The Green Torr

The Green Torr Stats

Grade: Blue - Moderate
Distance: 9Km
Singletrack: 65%
Estimated Time To Ride The Route: 1 - 2 hrs

Although the Green Torr Blue Route is moderate in both length and difficulty, it has a long, final descent which should appeal to riders who wouldn’t normally consider a route of this grade. The views are pretty good too! Mostly off road, the purpose-built singletrack is wider than the trails at nearby Kirroughtree and has none of the rocks and roots found there, so it shouldn’t prove intimidating to less experienced riders.

 

It’s not without challenge though; as it climbs 218m to the Green Torr overlooking Loch Trool, before descending quickly back to the visitor centre.

 

The ascent is fairly gentle, with just a few steep snaps, but coming back down is steeper and you should make sure everyone knows how to use their brakes effectively.

A trail of two halves

Starting from the bridge by the visitor centre the trail soon crosses the Black Linn (bridge) and meanders along its banks, through tall larch trees, before joining a minor forest track. The route climbs out of the trees and on to the first of four sections of contouring singletrack that gain height gradually up around the Pulnagashel Glen.

 

As you cut in and out of the trees, the views start to open out, getting better and wider as you continue up, until a final pull on a forest road brings you to the highest point of the route.

What goes up must come down

Continue along the forest road (downhill this time). A brief descent on a wide track is followed by a short singletrack climb onto the Green Torr Ridge overlooking Loch Trool. Rest a while, take in the view over the loch and the hills beyond and prepare for the long descent ahead. “Then you’re off”, with only the odd turn of the pedals needed to keep you speeding on down Torr Lane.

 

Bermed corners at halfway slow you down, or allow you to carry your speed depending on how you ride them, and a final turn will land you back on a forest road.

 

It’s not over yet though - after a very brief roll along the road, the trail heads down through the trees on more swooping track, with a further helping of bermed corners eventually bringing you back to the bottom of the glen and the welcome of the visitor centre café.

The Trails view grading charts

Visitor Comments

Tony Roper
04/03/14
Although there's warnings that the first section is closed due to harvesting, it's actually at least a third of the route that is closed off. There was no sign of any harvesting taking place at all. Ironically, the only place that did have signs of harvesting is the section climbing up to Green Torr. Still a great downhill section, especially with all the mud at the moment
Robert
16/01/14
Superb trail and well built. Easy but it is a blue. Saying that the last mile has some of the best berms of any of the 7stanes trails. Top class.
Russell Jess
09/01/14
The blue route is good flowing easy paths, Glentrool is a good place to go if your just starting out on your bike for a good taster. Enjoyed it, red routes from now on lol ****
Matt
30/10/13
Not the most challenging, by any means, but perhaps the most picturesque of the 7 Stanes trails. Rode as a family and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. The views from the top of the ridge are amazing. Relatively easy climb but the two descent sections can be railed pretty hard and were still good fun for us as intermediate riders. The final descent through established woodland is particularly satisfying and gave us all a nice buzz. The visitors centre has a wonderful situation where you can enjoy coffee and cake on the bank of the fast flowing river. Will definitely be back here. Hope there are plans to develop a big red XC loop.
Joseph
13/08/13
Went as part of a family, not too hard to go up but great fun to descend.
craig
29/07/13
we did this trail in heavy rain and mist so missed the views very good trail well signposted around the route and some nice twists and turns along the way deff worth a visit glentrool holiday park is an ideal base a couple of miles down the road
Kev Sp
25/06/13
Having done Kirroughtree this morning (The Twister - Red Route) I wasn't expecting much from Glentrool, especially as it's "only a Blue Route".

What a blast - I loved this circuit and, somehow, got tenth quickest circuit.

This is one cracking trail and I'm definitely coming back again - I may even skip Newcastleton just so I can get back to "The Green Torr" for another couple of laps.

A real gem of a Blue Route and great fun (fast) for anyone Red Route experienced.
PatFisher
10/04/13
Done the blue trail today with novice wife and not so novice boys aged 9 & 11. Perfect in every way. Scenery-stunning, hills-doable for all with proper mountain bike for kids(none of the steel frame kind), downhill-safe, can't get better biking for family day out.
Ian
16/10/12
Gentle but inspiring evening ride on Blue. Outstanding views of Loch Trool at the ridge prior to descent - took me back to when my dad made us visit there umpteen years ago. Btw where did that pampas grass at the bottom of the singletrack before the last section come from?
Allan
08/10/12
Enjoyed the trail, nothing too taxing on the ascend, but I did enjoyed the descent through the trees in the autumn sun.
Bob
20/09/12
Was up yesterday fantastic trail. New to mountain biking but defo hooked now and only came off once lol defo going bk...
Darren D
17/08/12
Took my 9yr son for his first proper trail. He absolutely loved it. Can`t wait to try it again.
snowster
01/08/12
Superb. A steady, gentle climb crowned with a superb summit view and then a long, steep descent. Lots of singletrack and well surfaced throughout. Outstanding.
toothfairy
09/07/12
At the grand age of 44 I've reverted back to my youth.. Tacked the Blue route twice now, fantastic. Brilliant wildlife, outstanding views. Well worth any journey to experience the descent. Next step Kirroughtree...
Phil
22/04/12
First attempt at off road riding and absolutely loved it can't wait to come back and tackle that descent again
Dave Currie
22/03/12
Just back from doing this route - you've got to just love the descent!
William B
11/03/12
going today :)
Josh Russell
25/12/11
I have done this course many times with my local youth group ACE. I still never get tired of it as the adrenaline rush from the big decent gives me the best thrill factor of all. It's great to have this on my doorstep, planing to go up tomorrow on boxing day. Well worth doing.
dave
27/10/11
going there on sunday, looking to see how fast i can nail the descent :)
Ian judd
20/08/11
Loved the route, first time on singletrack for about 15 years, don't know why it's taken me so long! The berms are amazing.
slick
18/06/11
brilliant little route,cracking views almost as good as the alps.
mark gourley
03/06/11
I'm going tomorrow 4/06/11 so it should be great fun
Neil
28/05/11
Not too technical but an absolute brilliant route, best to ride it a few times for a good workout. When it's not raining the views are ace. Well worth the visit.
craig mcdonald
09/04/11
first time for me today and what a buzz on the desent on the blue trail al b back 4 more
Josher
29/03/11
Rode the trail alone in winter. Had a ball. Good finish to the trail. Some of my less experienced mates would love it.
Jammy
18/10/10
Outstanding route with nice easy going first half which is a nice mix of forest roads and singletrack. Excellent views at the high point. 2nd half at Torr Ridge, Torr Lane and Curly Wurly is pure adrenaline downhill stuff - outstanding action with some nice berms. Our 7 yr old's reaction said it all : "AWESOME!" At 9k its jut the right length for the kids with some real action stuff for the adults too. Cannot recommend this route highly enough.

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Facilities

Catering

Glentrool visitors centre will be open from the 21st March onwards from 10am - 4pm daily.

For more information please contact: 01671 840302.

 

Parking

Car parking is available at Glentrool Visitor Centre. Parking costs £1 per hour, £2 for up to 3 hours and £3 for all day.

More than 7 people would be classed as a minibus, which is £12 for a day.

 

Toilets

New toilet block now open which is located within the visitor centre.

Bike Hire

There is a bike hire service available from The Breakpad Bike and Outdoor Shop.

Opening Times
March: Thurs - Sun
10am - 4.30pm
April onwards: Mon - Sun
10am - 5pm

They offer a wide range of demo and hire bikes, bike sales, with a fully equipped workshop for service and repairs.  Bike wash facilities are available.

Tel 01671 401303 or contact www.thebreakpad.com for more details.

 

Kirkcowan Cycles is 7 miles west of Newton Stewart for bike sales, repairs, servicing, parts, accessories and cycle hire.

Opening Times

Mon - Sat 9am - 5pm (Year Round)

Tel 01671 830286

Visit www.kirkcowancycles.co.uk

www.courtyardcyclehire.co.uk

 

Trail Conditions

Current at 29th August 2014

Trails: Open with diversions, see below. 

Conditions: Take care as there may be fallen trees - please report to ranger.

Diversions:

Diversions on the big country (purple) trail.

We have harvesting moving into the Glentrool area. Please expect diversions on the trails.

More Info: contact Ben, the ranger, on 0141 5555 820 for more information.

 

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