Glentress Freeride Park

Glentress Freeride Park Stats

Grade: Orange - Extreme

Packed full of advanced level features, the Freeride Park is an ideal spot for riders looking to push their skill levels, style it up, learn new tricks or just hang out and ride with friends. It's located right next to the Buzzards Nest Car Park.

 

The park is graded ‘orange bike park’ (see trail grades for details of this grade) with a great range of features, small and large. Check out the info panels on site before riding. In addition to helmet and gloves, body armour is strongly recommended!

Getting to the park

From the car park, riders either take the forest road that runs along the edge of the park or push up through the park itself on a network of paths. Doing the latter means you can also check out the features (recommended) and other riders on your way up. Both ways only take about 5 minutes.

 

Riders tend to practise ('session') short sections rather than riding a whole trail in one go. 'Sessioning' is positively encouraged, but please use the push up paths rather than the actual trails to push back up.

The Freeride trails

Teenage Kicks

Packing 23 jumps into its 650m length this trail is a veritable jump-fest! Featuring mostly 'tabletops’, these medium-sized jumps have fairly steep up-ramps and sharp lips that ping you into the air. If you're new to this type of jump, check out the ‘Essentials’ trail first.

 

Down the start ramp, a couple of pedal strokes and you're on the first jump. The next two come straight after but being through a left turn are trickier to negotiate. Keeping low through these sets you up nicely for two more tabletops then a sweet 180º berm.

 

Exiting this, you're straight into two more tabletops then a hip jump dropping away into sweeping left-hander, which leads into two slightly bigger tabletops. Onto the brakes for a tricky set of rock steps through a tight right-hander and you’re into a tightly spaced set of five tabletops, then two smaller jumps.

 

The trail now drops away steeply, firing you into another set of five tabletops. After these, the trail flattens, giving time for a quick breather before two final tabletops and the option of hitting the Funbox.

 

This trail takes a more direct route down the hill and starts as it means to go on with three log ‘skinnies’ in quick succession. Each is no more than 2-3 feet off the ground, but with less than 10 inches of riding surface to play with, there’s not much room for error.

 

Next comes a wide ramped drop with a long run out – roll it or launch it and clear the ramp completely! Scrub a little speed for a left hand berm and you’re at the Hucks – three timber ladder drops (small, medium and large). The small one can be rolled off, the other two definitely have to be jumped! Land on the wide, steep run out and set up for a right hand berm that fires you onto the first wall ride. Off this one and you’re straight onto a second one. These are tricky (not to mention flippin’ slippy in the wet), as you have to jump onto and off both. Here speed, skill and a healthy dose of courage are what’s needed.

 

Merging with Teenage Kicks, the trail then hits two final small tabletops, setting you up for the final feature – a Funbox. At 8ft high, 6ft wide and over 15ft long, it’s a beast, though on and off ramps mean it can be rolled or jumped at both ends.

 

Essentials

Whereas the two trails above have mainly medium-sized features, this trail, built with novice freeriders in mind, is a little mellower and incorporates a wide range of small features (with some optional medium lines to improve those skills). The trails are super wide and smooth, with soft fall areas and plenty of spots to catch a breather.

 

The trail is split up into a series of short sections, each with different types of feature and dedicated push up paths. These sections can be ridden individually or linked up into one longer trail.

 

Sections include: easy split-size tabletop and step up jumps; low raised timber ‘north shore’ trails linking between large rocks; a split step down jump and small and medium sized tabletop sets.

The Trails view grading charts

Visitor Comments

Gandalfsdad
24/10/13
Planned to do the red route but wasted a good hour or so just playing on the freeride park, great fun on a 6x 6 full suss and perfect for people like me who're bored of earning their descents.
Red
31/07/13
Good little park but obv not built by riders as some of it is a bit awkward and flat. Not great on the DH bike but it's essentially the best around at the moment.
Charlie
25/03/13
This is an awesome park. I ride a commencal all mountain 1 and it does the job perfectly here. I looove the fun box! !
Mcgeezy
12/02/13
Good stuff! not good for DH bikes though! super fats on a dj/hardtail! When will the big 180 degree wallride be opened again?
Calum McGee
12/02/13
Good fun! Need to sort out some of the holes at the start of the take offs, and build some bigger better things.
Stevie Barrie
14/10/12
Some of it is closed off but what we did was good fun.
Jamie
05/10/12
I came here for the first time a few weeks
back and it was brilliant. and even though it takes us 4hrs tto get there we have been coming back almost every fortnight since. The only downfall is you will get addicted very quickly and may end up paying lots in fuel to get there.
MTB1999
26/08/12
Love this freeride park! Got to be the best I've been to :)
borderboy
26/07/12
great track, love the fast flowing berms and jumps. wish the track was a bit longer though:(
sam mumford
28/05/12
I love the ladder drops they are the bomb :D
katie mcbride
25/05/12
this is awesome
Voodoo luva
22/04/12
I managed the whole thing ok, i was 8 when i tried it first, im 13 and im ready to roll again! It's great fun, I made it through a couple of times, my brother wasn't so lucky. he hasn't really been aware of the two metal things on his handlebars, brakes! I wached him fly into the side of a ramp and thought to myself, I think he may be in slight pain! Lolz
AlasdairNS
18/02/12
i took my NS dirt jump bike here with only a rear brake feeling a bit nervous that I'd have to much speed but the jumps link well into berms that are just right so you can hold your speed! I loved everything that I rode!
7 stanes regular
16/02/12
Major upgrade required. Not really a freeride park at all. Transitions too shallow and rolling. Fencing to slow you down?! Nothing exciting here at all.
whistlerboy
06/02/12
jumps are too small and im 12 get tabletops and gap jumps the same height as the one's on a-line in whistler!
sam mumford
06/02/12
want to try the wallride open sometime
Wallrider
04/02/12
Is the wallride ever going to open. 8.5M spent on a visitors centre? Open the wallride!
memyselfandi
20/01/12
YEARS later and no wall ride!? More people might pay to park if they thought the funds go back into the trails, but clearly they dont.
brendan cherry
30/12/11
When will we get to ride the wall?
Money well spent!!!
lone rider
29/11/11
Glentress is so awesome
lone rider
29/11/11
Glentress rocks
Scaredy cat
29/09/11
Getting back into MTB after too many years away and love this place.
mtbmadness
10/09/11
the freeridepark is beast I love it but when is the wall ride gonna open
william
04/09/11
Freerider! No doubt your experienced riders have become soft with uplift systems and need to get back to basics. Use the legs up!
Hilary Alexander
26/08/11
For a novice with three kids under 11, this place is amazing!
Freerider
17/08/11
Agreed- Not much for experienced riders, go to Inners instead.
Anon
17/08/11
80% Blue grade, 20% Freeride= Dissapointing.
Crashbangwallop
14/08/11
Orange bike park? Small kids on toy bikes are not an unusual sight....C`mon guys, could do better.
glenn adamson
10/08/11
no big jumps?....then hit them faster.
mtb 200000
17/07/11
I love the freeride park and i think its great!!!!!
gareth mcc
14/06/11
Two words....too cool. =)
Is the wall ride open yet?
Anonymous
30/03/11
no real big jumps
Anonymous
21/02/11
the trail are all good...is the big wall ride open yet?

--7stanes Team Response--
Not yet.
Kevin Millar
18/02/11
I think people are forgetting what a great trail center we have at glentress a think the moaning about 1 wallride should stop. keep up the good work!!!!!

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Facilities

Catering

Glentress Café 

Monday - Thursday 10am-5pm
Friday 10am-5.30pm
Saturday 9.30am-6pm
Sunday 9.30am-5.30pm
 

For more information see:

Parking

Glentress has several parking options. The trail head is at Glentress Peel visitor centre. 
 

Car Parking Charges:

 £2 for 1 hour perfect if you’re stopping off for some food and refreshments in the café.
 £5 per day (or £3.50 for 3 hours). This applies to all car parks at this location Glentress Peel (over 100 spaces), Falla Brae, Buzzards Nest and our two overflow car parks.
You can pay car park charges by credit or debit card (with chip and pin) in the two Glentress Peel car parks and the Buzzard's Nest car park.  If you prefer to pay by cash the machines accept all denomination coins but do not accept notes.

 

Toilets

Forest Park Gateway building (toilets, showers & changing) at Glentress Peel: Open 9am - 6pm Daily. Showers cost £1 for 5 minutes

Bike Hire

Alpine Bikes
Monday - Friday open 9.30am to 6pm;
Saturday & Sunday open 9am - 6pm

Advanced booking is recommended. Phone 01721 724522 for bookings and further information.

Bike hire is also available in Peebles and in Innerleithen.

Trail Conditions

Glentress - Current at 24th July 2014


Trails: All open.

Conditions: Good.

Diversions: See above.

More info: Contact 07834 435380
 

Innerleithen - Current at 24th July 2014

DH Trails: All open, except on Sat 26th & Sun 27th July all DH trails closed for the Jayfest mtb festival but uplift service and coaching sessions on trails running as part of festival.

XC Trail: All open. Strimming work on xc and dh mtb trails on Thu 24th and Fri 25th July, all trails remain open but please look out for signage and at work areas wait for operators to wave you through.

Conditions: Good.

Diversions:  Short temporary diversion on XC Trail at the very end of the Lead Mine Climb and for first 100m of Clattering Path (post 18) due to storm damaged trees. Also, see above.

More Info: Contact 07834 435380

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