2016 – 3rd Tweed Valley Walking Weekend

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Walk 1.1 Peebles to The Glen via The Old Drove Roads
After a short walk through Peebles, this route goes up “The Gypsy Glen” following an old drove road, over Kirkhope Law and Birkscairn Hill, a steady but not overly steep ascent. From here our route descends down past Glenshiel Banks and the scenic Loch Eddy to Glen House, an extravagant, spectacular castellated Victorian fantasy. A chance to see a variety of wildlife with some tremendous views over Peebles, the Tweed Valley and the surrounding countryside. Mostly on good paths and tracks.

  • Grade: Harder
  • Distance: 10.5 miles / 17 km
  • Ascent: 1800 ft / 550 m
  • Walk duration: 6 hours
Walk 1.2 Peebles to Leithen Lodge over Dunslair Heights
Starting at Peebles Hydro Hotel, the walk follows a gently rising forest track alongside the Soonhope Burn to Shieldgreen. From here the track steepens slightly and continues upwards along Tower Rig, past the remains of an ancient Tower, and on to Dunslair Heights for some tremendous views. After taking time to rest and enjoy the views our onward route is now all downhill. We follow a good hill track down the side of The Peebles Rig to join the Leithen Water at Williamslee. We then follow an estate track down the riverside, past the elegant Leithen Lodge, to our pick up point. Mostly on good paths and tracks.

    • Grade: Moderate
    • Distance: 8 miles / 12.8 km
    • Ascent: 1400 ft / 430 m
    • Walk duration: 5:30 hours
Walk 1.3 Peebles to Innerleithen along the old railway by Glentress Peel
Starting in Peebles, this riverside walk takes us downstream and along the route of the former rail line, which has been made up into a very good multiuse path, to Horsbrugh Castle. From here a short diversion takes us up to the Glentress Peel visitor centre, where we can visit the Wild Watch centre to view the ospreys and other wildlife and visit the Peel Café for a short break. We then head back down to the old railway line and continue our journey through Cardrona and onward to Innerleithen. An opportunity to see a wealth of riverside wildlife. All on very good paths and tracks.

  • Grade: Easier
  • Distance: 6.75 miles / 11 km
  • Ascent: 165 ft / 50 m
  • Walk duration: 4:30 hours
Walk-it Short walk by Scottish Borders Council Paths to Health
As well as the standard festival walks there will be a gentle walk of about an hour on Friday 10th. This is a “Walk-it” walk run weekly by Scottish Borders Council Paths to Health. The walk is free and there’s no need to book, just turn up at the Whistle Stop Café on Innerleithen High Street at 10 am.
Walk 2.1 Caddon Water to Leithen Water over Windlestraw Law
Starting at Blackhaugh Farm on the side of the Caddon Water, we follow the river upstream, along a good farm track between fields and open moorland, to Scroof. From here a steady, but not too steep, ascent takes us up over Mossy Rig and on to Windlestraw Law, a “Donald”. On a good day the 360 degree views from here are stunning, looking over Edinburgh to Fife and the Highland hills. We then follow the ridge along to Glede Knowe before our descent down to the side of the Leithen Water and our pick up to take us back to Innerleithen. A good opportunity to observe a wealth of moorland flora and fauna and observe the different land managements. Mostly on good paths and tracks, but the short section from Mossy Rig to Windlestraw Law is more of a sheep track, indistinct in places.

  • Grade: Harder
  • Distance: 10 miles / 16 km
  • Ascent: 1800 ft / 550 m
  • Walk duration: 6 hours
Walk 2.2 Two Bridges and The Three Brethren
Starting at Ashiestiel Bridge, a gentle ascent takes us past Peel House to reach Williamhope Farm. From here the ascent increasingly steepens as we make our way up through fields and open hillside to reach an old drove road along the ridge, which is now part of the Southern Upland Way. We then follow the Way along the ridge to the Three Brethren, a magnificent viewpoint of the surrounding Borders countryside. Our ascent is now finished for the day as we continue to follow the Way down Red Score Nick and through Friars Croft to the old Yair Bridge. An opportunity for wonderful views and to see a variety of wildlife and different land uses.

  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 7.25 miles / 11.5 km
  • Ascent: 1210 ft / 370 m
  • Walk duration: 5:15 hours
Walk 2.3 Glenbenna to Innerleithen by Scrogbank Rig and along the Tweed
Starting at Glenbenna, a gentle ascent takes us up through the forest and around the side of Bier Law for a fine view over the Tweed Valley to Walkerburn. We continue on, crossing Scrogbank Burn, and drop down to join the old railway line on the south bank of the Tweed, opposite the early 19th century Holylee House. We follow the old railway line along the bank of the Tweed crossing over the Bascule Bridge, built in 1914, replacing an earlier footbridge which was built in 1867 to serve the railway station. Continuing along the opposite bank, we follow the river back to Innerleithen and the hall for afternoon tea. Mostly on good paths and tracks, with a short section through fields between Walkerburn and Innerleithen.

  • Grade: Easier
  • Distance: 6.75 miles / 11 km
  • Ascent: 430 ft / 130 m
  • Walk duration: 4:15 hours
Walk 3.1 Philiphaugh to Traquair over The Three Brethren
Starting at Philiphaugh, near Selkirk, we follow the gently rising, ancient Corbylinn Road through mature forest and out on to open moorland. From here our ascent steepens as we near the Three Brethren on top of Yair Hill for some magnificent views of the surrounding Borders countryside. Now following the Southern Upland Way we continue on an ancient route along the ridge, past Four Lords Land, rising up over Browne Knowe and on to Minchmoor. Here there is an optional short diversion to the top of the Hill for some more stunning views before starting our descent down the old Minchmoor road, past Cheese Well, to meet the minibus at Traquair. An opportunity to learn about the history of these ancient routes. Mostly on good paths and tracks.

  • Grade: Harder
  • Distance: 10 1/2 miles / 17 km
  • Ascent: 1840 ft / 560 m
  • Walk duration: 6 hours
Walk 3.2 Traquair, Glengaber and Damhead
Starting from Traquair, we follow the Southern Upland Way up the old Drove Road into Elibank and Traqair Forest. Then along a good track through the forest to emerge onto the open hillside at Glengaber. An old farm track is then taken along the ridge 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 3/4 miles / 11 km
  • Ascent: 1400 ft / 400 m
  • Walk duration: 4:50 hours
Walk 3.3 Innerleithen Circular through Glenormiston Estate
The walk leaves Innerleithen, visiting St Ronan’s Well on the way, on a gently rising path skirting Caerlee Hill which provides splendid views of the Tweed Valley. The route continues to rise as we walk up through fields into March Wood. Our ascent finished for the day, we follow the forest track and out into the open fields through Glenormiston Estate before descending to the riverside to follow the old railway back. There will then be time to visit Robert Smail’s Printing Works (with working presses) or just explore the sights and shops in town before heading back to the hall for afternoon refreshments. Mostly on good paths and tracks with a couple of short sections through open fields. Although classed as an easier walk there is a steady ascent of 500 feet near the start.

  • Grade: Easier
  • Distance: 5 1/2 miles / 9 km
  • Ascent: 650 ft / 200 m
  • Walk duration: 4 hours