Red Route

Red Route Stats

Grade: Red - Difficult
Distance: 23.7Km
Singletrack: 50%
Estimated Time To Ride The Route: 1.5 - 3 hrs

 

The Red Route delves deeper into more remote parts of Newcastleton Forest where you'll find stunningly good sections of narrow, fast flowing singletrack including Hidden Valley and Swarf Hill. 


The Red shares the same outward route as the Blue heading from the village trailhead across a new bridge over the Liddel Water then climbing up into the forest proper on a mix of roads and singletrack. On Pouter Lampert the Red Route splits off and climbs higher again on forest roads to Hidden Valley.

Hidden Valley is a highlight of the route. This narrow trail clings to the side of the valley swooping down through the trees with fast, exhilarating descents punctuated by short, sharp climbs. Bridges, boardwalks, rock steps, rooty bits, loose bits, steep chutes - this section really keeps you on your toes!

A long climb on forest roads and singletrack passing the Border stane on the way is rewarded by reaching the highest part of the route and the start of Swarfe Hill, 1.5km of fast and flowy singletrack that points continuously down.

The climb back along Rowantree Road can sting tired legs but the twisty Caddrouns Descent that follows is worth it as is the blast along the full length of Pouter Lampert singletrack as the route rejoins the Blue for the return back to the trailhead. The final singletrack descent of the route is a new addition for 2014 - 1km of super flowy, bermy trail, which although Blue graded is also brilliant fun for more experienced riders.
 

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Visitor Comments

buckshot bill
21/10/14
parts of the new section washed out with heavy rain a couple weeks ago,the guys wasted no time putting it back to rights tho, good job! would recommend trying this at night with some good lights certainly makes it more interesting!
Nicola
27/09/14
This was my first proper full red. A nice intro and much less steep than Whinlatter. Trail start could be much better signposted from the town centre now that the start has been changed.
Local
01/09/14
I think the tracks have made the holm a much better place.
paul walker
29/08/14
a year since ive been. itching to try the "extended" version
Calum
21/07/14
Very good downhill sections but we found it hard to find
Richie Jones
17/06/14
An unexpected technically at times fun spin. Not as epic as other 7Stanes routes but still a great ride all the same. It has some great flowy features along the ride and feels wonderfully remote. Well worth trying to squeeze into an itinerary if you can. http://richiejones.tumblr.com/post/88408781174/popped-for-a-cheeky-newcastleton-7staines-ride
stuart douglas
29/04/14
excellent fun,fast and surprising,ended up off piste a couple times due to being caught unawares!,finished with a big grin!
Graeme Howlieson
21/04/14
Done Newcastleton Red Route many times over the years. Great track to get fit in the summer months. Couple of holes need filled in but still a good cycle route. Broke my knee cap there in 2008.
Ian Walters
18/03/14
Me and me bro completed the Red Route in a mighty impressive 3 and a bit hours (That's what happens when trying to haul 300lbs round) Apart from being seriously unfit and not that experienced (Osprey Run at Kielder only prior experience I thoroughly enjoyed it. Only one proper off for myself but that all adds to the experience. Will be back again after trying some of the other sites
Jules
25/07/13
A great ride for either an evening or if your passing by, if they could lose the couple of fire roads with singletrack I'd give it a 5star rating. Some fun flowing singletrack and don't miss out the blue that flows like a dream - go ride it and rate it.
Louis Howlieson
01/07/13
Best Track in Newcastleton.
Michael Tiernan
30/06/13
Great track but not for the beginners who think they can go down tracks really fast and not crash...I came off second best after hitting a bolder and breaking my thumb and collar bone....Still was having a great time until then
Darren Dunlop
08/03/13
Totally underated 7Stane. Track condition was great and fast flowing. Well worth the long drive down.
Simon
19/02/13
Great trail! Ideal for us to help get to grips with red grade terrain as we're both competent blue graders. Excellent single track and nice and quiet!
Rene
18/12/12
Bit short so two laps the order of the day,excellent trails in great condition!
charlie Young
18/11/12
great run round the Red today,Lois and Nathan were superb ,with Arthur the dog setting pace upfront,trail in good nick considering weather
Carl F
02/11/12
Am a frequent visitor due to family nearby. Red route in great condition at the moment - fab fun and worth the visit.
Gav Johnson
14/10/12
Me and my mate used this as a warm up for Glentress the next day. didnt know what to expect and we were both impressed. nothing really hard but definitely had us smiling!
Neil Renwick
06/09/12
Newcastleton has something completely different to offer than GT & Inners. Did the red. Will do both the red & blue next time. Well worth a visit.
amarko5
19/06/12
well had to do the most local stanes route to me, must admit others are better, very short , middle is boring, start don't flow that well, quarry down is the only decent bit. i must say though i strangely enjoyed the blue section over the red !! go figure.
Darren Royle
24/05/12
Completed Selkirk Mararthon on the Sunday, then Glentress & Innerleithen Last of three 7 STANES Trails we have completed, Enjoyed the route twice round as its a little short, great way to finish the week of riding in Scotland!!! Hot weather ALL week too!!
HEATH FARLEY
09/04/12
My first time here 2day easter monday,had heard it wasnt quite up to standard of other 7stanes trails but im in the process of baggin them so gave it a shot,not that technical but fast&enjoyable enough, the start&end sections are the best,a little dull in between though,easily doable in under an hour,toilets,changing area&hose handy but you will need to head into the village if you want a bite to eat or bring something with you,overall worth a visit !
frecs
29/11/11
quite short so best to go round twice if you want a longer ride, not the best but I'm bagging them all so had to do it and it's not far from where I live. Nobody there and no real facilities but there was a hose pipe to wash off with.
Tom Allan
24/10/11
Been riding this for a few years now and I always like coming back to it...doing just the red circuit takes about 45 mins so twice round makes for a nice ride. Haven't yet tried the blue route add-on.
PC
03/08/11
Just got back from doing this, red route is reasonable but quite short so did the blue route again after the doing red. Will be going back for a morning ride. 1hr 20 top for red, 40 mins tops for the blue.
MATT BUTCHER
17/07/11
I love this place it's a great way to start or finish your week of riding in Scotland.Also a great place to start riding MTB.
gct
07/07/11
had good ride but a section of red trail closed,not too tricky though.
Tom & Arnie (ROAD TRIP 11)
20/06/11
done this yesterday quite easy for a red route but still worth it.
NewbieNik
14/06/11
Thoroughly enjoyable red section, from skills section back round to skills section (Only 10Km) missed out the blue section and completed loop twice. More climbing than I anticipated, but some great single track.
blinker watson
27/05/11
Its a good circuit but really short so best to ride it 2 or 3 times non stop then it does seem longer and better
nathan
20/01/11
Rode today in the cold (20/1/11) and had a cracking time...the trail is very smooth with few roots and rocks, perfect for those that like the fast non-technical rides. The long forest road uphills are more than made up for by the flowing downhills. Not too sure about the skills area though, seems like an after-thought. Northshore section looks too scary for me.
tezred
25/11/10
Hidden Valley and Swarfe Hill more than make up for the less exciting bits, the climbs are all do-able even for a v. average rider like me (and done while knackered after doing mabie the day before!).
ben smith
02/11/10
great fun ma 1st full stane
am 9 years old

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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 24th October 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 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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