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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.

Walking trails

Wauchope route card (PDF)

Walking

Jonny's Trail

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 (closed)

A trail notice is in effect

24 January 2024: Trail closed due to fallen trees after storm Isha and Jocelyn. We will reopen access once it is safe to do so.

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
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Stay the Night

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

Stay the Night continues to run through to 31 October 2024. This means self-contained motorhomes and campervans will be able to park overnight for one night in some of our car parks.

There is a £7 charge to Stay the Night at this car park. Payment can be made through RingGo with details of how to do this at each car park.

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
  • Parking notes – Narrow access road with passing places. 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.

Stay the night

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.

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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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0300 067 6900 (option 1)
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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
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Parking
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Stay the Night
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 bikers cycling through a forest

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