All FLS visitor centres are currently closed. Walking and mountain bike trails remain open, as do most toilets and car parks, but do check below for local updates for closures.
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Latest forest information
Felling operations until end-January 2021:
- The main car park and access road up to it will be closed to vehicles on weekdays (open at weekends). Access on foot/horse/bike will be maintained but delays possible - please follow safety instructions and look out for timber lorries. The closure to vehicles is needed so timber lorries can safely get into and back out of the forest on the narrow access road and through the car park.
- Dangermouse, Penfold, DH Lower, Baron and Walkers Path descent trails will be closed for the duration of the works (7days/week) to keep everyone safe. Baron and the Walkers Path descent trails are in the risk zone for the felling and heavy machinery will be extracting the timber and stacking it on the road where Dangermouse/Penfold and DH Lower trails exit.
- The Tantah’s Trail and Pilots Trail waymarked walks will remain fully open but a section of the lower forest road south of the main car park will need to be closed 7 days/week for the duration of the works with no through access possible.
Climb through rolling hillside forest for glorious valley views
Cademuir Hill gives commanding views over Peebles and Glentress Forest. The scenery is at its best on misty mornings or in the low light of early evening.
It’s an ideal place for wildlife spotting. Keep an eye – and an ear – open for small birds such as siskins, warblers and crossbills, or greater spotted woodpeckers. If you’re very lucky you’ll catch a glimpse of tawny owls fleeting through the trees at dusk or red deer bouncing through the trees.
A trail notice is in effect
- Monday 30 November to end January 2021: The Tantah’s Trail waymarked walk will remain fully open but a section of the lower forest road south of the main car park will need to be closed 7 days/week for the duration of the works with no through access possible.
A lovely short loop through this peaceful larch and pine forest, where bird song fills the air and wildlife waits around every turn.
Firm gravel surface throughout. Some steep slopes and occasional muddy section. Suitable for horses with softer alternative route in places.
Allow ¾ hour
Tantah House, from which the trail takes its name, is an imposing 19th century villa just downhill from the north end of the forest. It was built by local foundry owner James Inglis, who named it after a town in Egypt – nobody knows why.
A trail notice is in effect
- Monday 30 November to end January 2021: The Pilot’s Trail waymarked walk will remain fully open but a section of the lower forest road south of the main car park will need to be closed 7 days/week for the duration of the works with no through access possible.
Be rewarded with panoramic views of the Tweed Valley from the summit of Cademuir Hill and see if you can spot the Iron Age settlement.
Firm gravel path with some uneven sections. Includes a long steep slope and some muddy patches.
Allow 2½ hours
The two German air force pilots took refuge in Cademuir when they had bailed out here during World War II. The forest is so secluded that they were only discovered when smoke from their fire gave them away.
Cademuir’s trails, with their mixture of forest and open hill, are popular with horse riders.
The John Buchan Way
The John Buchan Way, a 13 mile trail that connects Peebles and Broughton, runs alongside the forest. The route celebrates the author of The Thirty-Nine Steps, who was also a politician and Governor-General of Canada. Find out more about the route at Scottish Borders Council.
Trails in Cademuir
The diversity of trees and habitat within Cademuir makes it popular with many different forest visitors. Find out more about how we’re working to create ideal environments for walking, mountain biking and horse riding in the Tweed Valley Forest Park.
Facilities & access
The nearest public toilets, as well as plenty of places to eat, drink and shop, are back along the road in Peebles.
Cademuir is 1½ miles south of Peebles. There's a few turns that are easy to miss, so it's worth reading these directions before you go:
- From the centre of Peebles, head south over the River Tweed on the B7062. Ignore the wide turning straight ahead, instead taking the second right which is signposted for 'High School'.
- Follow Springhill Road for a ¼ mile, turning right when prompted by another sign for 'High School'.
- After this turning, take an immediate left along Bonnington Road. Follow Bonnington Road for 1 mile, until the sign marking the entrance to Cademuir appears on the right.
EH45 9HH is the nearest postcode, a little before you reach the forest.
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