Miles of trails for peaceful walks or rides


Explore the trails of Cardrona

Cardrona is a large forest that drapes the hillsides on the south side of the Tweed Valley. The trails are great for tranquil walks, gentle cross-country rides and relaxed horse riding. There are lovely views up the Tweed Valley towards Glentress. Our Tweed Valley Forest Park Map and Trail Guide (PDF 3.8MB) will help you explore.

Look out for red squirrels and a wealth of birdlife. Cardrona Tower, built in the 1500s, is now a ruin – but bats think it’s an ideal home. Don’t miss the site of the Iron Age fort at Castle Knowe – the walls are built on top of a layout some 2,000 years old.

Parking (charge) Toilets Picnic area Walking Horse riding Viewpoint Ancient monument

Find essentials nearby

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

Car parking

Please note, parking charges are as follows:

  • £1 for up to 1 hour
  • £3 for all day
  • £12 for minibus and coach all day

Walking trails

There are three new walking trails in Cardrona. They are temporarily waymarked and the colours to follow are purple, yellow and brown. Download a map of the new trails at Cardrona (PDF 3.8MB).

Please note, horses and bikes should follow the old trails in Cardrona to prevent damage to these new walking trails.

Please note there will be a high number of runners in the forest for the Tweed Valley Ultra Run Sunday 18 November. The trails remain open.

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

Contact: Dumfries and Borders Forest District

Address: Ae Village, Parkgate, Dumfries

Postcode: DG1 1QB

Telephone: 0300 067 6900


How to get here

From the centre of Peebles take the B7062, signposted for Cardrona and Traquair, and head east for about 2 ¾ miles (4.4 km). The entrance to Cardrona forest is on the right, at grid reference NT 292 385.

Using SatNav?

EH45 9HU is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

Buses serve Cardrona village, about ¾ mile (1.2 km) away. Visit Traveline Scotland for details.

Nearby places

Cardrona is just one of many wonderful forests in the Tweed Valley Forest Park. Just outside Peebles, Cademuir is one of the most tranquil forests in the valley. At Caberston you can climb to an Iron Age hillfort.

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