Ae Valley Route

Ae Valley Route Stats

Grade: Green - Easy
Distance: 9Km
Singletrack: 30%
Estimated Time To Ride The Route: 1 - 2 hrs

The Ae Valley Route is an entry level mountain bike trail aimed primarily at families. It’s not a full singletrack loop but takes in sections of singletrack mixed in with forest road, and the singletrack gradients are very easy - although there is one short, sharp climb on forest road.

Water of Ae viewpoint

The trail runs up the Ae valley to a lovely viewpoint overlooking the Water of Ae - a beautiful place to stop and picnic, with lots of rocks around the river. It returns down the valley running next to the river, taking in some easy handrailed wooden boardwalk with safety of riders a main consideration. It runs through the Craigshields outdoors centre site with a meadow to the left. Crossing back over the Water of Ae, there are good views down the river off the bridge.

A gentle downhill swoop

The finish is a twisty, gentle downhill swoop – back over the river again on the Naize bridge before returning to the car park.


Looking to step up to the next level? Try the blue-graded Larch View route - it shares much of the same trail as the green route but there's an extra 4.5km through the forest on forest road.

The Trails view grading charts

Visitor Comments

Eric Paterson
Great day at Ae on 02/10/14,After a visit to Callum at the service centre to have my Wifes brakes bled, we had a great run in Ae, and then a wee visit to the café to have a warming bowl of soup and a sannie, thanks to all at Ae.
Isobel Burns (11)
This was my first proper bike ride and I thought it was brilliant, it's very fun for the family!
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Bill H
I took two of my children aged 6&9 on their fist mountain biking outing on the route last weekend. It was not too difficult, they loved it and can't wait until the next time.
Steve C and family
All of us (including my4 year old) did our 1st full trail the other day. Can't wait for the next challenge. This trail is perfect for novices/young kiddies. That's our Olymp[ic legacy!
Andrew Stirling
Did this today with my wife and our 2 kids on tag-alongs. Absolutely brilliant fun, especially the single track bit winding through the trees. Much better than expected. I rode it on a Thorn touring bike with touring road tyres no problem.
Nice family trail
Did this today with an 8 yr old and 5 yr old and they loved it! Just enough for their first venture but they already want to go back
Dylan P
First time that I have ever been mountain biking and it was great. Some parts were difficult, but what a thrill. Cant wait to get my own bike and do it again.
Fantastic trail for families and beginners alike, lovely smooth single track.
Level, easy ride for beginners with smooth single tracks. Excellent.
After being to Mabie Forest, i found this trail not as challenging although it was of the same grade as Mabie.Great all rounder for the entire family
This was a great trail, very easy to follow, beautiful surroundings and no hills except one so it was no problem to ride for an oldie like me and my young grandson. Great day out.

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Ae Cafe - Selling hot/cold snacks and selection of refreshments.

Open Friday - Sunday 10am - 4pm, closed Monday - Thursday

For further info: phone 01387 860805




Car parking is available at the trail head and at the café. There is a pay and display machine at the café car park as well as at the Naze car park. Car parking costs £3 per day.


Toilet and shower facilities are available at the café.


Bike Hire

Bike hire from Ae Cafe/Bike shop.

Open Friday - Sunday 10am - 4pm

Phone 01387 860805 for enquiries and further details.


Ae Uplift service
For details of the uplift service, contact Tally on 07709 144 299, or see
Pre-booking is essential.

Trail Conditions

Current at Thu 4th Feb 2016

Trails: All open. 


Conditions:  Wet - lots of surface water on trails.  Please take extra care when high winds forecast as this could lead to windblown trees and branches across the trails. 


Diversions:  None. 


More info: Contact the district office by email on dumfries& 

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