Review by: Knowli4731 on 2 October 2010
proper mountain biking
As with all the different styles of mountain biking, there are also different styles of XC trail and for me this is way better than hardpacked, groomed pavements available at glentress etc. If you're not afraid of a little map navigation, some nettles and some real 'cross country', take this trail and link up with some routes stretching off into the epic Cheviot hills, proper riding.
Review by: 3dmichael on 29 August 2009
Poor Trails - Badly signed and not maintained
We cycled for about 4 hours to encounter 1 (small) berm, two small bridges and three rollover lump things.
The trails were very poorly signed, not looked after and pretty much a total waste of time from beginning to end. If you like riding round the edges of countless fields then this is the route for you!
The only good point is that you can cut your route short and get back to Jedburgh quite quickly.
Jedburgh is a lovely town well worth stopping off at but on the way to or from Glentress / Innerleithen.
Lovely views but terrible trails.
Review by: wkb21 on 21 September 2008
Tragically neglected and disappointing
How sad that this potential gem is so disappointing due to serious neglect of signage and maintenance. It needs good signage because it isn't even clear where it goes even if you use the 1:50k OS map.
The Moore/ McCandlish trails guide is a pathetically deficient attempt at competent route description.
The engineered sections are tragically overgrown and have become a positive hazard because you can't see the deep drop-offs for the undergrowth.
If you're determined to do it, do some serious research beforehand. Allow a full day for frustration delays and route detours. A fast walker would beat a cyclist. A competent runner would make short work of the trail. A cyclist risks losing all motivation on a route that is totally unsuitable for bikes as it stands.
Review by: bionicrab on 26 August 2008
Unridable halfway round.
Went down on Saturday and had a wee bit hassle finding the start but just asked a local who pointed us in the right direction. Slip road on the right just before the bridge heading north before the woolen mill... Anyway we were about half way round at dunion hill and couldn't walk through the trail never mind cycle as it was so overgrown with ferns an other stuff, eventually had to jump a wall into a sheep field to make any progress lost the trail just before the best sounding part as well 'Back to singletrack heaven all the way round Swinnie Forest with berms, jumps, classic woodsy trails, be careful though there may be some timber lurking on the trail ready to surprise you. Then steady away as you climb from Swinnie back up to the top of Merlin Dean, remember there’s a choice of routes to choose from so select a different one from the first time around.'
We lost the trail from here and ended up bailing down the hill and having to ask a farmer for directions by road back to Jed, up until that point it was a reallly nice ride and we felt a bit cheated.
Review by: deertrackdoctor on 6 November 2007
its old skool and its bloody hard work? Maintenece has improved greatly!
Mostly off road,mostly natural trails linked up with some new "man made sections"
it does gets muddy at times (due to irresponsible horse riders),its rooty and slippery in bits and you may get stung by nettles! Kinda old Skool eh?
Maybe were all riding too many BMX parks and pavements like Glentress these days to appreciate an old skoll trail?
It gets over grown from time to time and that annoys me also.
Contractors now strim and spray on a regular basis so things have improved.
The odd idiot has removed signs here an there.
But with a free map from the tourist information,
free parking and 3 different graded and waymarked trails theres riding for everyone.
New Boarded section and climb up to black law is very interesting and rewarded with a superb view and a nice descent.
If you are expecting another Glentress prepare to be disapointed!
If you like natuaral trails ,stunning views,trails galore if you follow your nose come give it a go!
wink wink dont be scraed to loo at an OS map and venture off the beaten path as theres Days of riding around the area.
Link up with Dere street
St cuthberts way
use dere street to head out to the cheviots and hook up with the pennine way