Wauchope 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.
- All mountain biking trails are open.
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 will be allowed to park overnight at this car park.
This is part of a short-term national trial that will run until later in the year, open to self-contained vehicles only. Motorhomes and campervans can stay for one night only at a time between 6pm and 10am. Camping and overnight parking of cars is not allowed.
Before you visit, please read our Stay the Night guidance, terms and conditions:
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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