A classic gravel route that leaves Peebles and quickly joins a gravel track up Soonhope valley and into Glentress Forest.Well surfaced forest roads carry you to the mast at Dunslair Heights before a long descent back down to the Leithen Water and Innerleithen.
We like… Ride out of the centre of Peebles straight onto gravel and ride over the hills to Innerleithen. Rideable all year round. Climbing first half, descent second half!
Watch out for… This route has a few rough sections and some steeper climb sat the start. Self-sufficiency required as it’s remote at the top .Occasional heavy timber lorries coming down the forest road beside Leithen Water.
Wind damage trees across one track can be avoided by walking around them a short distance to the left , you will join the forest road and turn right back onto route (See map). At your own risk.
- Distance: 35km
- Elevation gain: 820m
- Fitness rating: 4/5
- Technical rating: Red
- Terrain: Public highway, Tweed Valley Railway Path, farm tracks, forest road and tracks. Expect rough sections of forest road in places. Short sections of steep climb.