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Eskdalemuir to Hawick

About This Route

The Romans built a road linking Eskdalemuir and Craik, west of Hawick, but although clearly marked on the map, most of this had for many years been impassable on foot and inaccessible on horseback.  As such, there was no off-road link between Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.  Under South of Scotland Countryside Trails, a new linear route designed specifically for walkers, cyclists and horse-riders was established linking Eskdalemuir to the Hawick Riding route, based on the old Roman road between Eskdalemuir and Craik, and then following former drove roads east to Hawick.

 

Statistics

  • Distance

    19.8 miles

  • Level

    Easy

  • Level Details

    The large Forestry Commission car park at Craik, west of Hawick, has ample space for trailers and horse boxes, and there are various other forest roads and trails to explore in either direction from there within Craik Forest, as well as the waymarked SOSCT route.

  • Towns

    Hawick

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