Normally during the Christmas holidays myself & the guys from my work go on our annual fly fishing competition, but this year some of us decided to have a day on the trails of Glentress mountain bike centre instead. The weather forecast was to be heavy rain & very strong winds & it certainly was the wind wasn't bad amongst the trees although there were divertions at some trail sections due to wind blown trees that had been blown down over the forestry access road & trails & it never stopped raining the whole time that we were there making the trails muddy & the rooty tree sections greasy but a fantastic day was to be had...
Starting from the bottom car park at the Peel Centre & heading upwards to the trails following the way markers for the 'red route'.
The 'Go-Ape' centre at Glentress a high rise assault coarse up in the trees with zip wires etc, going to give this a go when the weather's better.
The ugly mob have been allowed out for the day !
Normally the views are amazing from up here looking down over the Tweed valley, but today with the rain the vision was limited.
A wee play at the freeride park before climbing up to the summit of the red route.
Just a few of the many wind blown trees that we encountered luckily on the mtb trails there were only a couple blocking our path.
We even came across snow higher up into the hills.
With the hard work done it's all downhill fun from here bombing down the trails :-)
This is the 'Meteorite Stane' with it's carved text in Star Treks Klingon language. 1 of the 7 Stanes that make up the network of trail centres around the south of Scotland each has their own unique stane. I have detailed each trail centres own stane in a previous post from August titled-7 Stanes 'Glentress'.
The 'red route' our choice for the day & some of the red route way posts with their trail names, after we completed the red we had a wee muck about at the freeride park & the blue route before heading back downhill to the Peel Centre car park wet muddy & each of us with a grin on our face having had a great time.
And that's that for today folks, if you ever find yourself in the south of Scotland you just have to give one of these 7 stanes centres a go an absolute excellent day out. So now I'll leave you with a wee video from the Go-Pro of some of the trails we did today.
Thanks very much for looking I hope you enjoyed.