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  • Trails at Golfie
  • Premier Icon campalumpa
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    Me and the oompalumpa are heading up to tweed valley in a couple of weeeks. We have a day’s uplift at Inners. Keen to do some of the trails opposite at Golfie/Caberstone.

    Where is the best place to park and the way up please. I can’t work this out from Trailforks.

    Premier Icon impatientbull
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    This is the main fire road climb and access path off it:

    https://www.trailforks.com/trails/fireroad-24388/
    https://www.trailforks.com/trails/access-path-30148/

    There is some parking on the road up to the golf course, but I’ve always staying in Innerleithen and pedalled up from the accommodation.

    Premier Icon steveh
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    Park at the dh car park on the inners side, on the road to that out of the town or there is a small car park at the top of the road to the golfie if you’re early. Don’t park on that road down to the course as locals have been complaining.
    Way up starts on left of golf club house, left then right at fire road junctions you come to. This will take you to top of flat white area. From there it’s left up through the trees to the moor but this part of the climb is much harder.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    Yup, there’s some stuff that’s a wee bit harder to find but for a first visit don’t overcomplicate it, just grind up the road and ride stuff.

    3G is a pretty good place to start, Repeat Offender is right beside it and a little easier… Everyone loves flat white but I don’t really, it’s good but it takes you down the hill so fast, I’d rather do community service (which is brilliant). Boner is fantastic, quite relentless so it’s one of those trails that really no 10 feet of it is that hard, but it soon builds up, love it. TBH none of the trails are bad, some are pretty dang hard- waterworld and nae spleens are probably the hardest of the “easy to access” ones.

    Premier Icon kayak23
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    Do that one that’s near vertical* shale. It’s hilarious. 🤘😀🤘
    You’ll see it on the climb up.
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    *Might be exaggerating it a little.

    Premier Icon brads
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    Not that much of an exaggeration. (Avalanche)

    Flat white has just bedded in after being maintained and is frikin awesome just now. Well worth the climb.

    Repeat Offender is magic and my fave “new” trail is right side clyde.

    Premier Icon james
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    https://www.trailforks.com/poi/37109/
    Big lay-by on main road to walkerburn been empty when I’ve seen it
    Not on trailforks but a couple of hundred yards to the west is a steady climbing grassy path to get you round the hill a bit

    Apparently it’s been updated of late but waterworld is nowhere near an Orange, especially when the much harder no social (or liver damage) is somehow a single black
    New York New York the easiest of the blacks I’ve ridden
    Big baw my biggest surprise how good and well built it is given the map makes it look flat

    Premier Icon Mugboo
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    We parked in the lay-by that James mentions and warmed up on the road before the first big climb, then finished our day with Feed the Pony, happy days.

    Premier Icon a11y
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    Big baw my biggest surprise how good and well built it is given the map makes it look flat

    +1 on that, it’s my new favourite trail there. Great value not being as steep as some others, so it lasts a long time but more importantly it’s really good fun.

    Premier Icon stanfree
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    A couple that haven’t been mentioned Right Side clyde , Greg Joliffe and jawbone. I avoided 3g for about a year as i could never take to it but rode it again recently and It’s ace. You can also start on repeat Offender and cut over to 3g .
    If you want to head ove the the walkerburn side you have a hoor of a push up but rewarded with 2 trails. Feed the Pony which is great fun and easy or No Social which is great Scary fun and for me as hard as it gets. Also FTP kicks you out at walkerburn so you could crossover and do the Glenbenna trails which again are good but fairly steep.

    Premier Icon Hob-Nob
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    Pretty much a fan of all the trails along the bit of hillside that Right Side Clyde is on. Still really enjoy Kendal, 2nd base and the new one Hangover is a cracker too 🙂

    Premier Icon brads
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    I’ve been growing a pair on Cresta lower so might give 2nd base another go soon

    Premier Icon jamiemcf
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    As said park in inners and pedal over.

    I think flat white is fun. Simple trail-centre-esque fun.

    Feed the pony is good but a long way up.

    Premier Icon james
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    Anybody know if or when anything north of New York New York might be ‘unclosed’, ie all the wolfs and loose women?

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    I might have phrased that badly; I like Flat White a lot, but it’s slap in the middle of the golfy, so there’s always something I’d rather ride. I just mentioned it because it comes up so often in golfy chat. I think for the last few years I’ve only ridden it when showing someone else around.

    Feed the pony and no social are sort of similar, both fantastic but such a bloody battle to get to, it makes them a pretty hard recommend, you can get more smiles for your effort elsewhere and the location means there’s always more riding than there is time. Stick a lap like that in the Pentlands and I’d do it tons, put it in the valley and it just gets mobbed out.

    Avalanche can **** off 🙂

    Premier Icon campalumpa
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    Thanks to everyone that has replied to my OP. I think we will have a grand day out.

    Premier Icon militantmandy
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    A great way to finish is to do Big Baw, then up the climb to Right Side Clyde or Hangover, but then stop those trails at the fireroad and push up to Greg Jollifes. I would definitiely start with either NYNY or Repeat Offender (harder). They will give you a good feel for the place without being too mental.

    Premier Icon chainbreaker
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    Don’t park on that road down to the course as locals have been complaining

    Didn’t realise the locals owned the roads down there. Oh wait a minute, its a public road like everywhere else, you have just as much of a right to park on it as the locals do. I’ve always parked on that road and have never had any issues as long as you park with consideration to peoples properties. Just need to compromise.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    There’s been times when the road’s lined with barely-parked cars right up to the golf course bridge, it’s not smart- not just about locals nimbying. And totally unneccesary, considering that the trail centre car park is pretty much never full

    Premier Icon BoardinBob
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    Didn’t realise the locals owned the roads down there. Oh wait a minute, its a public road like everywhere else, you have just as much of a right to park on it as the locals do. I’ve always parked on that road and have never had any issues as long as you park with consideration to peoples properties. Just need to compromise.

    It was more a case of people parking on the actual road, not at the parking bit at the start or the layby up near the golf course. The bit between the bridge at the golf course and the houses was having folk park along there. Not the smartest. I believe they’ve actually introduced proper legal parking restrictions for that section and it’s completely understandable. It’s a narrow country road.

    Premier Icon chainbreaker
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    considering that the trail centre car park is pretty much never full

    Agree with you there, but thats probably because (a) its a good distance away from golfie, and (b) its not free, doesn’t help that FCS have bumped up the price of parking there recently.

    The parking issue is something that the local council really should be looking to resolve in the near future as the place will only get more popular as the trail network expands.

    Premier Icon stevenmenmuir
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    It’s a ten minute pedal away FFS. And the price of parking is nothing compared to what people spend on their mince tanks. Even if you don’t want to pay there’s plenty of sensible space to park, you don’t have to be a dick and try and park as close as possible. No excuses for selfish and lazy behaviour.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    chainbreaker
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    The parking issue is something that the local council really should be looking to resolve in the near future

    That’s exactly what they’re doing by putting restrictions on the road. The trail centre car park’s a trivial distance further away, literally a couple of minutes flat ride.

    The parking issue is people doing it in antisocial and selfish places, not a lack of parking.

    Premier Icon lightfighter762
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    Agree with the above. Its an easy ride from that car park and a good warm up.

    I need to join the golf club for vip Golfie parking.

    Premier Icon stanfree
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    I park at the wee quarry before the cattle grid , have never parked at the Weir. Saw some folks camping about 5 miles up the granites last week. The golfie is so busy these days and thats not a bad thing. I constantly meet folk from all over England , even some dude from cornwall the other week.

    Premier Icon lightfighter762
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    That is a good place to park. Happy valley.

    Premier Icon DaveyBoyWonder
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    We parked in the lay-by that James mentions and warmed up on the road before the first big climb, then finished our day with Feed the Pony, happy days.

    Still one of the best days riding I’ve ever had!

    We’re off again next weekend and plan on doing the Golfie on Friday afternoon. From what I can remember of last time (must have been 3 or 4 years ago now), fitting in Repeat Offender, Flat White and then looping over to do Boner/Waterworld and Feed The Pony would be a decent afternoons riding. If time permits, would No Social be worth a spin down if we’re pushing to the top of Feed The Pony as well?

    Premier Icon LD
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    If time permits, would No Social be worth a spin down if we’re pushing to the top of Feed The Pony as well?

    Call me soft but I wouldn’t be doing “That” climb twice in one day! What you suggest sounds like a pretty big afternoon. I would recommend trying Hangover or Right Side Clyde instead of Flat White but it’s all personal taste.

    Premier Icon DaveyBoyWonder
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    Maybe you’re right – its a long while since I’ve done it and remember it killing me last time! Got 2 more days riding after that to consider!

    Premier Icon lightfighter762
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    I did New wolf, NY NY then over to Big Baw and back again to do flat white and Community Service. Was pretty shot at the end. On a steel HT which is really fun on Caberston. Community Service on it was ace.

    Just don’t warm up by mistake like I did on Nae Spleen.

    Premier Icon singlespeedstu
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    would No Social be worth a spin down if we’re pushing to the top of Feed The Pony as well?

    I’d not even consider that on my Ebike. Also go round the back side climb up old Caberstone Road it’s far nicer than the push up.
    Just back from doing Boner, Pony bottom half, Pony, Glenduro, Inners and the trails are spot on condition wise.
    There’s a new end section been cut into the field at the end of Pony for the EWS by the looks of things.
    Great day to be riding today.
    [url=https://flic.kr/p/2mru8qM]Glenduro Trig[/url] by multispeedstu, on Flickr

    Premier Icon dc1988
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    I was in Innerleithen last weekend and they’ve put a proper climbing trail in from the turn off just after flat white to the big concrete thing at the top, it is now beautifully smooth and cuts out the rooty, boggy section so saves a lot of time. It makes the climb a lot easier.

    And I don’t like flat white either, just doesn’t do it for me.

    Premier Icon plus-one
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    Ridden all the Golfie trails last few years find them too tame/easy now !!

    Premier Icon militantmandy
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    Ridden all the Golfie trails last few years find them too tame/easy now !!

    Sure you do 🙄 I mean it’s not like they’re about to run an EWS there.

    Premier Icon BoardinBob
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    GWs latest alias?

    Premier Icon K
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    Rode up there today, some fun fresh cut stuff going in presumably ready for EWS.

    A lot of the golfy stuff is quite easy to ride slow, being as they are trails not world cup DH tracks… so not many jumps/gaps you have to be on pace to hit or chicken line round. You can just plop over most but it’s different to be able to do a full top to bottom at race pace.

    Premier Icon stcolin
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    Ridden all the Golfie trails last few years find them too tame/easy now !!

    Are you Richie Rude?

    Premier Icon haggis1978
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    Is Vodafone 4G signal good all over the Golfie? Just been having a look and theres a load of stuff i havent ridden there before so would like to use trailforks whilst up the hill.

    Premier Icon militantmandy
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    Is Vodafone 4G signal good all over the Golfie? Just been having a look and theres a load of stuff i havent ridden there before so would like to use trailforks whilst up the hill.

    Shouldn’t be too much of a problem. It’s pretty patchy around the bottom of Big Baw / Waterworld though.

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