Blue Route

Blue Route Stats

Grade: Blue - Moderate
Distance: 9.7Km
Singletrack: 40%
Estimated Time To Ride The Route: 1 - 2 hrs

The Blue Route offers up a great introduction to mountainbiking with a fine blend of mostly mellow climbs and fun, flowy singletrack descents. 
 

The route heads out from the village trailhead, across a new bridge over the Liddel Water then up a steep but thankfully short climb to the public road.  This 2 way section of the Route continues gradually up through Rock UK's Outdoor Centre to the first section of singletrack proper - a new beautifully twisty yet mellow singletrack climb with gentle gradients and 33 switchback turns! 
 

Passing the start of the final singletrack descent back towards the trailhead (great option to take for a shorter overall ride) the route then climbs steadily on well surfaced forest roads to Pouter Lampert and the highest part of the route.
 

Pouter Lampert is a whopping 2km long section of singletrack through one of the most scenic parts of the forest.  The trail is mostly downhill and features fun, swoopy singletrack with bermed corners, boardwalks, bridges over gullies and (optional) rock steps.

 
Forest roads then link back to the final singletrack descent - a brand new addition to the route for 2014.  The 1km of super flowy, bermy singletrack is an absolute blast to ride!  The singletrack then merges back into the 2 way section for the final scoot back to the trailhead. 
 

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Visitor Comments

Owain Evans
14/10/14
Just back from riding the blue route. We hired bikes from Rock UK (which was hassle free and great value). 1st time back to the course since they updated it, and it was fantastic. The whole blue flows beautifully and is a joy to ride; The new climb up is easy going and much nicer than riding up the road but the new return route is something special! perfect for all abilities. If you haven't done Newcastleton recently or at all you need to hop down and give it a shot.
Mark Killing
26/08/14
Took the blue route on Sunday 24/8/2014 with wife and 8yo son. Son and I loved the climbing, wife did not. We all loved the decents! Great course, very well sign posted and in a beautiful spot. We hired bikes from Rock UK too, which was a smooth, easy and great value too.
Patrick
24/08/14
love the blue trail very well shaped.
nathan
05/11/12
Really nice - just right for beginners/families.
JL
02/11/12
Great blue trail for novice's, Little hard for the younger kids but with a little praise & walking they get there!!! Fantastic single track. Well worth a visit
Alexander Murray
18/09/11
An excellent blue trail for a novice like my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the single track parts. Facilities for changing and toilet area excellent as we got rather wet.Completed 4 of the 7 now.
rickie
24/05/11
Why cant you just get the trail map as a pdf anymnore? you can still get the mabie route - haven't tried the others yet.
Moderator: Hi Rickie, you can access all of the trail maps for free if you go to the Join Friends area on the website. Sign up and you'll be able to download them and print them off.
DanAmy
09/02/11
An excellent red trail with some very good singletrack. Not too difficult but very fast in places.
Anonymous
31/01/11
so far the best 7 stane ive been too. (mabie, ae, glentress, newcastleton) im not to good on trails with rocks everywhere on them so this trail was perfect for me
stewy G
15/08/10
A good trail and as it is the nearest to where i live, i use it often. mostly the red route, but have been over the blue on a lot of occcasions too. The pictures shown of the track are very different to how the track has been for the last 2 or 3 years. usually overgrown but a well bedded in track makes for a good ride. the red can be done in under an hour, which brings into place the blue course that you can ride straight after finishing the red. Just ride up a short forest track for about a mile and your at the start of the blue. Overal its a god track and excellent for your first time out or for training ( for me ). But with the other trails available in the scotland i could only give it an average rating as the other tracks are just a lot better all round.

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Facilities

Catering

 

Cafes, hotels and shops in Newcastleton village at/near the trailhead.

Parking

Parking is at the Douglas Square trailhead in the centre of Newcastleton village and is free.

Toilets

Public toilets and showers (free) are just off Douglas Square on Langholm Street, next to the Fire station.

Bike Hire

Bike hire is available from Rock UK at Whithaugh Park, 2.5km from the village trailhead. For details telephone 013873 75394 or email: whithaugh@rockuk.org. Website at: www.rockuk.org

Trail Conditions

Current at 19th December 2014

Trails: All open.

Douglas square in the centre of Newcastleton village is now the start/finish point for all the 7stanes mtb trails (Dykecroft trailhead now closed). 

All mtb routes (Blue and Red) now head from the village across a new bridge over the Liddel Water and climb up through Rock UK’s Outdoor Centre (2 way) then up a new mellow singletrack climb and forest roads to link into the existing trail network.  The return back to the village trailhead includes a super fun new singletrack descent.  Blue Route is now 9.7km, Red Route is now 23.7km.  Please note there will be no trail updates from 19th December - 5th January. For information during this period please contact the local ranger.

Updated trail maps/guides now available. 
The Skills Area is accessed off the Red MTB Route at post 4.
The Purple ‘Linns’ Route (all forest road based) is now closed. 

Conditions: No snow or ice, but damp with puddles in places.

Diversions: None.

More Info: Contact Alan, the ranger, on 07870 595735.

 

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