Introduction to Scottish ‘Off-Piste’ Long Weekend, Tweed Valley, Scotland

April 12th – April 15th, 2024

Introduction

The Tweed Valley hype is real! For steep, natural and technical riding this place cannot be beaten. There’s a good reason that the Enduro World Series has visited this valley 3 times…

We have sourced the most wonderful ‘ski chalet’ style, MTB friendly accommodation at the foot of the Glentress trail network. We are also lucky enough to have an incredibly talented chef, Chrissy, who will be looking after our stomachs and energy levels at mealtimes. The food will be vegetarian, delicious, filling and nutritionally balanced to ensure fast recovery and plenty of energy each day.

With a real big mountain, alpine feel this is going to be a special weekend and a perfect introduction to the style of riding in this area. We welcome Tweed Valley first-timers as well as those who already know the area but fancy a weekend of sociable riding, comfortable accommodation and amazing food.  We will ease you in gently and be offering coaching tips throughout the weekend to enable you to make the most of these mind-blowing trails! There will be big climbs, but the reward of the descents will keep you motivated. We are also using the partial-uplift services of Adrenalin Uplift which will make Saturday that much more enjoyable and ensure we have enough juice in the legs for Sunday’s big day out on the legendary trails of the ‘Golfie’!

Useful Info:
Tweed Valley Forest Park Map and Trail-Guide
Trail House Glentress, Peebles
Terms & Conditions – Ride High MTB

What is Included?

  • 2 x full days & 1 x half days guided riding in the Tweed Valley
  • 1 x day uplift at Glentress with Adrenalin Uplift **Note** The uplift takes us 3/4s of the way to the top of the trails.
  • 3 nights’ accommodation at The Trail House, Glentress in comfortable, twin (or super-king if you are coming with a partner) rooms
  • All meals from Friday evening to Monday breakfast **Note** we will be serving vegetarian food this weekend. If you have any questions regarding food or if you have any allergies / intolerances, please let us know. We will provide teas, coffee, juice and water but please feel free to bring your own alcoholic / soft drinks of choice.
  • £10 from each booking will be donated to the Tweed Valley Trail Association. These wonderful trails don’t just appear by magic and are maintained by volunteers!

What does the weekend look like?

This is our sample itinerary; it can of course change due to factors such as the weather, but it gives a good idea of what the trip is all about:

Friday 12th April – Arrive in the Tweed Valley on Friday. Check in at the Trail House, our beautiful accommodation with a ‘ski chalet vibe’ from 4pm. Hot showers, tea/coffee & cake time. Chat to our other guests and relax before dinner with a drink or two!

Dinner will be served at 7.30pm.

Saturday 13th  AprilGlentress Today, we will be riding from the door over to the Glentress trails after a good breakfast. We will be using the Adrenalin Uplift van for the day which will take the sting out of the uphill as we will get dropped off at the bottom of the Spooky Wood climb. We will still be climbing a fair bit under pedal power to access the very top of the forest, but the uplift means more time on the fantastic, hidden off-piste gems of the Glentress Forest.

The morning is all about getting up to speed and building confidence on the Glentress dirt and steeper terrain. We will be offering coaching tips as necessary to ensure you are ready for the afternoon.

Lunch will be at our accommodation. In the afternoon we catch a lift back up to Spooky Wood and head up to the top of the forest We will ride some fantastic, steeper, off-piste trails which will leave you grinning and whooping … We will ride all the way to the bottom of the hill on trails included in the 2014 Enduro World Series Tweed Valley round which are just awesome!

We pedal back to The Trail House for a much-needed recovery shake then a cuppa and more cake… yes, you’ve earned it!

Dinner will be at 7.30pm

Sunday 14th April – The ‘Golfie’ – This is the hill of legend … the hill with the biggest reputation and the venue for the 2021 and 2022 Enduro World Series, Scotland round. This is a big day with some big trails, expect around 1000m of ascent with some of the most stunning, wild, intense enduro descents in the UK! Don’t worry, we will be riding at a manageable pace for all and will break the day with a lunch stop and a café stop to ensure we are all refuelled and ready for maximum buzz and more off-piste treats in the afternoon.

We head back to base for a well-deserved rest, hot drinks, cake and a protein shake to aid recovery!

Dinner will be at 7.30pm

Monday 15th AprilYair Forest – Breakfast, pack our things and check-out by 10am. We are able to leave bags /luggage at The Trail House. We are then heading to the quiet but stunning trails of Yair Forest for a morning of great riding. Weary legs will pedal us to the wonderful viewpoint of the Three Brethren at 464m. The descents are well worth the pedal. Red squirrels and lovely mixed woodland give Yair a very different feel compared to the conifers of Glentress and Caberston (Golfie). We will finish our long weekend with lunch at the fab LoulouBelle’s Café in Innerleithen before heading back to the Trail House to collect our bags before going our separate ways with tired legs but riding a wave of endorphins!

Cost:
£450.00 per person

Early Bird price £425 per person ** Until 31st January 2024**
Instalment payments available.

How to Book

Please use the button below to access our booking form
or email me: kath@ridehighmtb.co.uk
or contact me @ridehighmtb on Facebook or Instagram DM

Is this for me and other FAQs

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What if I am isolating or ill and can’t attend the weekend?

We strongly recommend you take out holiday insurance as we cannot refund due to illness / injury. We will however fill your place if we have a waiting list and, in that case, we will refund your booking cost. Please see T&Cs on the RideHigh MTB website.
Terms & Conditions – Ride High MTB

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What if the weather forecast is bad and I don’t want to ride in bad weather? Can I cancel?

Of course, you can cancel but we will not issue a refund. Please note that the weekend will go ahead despite any poor weather. There are many different ride options and locations which are more sheltered than others. We also recommend that participants bring warm and wet weather riding kit as this is Scotland after all!

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What is the riding like? Will my riding be up to it?
Weather permitting, the riding this weekend will be mainly off-piste, flow trails along with steep, technical riding on hand-built enduro style terrain. These are generally quite rocky, rooty and loose and on occasion quite steep!

If you are happy riding a variety of black, trail centre trails and have ridden some off-piste or enduro races or UK/Alpine bike parks /trails before then this weekend is suitable for you.

There is also a fair amount of climbing involved, although we will be using partial uplift on the Saturday. Expect 800-1000m of climbing on Sunday though! We will be on-hand to offer coaching tips to help you build confidence with this style of riding.

Please don’t worry, we will not be using the gnarliest, DH trails in the valley, however, you are welcome to book a day on the Innerleithen DH trails with Adrenalin Uplift if you wish to extend your weekend and sample the more vertiginous, Innerleithen descents!

We are used to introducing customers to challenging terrain, but you must be aware of your limits and not feel any pressure to ride any feature you are unsure of.

**Please get in touch to chat about this if you are at all concerned**

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How fit do I need to be?
We will be out on the bikes for a full day on Saturday and Sunday and a half day on Monday. So, you should be used to spending at least 4-6 hours in the saddle. * See itinerary for more detail* The fitter you are, the more enjoyable the weekend will be BUT please try not to worry, everyone climbs at their own pace and in my experience, on a weekend MTB course, riders are very happy to chat, take pictures and encourage each other on both climbs and descents.
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What riding kit/equipment do I need to bring?

A well-fitting helmet is a must. No helmet, no ride! A half shell/ full-face with detachable chin bar / lightweight, enduro style full-face is suitable. You are likely to overheat if you ride in a heavy, DH full-face helmet.

  • Gloves
  • Goggles / Glasses
  • Kneepads (elbow pads optional)
  • Body armour which you are comfortable pedalling in
  • Backpack / bumbag
  • Water bottle/camelback
  • Trail snacks/gels/bars/ trail mix
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Riding clothes for both warm and cold weather
  • Any component spares specific to your bike i.e. mech hanger, brake pads
  • Inner tube + any usual trailside fix kit

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What if I realise, I’ve bitten off more than I can chew?
Don’t panic… Anyone can have a bad day! We are in the heart of some of the best trail centre riding in the UK. There are wonderful, long, flowing (and challenging) red and black trail centre routes sign posted at both Glentress and Innerleithen. There truly is something for everyone in this MTB paradise!
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Why vegetarian food?
Well, we at RideHigh MTB are trying very hard to make a slightly smaller impact on the planet. That’s it really … We love our food that’s for sure and in the capable hands of Chrissy, you will enjoy fresh, tasty, home-cooked food which is designed to fuel you through your weekend of riding. And, because you are exercising hard, there will be plenty of cake!
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Can I arrive early and ride on Friday / leave late and ride Monday?

Yes, this is no problem, but we can’t gain access to the Trail House until 3pm on Friday afternoon. You may wish to ride the Glentress / Innerleithen / Ae Forest trail centre trails on Friday / Monday, they are part of the 7 Stanes network of marked trails in southern Scotland.
https://forestryandland.gov.scot/visit/activities/mountain-biking/7stanes

What will we eat?

**This is a sample menu but will give a flavour of the style of food we will be offering:

Breakfast
Homemade granola, overnight fruit oat and chia pots, fruit platter
Scrambled egg, mushrooms, spiced beans and hash brown
Toast, homemade jams and marmalade
Cafetière speciality roastery blend coffee and teas

Lunch
Homemade soup e.g., sweet potato, chilli and coconut with local bakery bread, regional cheeses and homemade chutney, crisps and crudités / picnic lunch depending on weather
Homemade flapjack
Teas, coffee, water / squash

Afternoon Tea
Orange & Almond cake / Lemon & Raspberry Sponge with fresh cream / Apple & Olive Oil Cake with Maple Icing Teas / Coffee / Hot Chocolate

Pre-dinner nibbles and chat
Croustades – whipped feta and olive/mushroom and thyme/roast tomato and basil

Evening meal
Roast vegetables, ricotta and spinach lasagne verde served with baby baked potatoes and a big fresh, leafy, dressed salad with garlic sourdough croutons
Home-grown, spiced apple & blackcurrant layered pudding with Greek yogurt & toasted almonds
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Homemade pickles & chutneys with poppadom
Cauliflower pakora, Cavalo Nero (black kale) & onion bhaji, lentil and coconut korma, spicy tomatoes & aubergine Rogan josh, basmati rice & naan bread
Mango & Lime Cheesecake

What’s the accommodation like?

3 nights’ accommodation at The Trail House, Glentress in comfortable, twin (or super-king if you are coming with a partner) rooms. This accommodation is ideally suited to friends who are happy sharing a room with each other or couples. **We can offer single-room supplements, but this will depend on availability and is limited to 2 x rooms in the house, please get in touch to enquire. **

Trail House Glentress, Peebles

Please see floorplans on the website. The house has 3 x bathrooms (one of which is ensuite with Room 2). There is a large open plan living and dining room which makes a lovely sociable space, particularly when the wood burning stove is lit!

Secure bike storage, bike wash down and garage area with stands for those inevitable little bike niggles

KATH from RIDE HIGH MTB COACHING
Kath is most at home on a mountain bike! After 30+ years working in education, both in the mountains and the classroom, Kath is now the driving force behind Ride High MTB. She’s travelled the world on her bike, raced in DH & Enduro events, and has been at the start line of the crazy mass-start Megavalance and MaxiAvalanche races! Her coaching has developed from a love of riding and sharing that with other people. She’s got a cool, calm head and wants to see you ride at your best! Kath is our head coach and bike skill guru for the weekend, you’re going to learn a lot from this one!

SARAH – British Cycling Guide & Coach

Sarah has been riding bikes forever and her passion for all things downhill began in 2010 with her first DH race. She was a regular on the local and national circuit, attaining many podium places, until 2015 when she discovered Enduro! Sarah’s effortless and dynamic riding style is inspiring as is her calm, quiet approach to leadership and coaching. Sarah’s favourite trails are steep, fast, technical DH style monsters! In the UK, that’d be One Giant Leap Bike Park, Llangollen and of course the Golfie and Innerleithen DH trails. In Europe, the flowing dusty trails of Pila, Verbier and Les Arcs Bike Park right up there on her list of faves!

Sarah currently rides a beautiful, Commencal Meta, perfect for hitting the Tweed Valley’s finest.

Qualifications: British Cycling Level 2 MTB Leader, British Cycling Coach & current first aid certificate.

Chrissy – Chef, DJ & all-round good vibe creator

Chrissy is just so passionate about food and is a wonderfully creative and imaginative chef. She cares deeply about the ingredients she uses, sourcing organic, locally grown produce wherever possible to create really tasty vegetarian food. Most of the chutneys and jams come from her garden or from local, N. Wales foraging. Chrissy has catered for ski chalet guests in the alps and has successfully run a number of iconic North Wales eateries. Blue Sky, in Bangor being one of the region’s top spots for, not only beautiful vegetarian food and amazing coffee and cakes, but for the legendary live music gigs which are a regular thing. Chrissy is seriously good at creating a cool, chilled and sociable space for guests. We are incredibly fortunate that she’s also one of the most highly motivated, super-keen mountain bikers you’ll ever meet! We are going to eat well, that’s for sure…