The Wild West. A long forest road-based ride, fun routes for families/beginners and a great blue grade trail, all with stunning scenery. Seasonal café, bike hire can be arranged.
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Home to some of the best singletrack in the country (and McMoab!). Something for everyone with the seasonal café, bike hire and children's play area.
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Great rocky granite trails of all grades. Includes The Slab and other notable features.
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Magnificent flowing singletrack for all, and a ride on the dark side of the North Shore timber trail will test the expert rider. Café, bike shop & hire.
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A fine blend of family trails and rough & tough for for the more experienced rider. Includes a competition downhill course, featuring the infamous "Coffin Jump"!
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Probably the best biking centre in Britain. Everything from beginners' trails to extreme downhill. Café, bike shop & hire at Glentress.
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Close to the Scotland/England border and with shorter routes at all levels, this is a good introduction to the 7stanes. Bike hire close by.
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Newcastleton lies on the B6357 in the Scottish Borders, less than 5km from the border between Scotland and England. The trail head is at Dykecroft visitor centre, just over 2km from Newcastleton.
View a map of Newcastletons's location in Scotland
The Newcastleton trail map shows the location of car parks, the trail head and access points for the trails.
Using SatNav or GPS?
Use postcode TD9 0QD to reach Newcastleton, then follow signs for the trail head.
The OS Grid Reference for the Newcastleton trail head is: NY501874
Join the A7 heading north. Around 8km after Longtown, turn right to join the B6357 at Canonbie. Turn left at the junction in the centre of Canonbie and continue on the B6357 for around 16km to Newcastleton. Just before entering Newcastleton, look for the turning on the right, signposted for Dykecrofts. Follow the road for around 2km to reach the trail head at the visitor centre.
Take the A75 to Gretna. Join the A6071 and follow it to the A7. Head north on the A7. Around 8km after Longtown, turn right to join the B6357 at Canonbie and follow directions above.
Take the A69 towards Carlisle. At Brampton, join the A6071 and head to Longtown to join the A7. Continue northwards on the A7 for around 8km, then turn right to join the B6357 at Canonbie and follow directions above.
Follow the A74(M) south to junction 21 (Kirkpatrick Fleming) and turn off onto the B6357. Keep on this road to Canonbie and follow directions above.
Follow the A68 south through Dalkeith and Lauder to Jedburgh. Continue through Jedburgh on the A68 for around 3km then take the right turn onto the B6357. At Bonchester Bridge, turn left onto the A6088 and follow this for around 1.5km before a right turn back onto the B6357, which runs directly to Newcastleton. Go through the town and look for the turning on the left, signposted for Dykecrofts. Follow the road for around 2km to reach the trail head at the visitor centre.
For access to Newcastleton by train, Carlisle is the most convenient in terms of connections and services, although Gretna is closer, at around 32km from the trail head.
There are regular services to Carlisle run by Virgin Trains, Northern Trains and First Scotrail from Dumfries, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Newcastle Upon Tyne. Virgin also provides intercity services from elswhere in Britain. First Scotrail and Northern Trains run services to Gretna.
Bikes can be carried on these trains but space might be limited, or you might need to book.
Journey time to Carlisle is 35 minutes from Dumfries, around 1hr 10 minutes from Glasgow and 1hr 20 minutes from both Edinburgh and Newcastle. Journey time to Gretna is between 10 and 15 minutes from Carlisle.
For further information on rail travel in Scotland and throughout GB see www.nationalrail.co.uk. The site also has general information about taking your bike on trains in Britain.
Buses run regularly between Hawick and Newcastleton and Carlisle and Newcastleton, with services provided by Telford’s Coaches. Journey times vary but generally are around 45 minutes from Hawick and 50 minutes from Carlisle. Please note there is no service on a Sunday and that bikes cannot be carried on this service.
For bus journey planning in Scotland see www.travelinescotland.com or use the box at the foot of this page. Use www.traveline.org.uk if coming from elsewhere in GB & NI.
The nearest airport with Scheduled flights is at Newcastle upon Tyne.
For more details of flights, see the Newcastle Airport website.
The Reivers Route, a coast-to-coast trail, runs through Newcastleton. The closest transport hub for joining the trail is Carlisle. See the Reivers Cycle Route from Newcastleton.
Use the Traveline Scotland box below to plan a journey to Newcastleton using public transport in Scotland. You'll need the postcode of where you're starting from.
See www.travelinescotland.com for other options or www.traveline.org.uk if coming from elsewhere in GB & NI.
These are suggested routes only, using the most direct routes available.
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.
Bikes are available from Rock UK at Whithaugh Park, which is roughly 3km from the trail head. For details telephone 013873 75394 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website at: www.rockuk.org
Current at 24th July 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.
More Info: Contact Alan, the ranger, on 07870 595735.
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