Busman’s Holiday – Chase Trails on Tour

25 April, 2011 at 19:00
The week before Easter saw eight of the Chase Trails regular builders head north of the border for a week’s holiday riding Scotland’s famous 7stanes trails. We’d also arranged to meet up with a couple of the guys responsible for the trails to exchange notes and experiences.
Ghost Stane at Mabie


Basing ourselves in a cottage 2 miles from the Ae forest, the red routes at Mabie, Dalbeatie, Ae, Glentress, Kirroughtree and Innerleithen were all bagged. Each trail is different in character and we’ve come back with lots of ideas to incorporate into our trails.

Rock garden at Kirroughtree


A general consensus agreed that Kirroughtree was the best trail overall and the preferred post ride grub was Mabie’s “Shed Burger”. It’s a shame ‘The Slab’ and ‘Terrible Twins’ at Dalbeatie wouldn’t fit into Bruce’s Landrover ….

On the way back, a diversion via Whinlatter to ride the ‘Altura Trail’ saw the only rain of the holiday making the wet slate surface very sketchy. A total of 100 miles of trail riding were racked up over the week – not bad considering it was a holiday!


Andrew