Bowmont- Sprouston Circular
About This Route
Bowmont- Sprouston Circular is a beautiful route that can be started in numerous locations. There are roads on this one but they are very quiet and it is a well-signed route.
Trailer/ Horsebox parking at Bowmont Forest. In the forest please stick to the signed route.
Please be aware that sometimes low flying RAF jets pass over the forest
The route description begins from the car park at Bowmont Forest where there is suitable parking for horse boxes. The car park is
situated 4 miles south of Kelso. From Kelso take the B6352 and then B6436 Morebattle road for 2 miles, turn right before the top of
the hill, continue for 1 mile to the Bowmont Forest Sawmill, turn left and continue for a further ½ mile.
1. From the car park follow the forest track 1km past the wooden barrier leading into the forest. Bowmont Forest is a commercial
coniferous forest containing a mix of tree species. Look out for siskin, crossbill and roe deer and in the autumn the area can
be good for fungi. At the end of the track turn left and continue along this track as it swings left to follow the edge of the forest.
At the track junction turn right and follow a grassy track out of the forest down to the public road. Heiton and the Eildon hills
can be seen ahead of you.
2. Turn right and after 250m turn left, keeping to the public road as it heads downhill past Ladyrig Farm and on to Heiton. Go straight across the main road and follow the track as it bears left through the farm steading. At the top of the rise
there are fine views across the Teviot to Roxburgh village and beyond. Follow the track as it descends then turns right and left to join the disused railway.
3. Turn right and follow the railway as it opens up to provide excellent views over Floors Castle and Kelso.
4. As you draw level with the large white house (Maisondieu) on your right the path descends from the railway embankment.
At the base of the embankment go through left to follow the path along the edge of a young wood (running parallel to the
former railway). At the corner of the wood follow the fence around to the right, after 70m turn left through a small gate, and
right, following the field edge as it swings round to the right to a gap in the fence.
5. Go through the gap and bear right to pick up a track running down the left side of another young wood. This track can be
very wet and muddy.
6. Go through the gate and cross the main road. Turn left and follow the pavement into the town. After the Ambulance station
take the first road on your right into Spylaw Park. Continue along the road for 150m then turn right onto a path which leads
through to Spylaw Road. Turn left and continue along the road to the crossroads.
7. At the crossroads go straight ahead and follow the main road for approximately 1km as it gradually descends and later
turns left then right and heads under the road bridge. Beneath the bridge lies Wooden Anna (an island in the river) part
of which has recently been planted to form a Community Woodland.
8. Just beyond the bridge turn right onto a minor road and follow this uphill a short distance to a railway bridge. Immediately
after the bridge turn left and climb up onto the railway embankment then bear right. This stretch of railway has a profusion of primroses in the spring.
9. Walkers and cyclists can follow the path off the end of the embankment down to the road, turn left then right. Horse riders
should follow the path around to the left following the field edge to a small gate, turn right and then left. Follow the path round the field edge before picking up the line of the railway once more. The railway is now followed to Sprouston.
10. Just before the bungalow turn right and drop down to the minor road. Cross the road and follow the farm track uphill, behind you lies the village of Sprouston with good views of the Tweed to your right.
11. At the cottages turn left and follow the double hedged track as it climbs to Windywalls farm. At the farm steading join the minor road and continue straight ahead as it continues to climb gently. At the road end turn left then immediately right along another minor road.
12. Just beyond Lurdenlaw house turn right onto a farm track and follow it as it initially climbs to a small wood on your right then
descends towards the main road with fine views towards the Cheviot Hills. Turn left and then right to pick up another farm
track. Keep to the main track and ignore any tracks/roads leading off to the left or right.
13. At the main road (Kelso to Morebattle) turn left and keep to the grassy verge for 100m. Cross the road and join a farm track.
There is a small car park here. After 600m turn right heading into Bowmont Forest. Continue straight ahead along the forest
track for a further 700m.
14. At the track junction turn left and follow the track back to the car park and start point
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