Also suitable for experienced gravel riders with good technical ability (especially in summer).
This ride climbs through Cardrona Forest before emerging onto open moorland at the top of Beards Hill from where you are rewarded with stunning views over Traquair and the Tweed Valley below. Drop down into the Glen Estate on a fantastic stretch of grassy single track that descends over Orchard Rig. Return by road past the historic Traquair House before heading back into the forest for a few final kilometres on forest roads back to the carpark.
Great for… fast grassy descent, amazing views, non-technical.
Watch out for… the descent from Beards Hill across moorland at Orchard Rig is exposed and can be wet and have muddy sections. The cafe at Cardrona is currently shut.
- Distance: 17.4km
- Elevation gain: 433m
- Fitness rating: 3/5
- Technical rating: Blue
- Terrain: 80% off-road. Forest roads, moorland track, grassy single-track, public highway.