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The John Buchan Way climbing up from Peebles
The John Buchan Way climbing up from Peebles

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Route No. 765
Tuesday 12 March 2019
Cademuir Hill &
John Buchan Way circuit - 6km
Tweed Valley Forest Park
Scottish Borders . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.


Map: OS Explorer 337 Peebles & InnerLeithen


This morning my friend, Jim, and I drove from our homes in Easingwold to Peebles in the Scottish borders. We are staying at a pub in Peebles for a couple of nights and plan to do three short walks. I can only do short walks nowadays with my wonky knees and sore hips but it is still so good to get out into the countryside. From the B7062 in Peebles we crossed the Tweed Bridge to a roundabout and then turned right off the B7062 onto Springhill Road. From Springhill Road we turned right on to Springwood Road and then almost at once we turned left along Bonnington Road. We followed Bonnington Road out of the town along the valley of the Crookston Burn for about 4km to map ref. NT 238 371. Here we turned right off the road into a gravel car park on the edge of the Cademuir Plantation. The forest on Cademuir Hill is park of a chain of forests known as the Tweed Valley Forest Park where there are many walking, cycling and horse riding routes.

Path leaving the car park at the southwestern corner of the Cademuir Plantation
Path leaving the car park at the southwestern corner of the Cademuir Plantation

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Setting off from the car park
Setting off from the car park

Zig-zag path climbing up through the woodland
Zig-zag path climbing up through the woodland

Zig-zag path climbing up through the woodland
Zig-zag path climbing up through the woodland

From the gate we followed a clear path zig-zagging up the wooded hillside for about 200m to a wide forest access track. There was a waymark post at this track indicating that the route is one of the 'Tweed Walks'.

From the car park we started our walk heading up to a steel gate at the top edge of the car park. Looking back from the gate there was a fine view across the valley to the hills opposite with remnants of the snow still lying in the gullys along the ridge.

Looking back over the car park
Looking back over the car park

Zig-zag path climbing up through the woodland
Zig-zag path climbing up through the woodland

About to join the forest access track at the waymark post
About to join the forest access track at the waymark post

Turning left to walk along the forest access track
Turning left to walk along the forest access track

Looking SW towards Manor Water from the forest track
Looking SW towards Manor Water from the forest track

Our track merged with another from our left
Our track merged with another from our left

Continuing northwards along the forest track
Continuing northwards along the forest track

After about 1.6km the track dropped down the hillside to another car park in the forest at map ref. NT 248 383.

At this track we turned right and followed the forestry track around the hillside with views across the valley through the trees on our right.

Following the forest track around Cademuir Hill
Following the forest track around Cademuir Hill

Looking east over Crookston Burn from the track
Looking east over Crookston Burn from the track

Dropping down along the track to a car park
Dropping down along the track to a car park

We dropped down along the track to another car park in the forest at map ref. NT 248 383
We dropped down along the track to another car park in the forest at map ref. NT 248 383

Track around the edge of the foreast from the car park
Track around the edge of the forest from the car park

Looking across the Tweed valley from the track
Looking across the Tweed valley from the track

The track round the northern end of Cademuir Plantation
The track round the northern end of Cademuir Plantation

We followed the track bending to our left around the edge of the forest to a gate out of the forest to open uplands just to the south of a large house called Tantah on the OS map.

From this car park we continued along the track around the edge of the forest with good views across the Tweed Valley on our right.

Track around the edge of the foreast from the car park
Track around the edge of the forest from the car park

The track round the northern end of Cademuir Plantation
The track round the northern end of Cademuir Plantation

Track heading west to leave the plantation
Track heading west to leave the plantation

Leaving the plantation along a grassy track down towards a field gate
Leaving the plantation along a grassy track down towards a field gate

Grassy track leading down to join the John Buchan Way
Grassy track leading down to join the John Buchan Way

Turning left at the waymark post on to the John Buchan Way
Turning left at the waymark post on to the John Buchan Way

At the waymark post before we reached the gate we turned left to follow the John Buchan Way along a grassy track climbing up the hillside with a dry stone wall about 20m away to our right and the Cademuir Plantation around 100m away to our right.

There was a green track dropping down to a gate ahead and just before we reached the gate there was a waymark post indicating that the path coming through the gate ahead is the John Buchan Way.

Waymark post at the John Buchan Way
Waymark post at the John Buchan Way

Climbing up the hillside on the John Buchan Way
Climbing up the hillside on the John Buchan Way

Looking back across the Tweed valley over Peebles from the John Buchan Way
Looking back across the Tweed valley over Peebles from the John Buchan Way

The John Buchan Way climbing out of the Tweed Valley
The John Buchan Way climbing out of the Tweed Valley

Heading SW over the hills
Heading SW over the hills

Crossing the hills towards the Crookston Burn valley
Crossing the hills towards the Crookston Burn valley

The path, still following the John Buchan Way, crossed where there had once been an iron age settlement. On the Crookston Burn side of the hills the path followed a dry stone wall immediately on our left around the edge of the fields next to the forestry on Cademuir Hill.

After about 500m the path turned to our left away from the wall. This is a lovely track across the hills with views of the Tweed Valley to our right. The path crossed between the hills from the Tweed side of the hills to the Crookston Burn side of the hills.

The John Buchan Way climbing out of the Tweed Valley
The John Buchan Way climbing out of the Tweed Valley

Crossing the area near a former Iron Age settlement
Crossing the area near a former Iron Age settlement

Crossing the hills towards the Crookston Burn valley
Crossing the hills towards the Crookston Burn valley

Following the John Buchan Way down by the wall to the Crookston Burn valley
Following the John Buchan Way down by the wall to the Crookston Burn valley

Path down by the wall side
Path down by the wall side

Narrow path from the wall corner down to the road
Narrow path from the wall corner down to the road

Walking along the road back to the car park
Walking along the road back to the car park

At the road we turned left and walked for about 200m back to the car park on the left hand side of the road and the end of our walk. The whole route had been about 6km and it had taken me almost three hours to walk. The weather had been rather mixed but there had been plenty of sunshine as well as a few showers and the gusty wind buffeting us as we cross ed the hills. Overall it had been a very enjoyable introduction to the lovely hills around Peebles.

We came to a corner in the wall where the John Buchan Way turns right heading at an angle down the hillside to the road below. From the wall corner we followed a narrow path heading straight down the steep hillside to a point where an access track joins the road. It turned out to be quite a hard descent in the strong gusty wind that knocked me off balance a few times on the way down.

We turned left at the wall corner leaving the John Buchan Way
We turned left at the wall corner leaving the John Buchan Way

Jim waiting for me at the road
Jim waiting for me at the road

Turning left off the road at the car park
Turning left off the road at the car park

Returning to the car park at the end of our walk
Returning to the car park at the end of our walk

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