Mountain Biking in Southern and Central Scotland

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16 Jun 2016
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17.2 x 11.6 x 1.2cm
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260g

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This guidebook describes 21 mountain biking routes in central and southern Scotland, including the 7stanes in Dumfries and Galloway, and cross-country routes in the Campsie Fells, Pentland Hills and Lammermuirs, the Galloway Forest, Tweed Valley, Cheviots and Lowther Hills. The routes range from 17 to 66km, graded from moderate to very hard.

Seasons Seasons
Dry weather is hard to guarantee in Southern and Central Scotland though summer is the likeliest time for dry trails. However, every season has its charms - so long as rain and mud doesn't scare you - and winter really can be a wonderland.
Centres Centres
Glasgow, Milngavie, Greenock, Lochwinnoch, Glentrool, New Cumnock, Moniaive, Durisdeer, Wanlockhead, Sanquhar, Hownam, Kirk Yetholm, Peebles, Traquair, Innerleithen, Longformacus, Gifford, Balerno.
Difficulty Difficulty
The routes are intended for mountain bikers with at least some experience and a reasonable degree of fitness. There are no 'easy' routes in this guidebook, hence routes are graded 'moderate', 'hard' and 'very hard' Any 'difficult' or 'technical' sections are indicated. The general lack of signposts and other waymarkers endemic to Scotland makes navigation more of a challenge than in other parts of the UK
Must See Must See
The Campsie Fells, the Pentland Hills and the Lammermuirs, the Galloway Forest, the Tweed Valley, the Cheviots and the Lowther Hills of Dumfriesshire.
Availability
Published
ISBN
9781852847470
Published
16 Jun 2016
Edition
First
Pages
208
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.2cm
Weight
260g
  • Overview

    This guidebook describes 21 mountain biking routes in central and southern Scotland. It includes the 7stanes trail centre in Dumfries and Galloway, as well as cross-country routes in the Campsie Fells, Pentland Hills and Lammermuirs, the Galloway Forest, Tweed Valley, Cheviots and Lowther Hills. The routes range from 16.5 to 66km and are graded from moderate to very hard. Taking between 2 and 7 hours to complete, they are intended for reasonably fit mountain bikers with at least some experience.

    Detailed route descriptions are accompanied by 1:50,000 OS mapping, and the selected routes set out from various points across the area, including Greenock, Glentrool, Peebles and Milngavie, with good access from both Glasgow and Edinburgh. The guidebook also gives an overview of what the region's MTB trail centres have to offer, including the famous 7stanes trail centre, along with advice on equipment, maintenance and safety.

    Southern and Central Scotland is renowned for its superlative MTB trail centres, but the region's rolling hill country is also traversed by an extensive network of tracks, paths, forest roads and other trails providing endless possibilities for 'free range' mountain biking.

  • Contents

    Introduction
    Mountain biking in southern and central Scotland
    About the routes in this guide
    Centres
    Getting there and getting around
    Accommodation
    When to go
    Safety
    Equipment
    Tools and maintenance
    Navigation
    Hydration
    Food
    Rights of way and other users
    Maps
    How to use this guide
    Abbreviations and symbols used in the route descriptions
    The 7stanes
    Ae Forest
    Dalbeattie
    Glentress
    Innerleithen
    Kirroughtree
    Newcastleton
    Mabie
    Glentrool
    Other trail centres
    Drumlanrig Castle
    Carron Valley
    Cathkin Braes
    Whitelee Wind Farm
    Southwest
    Route 1 Durisdeer, Daer Reservoir and Wedder Law
    Route 2 Lowther Hills loop
    Route 3 Shinnel Water and Scaur Water loop
    Route 4 Carrick Forest Four Lochs loop
    Route 5 Glentrool and the Galloway Hills
    Route 6 Windy Standard loop
    Southeast
    Route 7 Belford to Cocklawfoot: Windy Gyle loop
    Route 8 Kirk Yetholm and the Pennine Way
    Route 9 Minch Moor and the Three Brethren
    Route 10 Stake Law and the Gypsy Glen
    Route 11 The Tweedsmuir Hills: Natural Tweed
    Route 12 The Lammermuir Hills: Longformacus and Wedder Lairs loop
    Route 13 Gifford and the Hope Hills
    Route 14 The Pentland Hills: a rollercoaster route around the reservoirs
    Central
    Route 15 Misty Law
    Route 16 Greenock Cut
    Route 17 Kilpatrick Hills loop
    Route 18 The Campsie Fells: Dumgoyne and Earl’s Seat
    Route 19 Mugdock Country Park loop
    Route 20 Carbeth – Cameron Muir loop
    Route 21 Glasgow waterways loop


    Appendix A Bike shops and mechanics
    Appendix B Other useful contacts

  • Maps
    Maps

    Ordnance Survey provide map coverage of central and southern Scotland in 1:25,000 and 1:50,000 scales (

    Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 Explorer series

    • 342 Glasgow, Paisley, Rutherglen & Kirkintilloch
    • 341 Greenock, Largs & Millport
    • 348 Campsie Fells, Kilsyth, Strathblane & Fintry
    • OL 38 Loch Lomond South, Dumbarton & Helensburgh, Drymen & Cove
    • 328 Sanquhar & New Cumnock, Muirkirk & Moniaive
    • 329 Lowther Hills, Sanquhar & Leadhills, Wanlockhead & Crawford
    • 318 Galloway Forest Park North, Glentrool, Loch Doon & St John’s Town of Dalry
    • 345 Lammermuir Hills, Dalkeith, Bonnyrigg & Gifford
    • 344 Pentland Hills, Penicuick & West Linton
    • 337 Peebles and Innerleithen, Eddleston & Ettrickbridge, Traquair & Yarrow
    • 336 Biggar & Broughton, Culter Fell & Dollar Law
    • 338 Galashiels, Selkirk & Melrose, St Boswells & Lauder
    • OL 16 The Cheviot Hills, Jedburgh & Wooler

    Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 Landranger series

    • 64 Glasgow
    • 63 Firth of Clyde, Greenock & Rothesay
    • 57 Stirling & The Trossachs
    • 77 Dalmellington & New Galloway, Galloway Forest Park
    • 71 Lanark & Upper Nithsdale
    • 78 Nithsdale & Annandale
    • 66 Edinburgh, Penicuick & North Berwick
    • 67 Duns, Dunbar & Eyemouth
    • 73 Peebles, Galashiels & Selkirk, Tweed Valley
    • 80 Cheviot Hills & Kielder Water

    Digital Ordnance Survey mapping of the region is available from www.memory-map.co.uk, www.anquet.co.uk and direct from the Ordnance Survey (www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk).

    The most up-to-date 1:50,000 scale Ordnance Survey mapping has been used for the routes in this guidebook. At the time of going to press, the information on the maps included in this guide was accurate. Older copies of some maps may contain information that is at odds with what is included here.

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    June 2017

    Ride 8 :  the required OS Landranger map number is 74 not 80.

  • Reviews
    A welcome guide encouraging adventurous off-road days out; most welcome and really useful.

    Fitting nicely into a jersey pocket this guide has all you need. Even a dyed-in-the-wool-road-tourer is likely to feel the urge to get out the the knobbly-tyres and head off into the wilderness for a ride …. well, probably a bike and hike …. and the keen rough-stuffer or off-roader will be licking their lips.

    Seven Day Cyclist

    "The thing I liked most about this guide is the plenty food for thought it's given me for planning my own routes in the hills and new ideas for places to explore - especially as almost half the routes are easily accessible by train. Route instructions are concise but very clear and helpful. The book got quite wet whilst changing route plans in January's icy sleet yet survived unscathed, so it's pretty robust. 

    An inspiring read - and not just for mountain bikers."

    Eleisha Fahy, ScotWays

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Since moving to Scotland from the south of England in 2006, Peter has developed a passion for the Hebrides and takes every available opportunity to get out among the islands. He lives in Glasgow with his wife, Fiona, and Dougal the Labrador. Peter also writes about his walking and cycling trips on his blog site at www.writesofway.com.

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