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Discover a stunning woodland landscape on a grand scale

Craik Forest

Walk with the wildlife at Craik Forest

Craik Forest is great for when you want to ‘get away from it all’. Nestling in the heart of the Southern Uplands, this large, remote woodland is home to red squirrels and many woodland birds.

Some of the trees here are over 100 years old, and the size and isolation of the forest makes it a great place for wildlife.

Our guide map of the forests in the Southern Uplands has details of more woodlands in this beautiful area.


Parking Picnic area Walking Easy-access trails Viewpoint

Find a bite to eat nearby

You’ll find public toilets and places to eat in Hawick.

Walking trails


Cycling trails


Mountain biking trails


Contact: Dumfries and Borders Forest District

Address: Ae Village, Parkgate, Dumfries

Postcode: DG1 1QB

Telephone: 0300 067 6900

Email: dumfriesborders@forestry.gsi.gov.uk


How to get here

From Hawick, follow the A7 towards Carlisle. At Martins Bridge turn onto the B711, signposted for Roberton. After about 3 ¼ miles, just beyond the school in Roberton, turn left and follow the unclassified single track road for about 6 ½ miles. The car park is at grid reference NT 346 079. Craik Forest is well signposted.

Using SatNav?

TD9 7PS is the nearest postcode.

Nearby places

You’ll find more trails to explore in Wauchope, where there are wonderful views across the Borders landscape. At Castle O’er and Bessie’s Hill you can walk in the footsteps of Iron Age settlers across the hilltop forts they built.


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