Cycling and Walking
Mountain Biking, Cycling and Walking
Sitting at the centre of the renowned 7stanes trails in the various forests of Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders, with three less than 30 minutes drive from the Lodge. Ample car parking, secure bike storage and wash down area all available, together with drying room for the clothing.
Dumfries and Galloway is now recognised as the pre-eminent area for cycling in the UK.- quite appropriate as the inventor of the bicycle made his 'boneshaker' just a few miles away from Greenhead.
Whether you are looking to re-visit a means of travel not used since childhood, or hone your mountain biking skills, or anything in between, this can be catered for at Greenhead Lodge.
With the huge network of rural by-ways, daily routes can be tailored to the fitness and interests of your party. They range from upland moors devoid of human habitation, to rolling farmland, to coastal plains with only the rare crossing of an 'A' class road to remind you that there is still another world out there.
Relatively easy going off-road sections through forest areas can be combined with tarmac for even greater variety or you could spend the entire day in the woods using competition standard tracks as well as the roads. Outside yard tap available for washing down the bikes.
If you don't intend bringing your own bikes there is a selection of basic machines available at the Lodge.
A word of caution in that if you're a stranger to the bike seat, and you intend cycling most days then some toughening up of the posterior with a few outings before the holiday would be an idea, or at the very least include some suitably padded attire for that vulnerable area.
Relax in the evenings in the sauna.
Like the cycling the area is very well suited to walking holidays. The nearby large forests within 20 minutes drive all have dedicated routes laid out and with more than 20% of Dumfries and Galloway's area planted with trees there is no shortage of tranquil and deserted plantation tracks to explore, even starting from the Lodge.
For a contrast the Solway coastline is no distance away either and there are lots of routes laid out along this peaceful stretch interspersed with the occasional village where refreshments can be taken on board; before perhaps tackling a not insubstantial hill with a rewarding magnificent view.
Many other routes have brochures to accompany them giving background detail of the locality together with the interesting features to be found on the way.
The same relaxation in the sauna or in front of the log stove is of course also available to walkers after a hard day on foot, or even better sitting out on the terrace watching the sun go down.