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

Absolutely great single track. Hard to locate if not local and difficult to get maps of routes. Will becoming back :-)
craig (MBLA Leader)
just completed the blue route for first time following the trail head move to the village great route out nice switchbacks and route followed by a truely epic decent on fast flowing bermed singletrack that will have you grinning like a kat a great example of what the FC can do when they tweak a trail
Owain Evans
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
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.
love the blue trail very well shaped.
Really nice - just right for beginners/families.
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
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.
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.
An excellent red trail with some very good singletrack. Not too difficult but very fast in places.
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
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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Cafes, hotels and shops in Newcastleton village at/near the trailhead.


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


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: Website at:

Trail Conditions

Current at Mon 23rd Nov 2015


Trails: The Bog, Dead Mans Quarry Climb and Swarfe Hill sections of Red mtb Route closed from Mon 23rd Nov 2015 until end of Feb 2016 (7 days/week) due to tree felling operations in/around Swarfe Hill. 

Blue mtb Route remains fully open



The 2 way section of trail linking the Liddel Water bridge and the tarmac road to Rock UK Outdoor Centre is down to single width in places due to a landslip.  Trail remains open but please could descending riders give way to users climbing up the trail.  


The Skills Area is accessed off the Red MTB Route at post 4. 


Conditions: Patches of snow and ice clearing, wet with puddles in places.


Diversions: Red mtb Route diverted at post 27, rejoins Route at post 22 (reduces overall route distance by 4km).


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


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