Mabie Forest Walks and Mtb - with trail maps
This expansive forest in Dumfries has miles of good walking paths and several mountain bike trails to try.
This circular route follows a number of the cycling trails in the forest incuding the Rollercoaster, The Elevator and The Big Step. You can see more detail on the Open Street Map below. The cycle trails are marked in blue on the map.
The route starts from the main parking area on the eastern side of the forest where there's also cycle hire nearby. On the way you'll pass Larch Hill, the Marthrown of Mabie, Marthrown Hill and Dalshinnie Loch. At the western side of the woods there's also Lochaber Loch where there's a waterside trail and a nature reserve. You can enjoy wonderful views down to the loch from the Red cycle trail.
For walkers there's several waymarked trails with wildlife sculptures, gardens and bluebells to see on the way. Also look out for wildlife including red squirrels, badgers, roe deer, foxes, woodland birds and bats.
PostcodeDG2 8HB - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Mabie Forest Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Mabie Forest Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Mabie Forest OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Mabie Forest Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The woodland trails are ideal for dog walking so you'll probably see other owners on a fine weekend day.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To continue your cycling around Dumfries you could pick up the Dumfries to Annan, Dumfries to Castle Douglas, Dumfries to Gatehouse of Fleet or the Dumfries to Gretna cycle routes.
Just to the south west there's the picturesque Loch Arthur to visit. The community includes a farm, a large garden, a creamery, a bakery, craft workshops and a thriving farm shop and cafe.
The RSPB site at Loch Ken is also to the west. There's lots of wildlife to see around this pretty site. Also to the west is Threave Gardens and Carlingwark Loch near Castle Douglas.
The Rockcliffe to Kippford Walk explores a beautiful area of National Trust owned land on the Rough Firth, a few miles south west of the forest. The area includes the 6th century Mote of Mark hillfort, lovely beaches and fine views across the Solway Firth.
Dalbeattie Forest is not too far and has some similar trails. There's a notable mtb trail across a series of granite slabs to try here as well.
Head north and there's similar trails around the Ae Forest where you can also visit Loch Ettrick. Also near here is the Crichope Linn waterfall at Gatelawbridge. Here you'll find a wooded red sandstone gorge with interesting rock formations, carvings and a pretty waterfall.