Cycling the Scottish Borders
Road Biking at The Newton – in Scotland’s Biking Heaven!
Sample some wonderful cycle routes passing almost by our door – The Southern Borders Loop – a choice of 50 mile circuit or 75 mile loop on virtually traffic free roads through some of the wildest countryside to Newcastleton and Hawick; The Abbey Cycle Route – 55 miles passing through 4 historic towns with wonderful Abbeys or local cycling trails around Hawick and Jedburgh and best of all for off roaders – the Justice Trail – 40+ miles of great cycling in the hills around Jedburgh.
Explore the 7stanes – from the comfort of The Newton! Mountain biking has something for everyone – from easy woodland rides to the exhilaration of a downhill trail. If you’re new to the sport, we’ve provided some information below to help you get started.
3 of the 7stanes trails within an hour; great quiet road cycling from the farm. Bike hire, secure storage & servicing facilities, ‘clothes/washing & drying and packed meals available
1. Close to the Scotland-England border, Newcastleton – 18 miles from The Newton has trails for all levels. The Trails: The Skills Area features blue and red-graded loops helping you decide what level of trail is right for you. The Caddrouns – A blue-graded trail with 50% was built for less experienced riders and is a fun introduction to real mountain biking. Linns Trail – Is slightly longer, it features a scenic route sticking to forest roads.The Red Route – Offers a fantastic ride for more experienced riders with fast, narrow singletrack clinging to the valley side. The route hooks up with the Caddrouns blue route and includes the brilliant Pouter Lampert section of single track.
North Shore – Is an orange-graded bike park providing a challenge for experienced riders.
2. Glentress & Innerleithen – 45 minutes by car. Probably the best biking centre in Britain. Everything from beginners’ trails to extreme downhill. Café, bike shop & hire at Glentress.
3. Ae – 1 hour’s drive. A fine blend of family trails and rough & tough for for the more experienced rider. Includes a competition downhill course, featuring the infamous “Coffin Jump”! Café, bike shop & hire.
Cross Border Trail
You can start the trail at either Newcastelton or Keilder using forest road or via singletrack sections on Lonesome Pine, Bloody Bush and 7stanes Newcastleton. A cracking day’s ride – not for the faint hearted – but what an experience!
Mountain Biking at Keilder – only 25 miles away on a fabulous road.
This rugged wilderness is MTB heaven. Experience some of the best singletrack trails in the UK with breathtaking views. You can also try the Castlewood Training Loop at Kielder Castle. It is packed full of short trail sections that will give you a taste of what the different grades of trails are like to ride out there in the wider Kielder Water Forest Park.