Route 8

Route 8 Coldstream, Hirsel Estate and River Tweed

Start and finish: Home Park Car Park, by the Castle Hotel Length: 17km, 11 miles Time:  4 .5 hours round trip Terrain:  Riverside grassland, woodland paths, some muddy in places and board walks, road

1.  Follow the directions for Route 3 down to the River Tweed via Penitants Walk and along the Nuns Walk towards the Tweed Bridge and the Marriage House.

2   Continue as for Route 3 under the Tweed Bridge past the cauld and along the path which leads up the Crow Green, between the river and electric fence bounding the field.  Please respect the fishermen by keeping your dog under control.

3.   At the end of the field turn left, go through two gates and follow the track uphill to Lennel, keeping a wall on your left.  At the top, cross the road and continue straight ahead along the road for 800 metres to Oxenrig. Turn left and continue along this road for a further 1.5km.

4.   At the road junction go straight across the main road (taking great care) and pick up a narrow path in the woodland which widens as it turns right.  After a short distance turn left through the woodland until you reach a fingerpost.  Turn right and follow the track up through the woodland.  Cross the main track and continue straight ahead climbing gradually.  Keep to the main track and ignore any which go off to the left or right.

5.   Follow directions as for Route 4 from Point 4-8 through Dunglass Wood and over the Leet Water towards The Hirsel.  At the stone bridge (Cow Arch) follow the track and fence line as it swings round to the right.  After 50 metres turn right and continue along the tarmac drive passing the red sandstone building (stables) on your right.

6.   At the Y-junction continue straight ahead on the tarmac road passing a farm steading.

7.   Now follow the directions for Route 5 from point 5-10 through Dundock Wood down to Fireburnmill and downstream along the River Tweed.

8.   At the end of the field, walk through the woodland for 150 metres.  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.  Go through a gate and turn left following the grassy path down the field margin.

9.   Turn left at the concrete road, you will cross the mill lade and head uphill on the track bearing to the right and taking you on to Lees Mill Lane.  Continue on for 100 metres or so until reaching the car park adjacent to Leet Bridge and head back to the start of the path.