Tweed Valley Forest Park - Glentress Gateway Building

A72, Glentress, Peebles, Scottish Borders EH45 8NB

03000 676 900

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Guide Last Updated: 13/03/2017

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Access Guide

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • The nearest Railway Station is Galashiels.

  • 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.

  • The venue does have its own parking facilities.

  • The car park is located to the left of the Gateway Building.

  • 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 tarmac.

  • There is a/are Blue Badge parking bay(s) available.

  • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.

  • There is/are 2 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.

  • The dimensions of the designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) surveyed are 390cm x 610cm (12ft 10in x 20ft).

  • There is a 120cm hatched zone around the Blue Badge parking bay(s).

  • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.

  • 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.

  • There is additional Blue Badge parking located next to the Glentress Peel Cafe and Glentress Bike Shop. There is an overall car park to the left after you exit the A72. There are additional car parks located throughout the forest.

  • 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 payment machines in the car park.

  • Payment term signs do make it clear if parking charges apply to Blue Badge holders.

  • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.

  • Payment machines are located throughout 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).

  • There is not a/are not clearly marked drop-off point(s).

  • This information is for the entrance located next to the car park.

  • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.

  • There is step free access at this entrance.

  • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.

  • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.

  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).

  • The door(s) is/are double width but one door is locked.

  • The door(s) is/are heavy.

  • The width of the door opening is 83cm.

  • There is step free access throughout the Wildlife Watch.

  • There are two video screens playing information about Ospreys in the forest, they are located ahead as you enter.

  • The screen on right is a touch screen. The height of the touchscreen is 140cm (4ft 7in).

  • There is moveable seating in front of the television screens. The seat can be moved to create space for a wheelchair user.

  • There are information boards located on the walls around the room.

  • On the far-right wall, there are 3 video screens showing live images of the forest.

  • There are a table and chairs located at the centre.

  • The surface of the floor is vinyl.

  • The lighting levels in the room are good.

  • The Gateway information area is located at the rear of the Gateway Building.

  • The area has a roof but there only 2 walls, so the area can be open to the elements.

  • There is step free access throughout the information area.

  • The surface of the floor is wooden boards. The boards have ridges which may cause the surface to be bumpy for wheelchair users.

  • There are picnic benches located at the centre.

  • There are two large maps located at the rear of the information area. The map on the left shows the mountain bike trails and the map on the right shows the walking trails.

  • In between the maps there is shelving containing information leaflets.

  • The height of the shelving is between 150cm and 180cm.

  • To the right of the information area is an accessible toilet, a separate accessible shower and the standard female and male toilets and changing room.

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) for public use.

  • The accessible toilet surveyed is not for the sole use of disabled people.

  • This accessible toilet is located to the right after you enter the information area.

  • There is step free access to the accessible toilet.

  • 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 lever twist.

  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 94cm (3ft 1in).

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 170cm x 265cm (5ft 7in x 8ft 8in).

  • 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 78cm (2ft 7in).

  • 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 an emergency alarm.

  • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.

  • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.

  • There is a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.

  • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.

  • There is a/are non-infectious waste disposal units.

  • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).

  • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.

  • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on the left.

  • There is not 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 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 wall which acts as a backrest.

  • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 45cm (1ft 6in).

  • 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 placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).

  • The height of the wash basin is 75cm (2ft 6in).

  • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the left hand side 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 95cm.

  • 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 placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • The height of the hand dryer is 125cm (4ft 1in).

  • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.

  • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.

  • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.

  • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.

  • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.

  • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.

  • The lighting levels are good.

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.

  • The accessible shower(s) surveyed is/are located to the right after you enter the Gateway information area.

  • The facilities available in the accessible shower(s) include; handrails and a flip down seat.

  • The height of the seat is 52cm (1ft 8in).

  • Other facilities available include; a dropdown rail and a flip down seat for changing. The height of the flip down seat is 48cm.

  • There is level access to the services from the accessible shower facilities.

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.

  • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located to the right after you enter Gateway information area.

  • 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 a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilets.

  • Lighting levels are good.

  • The changing rooms are located to the rear of the standard female toilets.

  • There is a single width door into the changing rooms.

  • The door is heavy, opens away from you (push) and has an opening width of 75cm (2ft 6in).

  • There is step free access throughout the changing rooms.

  • There are low level lockers available.

  • There is bench seating.

  • There is a larger private changing room.

  • There is step free access to the standard showers.

  • The changing rooms are located at the rear of the standard male toilets.

  • There is a single width door into the changing rooms.

  • The door is heavy, opens away from you (push) and has an opening width of 75cm (2ft 6in).

  • There is step free access throughout the changing rooms.

  • There are low level lockers available.

  • There is bench seating.

  • There is a larger private changing room.

  • There is step free access to the standard showers.