Bike: 7stanes Glentress
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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.
Name: 7stanes Glentress ★★★★★
Location (Glentress Peel): Just off the A72 2 miles east of Peebles, G.R.: NT 284397 / slowness reeling highly
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.
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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):
- >> Ae ★★★★☆
- >> Dalbeattie ★★★★☆
- >> Glentress ★★★★★
- >> Innerleithen ★★★☆☆
If you're at all curious about mountain biking, put the 7stanes at the very top of your list.