The 7stanes are seven mountain biking centres spanning the south of Scotland, from the heart of the Scottish Borders to Dumfries and Galloway. They are on Forestry Commission land and along with schemes in Wales are regarded as the benchmark by which further trails in the UK should be developed. They are known as the 7stanes because each venue will feature a 'stane' (Scots for stone) somewhere along the forest trails.
The trails use the Cyclists' Touring Club off-road trail grades with an additional category called Bike Park. Forest roads that are not graded can be of variable difficulty and are not part of a progression on to green and blue level singletrack trails.
Located in Galloway. Glentrool includes one 58km route. The route takes on graded roads and ungraded forest roads - there's no singletrack. The 9km blue-graded route mixes forest road and singletrack trail, climbing 218m, and has a pacy 2.5km descent.
Located near Newton Stewart. Kirroughtree features green, blue, red and black trails as well as a skills area for practising mountain biking techniques. There is bike hire and a cafe open in the high season.
Located near Dumfries. This rocky site features a green-grade and blue-graded trail, along with a red-graded trail with optional black-graded sections. These include The Slab, a challenging steep granite rock.
Around 6.5km south of Dumfries, Mabie sports 4 trails- green, blue, red and orange (the Kona Dark Side, a North Shore trail). It also has a skills and freeride area. Cafe and bike hire on site.
Located around 14km north of Dumfries, Ae includes a red-grade route with optional black-graded areas and bike park- extreme downhill routes. There are green and blue trails for less experienced riders. Cafe, bike shop and shower facilities on site.
Comprises two nearby sites close to Peebles in the Scottish Borders. Glentress is one of the best-equipped mountain biking sites in the UK, with a cafe, bike hire shop and showering/changing facilities. Trails include a green, blue, red and black route. There is also the skills loop- a green-graded area (with blue-graded options) designed for those new to the sport and the Freeride Park which is graded bike park- extreme. This park is full of challenging technical features for experienced riders.
A few miles to the south-east, Innerleithen features a red-graded cross-country trail with plenty of black-graded features and a bike park-extreme graded downhill area. The downhill area is particularly challenging and riders are recommended to wear body armour and a full-face helmet.
Located close to the Scotland-England border, this area includes a green skills loop, 2 blue-graded routes, a red-graded route and a bike park-extreme trail.
United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office Publishes Application for the Trademark "7STANES" to Forestry Commission Scotland for Multiple Products, Services
Sep 18, 2010; SOUTH WALES, United Kingdom, Sept. 18 -- Forestry Commission Scotland, Edinburgh, has filed the trademark "7stanes"...
IF YOU have a passion for the great outdoors and would like to experience Scotland's stunning scenery up close and personal, then the Forestry Commission Scotland's 7stanes mountain bike trails are perfect for you.
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UK Prequalification Notice: Scottish Enterprise Seeks "7stanes Mountain Biking Website and Content Management System"
Sep 03, 2010; GLASGOW, United Kingdom, Sept. 2 -- Scottish Enterprise has a requirement for "7stanes Mountain Biking Website and Content...