Route 2

Route 2 The Lees Riverside.

Start and finish: Home Park Car Park, by the Castle Hotel Distance: 2.5km/ 1.5 miles Time: 1 hour Terrain: Mainly grassy and stone paths.

1.   Leave the car park and turn right heading along Coldstream High Street, you will see the Lees Farm on your right as you cross the bridge.  Just before the entrance to the Hirsel Estate, there is a signpost for a golf course pointing into Woodlands Park.  Opposite Woodlands Park is the large stone pillared entrance way and gate lodge of Lees Estate.

2.  Head up the drive 200 metres, passing what was once the stables for the Estate on your left, and turn right following the stone path as it winds through some Yew trees.  Follow the path round the back of the tennis court, over the water
dyke and proceed through the trees towards the River Tweed.

3.   Proceed down the riverside, passing the magnificent stone temple within the policy grounds and taking a moment to enjoy the views of the Cheviot hills and The Tweed.  The Lees Temple was built in the late 18th century with eight Doric columns as part of the romantic landscaping scene for the Lees Estate.

4.   Continue on downstream, bearing right at the track and heading past the Lees fishing bothy.  Please respect the privacy of users of the fishing bothy by keeping your dog under strict control and pass quickly.  At the coldstream sign turn left following the grassy path down the field margin.

5.   Turn left at the concrete road, you will cross the mill lade and head uphill on the track bearing to the right, taking you on to Lees Mill Lane.  Continue on for 100 metres or so until reaching the car park adjacent to Leet Bridge which you crossed on commencing your walk.  Retrace your steps back to the car park.