Home to the ruins of the 16th century Cardrona Tower and site of the Iron Age fort at Castle Knowe built some 2000 years ago, the forest is great for relaxed gravel and MTB rides. A network of well-maintained forest roads are linked by trails that traverse the forest, home to deer, red squirrel and mature Spruce, Larch and Scots Pine. This route exits the forest above Beards Hill and affords excellent 360 views to Peebles and Innerleithen in the opposite direction.
Great for… those who like a bit of history to complement their biking! Height affords some lovely views over the Tweed Valley floor. Home to deer and red squirrel. A lovely addition to a ride along the Tweed Valley Railway Path from Peebles or Innerleithen.
Watch out for… this is a popular forest for horse-riders and walkers so please be considerate and stop to allow horses to pass. The top section across open moorland is exposed and remote – you should be appropriately equipped particularly in winter.
- Distance: 12.3km
- Elevation gain: 314m
- Fitness rating: 3/5
- Technical rating: Blue
- Terrain: Forest road, single track, public highway