- Trails /
This on-road cycle ride from Peebles takes a circular route around Cademuir Hill to the south of the town. There are some gentle climbs on this trail but you are rewarded with fine views over the Tweed Valley and the hills beyond.
Turn right out of the car park into Kingsmeadows Road and then bear left into Caledonian Road. Turn left at the mini roundabout into Edderston Road and after passing the last house on the right hand side, turn right to enter open countryside.
This road climbs steadily for the next half mile (with a steep section past Edderston Manor) but shortly after breasting the summit, picnic benches on the right offer the opportunity to rest and enjoy the view over Peebles to Dunslair Heights (602m). The road now starts to drop and a prospect of the Tweed Valley opens up. The descent steepens and Old Manor Bridge, built in 1702, is soon crossed, followed by a short rise up to the Manorhead road.
Turn left and enter a pleasant tree lined section, rising at first and then dropping fair ly gently down to Kirkton Manor (3 m / 5 km). Turn left over the Manor Water (take care crossing the cattle grid just over the bridge). The river is followed for a short length but the road then climbs away from it (with only a short steep stretch) before levelling out and contouring along the southern slopes of Cademuir Hill.
A wide prospect of Stob Law and Hundleshope Heights opens out to the south, their heather clad slopes contrasting sharply with the lush wooded valley of the Tweed, which has been left behind. Continue on generally favourable grades (there’s a second cattle grid along here) before re-entering the leafy outskirts of Peebles on Bonnington Road. Turn right at the bottom and then left into Springhill Road, which leads back down to Kingsmeadows Road - the car park entrance is directly opposite.
This circuit can also be done clockwise, of course, but it’s not sign posted in that direction and does involve a very steep climb up from Old Manor Bridge.
The Peebles Hydro
The Peebles Hydro hotel has been at the heart of the Peebles community since 1878. Today it is a spa hotel with several restaurants and bars and numerous onsite activities, making it a big draw for those seeking fun and adventure. The hotel is part of a family of 8 fabulous hotels across Perthshire, The Borders and West Highlands.
There are numerous walks in the hills that surround Peebles and along the banks of the River Tweed for walkers of all abilities. Cyclists can enjoy off-road cycling in Glentress Forest where there are over 50 miles of purpose built mountain biking trails. Road cyclists can find excellent routes on the quiet country roads and paved cycle paths. Bicycle and helmet hire are available from the hotel.Read more...