Some FLS visitor centres are offering a reduced service, with walking and mountain bike trails remaining open, as are most toilets and car parks. Please check below for local updates on any closures.
We want to ensure your visit is an enjoyable and safe one.
Make sure you follow the Scottish Government’s FACTS advice – helping to protect yourself, your family and your local community, and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code helping to keep Scotland beautiful.
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.
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.
Allow ¾ hour
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.
Allow 1 hour
Facilities & access
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
Motorhomes and campervans that are self-contained and have their own toilet facilities will be able to stay overnight at the Wauchope car park from 26 April – 31 October 2021. This does not include overnight tent camping or car parking.
To help plan your stay, please see the details below:
- Height barrier – No
- Motorhome capacity of car park – 2
- Suitable for large vehicles/caravans – No
- Access notes – Narrow approach road with passing places.
- Parking notes – Fairly level. Parking blocks recommended. Please leave a 4m gap between other motorhomes.
Please visit our Stay the Night page for full details, participating locations, best practice, and terms and conditions of use.
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.
TD9 9TB is the nearest postcode.
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