New Agreement for Trail Stewardship in the Tweed Valley Announced

Jul 11, 2019
by Krysia Smith  

Press Release: Tweed Valley Trails Association


The Tweed Valley Trails Association (TVTA), a registered charity, the first of it's kind in the UK, was established nearly two years ago to help sustain, share and grow the trail network in the Tweed Valley. Hand dug by a core of dedicated trail builders the Tweed Valleys trail network has become world famous over recent years, hosting many races including two rounds of the EWS. But the volume of traffic that has brought has left the trails in need of managed stewardship to help maintain them and all the benefits they bring to both local, national and international riders and businesses.

There has been a tremendous amount of work by both the TVTA and Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) to get this agreement on the table and signed. It means a bright, sustainable future for the Tweed Valleys trail network and everyone that benefits from it.

You can find out more about the TVTA at tweedvalleytrails.org.


Here is the official press release from FLS:

A new ground breaking agreement between Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) and the Tweed Valley Trails Association (TVTA) aims to strengthen links with the mountain biking community in the area.

Under the new agreement, the TVTA has been given the go ahead to take re-sponsibility for the management and maintenance of three unauthorised trails that are currently being used in the Tweed Valley.

This project is based in Caberston forest, also known as the ‘Golfie' to many within the local riding community.

The move follows on from national guidance which set out a range of options which could help land managers tackle issues surrounding unauthorised trails built by mountain bikers.

Sallie Bailey, South Scotland Region Manager with Forestry and Land Scotland said:

“The Tweed Valley is a mecca for mountain biking and has a long history of world class riding for all abilities. We want to build on this and strengthen the links we already have with the mountain biking community.

This yearly agreement is the first of its kind and will be run on a pilot basis. We’ve been highly impressed with the TVTA’s genuine desire and professionalism to work with us to develop new approaches to trail management.”

Under the agreement, the TVTA will adopt a number of existing unauthorised trails around the Caberston area as this forest is currently the most heavily used of the unofficial trail network.

Work will include generating independent funds to manage and maintain the trails using best trailbuilding practices available.

The TVTA is one of the first charities to be formed specifically to engage with landowners on the unauthorised trail issue. Their aim is to help both land man-agers and the biking community manage trails, whilst establishing a culture of responsibility and sustainability.

Neil Carnegie, co-Chair of the Tweed Valley Trails Association said:

“Now world famous, the unofficial trail network in the Tweed Valley has exploded in size and popularity over recent years attracting visitors from around the world.

“We are delighted to see FLS embrace this growing resource and engage with the riding community through the TVTA to manage and improve the network of trails for local riders and visitors alike. It's been a long process to get here and we can't wait to get working on the ground, our tools into the dirt and start mak-ing a difference.”

The mountain biking scene in Scotland is fast developing, both in terms of tech-nology and disciplines, with enduro riding going from strength to strength. This has sparked a rise in unauthorised trails being built across Scotland.

With health and safety being paramount, land managers have been working with biking interests for the last two years through the National Access Forum to de-velop recommendations on how best to tackle the issue. Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland has played a pivotal role in this work.

This new agreement is seen as an exciting development in bringing bikers and land managers together to boost responsible riding.

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7 Comments

  • 2 0
 Great news, I'm currently developing a small network of trails in Norway and know how hard it is to get positive outcomes with land owners so to get to this point is a massive achievement!

I'm originally from Northumberland and grew up riding the Tweed Valley. I would gladly lend a hand on a dig day or two when I'm home.

P. S. What's with all the hyphens??
  • 4 0
 Well done folks! Good shit!
  • 1 0
 Awesome stuff, was great to meet some of the TVTA at the Trail Days / Soil Searching dog day
  • 1 0
 Good news. So "three unauthorised trails" out of about 40, which ones ?
  • 1 0
 TVTA will maintain the trails known as New York New York and Final Fling, plus the climb to the reservoir
  • 1 0
 I'll maintain trails that I ride if there are tools available
  • 1 0
 wel done do some good work

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