2015 – 2nd Tweed Valley Walking Weekend

 

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Walk 1.1 The John Buchan Way
Some of John Buchan’s earliest works were inspired by the Borders landscape. This glorious west-east traverse of the upper Tweed Valley leads from Broughton to Peebles via Stobo, the Manor Valley and Cadmuir Hill.

  • Grade: Harder
  • Distance: 13.5 miles / 22 km
  • Ascent: 1950 ft / 595 m
  • Walk duration: 7 hours
Walk 1.2 The Common to Innerleithen via Glede Knowe, Scawd Law and Walkerburn
From the start a gradual ascent leads up 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.

  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 8 miles / 12.8 km
  • Ascent: 1800 ft / 510 m
  • Walk duration: 5 hours
Walk 1.3 Traquair, Glengaber and Damhead
Starting from Traquair following 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 then back to Traquair Hall. A chance for fine views and to see a variety of wildlife.

  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 6.75 miles / 11 km
  • Ascent: 1400 ft / 400m
  • Walk duration: 4:30 hours
Walk 2.1 Dundriech to Innerleithen via Dunslair Heights and Lee Pen
We ascend through Portmore Estate for magnificent views from the top of Dundriech Hill. Then an outstanding ridge walk takes us over Hog Knowes on the way to Dunslair Heights and then along through Leithen Door to Lee Pen and back to Innerleithen. We should have an opportunity to spot a variety of wildlife. Mostly on farm/forest tracks, quad bike hill tracks and sheep paths but with some short rougher sections.

  • Grade: Strenuous
  • Distance: 13.7 miles / 22 km
  • Ascent: 3550 ft / 1080 m
  • Walk duration: 7:30 hours
Walk 2.2 Ashiestiel to Traquair via Brown Knowe and Minchmoor
Head up from the small settlement beside Peel House near Clovenfords to reach Williamhope. Peel House is a baronial mansion built at the turn of the 19th century. We will continue over moorland along the old droving route from Williamhope to the high Minch Moor drove road, following the Southern Upland Way before returning to Innerleithen.

  • Grade: Harder Moderate
  • Distance: 10 miles / 16 km
  • Ascent: 1250 ft / 380 m
  • Walk duration: 6:40 hours
Walk 2.3 Innerleithen Circular via Kirna Law Reservoir and the River Tweed
Walking alongside the Leithen Water, through Pirn Wood, to the golf course and then onwards and upwards to the old mill reservoir on Kirna Law. We then descend down Purvis Hill to view old Cultivation Terraces, thereafter a quiet stroll along the Tweed back to Innerleithen. Great views of the surrounding countryside and a wealth of historical interest.

  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 7 miles / 11.25 km
  • Ascent: 980 ft / 300 m
  • Walk duration: 5:30 hours
Walk 3.1 Dunrig Horseshoe Peebles
A fantastic hill walk from Peebles, taking in the four peaks surrounding Glensax with extensive views in all directions. Birkscairn Hill, Dun Rig, Glenrath Heights and Stob Law are all “Donalds” (named hills in the Scottish Lowlands over 2,500 feet). Mostly on good paths and tracks but some peat bogs in places.

  • Grade: Strenuous
  • Distance: 14.5 miles / 23.5 km
  • Ascent: 3087 ft / 941 m
  • Walk duration: 8 hours
Walk 3.2 Dryhope to Traquair along the Southern Upland Way
Starting at Dryhope we follow the Southern Upland Way to Traquair Kirk. On the way we will visit Dryhope and Blackhouse defensive towers before ascending the old drove road over Blake Muir before dropping down to visit Traquair Kirk. Mostly on good paths and tracks.

  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 7.5 miles / 12km
  • Ascent: 1177ft / 359 m
  • Walk duration: 4:40 hours
Walk 3.3 The Glen and Loch Eddy
Starting near the impressive Glen House, the walk follows a gently rising track through the Border hills to Glenshiel Banks. Here we enter a section of remote moorland before descending to the placid Loch Eddy, then following a good track down the picturesque glen to complete the circuit.

  • Grade: Easier
  • Distance: 4.75 miles / 7.5km
  • Ascent: 525 ft / 160 m
  • Walk duration: 3:30 hours