Walks and Cycle Trails

Local Walks

Location map here

  • click a Map NUMBER on this location map for a detailed map of the selected walk
  • some of the longer linear walks have two detailed maps; click the number at each end of the selected walk

Our community is located between the Lammermuir hills and the Tweed Valley (Merse), and there are many pleasant walks in and around the area. The long distance coast to coast route, the Southern Upland Way, is about 7 miles north of Gavinton. It passes through Lauder, Longformacus, Abbey St Bathans, and to the coast at Cockburnspath.

A selection of 26 local walks is shown on the location map here, with links to detailed route maps for each walk (example here) to print out for navigation, and the location of car parks. The walks range from 3-13 miles, some circular, and others between two points. Route descriptions are available for some walks. If you enjoyed any of these walks, we would welcome a review with a few photos to post in a ‘walks review’ section.  Please email your reviews (here), and remember to include the name of the walk.  Suggestions for new walks are also welcome

Southern Upland Way
St Abbs – Berwickshire Coastal Path

            For those with smartphones, route waypoints are available to download (GPX files) to a suitable navigation app (such as ViewRanger). The phone, used as a SatNav, provides an excellent navigational aid, and (once downloaded) doesn’t require a mobile signal or consume valuable data. Remember, a paper map (printout) is an essential backup. A portable phone charger and compass are also advisable.

Polwarth Moss – Dirrington Law (Little & Great)
Greenlaw Moor – Eildon Hills

          The 26 walks in our map have been drawn from the following public sources:

  • ScotWays – useful leaflet of paths in and around the Lammermuirs
  • walkhighlands – walks around Eyemouth, Duns and Coldstream
  • Southern Upland Way (SUW) – the whole route, including our area
  • SUW short walks – detailed leaflet on walks on the eastern section of the SUW; map of all walks on page 3, and walks in our area (#30 to #35) on pages 46-54 (Borders Council)
  • Walks-Scottish Borders – some walks in our area
  • Duns area – leaflet on paths around Duns (Borders Council)
  • Ordnance Survey – ‘routes/discover routes’ to find local walks
  • The SBC has useful information on walks in the Borders, and beyond

Cycle Trails

There are four signposted cycling trails around Duns, shown on this map, and described here

These trails range from 4.5 miles to 25.5 miles on mostly quiet roads, and are suited to family groups and inexperienced cyclists

SBC has useful information on cycling in the Borders here, including mountain biking

Sustrans is the custodian of the National Cycle Network, including over 2,000 miles in Scotland.  Pocket-sized cycle maps are available , including ‘North Northumberland & the Scottish Borders’ and the 250 mile ‘Borderloop

This map shows most cycle routes