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place Glentress Mountain Bike Trail Centre, Peebles, EH45 8NB
The Black Trail at Glentress trail centre is a long, demanding and technically challenging XC trail ride not to be underestimated with its 29km length!
The route starts from the Hub car park, climbing up on the same forest road and singletrack trail that's used by the Red route. The trail splits from the red route shortly after the Buzzard's Nest car park.
You'll climb and climb to the highest point in the forest taking in the rocky goat track and descend down the berms of 'Britney Spears' until you get to the infamous 'Boundary Trail'. This part of the trail includes a mammoth load of rough singletrack littered with jumps, big berms and drop offs. Once you have lived through the next quarry section, a deep descent into 'Deliverance' awaits you.
You've then got the 'Redemption' climb all the way back up and this will get your lungs and legs aching. It now gets even harder with Ewok Village being your next encounter. Built by the volunteer Trailfairies, this is a timber treat for those who love to ride North Shore style trails.
If you survive the village then you've got loads more technical, tight, twisty and bermy singletrack back to The Hub café. You'll not get a riding experience like it anywhere else. The Black Trail is quite unique. Try it!
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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