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Cardrona

Where we are

COVID-19 update

Enjoy your visit safely:

  • Read our COVID-19 Information in advance of your visit.
  • Most of our forests and facilities are open, but use our website to check before you travel.
  • Do not light campfires or use disposable barbecues.
  • Park considerately, taking care not to park on verges or block gates or roads.
  • Take care on or around open water. Find out more on our Water Safety page.

About

Beautiful views of Tweed Valley and 2000 years of history

Cardrona is a large forest that drapes the hillsides on the south side of the Tweed Valley. The trails are great for tranquil walks, gentle cross-country rides and relaxed horse riding. There are lovely views up the Tweed Valley towards Glentress.

Look out for red squirrels and a wealth of birdlife. Cardrona Tower, built in the 1500s, is now a ruin – but bats think it’s an ideal home. Don’t miss the site of the Iron Age fort at Castle Knowe – the walls are built on top of a layout some 2,000 years old.

Guide map to Tweed Valley Forest Park (PDF 3.8MB)

Walking trails (4)

Walking

Burn Trail

A pleasant stroll through spruce and larch trees alongside the gently-flowing Kirk Burn.

Firm gravel surface with some loose stones. Short section grassed over. Includes moderate slopes and two bridges 0.9m wide.

Easy trail grade icon
¼ miles / 0.3 km

Allow
¼ hour

Walking

Pen View Trail

A beautiful walk through Pine and larch woodlands with an air of the Highlands and fine views of Lee Pen.

Firm gravel path. Long moderate slopes with some short fairly steep sections. Includes 2 kissing gates, a bridge and narrow openings.

Easy trail grade icon
1 ¾ miles / 2.8 km

1 hour

Walking

Fergus’s Trail

Discover the remains of the Cardrona Tower and enjoy beautiful views of the Tweed Valley.

Firm gravel path with some loose stone. Long moderate slopes with some short fairly steep sections. Some narrow openings, two kissing gates and a bridge.

Easy trail grade icon
2 ½ miles / 3.9 km

1½ hours

Walking

Pikes Knowe Trail

Head deep into the forest to discover the remains of Cardrona Tower and the Iron Age fort at Castle Knowe, as well as fine views over the Tweed Valley.

Largely firm gravel path with some loose stone. Mostly long moderate slopes with a steep section.  One bridge, some narrow openings and two kissing gates.

Moderate trail grade icon
4 miles / 6.6 km

2 hours

Activities

Horse riding and cycling

Horse riders and cyclists are welcome at Cardrona, although we'd appreciate if you could stick to the old walking trails. These are marked on our current Tweed Vallery Forest Park leaflet:

Guide map to Tweed Valley Forest Park (PDF 3.8MB)

Trails in Cardrona

The serenity of Cardrona makes it a great place for all sorts of activities. 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.

Tweed Valley Zoning Plan (PDF 6MB)

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
Toilets
Toilets
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Horse riding
Horse riding
Picnic area
Picnic area
Ancient monument
Ancient monument

Toilets are open 7 days a week.

Car parking information

The charges to park at Cardrona are:

Payment options: Coin only

  • £1 for up to 1 hour
  • £2 for up to 3 hours
  • £3 for all day
  • £12 for minibus or coach all day 

Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates. Nearby car parks with free parking can be found in our local forest list without the £ symbol. 

Annual parking pass available:

Blue badge holders park free. Please display your Blue Badge clearly.

More parking info

Getting here

The car park for Cardrona Forest is on the B7062, 3½ miles east of Peebles and  ¾ miles west of Cardrona village.

From the A72, take the turning signposted for 'Cardrona', then follow all subsequent signs for 'Tweed Valley Forest Park Cardrona'.

Using SatNav?

EH45 9HU is the nearest postcode.

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Nearby forests

Mountain biker on a trail surrounded by tall green trees.

Award-winning mountain biking and so much more

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Toilets
Toilets
Mountain biking
Mountain biking
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Easy-access facilities
Easy-access facilities
Treetop adventure
Treetop adventure
Cafe or refreshments
Cafe or refreshments
Wildlife hide
Wildlife hide
Visitor centre
Visitor centre
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Bike hire
Bike hire
Shower
Shower
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Cardrona': 0.82 miles
Woman in white gilet walks through woodland with dogs, Cademuir Forest, near Peebles

Climb through rolling hillside forest for glorious valley views

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Parking icon
Parking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Horse riding
Horse riding
Distance from 'Cardrona': 1.59 miles
Man stands at sculptures on Pirn Hill Fort Trail, overlooking Innerleithen, Caberston

A forested climb to the site of an Iron Age hill fort

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Ancient monument
Ancient monument
Distance from 'Cardrona': 1.96 miles

Get in touch

Have a question or suggestion for improvement?

Phone
0300 067 6900 (option 1)
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