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A stunning woodland landscape with tranquil trails
Craik Forest is great for when you want to ‘get away from it all’. Nestling in the heart of the Southern Uplands, this large, remote woodland is home to red squirrels and many woodland birds.
Some of the trees here are over 100 years old, and the size and isolation of the forest makes it a great place for wildlife.
A short stroll along the peaceful Borthwick Water, through graceful larch. Perfect for a picnic.
Wide and firm track throughout, with occasional loose gravel. Gentle rises and one section of boardwalk.
Allow ¼ hours
Find out about the salmon that spawn in the burn, and the bats, owls and squirrels that live in the trees.
A wee daunder along the burn and through mature, moss-clad Norway spruce trees, a favourite habitat of the red squirrel.
Uneven gravel and earth paths. Some exposed tree roots and potentially muddy sections. Two short steep slopes and a pair of bridges.
Allow ½ hours
Aithouse Burn Trail
Walk through some of Craik’s oldest trees and along the lovely Aithouse Burn. Great views over the forest.
Uneven grass and earth paths with some muddy sections. Some steep slopes. Includes a bridge and section of boardwalk.
Allow 1 hour
There's opportunities to spot red squirrels and woodland birds, so bring your binoculars.
Facilities & access
Find a bite to eat nearby
You’ll find public toilets and places to eat in Hawick.
From Hawick, follow the A7 towards Carlisle. At Martins Bridge turn onto the B711, signposted for Roberton. After about 3 ¼ miles, just beyond the school in Roberton, turn left and follow the unclassified single track road for about 6 ½ miles to the car park. Craik Forest is well signposted.
TD9 7PS is the nearest postcode.
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