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Cycling in and around Moffat

The area around Moffat is a fantastic location for serious cyclists - the steep hills which surround the town provide a rugged and challenging terrain for the experienced biker.

For families and the leisure cyclist, there are a number of more sedate cycling routes along some of Moffat's old country roads, giving you many places to stop, rest and take in the stunning scenery of the Moffat Hills.

For more gentle cycling, Moffat has the advantage of being close to National Cycle Route 74, running from Carlisle to South Lanarkshire along quiet roads adjacent to the M74. Route 74 also links to the Southern Upland Way, Britain's first coast-to-coast long-distance footpath.

Or why not pick up the trail to Moffat on local Cycle Route 10 which runs along minor and forest roads to Beattock and Moffat from Heathhall in Dumfries at the northern end of the Caledonian Cycle Route?

Don't forget the challenge of off-roading on the world famous 7stanes Mountain Bike Trails, which span the whole of the South of Scotland! Why not use Moffat as the perfect base to test your MBT skills at the nearby Ae or Mabie Trails?

However you choose to do it, you'll see Moffat and the surrounding countryside at its best from two wheels.

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Some years ago, keen local walker and cyclist Andy Armstrong researched and created a series of leaflets of places to which people could walk, cycle or drive from Moffat.

Details of the cycle routes can be printed off from this website. The series of pamphlets that comprise Gentle Walks, Moderate Walks, Hard Walks, Using the Southern Upland Way, Walks From the Car, Cycle Rides and Drives are also available at 25p each from Moffat Books in Moffat's Well Street and from A. M. Grieve, Newsagents on Moffat High Street.

If you need help to get your bike on the road, try Annandale Cycles, Office & Workshop, Caledonian Place, Moffat - the local resource for cycle repairs, service, hire, and sales - 01683 220 033.








7stanes Mountain Bike Trails

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The 7stanes are seven mountain biking centres spanning the south of Scotland, from the heart of the Scottish Borders to Dumfries and Galloway. 'Stane' is the Scots word for stone, and at each of the 7stanes locations, you'll find a stone sculpture reflecting a local myth or legend.

Anyone with even a hint of interest in mountain biking will know that the 7stanes provide some of the UK's best and most exciting mountain bike trails. But it's not just for enthusiasts! There are exciting trails for beginners too, with green and blue trails galore offering a fantastic introduction to the sport for you and your family.

Moffat provides the perfect central point at which to stay while you tackle the stanes at Ae, Mabie and Glentress.

You can find out more on the 7stanes website.

National Cycle Network - Route 74

bike by riverside

The National Cycle Network is Scotland's dedicated network of cycle routes. The Network has a great range of paths and trails to suit all abilities, showcasing why one of the best ways to explore Scotland is on two wheels.

National Route 74 of the Network connects Gretna and Glasgow via Lockerbie and Abington though the area between Douglas and Larkhall is still under development.

From Gretna, the route passes Lockerbie and Moffat before arriving in Douglas. It follows large sections of the A74 dual carriageway, where one lane has been converted into a cycle path.

The route has a total distance of 70 miles.

Find out more about Route 74 of the National Cycle Network from the Sustrans website.

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