The Big Views loop at Mabie Forest mountain bike trail will reward you with some great views over the Solway Firth and the Nith estuary without too much climbing.
The route mostly on forest road has been laid out to keep to the shallowest gradients in the forest, giving you an easy enjoyable ride and a good overall feel for the forest. There are several stopping points and viewpoints along the way.
Leaving the cyclists' car park (at the top of the main car park), all routes climb a short tarmac road and enter the forest behind Mabie steading. You soon leave the forest road on a well-graded climbing path through mixed open woodland to join a wide forest track. The way opens out as you reach the Dalshinnie Glen.
At the top of the track, bear left onto the forest road. Turn right at the next junction and gently climb around the hill back in to the trees again. After a stretch the road forks. Bear left and head to the top of a short, easy singletrack descent.
At the bottom turn right onto the forest road. The route continues (via a very short hill) to a delightful cruise though larch trees, with fine views over Dumfries and the river Nith.
Continue on the forest road. Another very gentle climb brings you to the Marthrown of Mabie Outdoor Centre, and from here, it’s all downhill back to the car park.
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Take the M74 south to junction 15 (Beattock) and join the A701 to Dumfries From the town centre, follow signs for the A710 (Solway Coast). If arriving in Dumfries via the A75 from Gretna, follow the A780 then A756 through the town to get to the A710. If approaching Dumfries from the west, turn off the A75 at the roundabout at New Cargen Bridge onto the A780 and follow signs for the A710. Head south on the A710, passing through Islesteps. Ignore the right turn shortly before Mabie forest that leads to the A711 (signposted Mabie Park Farm) and continue on for another 1km. Take the right turn here, signposted for the forest, and follow the road for around 1km to reach the car park.
Please note: Distance is calculated as air distance or "as the crow flies" the most direct route between two points, so the distance by road maybe slightly longer.
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