Hawick, Ettrick and Newcastleton

Hawick, Ettrick and Newcastleton

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.

Whilst Hawick may be substantial by Borders standards, it 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.


Walk Grade Distance Time
Dykecrofts circular, from Newcastleton grade10km 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Cross Border Trail, Newcastleton grade17.75km 4 hours
Woolhope circuit, Newcastleton gradegrade7.25km 2 - 3 hours
Ring of St Mary's Loch gradegrade14.75km 4 - 5.5 hours
Ettrick Hills horseshoe gradegradegrade16km 5.5 - 6.5 hours
Borders Abbeys Way 101km 5 stages
Southern Upland Way 338km 12 stages

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