Canter through Cademuir
Tranquil Cademuir is the smallest forest in the Tweed Valley Forest Park. Early morning mists often veil the trees and glen, creating a mysterious, ethereal world.
The woodland's position on Cademuir Hill gives commanding views over Peebles and Glentress Forest, and it’s an ideal place for wildlife spotting. Keep an eye – and an ear – open for small birds such as siskins, warblers and crossbills, or greater spotted woodpeckers. If you’re very lucky you’ll catch a glimpse of tawny owls fleeting through the trees at dusk. Our guide map to the Tweed Valley Forest Park will help you explore.
Please note, there is ongoing work to redesign and upgrade the Pilots’ Trail. Please pay attention to all onsite signage.
You’ll find places to eat and public toilets in Peebles.
A lovely short loop through this peaceful larch and pine forest, where bird song fills the air and wildlife waits around every turn.
Firm gravel surface throughout. Some steep slopes and occasional muddy section. Suitable for horses with softer alternative route in places.
1 ¼ miles / 2.2 km Allow ¾ hour
Tantah House, from which the trail takes its name, is an imposing 19th century villa just downhill from the north end of the forest. It was built by local foundry owner James Inglis, who named it after a town in Egypt – nobody knows why.
Pilots’ Trail (diverted)
Please note, ongoing work is being done to redesign and upgrade the Pilots’ Trail. The first section has been completed now and walkers are welcome to enjoy the new path.
However, to prevent damage while this new trail is bedding in we ask that horse riders and mountain bikers use the old Pilot’s trail. Please pay attention to all signage and diversions and avoid sections of the trail that are currently being upgraded.
A fine circuit to appreciate the solitude of Cademuir Plantation, where two German pilots took refuge during World War II. There are wonderful views over Peebles and Upper Tweeddale.
Narrow and uneven earth and rock path. Includes several steep slopes and some muddy sections.
3 ¼ miles / 5.3 km Allow 2 hours
The two German air force pilots took refuge in Cademuir when they had bailed out here during World War II. The forest is so secluded that they were only discovered when smoke from their fire gave them away.
Mountain biking trails
Cademuir’s trails, with their mixture of forest and open hill, are popular with horse riders. See our horse riding section for more information on visiting the forest on horseback.
The John Buchan Way, a 13 mile (21 km) trail that connects Peebles and Broughton runs alongside the forest. The route celebrates the author of The Thirty-Nine Steps, who was also a politician and Governor-General of Canada.
How to get here
From Peebles High Street, follow signs to Cardrona and Traquair on the B7062. Once over the bridge, take the second right onto Springhill Road, signposted for the High School. Take the first turn right onto Springwood Road and then immediately left onto Bonington Road. Follow this unclassified road for about one mile to the forest entrance at grid reference NT 251 383.
EH45 9HH is the nearest postcode, a little before you reach the forest.
Buses serve Peebles, about 1 ½ miles away. Check Traveline Scotland for timetables and fares.
Cademuir is just one of many wonderful forests in the Tweed Valley Forest Park. Outside Peebles, Glentress has some wonderful walking trails as well as world-class mountain biking. At Caberston, outside Innerleithen, you can climb to an Iron Age hill fort.
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