Bike: 7stanes Glentress

[Views helping with the relentless climb to Buzzards Nest]

Does Peebles have the best mountain biking centre in Britain? As an all-rounder, probably: 7stanes Glentress is notable in having superb trails at all grades, from two gentle green circuits to a frightening-looking 29 km black route. Trails of all grades start from Glentress Peel car park, with a secondary hub at Buzzard's Nest accessible by a steep climb on two tyres or four. All of the trails are wonderfully varied - even the higher of the two green routes is 60% singletrack - with the red and black trails approaching 600 metres above sea level. From a start height of under 200 metres, that should make for a hell of a climb (we haven't dared try it yet)... and a descent to match. And Innerleithen's quieter red and downhill trails are just around the corner.

[7stanes Glentress]

Name: 7stanes Glentress ★★★
Location (Glentress Peel): Just off the A72 2 miles east of Peebles, G.R.: NT 284397 / slowness reeling highly
Open: Always
Cost: Free (but with a parking charge)

Routes:  5+4 km  8+8 km  18 km  29 km skills area; freeride park. Map here.
Terrain: see website
Bike hire: Alpine Bikes at Glentress Peel
Weather today: Cool and cloudy, with snow just having finished melting from the trails.

["Berm Baby Berm" is an easy, fast and flowing end to the higher blue route]

The 7stanes

The 7stanes are the gold standard in Scotland (and UK) mountain biking centres, dotted across southern Scotland. Between them they offer world-class trails with difficulties ranging from the benign to the bananas. They're so-called due to seven sculptured stanes (or stones), one located at each of the centres (except Innerleithen, often considered a sister site to nearby Glentress):
If you're at all curious about mountain biking, put the 7stanes at the very top of your list.

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