The most peaceful forest in the Tweed valley, with wonderful views and wildlife


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 Tweed Valley Forest Park Map and Trail Guide (PDF 3.8MB) will help you explore.

Parking Walking Horse riding Viewpoint

Feeling peckish?

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

Walking trails

Our guide map to the Tweed Valley Forest Park (PDF 4.96MB) will help you explore.

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

Saddle up

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.

Contact: Dumfries and Borders Forest District

Address: Ae Village, Parkgate, Dumfries

Postcode: DG1 1QB

Telephone: 0300 067 6900


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.

Using SatNav?

EH45 9HH is the nearest postcode, a little before you reach the forest.

Public transport

Buses serve Peebles, about 1 ½ miles away. Check Traveline Scotland for timetables and fares.

Nearby places

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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