This is a ride for those who favour climbs over the descents as the signature note for this route is the long steady climb up out of Leithenwater into Glentress Forest from the North East. Particularly beautiful in August when the heather is in full purple flower, this is a ride big on panoramic vistas with a choice of descents back to the trailhead at Glentress Peel.
We like… An alternative route into Glentress Forest from Innerleithen via Leithenwater. Panoramic views. A good challenging climb into Glentress rewarded with choice of descents on Red & Black graded MTB routes
Watch out for… This route favors those who enjoy a long unrelenting climb – if you don’t like climbing do this route in reverse!
One section of wind damaged trees block track as you turn into Glentress. They can be avoided by walking around them. Go pass the turning and walk around on the right hand side before rejoining the track on your left (see map). At your own risk!
- Distance: 30km
- Elevation gain: 690m
- Fitness rating: 4/5
- Technical rating: Red
- Terrain: Public highway , grassy twin-track, forest roads, MTB graded trails.