Did this from Moffat, and upto the cafe its hard work, as has been said before like a roller coaster, but after cafe towards selkirk the grin just gets wider and wider, fast flowing bends, good straights, an excellent bit of road
Just done this route as part of a 3 day blast round southern Scotland and Northumberland. I broadly agree with the other reviews here. The first section from Moffat is narrow, twisty and REALLY cresty. We likened it to a rollercoaster...more suited to a supermotard than Blades and Gixers but we giggled like girls all the way. Half way across the route, the roads open up, the surface improves and its huge fun. Fast sweeping corners surrounding by high hills - def. recommended. The end of the route does get a bit tight with some questionable surfaces, but the whole run is well worth a visit if youre in that neck of the woods.
that's let the cat out of the bag! I have never done this on the bike yet, but have travelled it many times in the car on the way to mountain biking at Innerleithen et al. It is stunning, even on four wheels. The initial section (from Moffat to Selkirk) is tight, twisty, sharp crests and not at all pleasant or flowing. Then get out of the trees and all hell breaks loose. Fast open corners, linked by fast open striight-ish bits, but never stopping for a second. I never have time or patience to stop anywhere on here, I just enjoy it so much. If I did ever stop it would be to go and see The Grey Mare's Tail. Will do it on two wheels this year. There does not yet seem to be a police presence, plenty of sheep, and loads to keep you busy.
A really mixed route that doesn't let your concentration waver for a moment. West to east has the best views but prefer to do it from Selkirk to Moffat. Travelling from Carlisle you arrive in Selkirk ready for a bite to eat at Miss Ellie's (on the left just as you enter Selkirk) then suitably filled head through the town till you see the sign for Moffat and take that. The beginning and end of the route is a mixed bag of tight twists and turns through hilly countryside and some gravelly surfaces with the good scenery and a bacon roll stop at St Mary's Loch slap bang in the middle. Of the run not the loch that is! I've done it a few times on training runs and it was either wet or snowing, then again it was winter time. Looking forward to doing this road in the summer.