Hawick Riding Route
About This Route
This is the original way marked Hawick Riding Route. Since its inception roads change, forestry matures etc so in the directions we have included some possible alternatives, these are not signed but with an OS map you can easily follow them. We hope to get the route resigned in time…
This version of the route starts in the Common Haugh car park which is used for the Common Ridings so ample room to park. Heading out of Hawick on Victoria Road you are heading past Wilton Park following the top road running near the park turning right onto the Cross Border Drove Road follow this road through White haugh and up to Calaburn Farm. Keep following the blue horseshoe markers up as the road becomes a track and you climb gradually uphill and the views of Hawick behind you open up.
Turn right towards the gate, through that and over open hill you will see the trig point of Drinkstone Hill which you are heading for, the route then turns to the A7 where you divert away from the Drove road and cross the busy A7 – take care
This section once off the farm track now follows quiet back roads to Hawick where you cross the ford and head back uphill to Cavers.
If water crossings are not your thing there is an alternative at Clarilaw to ride the back roads to Denholm and come through Denholm Dean to Cavers. Its slightly longer but a nice scenic ride and there is a great coffee shop and pub in Denholm for refreshments!
Once through Cavers you reach Kirkton and it is back onto farm tracks and hills, you will pass the pretty Willistruther loch and head onto the scene of the common riding races – St Leonards racecourse.
There is a short section of road and a shallow water crossing but then you are on the home stretch passing Wiltonburn Farm B&B and back to Hawick
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