Route 7

Route 7 Norham Bridge to Milne Braden.

Start and finish: Car Park at Norham Bridge Distance: Upstream 5km/ 3 miles  Return by road 5.5km/ 3.4 miles Time:  4.5 hours round trip Terrain:  Riverside grassland, woodland paths and board walks, option to return by road

1.   Park in the small car park at Norham bridge.  From here keep on the Scottish side of the river, head off upstream down the path opposite the cottage and cross a small footbridge.  Head on up this grassy path, passing the fishing bothy, and through a field gate.  Notice the etching on the wall of the bothy indicating the high water mark in 1948.  Continue up the track with the fence on your right.

2.   Pass through the gate and turn left at the track junction.  With the wall of Ladykirk Estate on your right and the River Tweed on your left continue up this track to the next gate in the woodland.  Pass through the gate and bear right off the track, heading for the wall around the grassy field and follow this upstream.

3.   You should cross another gate and stile and continue up the grassy path with eroded sandstone faces on your right.  Take a moment to enjoy the views on the river upstream..

4.  Pass a brick fishing bothy and follow the wall for a short distance.  Pass through the wicket gate on your left and continue up the river bank, crossing the footbridge over the burn and heading past the fishing bothy in the field.

5.  Ignoring the field gate up the bank on your right, head for the woodland edge adjacent to the river, where you will see a stile to enter the wood.  Continue upstream crossing a footbridge, following the boardwalks, footsteps and handrails under the Yew and Sweet Chestnuts trees along the riverside.

6.  Pass through a doorway in the stone wall which forms part of the disused pump house for Milne Graden Estate and keep to the left path adjacent to the riverside.  You should proceed along the riverside, across the policies of Milne Graden House, cross a stone bridge and on to a track leading to the fishing bothy on the rivers edge.  Cross the stile or go through the field gate leading into the grass field and continue up the riverside towards the woodland in the distance.  Cross over the stone stile into the woodland and follow the track uphill, bearing slightly right, until you emerge on the public road.

7. The option exists to retrace your steps or continue your journey back on public roads following the grand walls surrounding both Milne Graden and Ladykirk Estates. Follow the road right for 1.5km, take the A class road signposted “Ladykirk” bearing left at Ladykirk Home Farm.  At the crossroads with the Jubilee Fountain, take the right, signposted “Norham”.  Down this hill is Norham Bridge