21.4 miles
Distance
2,106 ft
Climb
-2,104 ft
Descent
1,344 ft
High Point

A permit is required to access the Bottelary Hills Conservancy MTB Trails network, which must be displayed on the bike handlebars at all times.
Bottelary Hills Conservancy and the landowners accept no responsibility for any damage or injury incurred.

Open farm roads with great views onto the mountain ranges surrounding Stellenbosch with flowing single track, passing through vineyards and Renosterveld. Some switchbacks and several sustained steep climbs; remember the trails traverse the Bottelary hills.

Detail description:
From Devonvale Golf Estate, head out the main gate and down towards Bottelary Road. Follow a track running parallel to Bottelary Road past Leeuwenkuil Family Vineyards (old Bottelary Winery) and turn off onto a brick paved road. Look out for Red and Orange arrows. Where the Orange route turns off right continue straight. About 700m further, you need to turn left off the brick paved road (clearly marked; if you pass a house you have gone too far). You are now on the red loop proper; follow red arrows from here onwards.

About 1km further you reach the next split point, where you turn right (straight on is a short cut to the Yellow route). This is the start of the Welgelegen climb. At the top of the Welgelegen climb, cross the farm road to join a single track running parallel to the road. Don't go too fast when starting to go downhill after rejoining the road; Red goes sharp right at the first junction. A single track section to the left exits onto farm road for a few meters before entering single track again. Look out for riders coming down on the Yellow route joining from your right. The single track ends in a fast section going straight down with a left and right turn to bring you back onto vineyard roads. Continue straight where the Yellow route return leg splits off to the left. About 1.5km further you join up with the outgoing leg of Yellow again.

Continue upwards and to the left to the top where you turn right to face the Stellenbosch mountains with the Jonkershoek Twin peaks as main feature. Enjoy the view; this is some of the best you get sitting on a bicycle Look out for arrows pointing right after passing the land owner's braai under Oak trees

The route meanders through the vineyards on Wolwedans farm (there is a water point near the Wolwedans homestead).
Soon after passing the water point, you hit the bottom of Wolwedans Vastrap.
Carry on straight where Long Yellow branches right near the top of the Wolwedans Vastrap climb and enter the Lizard single track on the left at the top.

At the bottom of Lizard single track you need to turn very sharp right to do the full Red route (to optionally bypass Wolfkloof carry on straight with the single track here). Ystervark single track drops into Wolfkloof with some sweeping switchbacks and climbs back out the other side.

After Ystervark single track you continue to climb on a jeep track back up to the game fence. (Skaapsteker single track on Green joins in from the right on the jeep track where the gradient levels off).

More climbing along what feels like never ending switchbacks brings you to the masts on Ribbokkop. As you round the masts, a short section of jeep track towards the right leads you to more switchback downhill single track on the left. You head down until you reach a neck on the watershed between the Brackenfell and Stellenbosch sides.

This neck is where red and green splits. The Red route turns right and heads downhill (green continues straight uphill). This section is 2 way traffic with Green coming up. Follow red arrows.
Look out for a junction to your right where you leave the green loop. Do not descend straight down Kaapzicht killer. Instead turn right and left to descendi down to Goedehoop farm on Fishers Road. There is a water point on the Fischers Road at Goedehoop.

Follow Fishers Road northwards for about 200m and turn right. Keep following Red arrow markers meandering through the vineyards and eventually join the Orange route shortly after the junction towards the Blue loop.
Follow Orange & Red markers for about 3.6km to where you started the first climb to Welgelegen.
Retrace your route along the brick paved road and along side Bottelary Road back to Devonvale Golf Estate.

Detailed Description
Bottelary Red from Devonvale is a 21 mile popular intermediate route located near Stellenbosch. This mountain bike primary route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 17 trails. This route climbs 2,106 ft with a max elevation of 1,344 ft then descends -2,104 ft.
Route Supporters
Local Trail Association
Local trail association
Bottelary Hills Renosterveld Conservancy (bottelaryconservancy.co.za)
Please consider joining or donating to the local riding association to support trail development & maintenance.

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Trails in Route

BlumebergDrive01827 ft
Red014,281 ft
Yellow041 mile
Red03-Lizard4,751 ft
Red05-Ystervark3,796 ft
Green181,719 ft
Green19348 ft
Green202,054 ft
Green081,070 ft
Green02377 ft
Red081,424 ft
Red092,736 ft
Red10466 ft
Red114,839 ft
Orange041,932 ft
Orange052,251 ft
BottelaryRoadTrack4,997 ft

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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Other Activities
    • E-Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
    116
More Stats for Bottelary Red from Devonvale mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    457 ft
  • Altitude start
    558 ft
  • Altitude end
    558 ft
  • Grade max
    -43.2%
  • Grade min
    71.2%
  • Distance climb
    11 miles
  • Distance down
    9 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
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