For locals and visitors alike - here are some of my favourite bits of trail around The Wee County, all accessible from within the Clackmannanshire border. This is just a sample of the wide variety of riding in the area.
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PLEASE RESPECT THE HILLS - THE OPEN HILLSIDE TRAILS ARE OFTEN ON WET AND EASILY DAMAGED MOORLAND, SO PLEASE WAIT UNTIL THERE HAS BEEN A GOOD AMOUNT OF WARM DRY WEATHER BEFORE RIDING THE HIGH TRAILS. OR SNOW, OR A BIG FROST. THIS WAY WE WON'T DAMAGE THE HILLS, AND ALSO: THE RIDING'S MUCH MORE PLEASANT TOO - WIN!
An entry on this page does not indicate access or condition of the trails, merely an indication of the existence of a possible route. Rideability and hazard are very changeable according to individual riders, the weather, and the underfoot conditions. Trails here are suggestions, and information on the trails is minimal as it is expected that riders will manage their own rides, and navigate themselves in a suitable way. The conditions on the high moorland trails can very rapidly and themselves can be a hazard to a poorly prepared rider. Please prepare well, ride carefully, and leave the trail as you would wish to find it.
Ochil Skyline Loop
With a significant estate road climb, this trail gets you onto the high tops and onto the summit of Ben Cleuch from where you can access all manner of tops and their associated descents. This is just one circular loop available.
XC Tour of Clacks
Utilising the path and trail network in the centre of the county this trail threads its way in a loop around the county collecting points of interest along the way
Starting in Menstrie this loop heads up Menstrie Glen and drops down through the ruins of Jerah farm to return by the farm track on the other side of the glen under Dumyat. There is an easier finish down the farm track.
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Dumyat off the Back
Starting from Menstrie and using the farm tracks to go around Dumyat. Over the Sheriffmuir road to climb Dumyat on the Path and descend down the back on the quiet (and steep) back track. There is an easier finish back down the farm track.
A classic Ochils loop with a long climb and a good quantity of bog followed by an awesome descent. It can be abandoned at the high point and ridden as a gravel route or you can use the mid-way track to miss the bogs and do the second half of the descent.
Andrew Gannell Hill Descent
A fast-paced, techy, steep and flowy trail from the top of one of the bigger Ochils. This route has it all at different stages including 'the hidden ditch' so be warned - and watch out!
Ben Ever to Tilly Glen Descent
A fabulous descent on moorland tracks with a couple of surprises, one early on as you descend the side of Wood Hill and discover a kink over a small crag, and the other as you approach Tilly Glen and discover the bonkers switchbacks on the path to the bottom (walking recommended) - fantastic finish on the footpath.