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Tweed Valley Forest Park - Glentress Ponds Trail

A72, Glentress, Peebles, Scottish Borders, EH45 8NB

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Glentress

  • Just one hour away from Edinburgh, Glentress offers superb walking, mountain biking, tree-top fun and magnificent views of the beautiful Tweed Valley.
  • It’s one of the famous 7stanes mountain biking centres, with award-winning trails that attract riders from all over the UK and beyond. Walking at Glentress is great too, with airy views across the famous River Tweed and a chance to tread in the footsteps of Bronze Age and Iron Age people.
  • After all your hiking and biking efforts, you can reward yourself with a coffee and a cake in the distinctive café that's built from local timber. Take a look at our guide map to the Tweed Valley Forest Park which will help you explore.
  • For more information about Glentress Forest including parking charges, opening times and other trails please click here (opens in new tab).

Glentress Ponds

  • Stroll around the enchanted Glentress ponds, an oasis of ash, birch and pine that is home to herons, bats and red squirrels.
  • The ponds lie in a hollow where a grove of Douglas fir once stood. Some of the trees came down in a storm some 40 years ago, and the ponds are now a peaceful, sheltered corner of the forest. There are ten brass rubbings of forest animals and birds along the way, ideal for a family activity.

Trail Information

  • The Pond Trail is a circular trail around Glentress Ponds.
  • The trail is approximately 0.9km.
  • The nearest parking to the trail is Falle Burn
  • The path has loose chipping surface.
  • Some paths may be covered by ice or snow during the winter months.
  • There are wooden waymarker posts located along the route.
  • The Ponds Trail is the white strip on the posts.
  • There are toilets available in the toilet block located at the top of the trail.

Getting Here

  • By Road
    • Glentress is just 1 ½ miles (2.4 km) east of Peebles on the A72. The main car park at Glentress Peel is off the entrance drive to the right, next to The Gateway, at grid reference NT 286 397. More trails start from the Buzzard’s Nest car park, higher in the forest at grid reference NT 286 397 EH45 8NB is the nearest postcode.
  • By Bus
    • There is not a bus stop within 150 metres of the venue.
    • Buses to Melrose pass the entrance to the forest. Check Traveline Scotland for timetables and fares.
  • By Train
    • The nearest Railway Station is Galashiels.

Getting Help and Assistance

  • There is a member of staff available for help and assistance.
  • Staff receive disability awareness/equality training.
  • There is not a member of staff trained in British Sign Language.
  • Water bowls for assistance dogs are available.
  • There are not mobility aids available.
  • Forestry Commission leaflets, maps and publications can be provided in alternative format, for example, in large print or in another language. For more information please contact: The Diversity Team via telephone: 0300 067 5000 or e-mail: diversity@forestry.gsi.gov.uk.

Parking (Falla Brae Car Park)

  • Parking
    • The venue does have its own parking facilities.
    • The car park is located off the forest road.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park does not have a barrier control system.
    • The car park surface is loose chippings.
    • There is not a/are not Blue Badge parking bay(s) available.
    • Clearly marked/signposted parent and child parking bays are not available.
    • All parking spaces are provided on a first come first served basis.
    • There is an additional car park for visitors.
    • Next to the Gateway Building, Glentress Peel Cafe and Glentress Bike Shop.
  • Paying
    • There are parking charges for the car park.
    • Parking is not free for visitors of the venue.
    • Payment signs are provided.
    • Payment signs are clearly presented.
    • Payment signs are located at the entrance to the car park.
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
    • Payment machines are located at the front of the car park.
    • There is a payment machine at a convenient height for wheelchair users.
    • There is a level turning space (minimum 185cm x 210cm) in front of the payment machine(s).
  • Drop-off Point(s)
    • There is not a/are not clearly marked drop-off point(s).

Car Park to Toilet Block

  • The car park has a loose chipping surface.
  • There is a path which begins next to car park payment machine.
  • The path has a loose chipping surface.
  • At the beginning of the path there is a slight slope.
  • The path runs past the Go Ape building.
  • There is steep slope leading down from the top of the path to the forest road.
  • The step free access onto the forest road.
  • The forest road is usually quiet but caution is advised for oncoming traffic from both directions.
  • The toilet block is located on the opposite side of the road.
  • Visitor can be dropped off outside the toilet block. However, this is not a marked drop off point.

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) for public use.
  • Location and Access
    • The accessible toilet surveyed is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • This accessible toilet is located off the forest road, in the toilet block.
    • There is step free access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is heavy.
    • The door is locked by a sliding bolt.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 180cm x 220cm (5ft 11in x 7ft 3in).
    • The accessible toilet does have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm in front of the seat.
    • The toilet has a non slip floor.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 105cm (3ft 5in).
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is not an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are waste paper pedal bin disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • There is not a shelf next to the toilet.
    • The toilet has a cistern.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 47cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 78cm (2ft 7in).
    • There are vertical wall-mounted grab rails on both sides of the wash basin.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 115cm.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 119cm (3ft 11in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are good.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s)
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located off the forest road, in the toilet block.
    • There is step free access to the female and male toilet(s).
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet with wall-mounted grab rails is not available.
    • The wash basin tap type is push.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilets.
    • Lighting levels are good.

Toilet Block to the Glentress Ponds

  • To the left of the toilet block there is a swing gate.
  • The swing gate opens both ways. The width of the opening is 85cm (2ft 9in)
  • There is a loose chipping path leading from the swing gate down to the Ponds.
  • The path is on a gradual slight slope.
  • There is seating located in places.
  • There is a bridge located at the bottom of the path leading to the Ponds.

Ponds Trail

  • Once the bridge has been crossed, the path leads you to the Ponds trails.
  • The ponds trail is a circular trail around the edge of the Glentress Ponds.
  • The surface of the path is loose chippings.
  • There are slight slopes located in places around the path.
  • There is seating located around the paths at regular intervals.
  • There are picnic benches located around the pond.
  • The height of the picnic bench is 65cm, which allows a wheelchair user to sit at the picnic bench.
  • There are 10 brass rubbings of forest birds and located along the trail. They are located on top of low level wooden fence posts.

Glentress Gateway, Glentress Peel Cafe and Glentress Bike Shop