The Green Routes

The Glentress Green Routes Stats

Grade: Green - Easy
Distance: 3.5K - 4.5Km
Singletrack: 30% - 60%
Estimated Time To Ride The Route: 30 mins - 1 hr

The Glentress Green Route (from the Buzzards Nest car park)

Grade: Green - Easy
Distance: 4.5Km
Singletrack: 60%
Estimated Time To Ride The Route: 30 mins - 1 hr


The Glentress Green Route (from the Buzzards Nest car park) is a fabulous trail. It provides some stunning views of Peebles, the Tweed Valley and the surrounding hills. Although fairly short this route is on purpose-built green grade singletrack trail.

Buzzards Nest

The route starts from the Buzzards Nest Car Park, which is signed from the forest entrance. It’s a fair old pedal up to here from the bottom of the forest (only 2km, but lots of climbing) so driving up is advised unless you’re feeling really fit!


From the car park, the route follows a fairly level forest road, soon passing the entrance to the Skills Loop. Continuing on, looking left gives great views down the Tweed Valley towards Innerleithen.

Narrow Neck

The road gets slightly steeper as you descend towards the Narrow Neck – the narrowest part of the forest, where the boundaries are only a stone's throw apart. Turning right here, a very short climb takes you to the start of the singletrack.


The trail heads into the trees on wide, smooth singletrack and climbs gently with no naughty steep bits (Dad with trailor buggy on the back should get up no probs). Look out for some lovely old beech trees in here amongst the younger conifers. Before you know it you’re at the first viewpoint and the top of the climb!


From here the trail now starts to descend - nothing too tricky or steep just wide, smooth singletrack which meanders and curves its way down through thinned open forest. This is real mountain biking though, as you’ll be whizzing along through tight gaps between trees, through dips and rises and round 180 degree turns.


Along the way there are several more viewpoints that act as useful catch up points or as a place to simply stop, have a breather and take in the views.

The trail finally pops out near the top of Janet’s Brae. Here, the route heads back towards the Buzzards Nest Car Park descending gently to the Narrow Neck (fancy another lap?), then retracing its steps with a gradual climb to finish.

Looking to step up to the next level?

Try the Blue and Red graded features in the Skills Area or have a go at the Blue Route from the trailhead as far up as the Buzzards Nest then back down. This ride will total 8km and includes the best bits of the blue route.

The Glentress Green Route (from Glentress Peel)

Grade: Green - Easy
Distance: 3.5Km
Singletrack: 30%
Estimated Time To Ride The Route: 30 mins - 1 hr

This Route starts and finishes at the Glentress Peel Visitor Centre and provides a great introduction to mountainbiking right from the trailhead where the café and bike hire is located. 

From the Peel the route climbs steadily on forest roads.  After a short, steeper section the road flattens out.  Here, picnic benches overlooking the ponds make a great place to stop and catch a breather. 

Tourist Trap

The route continues on flat forest road into a part of the forest with some of Glentress's oldest, tallest and most magnificant trees. Here, Tourist Trap, the first section of singletrack, swoops down towards the main Glentress Burn.  Cross a boardwalk and onto another around a bend as descent turns into a gentle singletrack climb.  Note: Tourist Trap is shared with riders on the Red/Black Route.

The Admiral

A short section of forest road is next and then it's onto The Admiral, 600m of singletrack goodness!  Mellow flowing turns, gentle downhill gradients and a 40m boardwalk crossing await.  A short climb is followed by more descending before the section finishes above the ponds.  From here it's less than 5 minutes back to the Glentress Peel descending on the road that you initially climbed.

The Trails view grading charts

Visitor Comments

Thought I'd try this on a new MTB to get the feel for it and these trails turned out to be quite fun. I could take them really fast with no fear - just sheer enjoyment.
Hedley Phillips
Despite living just along the road in Innerleithen for a year we've only just made it over to GT this week. i know, poor show!

What a location. Well laid out, stacks of trails for all levels and views to die for.

We started off on the green from Buzzards nest for a warm up and it's a lovely long sweeping trail. Easy for my wife and youngest but chuck in some speed and it's a laugh for all levels.
Graham Alexander
First time here as an old bloke new to mtb, what a great centre! Stunning routes loads of local expertise willing to share knowledge and guidance, facilities excellent and for us a special thanks to the cafe staff who went the extra nine yards. Well done to all.
Amanda McLeod
Great trail for beginners to learn basic mountain bike skills.
Went round this four times today whilst my daughter attended a Ridelines kids camp. Great fun for anyone and perfect warm up route. Trail is in great condition - coming back soon with bad boy hard tail and taking my toddler out in her bike carrier. Give it a go!
Rubbish Rider
I am a beginner myself mainly doing blue but when my Mum decided to come I took her on the green. She loved it and requests to come back with me every few weeks, she is so taken by it that she has just bought herself a proper bike (Trek 6300) and is determined to have a go at the blue soon!
mtb oldie
Been riding the red and black at GT for a number of years and the odd uplift at Inners - so wasn't looking forward to spending my day riding the green when the wife decided to come along for the odd trip to GT. Totally surprised! Not quite what I have been used to but add speed to the excellent green up at Buzzards nest car park and it does leave you with a smile on your face. The wife loved it and is now a regular visitor to the forest!
mtb 200000
I love this trail its a great warm up for me Im 13 and I usually go round 2-3 times
Not rode a bike for 20 years but took my 9yr old son here to get us both into MTB and we both loved it. A great appetiser for the next grades.
I Did This Route When I Was 6 Now I Am 10 And Do The Black Route!!
Not rode a bike for 14 years, so this came recommended and is great for starters for me and wifey.
Hopefully won't be too long until we're fit enough to try the blue!!

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Glentress Café 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 10am-4.30pm
Friday: 10am-5pm
Saturday: 9.30am-5.30pm
Sunday: 9.30am-5pm

For more information see:



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.



Forest Park Gateway building (toilets, showers & changing) at Glentress Peel:

Open Mon - Fri 9am - 4.30pm

  Sat - Sun 9am - 5pm

Showers cost £1 for 5 minutes

Bike Hire

Alpine Bikes
Monday - Friday open 9.30am to 4.30pm;
Saturday & Sunday open 9am - 5pm

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

Bike hire is also available in Peebles and in Innerleithen.

Glentress Mountain Bike Trail Centre,, 38,

Trail Conditions

Glentress - Current at 27th March 2015

Trails: All open with the exception of Pennels Vennel on the Red MTB Route which is closed due to dangerous windblown trees across the trail. A diversion is in place (reopening date tbc) and Blue Route closed at post 11 (start of forest road section heading away from Buzzards Nest car park) with a diversion via forest roads rejoining the Blue Route at post 17 until end April 2015 (7 days/week), due to tree felling operations.

Conditions: Good.

Diversions: Red MTB Route diverted at post 37 (Pennels Vennel entry),  rejoins Route at post 38 (Spookywood Climb entry). See also above.


More info: Contact 07834 435380

Innerleithen - Current at 27th March 2015

On Sat 28th & Sun 29th Mar all DH trails will be closed due to SDA DH race.

On Sun 5th Apr all DH trails (except Make or Brake) will be closed due to Kids Mini DH event.

DH Trails: All open (except on dates above)

XC Trail:  All open

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. See also above.

More Info: Contact 07834 435380


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