Walks

  • All standard walk tickets are as shown in the detailed descriptions
  • See the info page for a guide to the walk gradings
  • Timings given are departure/arrival times and include transport time
  • Bus transport to and from walks is provided where shown
  • Refreshments – tea, coffee, home baking etc are available at the Thistle Pavilion in Jedburgh on Sunday to Tuesday and Friday to Saturday, and at Denholm Village Hall on Wednesday to Thursday for all walkers to come in and have time for a chat after the walks.
Day (click to jump to list of walks) Walks around…
Sunday 31st August Jedburgh, Tow Ford and Carter Bar
Monday 1st September Oxnam and Jedburgh
Tuesday 2nd September Cessford, Ancrum and Jedburgh
Wednesday 3rd September Denholm, Jedburgh and Minto
Thursday 4th September Denholm, Barnhills and Roberton
Friday 5th September St Boswells, Bairnkine, Denholm and Jedburgh
Saturday 6th September Pennymuir, Kalemouth and Hundalee
Thursday Children’s walk

(You can download a condensed version of the following walks as an Excel spreadsheet.)

Sunday 31st August

CARTER BAR TO JEDBURGH

Extensive views north can be seen from the start point at the historic border crossing between Scotland and England.  The route then follows the traditional tracks used by both drovers & border reivers and latterly by the Jethart Callant and his cavalcade during the town’s annual festival in July.

We walk over hills, through river valleys, pastures and parts of the ancient Jedforest on our journey to Jedburgh.

Number 1.1
Date Sunday 31st August
Grade Harder moderate
Distance 10 miles / 16 km
Ascent 1000 feet / 300 metres
Walk duration 6.5 hours
Depart 9:30, check-in at 9:00
Bus Outward only
Led by Eildon Ramblers
Requirements Walkers should bring full hill walking gear and a packed lunch
Cost £8-00

BYRNESS TO TOWFORD (via the Pennine Way)

Very steep climb up rocks one mile after start then follows the Pennine Way to Chew Green then by other paths to Blacklaw Hill & Woden Law to Towford

Number 1.2
Date Sunday 31st August
Grade Harder
Distance 9 miles / 14.4 km
Ascent 1722 feet/525 metres
Walk duration 5.5 hours
Depart 9:30, check-in at 9:00
Led by Kenny Taylor
Bus Outward and Return
Requirements Walkers should bring full hill walking gear and a packed lunch
Cost £8-00

JEDBURGH TO HARESTANES via Penielheugh

Leaving Jedburgh via Borders Abbey Way heading downstream following the river Teviot to Nisbet then climbing to Waterloo Monument on the summit of Penielheugh with stunning panoramic views of the Scottish Borders, before descending to Harestanes Visitor Centre.

Number 1.3
Date Sunday 31st August
Grade Moderate
Distance 7 miles / 11.2 km
Ascent 820 feet / 250 metres
Walk Duration 4.5 hours
Depart 10:00, check-in at 9:30
Led by Helen Oliver
Bus Return only
Requirements Walkers should bring full hill walking gear and a packed lunch
Cost £6-00

JEDBURGH TO FERNIEHURST CIRCULAR

Heading south from Jedburgh we climb gently past Todlaw Farm and down into the valley passing the Capon Tree and onto The King of the Wood.  Continuing to Ferniehurst Castle, the ancestral home of the Kerr Family.  Following the path to Muckle Dean and Kersheugh Farm before returning via country road to Jedburgh

Number 1.4
Date Sunday 31st August
Grade Moderate
Distance 5.5 miles / 8.8 km
Ascent 490 feet / 150 metres
Walk duration 3 hours
Depart 10:30, check-in at 10:00
Led by Janette Woods
Bus Not required
Requirements Walkers should wear suitable footwear and outdoor clothing
Cost £4-00

Monday 1st September

PENNYMUIR TO HOWNAM

A walk in the foothills of the Cheviots taking us through traditional Border Valleys.

Starting from Pennymuir Hall, passing a roman camp and an ancient hill fort at Woden Law.  Please note some of the climbs are steep.

Number 2.1
Date Monday 1st September
Grade Harder Moderate
Distance 9 miles / 14.4 km
Ascent 1900 feet / 580 metres
Walk duration 5 Hours
Depart 9:15, check-in at 8:45
Led by Melrose Paths Group
Bus Outward and Return
Requirements Walkers should bring full hill walking gear and a packed lunch
Cost £8-00

OXNAM TO JEDBURGH

Starting in the beautiful rural village of Oxnam, we will head west past Oxnam Neuk  through Birkenside Woods before descending into the hamlet of Mossburnford then following farm tracks to the Muckle Dean, Kersheugh & Capon Tree prior to returning to Jedburgh.

Number 2.2
Date Monday 1st September
Grade Moderate
Distance 6 miles / 9.6 km
Ascent 350 feet / 108 metres
Walk duration 4 hours
Depart 10:30, check-in at 10:00
Led by Kate Johnston/Nick Harrison
Bus Outward only
Requirements  Walkers should bring full hill walking gear and a packed lunch
Cost  £6-00

JEDBURGH WEST CIRCULAR

Following the River Jed via good walkways to the foot of the town before climbing west with panoramic views of Jedburgh.  We leave the road into Lanton Woods to visit Timpendean Tower overlooking the village of Ancrum in the Teviot Valley before the return leg through Lanton Wood itself and descending back into Jedburgh.

Number 2.3
Date Monday 1st September
Grade Moderate
Distance 6.5 miles / 10.4 km
Ascent 680 feet / 207 metres
Walk duration 3.5 hours
Depart 10:00, check-in at 9:30
Led by Scottish Borders Council Rangers
Bus Not required
Requirements Walkers should wear suitable footwear and outdoor clothing
Cost £4-00

LARKHALL BURN & THE JEDBURGH CIRCULAR ROUTE

Passing by the Famous Abbey and heading up the Castlegate with the Castle Gaol in our sights, we follow a path alongside the Skip Running Burn passing Glenburn Hall to reach the Golf Course.  From here we follow local tracks alongside the golf course towards Lanton Woods, before descending taking in views of the town and Cheviots beyond via the Kirkyard to Lothian Park

Number 2.4
Date Monday 1st September
Grade Moderate
Distance 5 miles / 8 km
Ascent 750 feet / 230 metres
Walk duration 3 hours
 Depart 10:15, check-in at 9:45
Led by Mark Fotheringham
Bus Not required
Requirements Walkers should wear suitable footwear and outdoor clothing
Cost £4-00

Tuesday 2nd September

KELSO TO JEDBURGH via BORDERS ABBEYS WAY

Leaving the historic town of Kelso this walk passes the ruins of Roxburgh Castle with views of Floors Castle.  We reach the village of Roxburgh beneath the imposing railway viaduct before following the banks of the River Teviot back to the mouth of the River Jed.  Mainly flat walking and includes stretches of disused railway line.

Number 3.1
Date Tuesday 2nd September
Grade Harder Moderate
Distance 12.5 miles / 20 km
Ascent Relatively flat!
Walk duration 6 hours
Depart 9:45, check-in at 9:15
Led by Mark Fotheringham
Bus Outward only
Requirements Walkers should wear suitable footwear and outdoor clothing and bring a packed lunch
Cost £8-00

CESSFORD TO JEDBURGH

Starting from the impressive ruins of Cessford Castle we follow St Cuthbert’s Way over Cessford Moor before picking up the Roman Road – Dere Street to Mounthooly Farm, from there we use the Borders Abbey’s Way back to Jedburgh.  Many beautiful scenic views on this walk.

Number 3.2
Date Tuesday 2nd September
Grade Moderate
Distance 8 miles / 12.8 km
Ascent 754 feet / 230 metres
Walk duration 4 hours
Depart 10:30, check-in at 10:00
Led by Kenny Taylor
Bus Outward only
Requirements Walkers should bring full hill walking gear and a packed lunch
Cost £8-00

ULSTON CIRCULAR

This walk explores the tracks and countryside to the east of Jedburgh. We follow local riding, cycling and walking paths towards Hunthill House, crossing farmland with extensive views of the town and beyond to the Cheviots.  After taking the path through Grouse Wood we will join the Roman Road – Dere Street, before joining Borders Abbey Way to return to the town.  This walk has beautiful views of the surrounding Borders Area.

Number 3.3
Date Tuesday 2nd September
Grade Moderate
Distance 9 miles / 14.4 km
Ascent 650 feet / 200 metres
Walk duration 5.5 hours
Depart 10:00, check-in at 9:30
Led by Kate Johnston & Nick Harrison
Bus Not required
Requirements Walkers should bring full hill walking gear and a packed lunch
Cost £6-00

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Leaving Harestanes Visitor Centre along Monteviot Drive and crossing the River Ale into the ancient village of Ancrum.  Heading west towards Ancrum Mains before following the path passing the primary school and church to furlongs.  Passing by Chester Hall and Croupyett before heading down to the picturesque ruins of Ancrum Kirkyard. Returning to “Little Lovely”- the old name the locals used for Ancrum to see the old Mercat Cross and taking the Millenium trail in the woods and the ale water path back to Copland & Harestanes.

Number 3.4
Date Tuesday 2nd September
Grade Easier
Distance 5 miles / 8 km
Ascent Relatively flat!
Walk duration 3 hours
Depart 9:45, check-in at 9:15
Led by Scottish Borders Council Rangers, accompanied by Dr Christopher Bowles
Archaeology Officer, Scottish Borders Council
Bus Outward and Return
Requirements Walkers should wear suitable footwear and outdoor clothing
Cost £4-00

Wednesday 3rd September

To compliment today’s walks, take a short break from any of the walks when you return to Denholm! Rest those weary legs and feet and enjoy some refreshments before returning home. Enjoy afternoon teas at Denholm Village Hall, West Side, Denholm between 3pm and 5.30 pm (or to coordinate with returning walkers). Tea, coffee and hot chocolate is on offer with sandwiches and very tasty home baking to enjoy.

MINTO HILLS & FATLIPS CASTLE

Starting from Denholm we head to Minto church before going through a part of the golf course and tackling Minto Hill.  The panoramic views from the top are very good and worth the climb.  We then head towards a disused railway line and follow it all the way to Standhill Farm and Cheesery with an opportunity to purchase some wonderful local cheese.  From Standhill we go to Troney Hill and then follow farm tracks to the Barnhills Moor plantation.  Here we delve deep into the woods following forestry tracks to Fox Covert before ascending the track leading up to Fatlips Castle.  Hopefully we will be able to gain access and experience the views from the restored parapet.  We leave the castle by the same route and head for the river bank and back to Denholm.

Number 4.1
Date Wednesday 3rd September
Grade Harder Moderate
Distance 11.5 miles / 18.4 km
Ascent 925 feet / 285 metres
Walk duration 7 hours
Depart 9:30, check-in at 9:00
Led by Donald Knox
Bus Not required
Requirements Walkers should bring full hill walking gear and a packed lunch
Cost £8-00

JEDBURGH TO DENHOLM via Ruberslaw

We leave Jedburgh by the Border Abbeys way past the Castle Jail and on to Merlin Dean.  We leave the Abbeys Way at this point and follow the Justice way past Swinnie Cottages and on to Swinnie Moor.  Good views all round from here.  We cross the moor and go towards the footbridge across the Rule then follow the river to Billerwell before starting the ascent of Ruberslaw.  From the summit, again with excellent views, we cross the boggy ground to rejoin the Abbeys Way at Denholmhill Wood and descend in to Denholm.

Number 4.2
Date Wednesday 3rd September
Grade Harder
Distance 11.5 miles / 18.4 km
Ascent 1900 feet / 585 metres
Walk duration 6.5 hours
Depart 9:30, check-in at 9:00
Led by Mike Still
Bus Outward only
Requirements Walkers should bring full hill walking gear and a packed lunch
Cost £8-00

HAWICK TO DENHOLM via Cavers

We leave Hawick via the Hummelknowes Bridge off the Newcastleton road for a short walk up the road to join an old drove road where we shall start to enjoy some fine views. On reaching Adderstone Lee we follow the track to Kirkton and cross the road to head for Cavers and Cavers Tower (historic site). Through the woods to Midgard and onto Denholm Dean and back to the village of the same name.

Number 4.3
Date Wednesday 3rd September
Grade Moderate
Distance 8.5 miles / 13.6 km
Ascent TBC
Walk duration 5.5 hours
Depart 9:45, check-in at 9:15
Led by Roger Adams
Bus Outward only
Requirements Walkers should wear suitable footwear and outdoor clothing and a packed lunch
Cost £8-00

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Following the Borders Abbey Way up the Loaning, with good views looking back to Minto Hills, the Eildons and Fatlips Castle.  We cross the Rule Water leading up to the War Memorial and Bedrule Village, with the opportunity to visit the inside of pretty Bedrule Church.  Return is via a quiet country road, with the Rule Water on the right, then passing Towerburn and Spital Tower, before retracing the outward route back to Denholm.

Number 4.4
Date Wednesday 3rd September
Grade Easier
Distance 6.5 miles / 10.4 km
Ascent 1250 feet / 385 metres
Walk duration 4 hours
Depart 10:30, check-in at 10:00
Led by Helen Rabour, Borders Abbey U3A
Bus Not required
Requirements Walkers should bring full hill walking gear and a packed lunch
Cost £4-00

Thursday 4th September

To compliment today’s walks, take a short break from any of the walks when you return to Denholm! Rest those weary legs and feet and enjoy some refreshments before returning home. Enjoy afternoon teas at Denholm Village Hall, West Side, Denholm between 3pm and 5.30 pm (or to coordinate with returning walkers). Tea, coffee and hot chocolate is on offer with sandwiches and very tasty home baking to enjoy.

DENHOLM via Zig Zag, Swinnie & Bedrule

We leave Denholm by the Border Abbeys Way following the route via Spital Tower to Blawearie where we leave that path and head in to Gilboa Wood.  We stay in largely wooded surrounds through West Lees, crossing the Rule Water by an old footbridge.  We cross the fields to go to  Watch Knowe and down to Swinnie Plantation.  We then follow the road down to Easter Fodderlee Cottages where we branch off to Bowshot and Abbotrule following the road to Hallrulemill Bridge.  Next to Town-o’-Rule and the Zigzag plantation before ascending Ruberslaw.  Now it’s downhill all the way to Denholmhill, Woodside and back into Denholm.

Number 5.1
Date Thursday 4th September
Grade Harder Moderate
Distance 12 miles / 19.2 km
Ascent 2000 ft / 615 metres
Walk duration 6.5 hours
Depart 9:30, check-in at 9:00
Led by Ronnie Templeman
Bus Not required
Requirements Walkers should bring full hill walking gear and a packed lunch
Cost £8-00

OGILVIE CAIRN TO DENHOLM via Drinkstone

The walk starts at the Olgivie Cairn which was erected to commemorate W.H. Olgivie, a well known and much admired local writer and poet.  Leaving the Cairn we pass over open ground with good all round views before picking up the Hawick Circular Riding Route and heading towards Drinkstone Hill.  At Drinkstone we pick up the Border Abbeys Way which we follow to the Boonraw cross roads where we leave the long distance route and go towards the A7.  Once on the Eastern side of the A7 we go in to woodland down to Clarilaw and across the old railway line to once more pick up the Border Abbeys way.  We then follow this route back in to Denholm.

Number 5.2
Date Thursday 4th September
Grade Moderate
Distance 10 miles / 16 km
Ascent 200ft / 62 metres (approx)
Depart 9:15, check-in at 8:45
Walk duration 6 hours
Led by Mike Still
Bus Outward only
Requirements Walkers should bring full hill walking gear and a packed lunch
Cost £8-00

DENHOLM CIRCULAR

Leaving Denholm we pass through Denholm Dean woods, former pleasure gardens with Covenanter Connections. We then follow old tracks with views of Ruberslaw, Minto Hills and Teviotdale to enter old Cavers Estate where we see sites of historic interest. The return is along the scenic banks of the River Teviot with the chance to see herons and other birdlife.

Number 5.3
Date Thursday 4th September
Grade Moderate
Distance 7 miles / 11.2 km
Ascent 165 feet / 50 metres
Walk duration 4.5 hours
Depart 10:30, check-in at 10:00
Led by Eildon Ramblers
Bus Not required
Requirements Walkers should wear suitable footwear and outdoor clothing and a packed lunch
Cost £6-00

BARNHILLS TO DENHOLM via Fatlips Castle

A relatively gentle walk starting from Denholm we make our way to Barnhills Farm and head towards the Barnhills Moor plantation on a good track.  We turn off the track before reaching the plantation and go towards Howdales.  Here we pick up the route to Fatlips Castle where we will be able to gain access and experience the views from the restored parapet.  We leave the castle by the same route and head for Well Sikes and Craigend Bank before following the river bank back to Denholm.

Number 5.4
Date Thursday 4th September
Grade moderate
Distance 5.5 miles / 8.8km
Ascent 450 feet / 140 metres
Walk duration 4 hours
Depart 10:00, check-in at 9:30
Led by Will Roberts
Bus Not required
Requirements Walkers should wear suitable footwear and outdoor clothing and a packed lunch
Cost £6-00

Friday 5th September

ST BOSWELLS – JEDBURGH

In the footsteps of St Cuthbert we will leave St Boswells following the River Tweed by the golf course, reaching Maxton church.  Then following Dere Street passing Lady Lilliards grave with extensive views of the Penielheugh memorial to the battle of Waterloo and onto Harestanes Visitor Centre before returning to Jedburgh along the Borders Abbey Way.

Number 6.1
Date Friday 5th September
Grade Harder
Distance 14.5 miles / 23.2 km
Ascent 815 feet / 250 metres
Walk duration 7 hours
Depart 9:15, check-in at 8:45
Led by Kenny Taylor
Bus Outward only
Requirements Walkers should bring full hill walking gear and a packed lunch
Cost  £8-00

JED BAIRNKINE CIRCULAR

This walk explores the tracks and countryside to the south of Jedburgh.  We pass to the east side of Dunion Hill to Swinnie and Gillies Tongues and via Bairnkine to Jacobs Ladder and then to Ferniehirst Castle and back to Jedburgh via King of the Wood, one of the last survivors of the Ancient JedForest.

Number 6.2
Date Friday 5th September
Grade Harder Moderate
Distance 12 miles / 19.2 km
Ascent 1250 feet / 385 metres
Walk duration 6.5 hours
Depart 9:45, check-in at 9:15
Led by Mike Still
Bus Not required
Requirements Walkers should bring full hill walking gear and a packed lunch
Cost £6-00

DENHOLM TO JEDBURGH via Borders Abbey Way

Following the Borders Abbey Way we climb out of the picturesque village of Denholm with it’s beautiful green, past Spittal Tower and on to Bedrule and over the “Dunion Top” to the famous abbey town of Jedburgh.

Number 6.3
Date Friday 5th September
Grade Moderate
Distance 6 miles / 9.6 km
Ascent 1312 feet / 400 metres
Walk duration 5 hours
Depart 10:30, check-in at 10:00
Led by KateJohnston/Nick Harrison
Bus Outward only
Requirements Walkers should bring full hill walking gear and a packed lunch
Cost £6-00

HARESTANES CIRCULAR via FOLLY LOCH & PENIELHEUGH

Walking from Harestanes Visitor Centre on country paths we join St Cuthbert’s Way alongside the Marble Burn and on to Dere Street joining the road at Folly Loch.  From here we shall take forest tracks and head onto Penielheugh for stunning views from Waterloo Monument before returning to Harestanes.

Number 6.4
Date Friday 5th September
Grade Moderate
Distance 5.5 miles / 8.8 km
Ascent 815 feet / 250 metres
Walk duration 3 hours
Depart 9:30, check-in at 9:00
Led by  Helen Oliver
Bus Outward and Return
Requirements Walkers should bring full hill walking gear and a packed lunch
Cost £6-00

Saturday 6th September

PENNYMUIR – TO JEDBURGH via Dere Street

This section of Dere Street links the edge of the Cheviot Hills to Jedburgh.  Starting from Pennymuir Roman Camp we see several points of archaeological interest on the way including a Standing Stone, The Five Stanes (remains of a burial cairn) and Cunzierton Fort on a nearby hill.  Soon we reach Whitton Edge where there are fantastic views.  From here we head for Cappuck and the Oxnam water continuing on Dere Street in a straight line to Jedfoot.

Number 7.1
Date Saturday 6th September
Grade Harder Moderate
Distance 10 miles / 16 km
Ascent 975 feet / 300 metres
Walk duration 6 hours
Depart 9:30, check-in at 9:00
Led by Mike Still/Donald Knox
Bus  Outward only
Requirements Walkers should bring full hill walking gear and a packed lunch
Cost  £8-00

CHEW GREEN CIRCULAR

Starting at Towford follow Dere Street up to the col then drop down to Streethouse and take the track to Buchtrig. From Buchtrig follow path towards Peelinick for about 1k and pick up old path to Pennine Way at Refuge hut at Lamb Hill. From here follow Pennine Way to Black Halls and on to Chew Green. From here we retrace our steps to Black Halls and follow Dere Street back to Towford.

Number 7.2
Date Saturday 6th September
Grade Harder
Distance 12.5 miles / 20 km
Ascent TBC
Walk duration 7 hours
Depart 9:30, check-in at 9:00
Led by Ronnie Templeman
Bus Outward and Return
Requirements Walkers should bring full hill walking gear and a packed lunch
Cost £8-00

KALEMOUTH TO JEDBURGH

Following parts of the old railway line we pass by/ through the village of Nisbet before picking up the River Teviot to take us back to Mounthooly and on to Jedburgh.

Number 7.3
Date Saturday 6th September
Grade Moderate
Distance 7 miles / 11.2 km
Ascent Relatively flat!
Depart 10:00, check-in at 9:30
Walk duration 4 hours
Led by Kenny Taylor
Bus Outward only
Requirements Walkers should wear suitable footwear and outdoor clothing and a packed lunch
Cost £6-00

JEDBURGH HUNDALEE CIRCULAR

Passing Jedburgh’s Bowling Club and up the hill to Todlaw Farm before turning through Hundalee Farm and on to the Green Road at the foot of the Dunion Hill.  We then descend via Ratten Row back to re-trace our steps through Todlaw and back to Lothian Park.

Number 7.4
Date Saturday 6th September
Grade Easier
Distance 4 miles / 6.4 km
Ascent 820 feet / 250 metres
Walk duration 3 hours
Depart 10:30, check-in at 10:00
Led by Margaret Taylor
Bus Not required
Requirements Walkers should wear suitable footwear and outdoor clothing
Cost £4-00

CHILDREN’S WALK

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Senior children from the local primary schools in Denholm & Hobkirk will join into the spirit of the 20th Walking Festival by walking their own route on Thursday 4th September.

Leaving from the school they will walk up The Loaning,  proceeding through woodland scenery to enjoy open views of Ruberslaw.  A picnic lunch will be enjoyed by all at a suitable stopping point.  Following the paths they will follow part of the route of the Hawick Cornet and his followers to reach the Dean Road.  Weather and time permitting they will then proceed through the picturesque Denholm Dean and return via the Village Hall for refreshments before continuing back to school.

The times of this walk are still to be confirmed.

Estimated walk time is 4 hours.

The route is approx 3 miles, but can be adapted to enable all children to participate.

The Walk leader will be a member of staff from the Countryside Ranger Service.