Boost for Tweed Valley walkers

Forest Enterprise Scotland has just opened three new walking trails in the popular Cardrona Forest, located in the heart of the Tweed Valley.

The waymarked trails are part of a longer term commitment to boosting the Tweed Valley as a major tourism location.

Man walking a dog in Tweed Valley

Two of the walking trails are classed as ‘easy’ and the remaining longer one as ‘moderate’ in terms of fitness needed.

A total of £50,000 has been invested in the new walking trails network at Cardrona.

Katie Jarvis, recreation forester with Forest Enterprise Scotland said:

"Cardrona Forest is a gem of a forest just outside Peebles and is especially a favourite for walkers who want a quieter and more relaxed time. It’s very popular with local people but also visitors from further afield.

"The trails range from over a mile long to four miles in length so there’s a bit of variety.

"You can take an easier walk for around an hour, right up to a longer leg stretcher of two hours if you have more time to enjoy the scenery."

The trails take in fine views of the Tweed Valley along wooded glades, whilst uncovering some archaeological remains of Cardrona Tower and other Iron Age forts.

  • Pen View Trail: Easy.
  • 1.7 miles walk through pine and larch woodlands and views of Lee Penn.
  • Fergus’s Trail: Easy.
  • 2.4 miles through woodland to discover Cardrona Tower.
  • Pikes Knowe Trail: Moderate.
  • Just over 4 miles deep into the forest to find Cardrona Tower and the Iron Age fort Castle Knowe.

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of the Forestry Commission and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
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