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Linns Trail, Newcastleton Forest

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Linns Trail, Newcastleton Forest
Author: Mattreed, Published: 03 Sep 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Roxburghshire, Newcastleton, Scottish Borders
Walk Type: Woodland
Linns Trail, Newcastleton Forest
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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This route is a 5 mile circular walk located in the Newcastleton Forest. It is relatively flat and follows gravel paths for most of its course. The Linns trail drops down into a wooded valley, criss-crossed with burns and alive with wildlife. Highlight of the trail is the Border stane. This sculpted stone (stane being Scots for stone) has the words of Jerusalem on the side facing England and Auld Lang Syne on the Scottish side. The trail then heads out to a ruined cottage at Tweedenhead where on sunny days common lizards can be seen scuttling amongst the stones beside the bridge.

Access to the Newcastleton Forest is a mile east of Newcastleton, which lies on the B6357, 20 miles south of Hawick in the Scottish Borders and just few miles north of the English/Scottish border.
Follow the signs for the 7Stanes trail from the town. The 7Stanes tracks start at the Dykecroft car park which is also where this walk starts.

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Start to Linns
Start to Linns

Start point: 55.1783 lat, -2.7837 long
End point: 55.1722 lat, -2.7702 long

Head out of the car park and up the track away from the road. The walks in the Newcastleton Forest are all well marked with posts. Take the red arrows marked Linns Trail.

Linns to Bridge
Linns to Bridge

Start point: 55.1722 lat, -2.7702 long
End point: 55.1704 lat, -2.7746 long

After a short while there is a turn off to on your right marked Linns. Take this turning. The path continues on to a small bridge.

Bridge to Border stane
Bridge to Border stane

Start point: 55.1704 lat, -2.7746 long
End point: 55.168 lat, -2.7623 long

Continue over the bridge and along the path. After a while you will reach the Border stane. This sculpted stone (stane being Scots for stone) has the words of Jerusalem on the side facing England and Auld Lang Syne on the Scottish side.

Border stane to Tweedenhead cottage
Border stane to Tweedenhead cottage

Start point: 55.168 lat, -2.7623 long
End point: 55.1787 lat, -2.7495 long

Turn left after the Border stane and continue along the track flanking the forest on both sides until you reach a bridge crossing the Tweeden Burn. Just before the bridge there is a derelict cottage. This area is called Tweedenhead.

Tweedenhead cottage to end
Tweedenhead cottage to end

Start point: 55.1787 lat, -2.7495 long
End point: 55.1783 lat, -2.7838 long

The route then heads back along flat forest roads rejoining the track you came out on, back down to the car park.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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