A gentle woodland wander in the heart of Edinburgh; follow canal, river and railway to reach a childhood haunt of a famous Scottish author.
A word to describe this walk near Hawick could easily be “forgotten” — with ruined cottages, ancient settlements, a disused railway line and an abandoned military camp all to uncover, it’s certainly fitting. Find out about Scotland’s wartime history as you venture into the hills; you may be near one of the Borders’ largest towns, but the sense of isolation and tranquility is ever present.Continue reading “Stobs Camp and Penchrise Pen”
A pleasant, unchallenging walk following the course of a former railway line between Eskbank and Penicuik, passing the remains of a medieval castle and historic mills.Continue reading “The Eskbank to Penicuik Railway”
Journey into the Moorfoots from Broughton in the footsteps of John Buchan to enjoy spectacular views of the Southern Uplands. Then, take to the riverside to follow the course of a long forgotten railway.
The opening of the Borders Railway in 2015 may have restored rail service to the south-east of Scotland, yet a vast number of towns and villages were once connected on a multitude of lines that have long since vanished. One of these was the Peebles Railway, a section of which is now a multi-use path along the banks of the Tweed.Continue reading “The Tweed Valley Railway”
A stone’s throw from industrial Tyneside, I hadn’t expected to find such a scenic walk so close to the city – nor, as it happens, to follow in the footsteps of so many railway pioneers.