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Wauchope

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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.

Storm Arwen

We strongly advise that visitors stay away from all forests for now. Many forests all across Scotland have been seriously affected by strong winds over the weekend, resulting in fallen trees blocking roads and trails. In the event of a safety incident, emergency services would be unable to reach many areas. We are working hard to clear obstructions and hope to welcome you back soon.

 

About

A woodland full of wildlife, with a picturesque burn

Wauchope Forest is criss-crossed with trails that are great for walking, cycling and horse riding. Some lead you beside a babbling burn and through mixed woodland where you might spot red squirrels in the canopy and goshawks overhead. Others take you up to open ground with panoramic views of the border country and the Cheviot Hills.

The course of the Hyndlee Burn was changed when a new forest road was built here. The burn is now carefully managed to make it as natural as possible and attractive to wildlife. Look into the water near the Wauchope Entrance car park to see how logs have been placed in the water to create still pools, which attract fish, insects and birds. Wauchope’s woods are planted with plenty of clearings to help rare and threatened wildlife feel at home. Black grouse, goshawk, and juniper are priority species in this area.

Wauchope route card (PDF)

Walking trails (2)

Walking

Jonny's Trail (diverted)

A trail notice is in effect

  • This trail is diverted for maintenance work until November, please follow diversion signage. Thank you! 

Walk in the footsteps of Jonny the forester, along the Catlee Burn and up through oak, ash, birch and larch.

Largely wide firm gravel track, with section of uneven earth and stone. Long slope with steep sections. Several bridges.

Moderate trail grade icon
1 miles / 1.7 km

Allow
¾ hour

Walking

Cauldron Trail

Climb up through the spruce to enjoy the solitude of Wauchope, before winding back down through the trees. A good leg stretch.

Mostly wide, firm gravel tracks with long moderate slopes. Includes section of narrow, uneven earth and rocky paths with short fairly steep slopes.

Moderate trail grade icon
1 ¾ miles / 2.9 km

Allow
1 hour

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
Mountain biking
Mountain biking
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Parking
Horse riding
Horse riding
Picnic area
Picnic area

Need a bite to eat?

Wauchope is a lovely place for a picnic, with picnic tables at most of the car parks.

You’ll find a selection of places to shop, eat and drink in Hawick and Newcastleton. There are also public toilets in Hawick.

Stay The Night

Our Stay the Night trial has now ended. All participating car parks have now reverted to no overnight parking permitted, in line with all our car parks.

Car parking information

There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.

More about parking

Getting here

Wauchope lies either side of the B6357, which links Bonchester Bridge and Newcastleton in the Scottish Borders.

From Hawick, head to Bonchester Bridge on the A6088. Turn right on to the B6357 south towards Newcastleton for approximately two miles. Hells Hole is the first access point to Wauchope and is on the right-hand side.

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TD9 9TB is the nearest postcode.

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Nearby forests

Brown heather on hilltop looking out to wide rolling green hills under a blue and cloudy sky

Wild hills in the border country

Facilities and activities
Parking icon
Parking
Distance from 'Wauchope': 2.42 miles
Girl inspects moss with adult in forest

A stunning woodland landscape with tranquil trails

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Parking icon
Parking
All ability trails
All ability trails
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Wauchope': 9.15 miles
Mountain bike wheel splashing through muddy puddle

Thrills galore in the rolling forest - brilliant for biking

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Mountain biking
Mountain biking
Parking icon
Parking
Wildlife hide
Wildlife hide
Horse riding
Horse riding
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Wauchope': 12.26 miles

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