Four forests and a wind farm in the Tweed valley
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👀 Join us for an epic gravel/mountain bike ride in the glorious tweed valley. This lovely part of Scotland is full of rolling hills, forests, rivers and cafes – all make for a grand day out on the bike. This route is mainly off-road, but is not particularly technical so suspension isn’t required. There are some sections on B roads and tarmac cycle paths.
↔️ The full loop is 70km with a total of 1747m of ascent – so it’s a decent day out. However, there are quite a few options to cut this short if our legs are complaining too much, and there are some excellent cafés along the way for some sports nutrition/caffeine/sugar and stodge.
📍 We will start in Glentress forest for a pretty decent climb up to the windfarm and some wonderful views over the tweed valley. There is a bit of up and down here – we will reach the high-point of the day nice and early. There then follows a lovely, long, gentle downhill to join a B road after about 25km. We then have a series of 3 shorter loops off the roads and through the forests. We pass through the pretty villages of Walkerburn and Innerleithen, both featuring lovely cafes and opportunities for a wee break, before getting to Peebles where we then return to Glentress on road and then cycle path.
🚲 There are a number of bike hire places, for example Alpine. Early bookings are recommended.
⏭️ This ride is part of a series, why not join the other rides:
🚴♂️ Want to do more rides? See the Mtb/Off-Road calendar
🌈 New to mountain biking? Read our full guide on gay mountain biking groups
📣 From the area? Join the Mountain Bikers up North WhatsApp group
IMPORTANT! - Participation Statement
You MUST complete the Cycling Participation Statement in addition to booking your event space before attending a cycling event.
Photo Credits: Taken by Henry. OutdoorLads have permission to use these photos.
What to bring
- A good quality mountain bike or gravel bike.
- At least one spare inner tube, tyre levers and pump for your bike. Make sure it's the correct type and size. Plus any special tools your bike needs.
- Clothing: choose suitable clothes and footwear for the weather forecast and time of year. You will be exercising so lightweight layered clothing is best. Shorts are best even in rain, as they allow free movement of your legs. Jeans are useless if it rains but tracksuit bottoms need to be not too baggy or they may snag in the chain and cause an accident. You'll need flat soled trainers for standard pedals.
- Cyclist's Helmet - Outdoorlads policy asks you to wear a helmet to events
- Bag you will need a small day-sack to carry essential additional warm clothing, water and an emergency snacks.
- A change of clothing, towel etc for when we finish as you'll probably be covered in mud when we finish!
Any questions, please ask the leader
Food & drink
Please bring substantial amounts of water (at least 1.5 litres) and snacks. Although we're planning café stops, you should have enough snacks in case they may not be open.