Tweed Valley Forest Park - Glentress Peel Cafe

A72, Glentress, Peebles, Scottish Borders EH45 8NB

0300 067 6900

dumfriesborders@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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Guide Last Updated: 13/03/2017

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  • 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 parking facilities are for Blue Badge holders only.

  • The car park is located at the rear of the bike shop and cafe.

  • 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.

  • 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 410cm x 590cm (13ft 5in x 19ft 4in).

  • 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 are additional car parks for visitors.

  • There are additional car parks located next to the Gateway Building and around the forest.

  • There are not parking charges for the car park.

  • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.

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

  • There is step free access on the approach.

  • The surface of the approach is wooden boards.

  • The wooden boards have ridges to provide grip in bad weather. However, the ridges can make the surface bumpy for wheelchair users.

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the cafe.

  • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.

  • There is step free access at this entrance.

  • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.

  • The entrance door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.

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

  • The door(s) is/are single width with a locked extension leaf.

  • The door(s) is/are heavy.

  • The width of the door opening is 85cm.

  • During good weather the door is held open.

  • The following information is for the cafe.

  • Full table service is not available.

  • Food and/or drinks are ordered from the service counter.

  • Food and/or drinks can be brought to the table.

  • The height of the service counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).

  • There is a lowered section of the counter.

  • The lowered section of the counter is at the recommended height of 76cm.

  • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the lowered section of the counter.

  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

  • There is step free access within the cafe.

  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.

  • This area does play background music.

  • The type of flooring in this area is tiles.

  • No tables are permanently fixed.

  • Some chairs are permanently fixed.

  • Some chairs have armrests on both sides.

  • The nearest table is approximately 3m from the entrance/opening.

  • The nearest table is approximately 4m from the till/counter.

  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 37cm.

  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 105cm.

  • The standard height for tables is 72cm.

  • Plastic/takeaway cups are available.

  • Plastic/takeaway cutlery is available.

  • Drinking straws are available.

  • There are wall menus available.

  • Menus are not available in Braille.

  • Menus are not available in large print.

  • Picture menus are not available.

  • Menus are clearly written.

  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.

  • The type of food served here is hot and cold meals and snacks.

  • The lighting levels are good.

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

  • The accessible toilet surveyed is for the sole use of disabled people.

  • This accessible toilet is located to the left after you enter, just past the service counter.

  • This accessible toilet is approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the cafe entrance.

  • 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 inwards.

  • The door is heavy.

  • The door is locked by a lever twist.

  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 85cm (2ft 9in).

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 234cm x 245cm (7ft 8in x 8ft).

  • 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 160cm (5ft 3in).

  • 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 not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.

  • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.

  • There is a/are female sanitary and waste paper pedal bin disposal units.

  • There is a/are coat hook(s).

  • The height of the coat hook is 105cm from the floor.

  • 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 not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).

  • There are vertical wall-mounted grab rails on both sides of the wash basin.

  • The wash basin tap type is lever.

  • There is a mixer tap.

  • There is a soap dispenser.

  • The soap dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The height of the soap dispenser is 100cm.

  • There is a towel dispenser.

  • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • The height of the towel dispenser is 123cm (4ft).

  • There is not a hand dryer.

  • 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 poor.

  • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.

  • The lighting levels are good.

  • Baby changing facilities are located within the accessible toilet.

  • The baby change table is not set against the wall, permanently fixed at 75cm from the floor.

  • The baby change table is height adjustable.

  • The height of the baby change table once extended is 88cm (2ft 11in).

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.

  • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located to the left after you enter, just after the service counter.

  • The female and male toilets are approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the cafe entrance.

  • 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 twist/turn.

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

  • Lighting levels are good.