Caddrouns Stats

Grade: Blue - Moderate
Distance: 6Km
Singletrack: 50%
Estimated Time To Ride The Route: 1 - 1.5 hrs

One of the best blue-graded routes in the country. The Caddrouns trail is ideal for first-timers, families and novices.

Liddel Valley

From the trail head, the road climbs up through open fields. This can be quite hard going especially if it’s windy so pacing yourself is recommended. Over a cattle grid and the road flattens – a good spot to stop and take in the stunning views across the Liddel Valley and beyond.


Bearing left the next section is a steady pedal along a forest road which gradually climbs to the furthest point of the route, where a couple of picnic benches are handily situated for a breather before tackling the first section of singletrack.

The Caddrouns

The Caddrouns singletrack is a really fun descent which twists and turns down through the forest round bermed corners and over bridges, bringing you out on Green Gill Road. Some of the turns are quite tight and the trail surface is loose in places, so care is required.

Pouter Lampert

A short section of forest road brings you to the start of the route's pièce de resistance, Pouter Lampert - a whopping 2km long section of singletrack through one of the most scenic parts of the forest.


The trail starts with a gentle climb that snakes its way up through the trees and which is shared with one of the forest's walking routes. The climbing is soon over though and the real fun begins as the trail heads downhill. You'll soon be zooming along swoopy singletrack, dipping and weaving through the forest across gullies, around banked turns, along boardwalks and over (optional) rock steps.


If this sounds a little scary don't worry, the trail gradients are kept nice and low and the surfaces are firm and well draining. A couple of short climbs along the way break things up before the final switchback corners bring you out at the Priesthill car park (start point for the walking trails). The final 1km of the route follows the forest road gradually uphill back to the trailhead, with the majority on tarmac making things a little easier going for tired legs!

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Visitor Comments

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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No cafe facilities at Dykecroft trailhead, though excellent café facilities available in Newcastleton village. 

Nearby Newcastleton has a choice of hotels, shops and cafés to cater for you before or after your ride.


Car parking is available in the village at Douglas Square or at Dykecroft Visitor Centre by the trail head. Parking is free.


There are toilet and changing facilities on site at Dykecroft Visitor Centre. There are also free shower and toilet facilities in Newcastleton village, open from 7am - 6pm. They are located just a stone's throw from Douglas Square on Langholm Street, next to the Fire Station.

Bike Hire

Bikes are available from Rock UK at Whithaugh Park, which is roughly 3km from the trail head. For details telephone 013873 75394 or email: Website at:

Trail Conditions

Current at 15th August 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. 

Updated trail maps/guides and web/onsite info coming soon. 
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: Good.

Diversions: None.

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


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