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|Hanging Tree Trail, Newcastleton Forest|
|Author: Mattreed, Published: 03 Sep 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Roxburghshire, Newcastleton, Scottish Borders|
|This route is a 2 and a half mile circular walk located in the Newcastleton Forest which follows the Drove Trail for part of the way and then returns through an area of old, well established woodland passing the 'hanging tree'.|
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.
|Start to view of Liddesdale|
Start point: 55.1847 lat, -2.7776 long
The walk starts at the Priesthill car park. The walks in the Newcastleton Forest are all well marked with posts. Take the red waymarkers marked Hanging Tree Trail. Walk down the track from the car park and cross the Whithaugh Burn by the footbridge. This was once a ford where an old country turnpike road crossed the burn. The spot was said to be haunted by fairies and the spirits of the dead from Castleton churchyard and a sign read "no road this way after dark". Go up the track on the other side. Initially stony, it soon becomes grassy. After a short climb, the track levels out with a widening view and Arnton Fell ahead. Past the junction where the View Point Walk comes in from the left, and in a further 150m fork right. Pass through an area of fine mature trees including several old Scots pines to reveal a view of Liddesdale.
|View of Liddesdale to Farmsteads|
Start point: 55.1947 lat, -2.7709 long
On the right is a site of the former farmstead of Belshiels, long since abandoned. The people who lived here will have planted some of the trees you see today. Reach a field corner and walk along the fence for a short distance. The path then curves away from the fence across a felled area and it's rather overgrown for a short stretch. It soon improves. At the edge of the young plantation, where the Drove Road Walk goes right, go straight ahead through the trees. At the far side of the plantation the path drops to meet a forest road. Turn left and in 50 metres go sharply right on a narrow grass path into more mature conifers.
|Former farmsteads to Detour to hanging tree|
Start point: 55.1904 lat, -2.7671 long
Before long, a short branch path on the right leads to the reputed sight of a hanging tree, one of many where the rough 'Borders Justice' was administered in the turbulent times of the past. Various trees were used; in this case it was an Ash.
|Detour to hanging tree to hanging tree|
Start point: 55.1876 lat, -2.7649 long
The detour to the hanging tree on your right is only 100 metres and well worth a look - the old ash tree stands distinctively from those around it.
|Hanging tree to Pouterlampert|
Start point: 55.1878 lat, -2.7664 long
The path continues past the site of Pouterlampart, once a large farm recorded as far back as 1376. It was held by Armstrong's until 1632 but has been abandoned for at least 200 years and all that remains are low turf walls.
|Pouterlampert to End|
Start point: 55.1869 lat, -2.7652 long
Continue on the final section of the walk, the grassy path winding pleasantly thought the trees. After crossing a burn, the path rises before passing through a stand of superb tall conifers. The path swings right for the final decent to the car park, passing another abandoned farmstead called Priesthill.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author Mattreed and may not be reproduced without permission.
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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