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  • Drumlanrig – Amazing Singletrack!
  • someone was telling me yesterday that it wsa very good in an ‘old skool’ xc kinda way. it’s on the list for a summer visit

    Andy_K
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    Yep, its very natural and not your usual 7 stanes berms and jumps style.

    forge197
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    Mean’t to get there last week, luckily I am moving to the area so will add that to my trail to do list πŸ™‚

    Andy_K
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    Went to Drunlanrig castle yesterday, I must say the singletrack there is bloomin’ brilliant! Quite rooty, but it was dry so not probs there, and flows really naturally, not looking manmade at all.
    With the sun out, it was positively idillic in places, swooping through the trees. You hardly ever notice if you are heading uphill or down overall, just concentrating on the brilliant trail!

    Overall, a hidden gem! go there!

    (sorry i didn’t take any pics πŸ™ )

    Edit: Talked to Rik Allsop too, great bloke and evidently a great trail builder.)

    Premier Icon Del
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    i really enjoyed riding there last year, though i thought the grading was a bit misleading. some of the red was harder than any of the black stuff i rode. don’t ask which bits though, cos the first day i had a pint of ale rattling around inside, and the second a can of cheap 5hit larger πŸ™‚
    as you say, very natural and well worth a look if you’re up there.

    craig1975
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    I had a good trek there last week, I did the red trail but thought it was a bit short, I found the rooty section a bit tricky but I enjoyed the challenge. I can imagine it will be a bit treturus in the wet if you haven’t had much experience with wet roots. I’m going to give the black trail a shot next time I head down to see the folks.

    0091paddy
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    Raced there last year, some brilliant riding! IIRC the chap with the bike shop there, designed most of the trails himself.

    Castle isn’t too shabby either.. πŸ˜€

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    forge197
    where you moving to? I`m local, Dumfries anyway

    mrmichaelwright
    get yourself OS78 and have a proper ride.

    mema
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    I haven’t been at drumlanrig for ages but it is great. The last time I was there I had a ride around the car park on Rik’s Ti bike and within a week I had bought a shiny new Ti frame!

    Premier Icon a11y
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    I’m there this Friday πŸ™‚

    Root-tastic fun, even in the wet if a bit trickier in places.

    forge197
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    trekster – can you drop me a mail mtb DOT local1 AT yahoo DOT co DOT uk

    hora
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    Is there civilised camping near Drumlanrig (was thinking for camping newbies)…two birds…one stone and all that πŸ˜€

    forge197
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    trekster – Castle Douglas so well placed for a number of Stanes trails, also looking forward to hunting out some more natural trails too.

    Where should I be looking on OS78 I have a copy here πŸ™‚

    simonralli2
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    Forge – when do you move? I should be in Dumfries for most of June.

    Castle Douglas is a great place to move to. Good luck with that.

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    Was there last week, very impressed with the trails.

    Agree that some red was harder than the second black section, but generally very flowing with nice technical features built in.

    Took me a few goes (and a bent brake lever) to get the descent over the tree roots right.

    Had fun on the skills loop too – especially the narrow little see-saw.

    forge197
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    Next Week πŸ™‚ Just in time for the midges!!

    If you are riding any of the Stanes or Drumlanrig during that time drop me a mail mtb DOT local1 AT yahoo DOT co DOT uk be weekends and the odd night/evening ride I should think.

    simonralli2
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    Forge

    Hi – will do. I’ll bookmark this thread so I have your email. Nearer the time I will be doing a thread just to see who is around the Stanes in mid/late June so you wont miss out.

    I will not be working those weeks and plan to do quite a bit of riding while I am up there.

    Si

    2tyred
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    Planning on a ride there this saturday afternoon, if I’ve anything left in my legs after the teardrop challenge road ride.

    Never been before, so looking forward to it!

    forge197
    Member

    Thanks Si

    simonralli2
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    No probs – Trekster has promised a ride or two as although I am a kind of sort of local, I’ve not explored the non Stanes areas.

    Andy – sorry for the hijack.

    Premier Icon Trekster
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    Here you go forge, local club
    http://www.stewartry-wheelers.org/

    Also in CD is the Breakpad B&B run by Clair & San from the Kirry shop.

    OS78 the main biking area is Durisdeer nr Thornhill or out of Drumlanrigg. Some tracks on the ground not on the map.

    From Dalbeattie there is a coastal path running from Portling. This makes for a big day out when added to the Stanes route.

    Quite a few cheeky trails in both Mabie and Dalbeattie.

    Regular rides starting on Weds nights @ Ae and Mabie on Thurs nights. Not sure when the Stewartry guys have theirs.

    YGM btw

    Premier Icon ChrisL
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    The second black section has a (comparatively) steep and protracted climb on it, that’s the only reason I can think for why it’s black graded – there aren’t any steep climbs on the red that go on for as long.

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    If you are looking for a campsite near Drumlanrig we stayed at the following last Summer:

    http://www.visitsouthernscotland.co.uk/glenmidge-smithy-i2736.html

    Quite small but quiet and no kids allowed!

    Enjoy

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