Hawick is the largest of the Border towns and has long been a centre of the knitwear and cashmere industry, set astride the River Teviot. The town is famed for its 'Common Riding' - an event in June when hundreds of riders go round the burgh boundaries; it - and a fine horse statue - commemorates a victory over English raiders.
Despite being a larger town, Hawick is the gateway to one of the loneliest and emptiest parts of the region, as the land to the south and west extends away into miles and miles of forest and little-visited rolling Ettrick hills. Towards the southern edge of this area is the attractive planned village of Newcastleton, in Liddesdale.
|Heip Hill and the Teviot, Hawick||6.5km||2 - 3 hours|
|Vertish Hill, Hawick||8.5km||2.5 - 3 hours|
|Dykecrofts circular, from Newcastleton||10km||2.5 - 3.5 hours|
|Cross Border Trail, Newcastleton||17.75km||4 hours|
|Woolhope circuit, Newcastleton||7.25km||2 - 3 hours|
|Bonchester Hill and fort, near Hawick||8.25km||2 - 3 hours|
|Rubers Law, from Denholm||10km||3 - 3.5 hours|
|Ring of St Mary's Loch||14.75km||4 - 5.5 hours|
|Ettrick Hills horseshoe||16km||5.5 - 6.5 hours|
|Borders Abbeys Way||101km||5 stages|
|Southern Upland Way||338km||12 stages|