Walks

Sunday 3rd September

Walk 1.1

Dun Rig Circular by Glensax and Gypsy Glen

After leaving Peebles we follow the Haystoun Burn into Glensax, a magnificent valley enclosed by high hills on both sides. At the head of the glen we then start the ascent of the ridge to the top of Dun Rig where, weather allowing, we will have magnificent views of the surrounding hills. After enjoying the rest, we then start heading back to Peebles along the east ridge of the glen, taking in Stake Law, Birkscairn Hill, Kirkhope Law and Kailzie Hill before following the old Drove Road down through Gypsy Glen and back to Peebles.

Grade: Harder; Distance: 13¾ miles / 22 km; Ascent: 2300ft / 700ms;

Check-in: 08:30 Depart/return: 09:00 – 16:15 Walk duration: 7:15 Hours

Walk Leader: Tweeddale Ramblers

Maximum number of Walkers: 25 Cost: £8

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Walk 1.2

Peebles Circular via Redscarhead, Milkieston Rings and Cavarra Hill

We leave Peebles ascending past Standalane and follow an old Drove Road along the side of Hamilton Hill before dropping to cross the Eddleston Water at Redscarhead. From here we head up, past Windylaws, to Milkieston Rings (a large Iron Age Fort) and then over Cavarra Hill to the top at Middle Hill. We will then enjoy tremendous views over the valley below and to the surrounding hills as we traverse the ridge, before descending through the grounds of Venlaw Estate and back to Peebles.

Grade: Harder; Distance: 10 miles / 16 km; Ascent: 1640ft / 500ms; Check-in: 08:45

Depart/return: 09:15 – 15:45 Walk duration: 6:30 Hours

Walk Leader: Innerleithen Walking Group

Maximum number of Walkers: 25 Cost: £8

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Walk 1.3

Cademuir Hill Circular and River Tweed

Leaving Peebles on the John Buchan Way this walk goes over Cademuir Hill, with its large Iron Age Fort, before descending into the Manor Valley. Passing Barns House, with its old Tower House, the estate track is followed to Lyne Station. The route then returns to Peebles along the banks of the Tweed, past Neidpath Castle. An opportunity to find out about the history of the area, dating from the Stone Age up to the present day. There will be the chance to see some of the wildlife that lives on the Tweed and in the surrounding countryside.

Grade: Moderate; Distance: 10 miles / 16 km; Ascent: 885ft / 270ms;

Check-in: 09:15 Depart/return: 09:45 – 14:45 Walk duration: 5:00 Hours

Walk Leader: Central Tweeddale Paths

Maximum number of Walkers:  25 Cost: £8

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Walk 1.4

Tweed Walk Circular by Lyne Station and Manor Sware

A walk from Peebles heading upstream on the north side of the River Tweed to Lyne Station and returning on the south side of the river. This walk passes the 14th century Neidpath Castle which was attacked by Oliver Cromwell in the 17th century. The walk also passes the historic Barns Tower and Manor House. This walk is mostly on good paths and tracks with the ascent nearly all on the old road from Old Manor Brig up to the Manor Sware view point. A chance to learn about the history from stone age to modern times and to view some of the wildlife along the river.

Grade: Easier; Distance: 7½ miles / 12 km; Ascent: 330ft / 100ms;

Check-in: 09:30 Depart/return: 10:00 – 14:45 Walk duration: 4:45 Hours

Walk Leader: Tweeddale U3A

Maximum number of Walkers: 25 Cost: £8

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Monday 4th September

Walk 2.1

John Buchan Way

Some of John Buchan’s earliest writings were inspired by the Borders landscape. This glorious west-east traverse of the Upper Tweed Valley takes us along ancient routes from Broughton, via Stobo and the Manor Valley, to Cademuir and on to Peebles. We walk along hill tracks, farm tracks and minor road, visiting Stobo Parish Church on the way.

Grade: Harder; Distance: 13½ miles / 22 km; Ascent: 1950ft / 595ms

Check-in: 08:20 Depart/return: 08:50 – 16:45 Walk duration: 7:00 Hours

Walk Leader: Biggar Ramblers

Maximum number of Walkers: 24 Cost: £8

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Walk 2.2

Drumelzier Law Circular by Glenstivon Dod and Pykestone Hill

A rewarding hike around the head of the Drumelzier Valley taking in three Donalds (named hills over 2000ft). Starting from Drumelzier village we ascend Finglen Rig and continue over Drumelzier Law, Glenstivon Dod and Pykestone Hill before descending Den Knowes and back to the start. A chance to see upland flora and fauna and to enjoy superb views of the surrounding countryside.

Grade: Harder; Distance: 9½ miles / 15.3 km; Ascent: 2400ft / 735ms

Check-in: 08:20 Depart/return: 08:50 – 16:10 Walk duration: 6:30 Hours

Walk Leader: SBC Ranger

Maximum number of Walkers: 24 Cost: £8

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Walk 2.3

John Buchan Way: Stobo to Peebles

Starting this walk at Stobo we will visit the old Church before ascending over the edge of Syke Hill and dropping into the Manor Valley. Following around the base of Cademuir Hill, we will then follow the old track through an ancient settlement on the edge of Cademuir Hill and over to Peebles. A chance for some fine views and to find out about some of the history of the area.

Grade: Moderate; Distance: 7½ miles / 12 km; Ascent: 900ft / 275ms

Check-in: 09:00 Depart/return: 09:30 – 14:45 Walk duration: 5:00 Hours

Walk Leader: Central Tweeddale Paths

Maximum number of Walkers: 24 Cost: £8

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Walk 2.4

Stobo Circular over Hammer Rig

An interesting walk around the pretty and picturesque grounds of Stobo Estate in the upper Tweed Valley. Passing by the Stobo Castle Health Spa and their intriguing Japanese Water gardens and loch before venturing further afield and ascending out on to the open hillside at Hammer Rig. We then follow the John Buchan Way along the side of the Easton Burn to visit Stobo Church before getting the coach back to Peebles.

Grade: Easier; Distance: 5¼ miles / 8.5 km; Ascent: 525ft / 160ms

Check-in: 09:00 Depart/return: 09:30 – 14:30 Walk duration: 4:30 Hours

Walk Leader: Biggar Ramblers

Maximum number of Walkers: 24 Cost: £8

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Tuesday 5th September

Walk 3.1

Broad Law from Talla Dam over to the Crook Inn

Starting at Talla Dam, a short walk following the road along the side of the reservoir leads us to the steady ascent of Muckle Side and on to Talla Cleuch Head. A gentler walk then takes us around the head of the Hearthstane Burn and up to the top of Broad Law, before descending to The Crook Inn, Tweedsmuir (currently closed). Both of these hills are Donalds (named hills over 2000ft). A chance for some superb views and an opportunity to see a variety of upland wildlife.

Grade: Harder; Distance: 8 miles / 13 km; Ascent: 1850ft / 560ms

Check-in: 08:15 Depart/return: 08:45 – 15:20 Walk duration: 5:15 Hours

Walk Leader: SBC Ranger

Maximum number of Walkers: 25 Cost: £8

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Walk 3.2

Southern Upland Way: Tibbies to Traquair Kirk

After walking along the side of St Mary’s Loch, our route then follows an ancient track past the old Dryhope and Blackhouse Tower Houses. Then it is up on to the open hilltop at Middle Rig. Continuing along with fine views of the surrounding area and over the Glen and Glen House, then down to Traquair Church, which we will visit before catching the coach back. An opportunity to observe a variety of wildlife in the different habitats along the way and to learn about the history of the area.

Grade: Harder; Distance: 10¾ miles / 17.3 km; Ascent: 1310ft / 400ms

Check-in: 08:50 Depart/return: 09:20 – 16:35 Walk duration: 6:00 Hours

Walk Leader: Tweeddale Ramblers

Maximum number of Walkers: 25 Cost: £8

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Walk 3.3

Over Minch Moor from Traquair to Innerleithen

Starting at Traquair Hall, the Southern Upland way is followed up the old drove road into the forest and then the Clattering Path is taken up to the top of Minch Moor. This is a steady ascent, on good tracks and paths but not overly steep. Our ascent over for the day, we then go down past the Cheese Well and on to Innerleithen. A great opportunity for some tremendous views and a chance to see a wide variety of forest and moorland wildlife. Mostly on good paths and tracks.

Grade: Moderate; Distance: 6¾ miles / 10.8 km; Ascent: 1312ft / 400ms

Check-in: 08:50 Depart/return: 09:20 – 15:10 Walk duration: 5:00 Hours

Walk Leader: Innerleithen Walking Group

Maximum number of Walkers: 25 Cost: £8

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Walk 3.4

Innerleithen to Peebles via Glenormiston and Glentress

Starting in Innerleithen, we go around Caerlee Hill and through deciduous woodland before dropping to join the old railway line on the bank of the Tweed. Following the Tweed Valley Railway Path to Horsbrugh Castle, a short diversion takes us up to the Glentress Peel Visitor Centre. Here we can visit the Wild Watch Centre to learn about the ospreys and other wildlife of the area and perhaps visit the Peel Café for a short break. We then head back down to the old railway line and continue our journey to Peebles. All on good paths and tracks.

Grade: Easier; Distance: 7¾ miles / 12.7 km; Ascent: 425ft / 130ms

Check-in: 09:20 Depart/return: 09:50 – 15:15 Walk duration: 5:00 Hours

Walk Leader: Innerleithen Walking Group

Maximum number of Walkers: 25 Cost: £8

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Wednesday 6th September

Walk 4.1

Eddleston to Peebles over Dundreich, Hog Knowes and Dunslair Heights

Starting from Cottage Bank, Eddleston, we ascend through Portmore Estate for magnificent and distant views from the top of Dundreich. Then an outstanding ridge walk takes us along and over Hog Knowes and Cardon Law, on the way to Dunslair Heights. It’s downhill from here, through Glentress Forest and along the side of Soonhope Burn, back to Peebles. We will see a wide variety of different land uses and have a chance to observe some of the local wildlife.

Grade: Harder; Distance: 11 miles / 17.7 km; Ascent: 2569ft / 783ms

Check-in: 08:30 Depart/return: 09:05 – 16:00 Walk duration: 6:30 Hours

Walk Leader: SBC Ranger

Maximum number of Walkers: 20 Cost: £8

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Walk 4.2

Southern Upland Way: Galashiels to Traquair

We follow the route through Gala Policies and out over open farmland to cross the Tweed and then ascend through Yair Forest to the Three Brethren cairns. From here it is a gentler and more undulating walk, following the ancient route along the ridge with fine views across the central Borders. Passing the Cheese Well, we then follow the Minch Moor Road down to Traquair where our coach awaits. We will see a variety of different land uses and have an opportunity to see a wide range of wildlife.

Grade: Harder; Distance: 13 miles / 21 km; Ascent: 2200ft / 670ms

Check-in: 08:20 Depart/return: 08:50 – 16:55 Walk duration: 7:00 Hours

Walk Leader: Tweeddale Ramblers

Maximum number of Walkers: 24 Cost: £8

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Walk 4.3

Peel to Clovenfords via Yair and Neidpath Hill

We start this walk at the magnificent Ashiestiel Bridge before heading along the side of the Tweed to join the Southern Upland Way and cross over Yair Bridge. The route then heads upwards to Neidpath Hill for one of the best panoramic views of the River Tweed valley. Continuing around the open hillside before heading down Blakehope Burn to Caddonfoot Church and along the Green Lane to Clovenfords. An opportunity to hear about the history of this area and see a variety of flora and fauna.

Grade: Moderate; Distance: 7½ miles / 12 km; Ascent:1000ft / 305ms

Check-in: 08:20 Depart/return: 08:50 – 15:15 Walk duration: 5:15 Hours

Walk Leader: Innerleithen Walking Group

Maximum number of Walkers: 24 Cost: £8

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Walk 4.4

Clovenfords Circular by Torwoodlee Tower, Broch and Meigle Pots

From Clovenfords, we head uphill along a broad elevated track to visit the ancient Torwoodlee Fort and Broch, an ancient hilltop defensive structure. Beautiful views then open up as we descend to look at the remains of a Medieval Tower House. Crossing the A72, we head up along the shoulder of Meigle Hill, past Meigle Pots and descend through the farmstead, and back to the start. A chance to find out about the history of the area from the Bronze Age to present day.

Grade: Easier; Distance: 6 miles / 9.5 km; Ascent: 650ft / 200ms

Check-in: 09:00 Depart/return: 09:35 – 15:15 Walk duration: 4:30 Hours

Walk Leader: Innerleithen Walking Group

Maximum number of Walkers: 24 Cost: £8

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Thursday 7th September

Walk 5.1

Harperrig to Romannobridge via Cauldstane Slap

Starting at Little Vantage, this route, part of the “Cross Borders Drove Road”, follows the ancient track over Cauldstane Slap (Roy’s map of 1755 calls this the “Road to Queensferry”, and it is likely that James IV travelled this path in 1490 after buying a horse at Linlithgow). We continue over open moorland, past Baddinsgill Reservoir and crossing an old Roman Road, to reach West Linton. After exploring the village, Station Road is followed to Balgonie, and then farm tracks taken over Kaimes and Halmyre to the end of the walk at Romannobridge. A fascinating walk, full of history, following in the footsteps of our ancestors.

Grade: Harder; Distance: 12½ miles / 20 km; Ascent: 1673ft / 510ms

Check-in: 08:30 Depart/return: 09:00 – 17:15 Walk duration: 6:30 Hours

Walk Leader: SBC Ranger

Maximum number of Walkers: 25 Cost: £8

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Walk 5.2

Kirkhouse to Peebles by Birkscairn and Gypsy Glen

From Kirkhouse we enter the beautiful Glen Valley to pass Glen House, an extravagant, spectacular castellated Victorian fantasy. Continuing on past Loch Eddy and Glenshiel Banks, it’s onwards and upwards to the much-weathered summit of Birkscairn Hill (a Donald). Spectacular views are gained over the Tweed and Traquair valleys, along the ridge of the Old Drove Road, before descending to the shelter of Gypsy Glen and into Peebles.

Grade: Harder; Distance: 11¼ miles / 18.1 km; Ascent: 1770ft / 540ms

Check-in: 08:30 Depart/return: 09:00 – 16:00 Walk duration: 6:45 Hours

Walk Leader: SBC Ranger

Maximum number of Walkers: 24 Cost: £8

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Walk 5.3

Leithen Lodge to Peebles over Dunslair Heights

From the start point we walk along the estate road past Leithen Lodge (originally a 17th century shooting lodge), to Williamslee. From here we ascend a hill track over open moorland to Glentress Forest boundary, and on to Dunslair Heights for superb views of the area. We then descend along forest rides and roads over Caresman Hill and Kittlegairy Hill, with views over Peebles, into Soonhope Valley, before returning by the park and the Tweed riverside walk.

Grade: Moderate; Distance: 8 miles / 13 km; Ascent: 1200ft / 370ms

Check-in: 08:30 Depart/return: 09:00 – 15:00 Walk duration: 5:30 Hours

Walk Leader: Tweeddale Ramblers

Maximum number of Walkers: 24 Cost: £8

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Walk 5.4

Eddleston to Peebles along the old Drove Road by Nether Stewarton

After exploring Eddleston, we walk up the side of the valley, passing Barony Castle and “The Polish Map of Scotland” on the way. We then follow the Fairydean Burn to join an ancient Post Road which is followed to Nether Stewarton, where we take an old Drove Road to walk along the side of Hamilton Hill before descending past Standalane and back to Peebles. An opportunity for fine views, plenty of historical interest and a chance to see a variety of wildlife.

Grade: Easier; Distance: 7 miles / 11.3 km; Ascent: 590ft / 180ms

Check-in: 09:20 Depart/return: 09:50 – 15:00 Walk duration: 4:45 Hours

Walk Leader: Tweeddale U3A

Maximum number of Walkers: 25 Cost: £8

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Friday 8th September

Walk 6.1

West Linton Circular via the Covenanter’s Grave and old Roman road

This walk, mostly on good paths and track, passes through the catchments of the Tweed and the Clyde rivers. It includes all the contrasts of walking surface and countryside which the Pentland Hills have to offer. A great walk through open countryside with an opportunity to explore the different land uses of the area through the ages, and to see some of the local flora and fauna.

Grade: Harder; Distance: 13 miles / 21 km; Ascent: 1150ft / 310ms

Check-in: 08:30 Depart/return: 09:05 – 17:10 Walk duration: 6:30Hours

Walk Leader: SBC Ranger

Maximum number of Walkers: 24 Cost: £8

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Walk 6.2

Romannobridge to Peebles along the old Drove Road

Starting at Romannobridge, this walk continues along the “Cross Borders Drove Road” which was followed on walk 5.1. After an initial ascent of 150 metres the route is mostly on fairly level ground, following farm and forest tracks, although there are 2 further short sections of ascent. The views offer a superb sample of the variety of the Scottish Borders scenery.

Grade: Harder; Distance: 10 miles / 16 km; Ascent: 1345ft / 410ms

Check-in: 08:30 Depart/return: 09:05 – 15:15 Walk duration: 5:30 Hours

Walk Leader: Biggar Ramblers

Maximum number of Walkers: 24 Cost: £8

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Walk 6.3

Dundreich and Northshield Rings

This route from Eddleston goes up an old track to the top of Dundreich for some tremendous views over the Lothians, Scottish Borders and beyond. The walk then goes down past Portmore Loch to visit the ancient “Northshield Rings” before continuing on through the wooded grounds of Portmore Estate to the Scots Pine Cafe. An opportunity to see a variety of wildlife in the different habitats and to find out about some of the history of the area.

Grade: Moderate; Distance: Distance 7 miles / 11km; Ascent: 1700ft / 520ms

Check-in: 09:00 Depart/return: 09:35 – 15:00 Walk duration: 5:00 Hours

Walk Leader: Tweeddale Ramblers

Maximum number of Walkers: 24 Cost: £8

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Walk 6.4

Portmore and Northshield Rings

After exploring Eddleston, this walk enters Portmore Estate, passing through open farmland and following the Harcus Burn to emerge at the Loch. Over-shadowed by the edge of the Moorfoot Hills, the path meanders round the loch side and then through mixed forest to arrive at the “Rings”. After exploring the history of this feature, we descend gently through the woodland, past Portmore House, down to the Scots Pine Café. This walk is mostly on good paths and tracks.

Grade: Easier; Distance: 6¼ miles / 10 km; Ascent: 492ft / 150ms

Check-in: 09:20 Depart/return: 09:50 – 15:00 Walk duration: 4:30 Hours

Walk Leader: Tweeddale U3A

Maximum number of Walkers: 24 Cost: £8

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Saturday 9th September

 

Walk 7.1

The Glensax Horseshoe via Dun Rig and Glenrath Heights
An invigorating expedition with glorious views over the hills to the south of Peebles. This walk includes a section of the Old Drove Road which can be distinguished by the characteristic parallel drystane dyke on each side. There are some peat hags towards the summit at Dun Rig. Three Donalds (named hills over 2000ft) will be taken in on this walk.

Grade: Strenuous; Distance: 15½ miles / 25 km; Ascent: 3100ft / 945ms

Check-in: 08:15 Depart/return: 08:45 – 16:45 Walk duration: 8:00 Hours

Walk Leader: Tweeddale Ramblers

Maximum number of Walkers: 20 Cost: £8

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Walk 7.2

Dunslair Heights Circular by Shieldgreen and Glentress
This walk starts off gently following the Soonhope Burn to Shieldgreen. From here the ascent steepens as we go up Tower Rig and on to Dunslair Heights. If the weather is kind to us we will be rewarded with amazing views of the Tweed valley. Our ascent finished, we descend through the forest to Glentress Peel Visitor Centre. Here we can visit the Wild Watch Centre to learn about the ospreys and other wildlife and perhaps visit the Peel Café for a short break. We then go down to the old railway line (Tweed Valley Railway Path) and continue our journey back to Peebles.

Grade: Harder; Distance: 10½ miles / 17 km; Ascent: 1475ft / 450ms

Check-in: 08:45 Depart/return: 09:15 – 15:00 Walk duration: 5:45 Hours

Walk Leader: SBC Ranger

Maximum number of Walkers: 25 Cost: £8

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Walk 7.3

Peebles Circular by Collie Law and Redscarhead
This walk leaves Peebles, ascending through the woodlands edge of Ven Law, and out onto the open hillside at South Knowe. From here we have a short walk along the ridge before dropping to the valley floor at Redscarhead. Crossing the A703 and the Eddleston Water, we walk up the other side of the valley before joining the “Cross Border Drove Road” which leads us back to Peebles. This walk is mostly on good paths and tracks.

Grade: Moderate; Distance: 8 miles / 13 km; Ascent: 1280ft / 390ms

Check-in: 09:15 Depart/return: 09:45 – 14:45 Walk duration: 5:00 Hours

Walk Leader: Tweeddale U3A

Maximum number of Walkers: 25 Cost: £8

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Walk 7.4

Tweed Valley Railway Path, Glentress Circular & Janet’s Brae
A riverside walk downstream from Peebles and along the route of the former rail line, to the remains of Horsbrugh Castle. Crossing into Glentress Forest, we will visit Glentress Tower, with its Visitor Centre, before continuing up through the forest to an Iron Age hill fort and back down to Peebles past the Hydro Hotel. A walk on good paths and forest roads with much historical interest. There is some ascent on the return journey to obtain lovely views over the Tweed Valley followed by a descent back to Peebles.

Grade: Easier; Distance: 6½ miles / 10.5 km; Ascent: 625ft / 190ms

Check-in: 09:30 Depart/return: 10:00 – 15:00 Walk duration: 5:00 Hours

Walk Leader: SBC Ranger

Maximum number of Walkers: 25 Cost: £8

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Walking Group Numbers
Places on walks are strictly limited (maximum 25 people on most and some walks have fewer places available). Early booking is essential to ensure a place on the walks of your choice.