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Glentress

Glentress Forest’s one of our Top 10 Things We Love,

and with over 300,000 visitors each year, we’re definitely not the only ones who think so.

Conveniently placed practically on our doorstep, the main attraction is over 50 miles of purpose built mountain biking trails. But there’s also a range of stunning walking tracks around the forest too. If you can, it’s best to ditch the car, as you have to pay for parking.

The tracks are available to anyone. With the easy green route for beginners right up to the orange – ‘extreme’ track for those daredevils among us. There’s the option of a black ‘severe’ trail too, with 18 miles of climbing and thrilling descents.

It’s part of the 7stanes world class mountain biking centres that span the south of Scotland, and it’s a beautiful spot.

Away from the biking trails you’ll have your choice of walks with anything from a 20 minute stroll to three hours of exploring, and there’s loads of local wildlife to be met along the way.

The Ponds Trail takes you on a short wee walk around the ponds. The ponds are a fairly recent addition, back in the 70s a violent storm blew over some of the original Douglas firs, and where they once stood became ponds. You’ll walk through some of the surviving firs as you follow the Glen and Buzzard’s Nest Trails too. These firs are now over 100 years old and over 35 metres high. Some of these trees have ended up rather well travelled, going on to their afterlife as tall ship masts, and others have been used to construct Peel Café.

You’ll get the chance to bounce back 200 years and find out what it was like to live in the Tweed Valley during the Iron Age on the Time Trail. On the Tower Trail, you’ll see panoramic views of the Caddon Hills and a possible encounter with roe deer, badgers and tawny owls just make it that extra bit worthwhile. The Buzzard’s Nest and Tower trails are longer more challenging walks, so it’ll take a wee bit longer.

No trip to Glentress Forest is complete without a trip to Peel Café. Stop in for some of our Jen’s homemade haggis and pork sausage rolls, delicious chocolate traybakes, lots of hearty carbs, and energy packed meals, to replenish all that energy you’ve burned off in the forest.

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