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Latest forest information
- Road upgrade works will begin 31 May 2021 on a short section of road along Pikes Knowe walking trail. Pleae follow all safety signage.
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.
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.
Allow ¼ hour
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Facilities & access
Toilets are open 7 days a week.
Car parking charges
- £1 for up to 1 hour
- £3 for all day
- £12 for minibus and coach all day
Annual parking permits are also available, these can now be purchased in person from the Peel cafe at Glentress. The Tweed Valley permit covers Glentress (all sites), Cardrona and Innerleithen car parks.
- Cars - £90
- Minibus/coach - £135
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'.
EH45 9HU is the nearest postcode.
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