Saturday 28th May
|Walk 1.1||Linhope to Hawick|
|“Four hunder horsemen in yeh streekit line”
Setting off from Linhope we start with a stiff climb before dropping down to the Phaup Burn where Bonnie Price Charlie’s army camped in 1745. After crossing open moorland past the derelict cottage of Colterscleuch Shiel a forest section brings us out at Old Northhouse, a one time weaving village of two hundred people of which virtually nothing remains. We will have our lunch break as we watch the Cornet and his mounted supporters gallop up from Stobicote on their way to Mosspaul. After descending to the Allan Water with its association with the ballad “Rattling, Roaring Willie” the final climb of the day will bring us to Whitchesters Farm from where we will return to the town in the company of the River Teviot.
|Walk 1.2||Pilmuir Circular|
|“Where Slitrig dances doon the glen….”
This walk explores the countryside to the south of Hawick. Several places of interest will be passed before leaving the town including the James Thomson bridge named after the Hawick man who wrote “The Star o’ Robbie Burns”. An initial steep climb out of town is rewarded with superb views from the Target Hills, named after the one-time shooting range of the Hawick Volunteers. We traverse the hills to the east of the Slitrig Water. Passing Acreknowe Reservoir and Williestruther Loch the highlight of the walk will be our arriving at Pilmuir Field to coincide with the Cornet and his mounted supporters galloping through on their way to Mosspaul. After lunch we make our way back taking in the ruined 16th century Goldielands pele-tower, the Violet Woods and lovely Wilton Lodge Park.
Sunday 29th May
|Walk 2.1||Minto Crags and Ruberslaw|
|“Dark Ruberslaw that lifts its head sublime”
We start with a stiff climb up Minto Crags to visit the curiously named Fatlips Castle, a 16th Century pele-tower built by the Turnbulls but long held by the Elliots of Minto.
|Walk 2.2||Jedburgh to Denholm via Ruberslaw|
|“….So dear must be, where’er I wander
The valley of the Rule to me”We take the bus to Jedburgh Golf Course and cross the road into the copse opposite. After exiting the copse we follow the edge of Games Field Plantation to meet the Border Abbeys Way which we follow to Merlin Dean before climbing Black Law from where the heavy artillery practising at the Otterburn military range on the far side of the Cheviots can often be heard. We then descend via the Black Law strip to the hamlet of Bedrule, birthplace of Bishop Turnbull, founder of Glasgow University. We pass the war memorial and the church to cross the Rule Water. We then walk up a short section of road to the Dykesglen Wood before heading for the summit of Ruberslaw for the service after which we descend to Denholm for refreshments – a choice of local pubs or the church hall for a cup of tea and a scone.
|Walk 2.3||Hawick to Denholm via Ruberslaw|
|“Lang as Hornshole brig shall stand
The trusty valour through the land
Shall tell the story, proud and grand
Of Hawick on the Border”We walk through the town following the Teviot past Mansfield Park home of Hawick Rugby Football Club. Still following the river we arrive at Hornshole, scene of the historic victory in 1514 when the callants or young men of Hawick routed an English raiding party in the aftermath of Flodden. We cross the road and walk gently uphill to Cavers Church, then on to Old Cavers Church, now a private residence. We pass near to ruined Cavers House then head east to reach Midgard and East Middles before heading for the summit of Ruberslaw. Following the summit service we descend to Denholm village by way of Denholm Hill for some well earned refreshment and the bus back to Hawick.
Monday 30th May
|Walk 3.1||The Beauty of Yarrow|
|“By Yarrow’s stream still let me stray…..”
From the village of Yarrowford we climb steadily out onto the Minchmoor track at one time the main route across southern Scotland which has been in use for over 800 years. This is the route by which Montrose and his cavaliers fled from the Battle of Philiphaugh. When we meet the Southern Upland Way there are outstanding views of the Border hills from Hare Law and Broomy Law. Our main objective is the Three Brethren with its triple cairns marking the meeting place of three lairds’ lands. We follow the Long Philip Burn down to the grave of Tibbie Tamson, a Selkirk woman who committed suicide in 1790 after being accused of theft. A Christian burial in the town in these less enlightened times not being allowed, she was brought to this remote spot and interred outside the town’s land. A descent by Corbie Linn links us up with the return bus to Hawick.
|Walk 3.2||Hills of Home West|
|“There’s a toon by hills surrounded stands by bonnie Teviotside”
The first section of this walk follows the return route of the Wilton Burn Hill walk in reverse, leaving by lovely Wilton Lodge Park and Wilton Dean, formerly Langlands Dean where the servants of the mansion house, now the Museum, lived. After enjoying the fine views from Wilton Burn Hill we look in at Whitehaugh Aisle, the little visited burial place of the Scotts of Whitehaugh. We then look down on Hawick from the Heip Hills before by way of Stirches House which has been described as “the crowning glory of the Hawick manufacturers’ mansions” we climb Galalaw Hill for a spectacular view across to Ruberslaw and down on Hawick, the derivation of the town’s name, “the settlement hedged round by the hills” being very understandable from this great vantage point. We return by Greensidehall Road and Rosalea Brae.
|Walk 3.3||Wilton Burn Hill|
|“Where the Cala Burn comes dancing down the glen at Wilton Dean”
A shorter walk with only one reasonably easy climb. We leave the town by Hawick’s award-winning Wilton Lodge Park, widely acknowledged to be one of the finest in Scotland. We pass the new Elliot bandstand and then with the Wilton Burn for company we climb Wilton Burn Hill for a grand panoramic view of the surrounding countryside with Hawick nestling in its valley in the distance below. We descend to pick up the Cala Burn for a pleasant walk down through Scawmill and Wilton Dean where a spinning mill once stood by the burnside. The path by the waterfall brings us back to the Park.