Linns Route

Linns Route Stats

Grade: NG - Variable
Distance: 8Km
Singletrack: 0% (100% forest road)
Estimated Time To Ride The Route: 1 - 2 hrs

The Linns Route (forest road grade) for those who prefer sticking to forest roads or who want to venture a little further into the forest. With plenty of hills along the way, this 100% forest road-based loop offers a good workout and fantastic scenery to boot.


From the car park, the forest road climbs up through open fields then over a cattle grid. Carrying straight on the road flattens out and you'll soon be at the turn off for the Skills Area. Here a shelter offers a perfect spot for some rest and relaxation with great views out across the Liddel Valley. A short flat forest road section later and you're at start of the Linns road descent.

Linns Road Descent

One of the highlights of the route, the Linns road descent is a brilliant downhill blast which weaves its way down to the Tweeden Burn. Care is required though as it's easy to pick up speed and some of the corners are quite tight with loose gravel in places!

The Linns Climb

This section is shared with the Red trail. With the scenic Tweeden Burn Valley to your left the forest road climbs quite steeply at first - selecting a low gear and pacing yourself will help here. The climbing gradually becomes easier but it's still uphill! Finally, near the top of the climb, a huge block of granite will come into view - the Border Stane. Here you are within a stone's throw of the Scottish - English border. See if you can you make out what's inscribed on each side of the stane.

Tweedenhead Bogs

With all the climbing completed the next part is a pleasant cruise along flat forest roads to the route's furthest away point at Tweedenhead cottage. The route then heads back along flat forest roads to the Linns Road Descent junction, straight on past the Skills Area and downhill back to the trailhead.

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Visitor Comments

Done the blue route in the rain on sunday and was superb. Fantastic workout for a beginner.
Sue McDougall
First visit to the Stanes and really enjoyed it. Will definitely be doing more.

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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 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. 

Conditions: Good.

Diversions: None.

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


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