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Pit downhill or walk the talk trail, Ben Cathros new trail Pitlochry

We were on our way home from a week in the Tweed valley. I love the trails down there. We did so many trails we haven't done before But enough about that. You are here to hear about the Pit downhill or walk the talk trail or ben Cathros trail whatever name you know it by you are here to read about it.

I wanted to start this with the directions. I always find that finding the trail is half the battle. Here is how to find the parking in my photos but if this is full please use Ben Vrackie car park or if drive past that there is a very small and quiet car park. We may have camped in both of these locations in our van conversion. If you are a van camper. Do me a favour and take your rubbish home. I spent some time picking up broken glass. Let's respect the countryside ok. Side note both car parks have a bin. So no excuse. Really.

So there is only a very small parking place here and it says its national trust. Our national trust membership is paying for its self again!. 
Next, you ride along this little road until you see the golf course. 
This is the walker path going through the golf course. Please stick to the path when cycling up the trails. We don't want to annoy the golfers. 


Once you turn out of the gravel walkers path you will see this little path just follow it along to the end. 


You have reached the main climb here you follow the fire road all the way up to the mast. 
Pass the mast and you will see this little push up path.


This then is the push-up path which will take you to the start of the trail. It is well used and you will find the top with ease. There is a fork in the path you need to head to the right. I forgot to take a photo there sorry guys. It should be easy to find. Stop following the big vehicle track and head to the right. 

You are at the trail start and ready for the fun to unfold. 

Here is a video of the trail. This is my hubby doing the trail. Full discloser I had the start of sinusitis and was feeling a bit rubbish so I made him do the filming. Let's face it he is faster than me. He is on his Whyte hardtail. Full description in the youtube description. 



Trails review from me. 
For me, this is the trail of dreams. There are so many different elements which make this such a good ride. There are some gnarly features. I personally would not reccomend this for a beginner if I am completely honest. It was quite slippy the first day we were there and the second day it was wet and this is a different beast in the wet. 

There is everything from huge slabs you can jump or roll,  gap jumps over logs to jumps and rooty rolls. Then there are fast and flowy sections. You will see on the video the full trails. If I am completely honest and you know I will always be I was a bit scared of the goat section. This is an easier section but I have a weird fear of falling and of small heights so the edge of this was a bit hardcore for me. But of course, I did it fine it is all in my head. Yes, I know weird fear for a girl who loves to mountain bike. 


Info about Pitlochry. 
If like us you are a van camper or just passing thought here are a few bit of information you might like.

Best cake - Hands down Hetties teas. I somehow follow them on Instagram and I have been desperate to try their cakes I have to say it lived up the hype and more. Two massive takeaway cake slices £4.50. You will not be disappointed in this place for cake. 

Pitlochry has a Gregg - Hubby was happy. 

The best place to eat  Cafe Biba Pitlochry We had two pizza's and two beers for £25 and the pizza were delicious and massive. I wish I had time to try the pancakes here It is now on the to-do list. 

Public toilets are open 9am-9pm and are 50p 

Shop There is a massive Coop Which is open 7am to 10pm daily. 






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