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Getting Started at Glentress

Located in the heart of the Scottish Borders, Glentress is a world-renowned mountain biking destination, offering stunning scenery and a range of trails suitable for all levels of riders. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out, Glentress has something for everyone. However, with so many trails and options available, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. In this guide, we'll provide you with some tips and advice to help you get started and make the most of your visit to Glentress.

  • Plan your visit:

    Glentress is a popular destination, so it's a good idea to plan your visit in advance. Check the weather forecast, and consider visiting during quieter times if possible to avoid crowds.

  • Rent a bike:

    If you don't have your own bike, Tweed Valley Bike Hire offers a wide selection of high-quality bikes for rent, including hardtail, full suspension, and e-bikes. you can book online now

  • Choose a trail:

    Glentress offers a variety of trails suitable for all levels of riders, from easy green trails to more challenging black trails. Make sure to choose a trail that matches your skill level and experience. Find out more about Glentress Trails

  • Practice on the skills area:

    Glentress has a series of skills loops of different difficulties, to give you a taster of each of the signposted routes.

    Before hitting the trails, take some time to warm up on the skills area, where you can practice your balance, cornering, and other essential mountain biking skills.

  • Follow the trail markers:

    Glentress has clear trail markers, so make sure to follow them to avoid getting lost. It's also a good idea to bring a map or download a trail app on your phone.

    Each of the trail markers is numbered to make navigation easier. Emergency services contact information and escape routes can be found throughout the Tweed Valley Forest Park.

  • Ride with caution:

    Mountain biking can be risky, so always ride with caution and be aware of other riders and hikers on the trail. Wear appropriate safety gear, such as a helmet, and carry a basic repair kit in case of emergencies.

    All of the routes have sections without phone signal, and some are more remote than others; make sure you have sufficient warm clothes, food, water and you know what to do in the event of an emergency or accident