Sunday, 2 July 2017

Saturday Day Trip; Peebles, Gypsy Glen Drove Road and Glentress

Stuart organised a ride around Peebles on Saturday riding from Glentress.
I travelled down with Craig and we met Stuart, Brian, Donald, Callum and Gary for what turned out again as always with Stuart`s rides a great day, split between old school mountain biking out on the hills and then a play around Glentress in the afternoon, rounded off with fine chips in Peebles.

Up in the hills;
We rode a 16 mile loop from Cardrona Forest up onto the hills to join the historic old Drove road that descends to Gypsy Glen in Peebles.
Having not cycled for two weeks i was surprised that my fitness was better!, legs and lungs working well on the short steep climbs out Cardrona Forest and out on the hill. the weather was warm in the vally with a cool breeze making it perfect weather.  big sky views up on the hills and the usual adrenalin fuelled descent to Gypsy Glen...

Droving days;
The Old Drove Road to Gypsy Glen is very historic and the preserved walled Right of Way is one of the best examples of an interesting bit of Scottish history. The book `The Drove Roads of Scotland` by A.R.B Haldane is a fascinating read of the men who walked cattle from the Trysts of central Scotland to central England...

It is documented how the men worked their passage home by boats while their dogs walked back on their own accord stopping for food at the roadside Inns stopped at on their journey south, a fascinating story...
Pics of the Drove road south of Peebles leaving Gypsy Glen...

Today the sound of hooves are a distant memory... and we descended to only the noise of the westerly wind and Skylarks overhead...

Here is some film descending the historic old road once used to walk cattle from the Trysts in Scotland to England.  The walls are still there that stopped the cattle wandering.
Song is `Classic Girl` by Janes Addiction...

Gypsy Glen Drove Road Descent; 1st July 2017 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.

Brian, Callum and Gary headed for home so the 4 of us went for a fun ride around the Blue route and added Spooky Woods descent (Red) to the loop for fun,

You never take many pictures at Trail centres as often not many views so as usual here just a few short films of some of the descents

Spooky Wood;
Always a hoot and bit of a giggle on Fatbikes!, here i am chasing Stuart down and we had a ball!

Glentress; Spooky Woods descent, 1st July 2017 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.

Berm Baby Berm;
Fun pumping the berms!

Glentress; Berm Baby Berm 1st July 2017 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.

Falla Brae onto  Done Good;
Down we go, following Donald...

Glentress; Falla Brae & Good Game 1st july 2017 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.

Superb day riding old school historic routes with MTB trail Centre trails with good company...

More soon...

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