Mabie and Ae
Never ridden any of the 7 stanes around Dumfries way. Looking to organise to meet a friend from Edinburgh for the day around there so was thinking of maybe doing Ae in the morning then Mabie in the afternoon. Are the reds good? Is it fairly do-able to ride both in a day? I’m coming from Preston and he is from Edinburgh so somewhere fairly close to the motorway would be good!Posted 4 years agoGarry_LagerSubscriber
They’re ok – Ae a bit average really but still well worth riding if you’ve not been there before, and prob a good choice given the current weather / trail conditions.Posted 4 years ago
Comfy in a day – Ae is the longer of the two so you could do that first then drive down for lunch around Mabie.TreksterSubscriber
All 3 mentioned are my locals, just in from a night ride @ Mabie. Currently some diversions in place due to forestry works/felling.
Some people find Dalbeattie difficult due to its rocky nature and moan about the lack of “flow” and not much in the way of descents(there are no big hills)
Some as above have a dislike of Ae?
Being local I have come across more people who like both Ae & Dalbeattie than those who mump & moan on here!! 🙄
At a steady pace you can get round any of the 3 in a couple of hours.
Cafe @ Ae(winter hours atm)but none at Dalbeattie or Mabie.
Can suggest a few eating options if required?
Coming from Preston miss the Gretna turn off and take the next one at Lockerbie. It’s possible to take to the country back roads over to Ae but this may not be any faster than main road then cutting across to Ae via Locharbriggs.Posted 4 years agocrispoSubscriber
Thanks for all the views so far. I guess any trail centre has people who like and dislike any given trail. I guess any 2 out of the 3 sounds like it would be good for a big day. Any recommendations for somewhere to get a good butty in between would be good too. I think rocky could be good if the weather is really crappy.Posted 4 years agofailedengineerMember
I’ve been to Ae a couple of times recently because it’s relatively close (1 hr from Brampton) and it’s fairly weatherproof. I really like it – it’s much improved of late. Good café, too.Posted 4 years ago
I think I once criticised Drumlanrig on here a couple of years ago and was torn to pieces, but I still stand by what I said then. Too slow and too rooty. I’ll get my coat …..somafunkSubscriber
Too slow and too rooty. I’ll get my coat …..
Here’s your duffle and bobble hat, don’t trip up on your woollen mitts threaded through the sleeves, and tie your shoelaces, remember your scarf and perhaps think about selling your hybrid and buy something more appropriate…..
Meant in jest, 😉Posted 4 years agohughjenginMember
All personal opinion of course, so dont savage me !Posted 4 years ago
I organised a group trip up to Scotland, (GT and Innerleithen) last summer. Coming from North Wales, we know a fair bit about half decent trail centres and natural riding as well, but wanted to experience something different. Did a Friday – Sunday and chose to do one of the 7 stanes centres on the way up, chose AE because of the easy location from the M74. Needless to say other than the Omega Man final descent (which I’d describe as OK) and the Shredder downhill trail, the rest was totally dreary and forgettable. We had a great weekend in the end because we all thought Glentress and Innerleithen were excellent, but going to AE was a massive disappointment. We are doing a similar weekend this summer, and going to Dalbeattie instead.failedengineerMember
Duffle and bobble hat sounds good. I always thread my mittens through my sleeves, doesn’t everyone? My mum told me to do it in the 50s.
I just prefer Ae to Drumlanrig. OK? Anyway, that cool-looking mobility scooter (how much would you want one of those if you needed that sort of thing!?)would never get round those slippy roots at Drumlanrig.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
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Anyway, that cool-looking mobility scooter (how much would you want one of those if you needed that sort of thing!?)would never get round those slippy roots at Drumlanrig.
Pff, you’re just saying that because you lack the epic scooter skillz to do it.
(Kielder has a difficulty guide for all their trails, one of the blue trails says “if you’re on a mobility scooter, make sure it’s fully charged”!)Posted 4 years ago
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