Where We Meet
Stepping Stanes uses serveral venues around Dumfries depending upon the coaching sessions being delivered and the time of year.
we use the David Keswick Centre, Heathhall wood, Mabie & Ae forest mountian bike skills and trails and occasionally we arrange days out to trails outside our normal sites
Mabie Forest - 7 Stanes Trails
Mabie is one of
our most commonly used trail centres as it is just great. Fantastic selection
of trails of widely varying difficulty which interconnect in a way thats just
perfect for making trail rides a little different every time. Add to this mix,
some fantastic coaching areas and the skills loops and our home trail becomes
one of the best in Scotland.
We love it.
Our sessions almost always start up near The Shed bike shop just further up the
hill than mabie house hotel. Once you've registered, we ask riders to wait in
the courtyard area unitl we head out on the trails. We always feel its better
to keep cars away from our nice shiney bikes!
Heathhall Forest - Urban Coaching Forest
As a club we've shouted long
and hard about getting Heathhall Forest, just east of Dumfries,
put together as a recreational forest. Recently, thanks to a number of our
partner organisations including 7stanes and the Forestry Commision, its been
upgraded to include some proper trails. Heathhall is also full of natural
trails which make it great for coaching and for setting up races, from dirt
crits to cyclocross. Sessions at Heathhall usually meet and start at the old
runway head, just opposite the aviation museum.
Keswick Athletic Centre - Dumfries
Over the winter
when the nights close in and we eventually give up forest riding in the
evenings, we refuse to stop coaching. The David Keswick athletics track
provides us with a local floodlit environment with not only a 400m track, but
some fantastic little grassy areas and a little forest section for our coaching
team to get inventive with. We use the DK for training at all levels from
compettitive riders seeking to maintain and improve fitness over the winter
months to riders who are just starting out and want to gain confidence before
breaking into more demanding forest environments. We are very grateful for the
additional resources the DK offers us as the nights draw in and the temperature
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Ae Forest - 7 Stanes Trails
Being a little less accessable, we use Ae Forest less than some of the other local trails, however it is often used by the club to get our youngest riders and often their parents into a trailcentre
forest. While we primarily stick to green routes in the valley area, Ae also sports one of the longest red routes in the 7 Stanes which is severe in places and quite remote, so best left to more
experienced riders and not usually used by us as a club.
Our sessions almost always start at the shop just across from the rangers office. Once you've registered, we ask riders to wait off their bikes unitl we head out on the trails. We always feel its better to keep cars away from our nice shiney bikes!
Dalbeattie Forest - 7 Stanes Trail Centre
When we fancy a
change from mabie, our next stop is usually Dalbeattie forest, just south of
Dalbeattie town. Again, Dalbeattie is full of fantastic trails for all
abilities of rider and the skills and taster loops offer some great features
without having to cycle too far, or up too many big hills! Rides at Dalbeattie
start from the Richorn trail head car park.