Johnny and I are transitioning from summer to autumn here, and trying to make the most of the warm weather.

We tried out a tandem bike recently, and it was so much fun! It is certainly different than riding a single bike. It’s a bit like dancing, you have to practice together to get it right. We learned that the person in front is called the “captain” and gets on the bike first. The rear rider is called the “stoker.” So you can see Captain Johnny and Stoker Lulu in the picture, ha ha.

The long drive leading to The Mill gave us an opportunity to practice before we headed out into the hills.


Glentress Forest is a mountain biking mecca just a half hour drive from The Mill. In the stunning Tweed Valley, the biking experience here covers all riders, from green (easy) to black (severe). The area offers a rich variety of things to do with the small Borders towns of Peebles and Innerleithen, where bikes can be hired if you don’t bring your own.

Even closer to The Mill, the Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys offer superb cycling with options for everyone – from longer road cycling routes to shorter circular routes that can be cycled in a few hours or a day. And there are mountain biking options too.

The scenery is breathtaking and there is everything from challenging terrain to gentle and undulating cycle routes.

But don’t just take our word for it, come and experience it for yourself, you won’t be disappointed! Check dates at the Mill: http://lewinshope.com/booking/

Here’s our personal list for what to take on bike trips:
Helmet
Lights
Sunglasses
Gloves
Water bottle
Nutrition bars
Puncture repair kit
Backpack
Mobile phone

Or if you want to go “light” you can stop at the Waterwheel for coffee, or lunch at Bowhill House.

What do you like to take when you go biking?

Lulu and Johnny Watson
The Mill at Lewinshope