
The Blue Route is perfect for beginners or families and offers a gentle introduction to mountain biking complete with stunning views, forest paths and some fun descents. If you opt for the Blue run with the kids, take it easy and look out for birds of prey on your forest road cycle.
Or you can feel the power of the fast and furious Red Route! Fast and narrow single-track guides you through the forest and around this adrenaline pumping route with plenty of special features to keep you on your toes and climbs that will test your fitness. The Red run’s single-track is split up by forest road with the final section the highlight.
Hidden Valley Upper and Swarf hill on the red route are now back open. Both sections have been re-vamped, a total of 1.7km of red grade flow trail with new turns, rollers and jumps to enjoy.
Whether you are planning a peaceful picnic with lovely views, a wilderness ramble or an adrenalin-rush mountain bike ride, Newcastleton Forest offers the perfect setting. The forest is also a wildlife haven, don’t miss the hide overlooking Priesthill and stunning views of Liddel Valley.
Newcastleton which is only 10 minute drive from the English border and is the perfect choice, the drive, especially from the north, sets you up for your experience, it is quiet, twisting and scenic. if you want to get away from the crowds and experience tranquillity whilst riding technical mountain biking trails Newcastleton is the perfect place.
The trailhead is located in the heart of the village, it is simply a case of jump on your bike and ride. The short runs are often used as ‘laps’ by fitter riders, so by your next lap you will know what is coming around the corner.
There are thrills and spills for riders of all ability and the challenge of the Skills Park and Pump Track on route to the trails is just a taster of what is in store. You can park and ride from Douglas Square in the heart of the village, the perfect place to make a great pitstop for your return with access to toilets and a shower, and an excellent choice of eateries.
Open 7 days a week from dawn to dusk and in between with night vision glasses!