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69. Newmill

start: Hawick
distance: 22 miles
OS map: 79

Newmill route mapMostly on road and good surfaces, this takes in the area to the west and south of Hawick. The route is described from the large Common Haugh car park at (503 152)

Head south from the car park keeping the river Teviot on your L. You'll pass through Wilton Park - look out for the Museum, Scott Gallery, scented garden and its waterfall. Pass a number of rugby pitches to reach a minor road which follows the river.

Turn R onto the B711 to head towards Roberton in the Borthwick Valley. Turn L just after you pass the school there to go down to the river and passing the Youth Hostel. A mile or so past the hostel, turn L and there's a fair haul up to the spot height at 283m near Chapel Hill. There are extensive views to Ruberslaw, and beyond, in the east, right round to Craik forest to the west.

Just a couple of hundred yards or so past Branxholme Easter Loch you may spot a track on the R heading off downhill towards Newmill. I suspect that this would be OK but, on this occasion, we chose to stick with the road as it rolls down towards the A7.

Take a R at (466 123) for Branxholme Park down a farm track. Swing R then L to come out on the A7. Turn R and it's a mile along to Newmill - refreshments available at the pub.

Take the road signed for Southfield. This may be marked as a track on older maps but is, in fact, a good surface. Pass through a couple of fords and follow the valley as it wends to the SE. Turn L at the T junction just past Southfield and go towards Pilmuir. You'll see a cairn in a field on your R. This is Ca' Knowe and was put up in 1911 - I'm not too sure what it signifies, but there are good views if nothing else.

Just past Pilmuir farm you have a choice: straight on takes you along by the golf course and down into town; alternatively, you can turn R to go down by Williestruther Loch into Liddesdale and go along into town that way.

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