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

LOTS of fire road. Are plans afoot to change the parking I see? Singletrack, where it is, is much more single tracky than the 'Boulevards' of Glentress and the boardwalk are nice features. Hidden valley is the best bit, but if rooty single track is what you're after its a long old drive, just head to Innerleithen as you're barely on fire road there!
Jayson K
Nice trail, though nothing more difficult than anything found on a blue trail, perhaps it's red just because it's long. Lots of pedaling up fire road with a lot of descending down fire road. The stuff is the trees is flowing with the off little drop-off and small rock garden, there was one section somewhere in the middle that felt really steep and technical but still red trail territory. The last trail section was the best, high berms and a few jumps. Nice day out but wouldn't be in a hurry to return
Always enjoy newcastleton. Showing some real wear at the moment though. Some of eth climbs are washed out and drainage channels need a good clear to get rid of standing water.
david roy
This was my final Stane today. I think it would be ideal for learners. it is much easier than the other Stanes, but the best thing about it is its universally easy.Some of the other centres have tough bits that take you by surprise which often means stopping and deciding whether to bypass or tackle at a faster speed. I decided to take on every obstacle without inspection and i didnt have any nasty surprises. it also enabled me to nail my most satisfying ever double jump.The new final descent certainly flows very well.Combined this run with an hours abseilling tuition at Rock uk to make an excellent day out. Good cafe in town too.
Great ride, went out on a sunny day and previous dry week. The terailes and route was in great condition. Some great technical sections along with fire road sections but for me this gave me a chance to get my breath back. Some great views along the way. Nice cafe in Newcastleton for lunch.
Paul Digard
Definitely an easier red than Ae, Innerleithen or Glentress but some cracking bits of trail for all that. Quite a lot of fireroad but some of the sections are lovely to ride for themselves. Well worth the hour and a half drive from Edinburgh!
My expectations were pretty low before I set off as friends had ridden the previous shorter version of the Red Route. Always nice to be pleasantly surprised! Some fantastic sections of singletrack. Not too difficult or technical but great fun. Does not have the reputation of other 7 states trail centres but most definitely a 'hidden gem'. Will be back for another ride
First time to ride since the change of start and end. Sorry what a disappointment the red route is still good and hidden valley is awesome. Thought the return route back to the cars would be a lot nicer if you did not have to ride through the camper village and the nasty tarmac climbs. Why could not be a nice downhill like Glentress?
Enjoyed the trail and the new addition of start and finish in the village. A sign to say the start/finish is TWO way would be good for safety reasons more than anything else really :)
With Glentress being fixed and Innerleithen no doubt heaving I headed to Newcastleton. Good choice. Very different, not as "heed first" as the Peebles reds but stunningly beautiful on a day like today and pretty challenging.

Skills section down to hidden valley was so much fun I did it twice, real Go-Pro stuff. Regretted it later as meant I did 30k. Man made descents down the final sections were good too. Not quite Berm Baby Berm but almost.

The garage has a decent jet wash round the back as well.

Best thing was no-one else there. At all.
Worst thing was the 2 hours drive from Edinburgh.


Ae next
John L
Rode the red route today. Fantastic. Not too technical which meant all of the trail was rideable on sight, without having to check the severity of some of the features. So it makes a really good introduction to the 7 Stanes red routes for those moving up from blue. The distance and quietness of the route meant it felt like a journey rather than simply a blast in the woods on a manmade trail! The parking in the village square needs better signing as do directions from the car parking to the trail start. But once on the trail its all really well signposted, well maintained ...and loads of fun.
cant believe how much forest road is in the new section,also the new singletrack sections are not very good hardly any flow or features to mention,only giving it one star because some of the old red is still reasonable to ride but new stuff is rubbish ....sorry!!!!!
buckshot bill
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!
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.
I think the tracks have made the holm a much better place.
paul walker
a year since ive been. itching to try the "extended" version
Very good downhill sections but we found it hard to find
Richie Jones
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.
stuart douglas
excellent fun,fast and surprising,ended up off piste a couple times due to being caught unawares!,finished with a big grin!
Graeme Howlieson
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
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
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
Best Track in Newcastleton.
Michael Tiernan
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
Totally underated 7Stane. Track condition was great and fast flowing. Well worth the long drive down.
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!
Bit short so two laps the order of the day,excellent trails in great condition!
charlie Young
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
Am a frequent visitor due to family nearby. Red route in great condition at the moment - fab fun and worth the visit.
Gav Johnson
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
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.
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
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!!
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 !
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
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.
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.
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.
had good ride but a section of red trail closed,not too tricky though.
Tom & Arnie (ROAD TRIP 11)
done this yesterday quite easy for a red route but still worth it.
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
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
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.
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
great fun ma 1st full stane
am 9 years old

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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 Fri 12th Feb 2016


Trails: The Bog, Dead Mans Quarry Climb and Swarfe Hill sections of Red mtb Route closed 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: Less wet than of late, some puddles.  Please take extra care when high winds forecast as this could lead to windblown trees and branches across the trails.


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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