2014 – 1st Tweed Valley Walking Weekend

 

Philiphaugh to Innerleithen over the Three Brethren and Minch Moor

Starting at Philiphaugh Farm, follow the Corbylinn Road through mature woodland onto the open hill and ascend to The Three Brethren for magnificent views. There join the Southern Upland Way which is followed along the ridge, visiting Minch Moor Hill, and then descending to finish in Innerleithen. This walk is mostly on good paths and tracks.

Number 1.1 (click to view map on ViewRanger)
Date Friday 30th May
Grade Harder
Distance 12.2 miles / 19.7 km
Ascent 2100 feet / 640 metres
Walk duration 6.5 hours

Leithen Lodge to Innerleithen via Dunslair Heights and Lee Pen

Starting at Leithen Lodge, follow the Leithen Water before ascending past The Peeble Rig, on a gently rising hill track, to reach Dunslair Heights for some magnificent views. Then follow the elevated ridge through Leithen Door, over Black Law and Black Knowe before reaching Lee Pen and descending back to Innerleithen.

Number 1.2 (click to view map on ViewRanger)
Date Friday 30th May
Grade Harder Moderate
Distance 10 miles / 16 km
Ascent 2300 feet / 700 metres
Walk duration 6 hours

The Common to Innerleithen via Glede Knowe, Scawd Law and Walkerburn

From the start a gentle ascent leads to Glede Knowe. Then staying up high on the ridge, with fantastic views over Plover Knowe and Scawd Law, before descending through Caberston forest to Walkerburn. Thereafter a gentle stroll along the River Tweed back to Innerleithen.

Number 1.3 (click to view map on ViewRanger)
Date Friday 30th May
Grade Moderate
Distance 8 miles / 12.8 km
Ascent 1630 feet / 510 metres
Walk duration 5 hours

Torwoodlee Broch and Meigle Pots Circular

From Clovenfords head uphill along a broad elevated track to visit the ancient Torwoodlee Fort and Broch and then beautiful views open up as we descend to look at the remains of a Medieval Tower House. Cross the A72 and head up along the shoulder of Meigle Hill, past Meigle Pots and descend through the farmstead and back to the start.

Number 1.4 (click to view map on ViewRanger)
Date Friday 30th May
Grade Easier
Distance 6 miles / 9.5 km
Ascent 650 feet / 200 metres
Walk duration 5 hours

Thornielee to Innerleithen via Windlestraw Law and Glede Knowe

Climb up through Thornielee Forest and then head out over open moorland to Windlestraw, a Donald. Continue along the ridge over Glede Knowe and descend to the Leithen Valley and back to Innerleithen. An excellent opportunity to see upland wildlife and fine views across most of the Scottish Borders and beyond.

Number 2.1 (click to view map on ViewRanger)
Date Saturday 31st May
Grade Harder
Distance 11.8 miles / 19 km
Ascent 2830 feet / 870 metres
Walk duration 7 hours

Tibbies to Traquair via Southern Upland Way

A traditional route used by cattle drovers, passing the ancient Dryhope Tower House, rebuilt 1613, and now in a ruinous state. Views over the Glen and Glen House, famous for association with royalty, and finally down to Traquair Church.

Number 2.2 (click to view map on ViewRanger)
Date Saturday 31st May
Grade Harder Moderate
Distance 10.8 miles / 17.3 km
Ascent 1310 feet / 400 metres
Walk duration 6 hours

Traquair, Glengaber and Damhead

Starting from Traquair follow the Southern Upland way along the old Drove Road into Elibank and Traqair Forest. Then along a good forestry road through the forest to emerge onto the open hillside at Glengaber. An old farm track is then taken to Damhead Farm and back to Traquair Hall. A chance for fine views and to see a variety of wildlife.

Number 2.3 (click to view map on ViewRanger)
Date Saturday 31st May
Grade Moderate
Distance 6.8 miles / 11 km
Ascent 1510 feet / 460 metres
Walk duration 4.5 hours

Innerleithen, Glen Ormiston and Tweed

After visiting St Ronan’s Wells, leave Innerleithen on a gently rising path, skirting Caerlee Hill, with fine views up the Tweed Valley. Then pass through Glen Ormiston Estate before descending to the riverside for the return.

Number 2.4 (click to view map on ViewRanger)
Date Saturday 31st May
Grade Easier
Distance 5.2 miles / 8.5 km
Ascent 690 feet / 210 metres
Walk duration 3.8 hours

Peebles to Kirkhouse by Glen Sax and Dun Rig

Follow the Glensax Burn along this fine valley before striking out for the Summit of Dun Rig (742m). Here there are great views across Tweeddale and a chance of seeing a variety of upland wildlife before descending through The Glen following the Quair Water.

Number 3.1 (click to view map on ViewRanger)
Date Sunday 1st June
Grade Harder
Distance 11 miles / 17.7 km
Ascent 2000 feet / 610 metres
Walk duration 6 hours

The Three Brethren and Neidpath Hill

Starting at the magnificent Ashiestiel Bridge ascend through Glenkinnon Wood and Yair Hill Forest to The Three Brethren for breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Then descend to cross the Tweed over Yair Bridge before heading upwards once again for more panoramic views from Neidpath Hill before heading down to Clovenfords.

Number 3.2 (click to view map on ViewRanger)
Date Sunday 1st June
Grade Harder Moderate
Distance 9.8 miles / 15.2 km
Ascent 2000 feet / 610 metres
Walk duration 5.8 hours

Gypsy Glen to Kirkhouse

This route goes up “The Gypsy Glen”, following an old drove road, and over Kirkhope Law to the top of Birkscairn Hill (a Borders Donald) before it descends into “The Glen”. A chance to see a variety of wildlife and some tremendous views over Peebles, the Tweed Valley and the surrounding countryside.

Number 3.3 (click to view map on ViewRanger)
Date Sunday 1st June
Grade Harder Moderate
Distance 8.8 miles / 14 km
Ascent 1800 feet / 550 metres
Walk duration 5.5 hours

Peebles to Innerleithen via Old Railway

Starting at Kingsmeadow car park follow the old railway line back to Innerleithen. This new access path is tarred for most of the way. Along the way we take a short detour to visit the Forestry Commission Visitor Centre, where refreshments can be bought, and watch the Ospreys on the webcam.

Number 3.4 (click to view map on ViewRanger)
Date Sunday 1st June
Grade Easier
Distance 7.8 miles / 12.5 km
Ascent 100 feet / 50 metres
Walk duration 5 hours