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Cardrona Forest Notices

COVID-19 has changed lots of things we do. And as we re-open the majority of our facilities and welcome more of you back in Phase 3, we need your help to do it safely. Please check what’s open before you travel; enjoy your visit safely by following NHS and Scottish Government guidance; take your litter home with you; and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

At this location:

  • The car park is open and normal charges (if any) now apply.
  • Toilets are open.

Please bear with us and check back regularly for updates. You can also find more information by visiting our COVID-19 page and our FAQs.

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


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.

¼ miles / 0.3 km

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.

1 ¾ miles / 2.8 km

1 hour


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.

2 ½ miles / 3.9 km

1½ hours


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.

4 miles / 6.6 km

2 hours


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)

Facilities & access

Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Picnic area
Picnic area

The nearest public toilets, shops and cafès are in Peebles, a few miles to the west.

Car parking charges

  • £1 for up to 1 hour
  • £3 for all day
  • £12 for minibus and coach all day

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'.

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EH45 9HU is the nearest postcode.

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