Dreva and Dawyck

The Glack, Manor Valley © Jim Barton
Towards Halyards © Richard Webb
The Tweed at Lyne © Jim Barton
Silver and green © Jim Barton
Stobo Castle © Jim Barton
Dawyck House and woodland © Jim Barton

A very enjoyable on-road cycle ride from Peebles that passes Stobo Castle and Dawyck House along the Tweed Valley. Dawyck Botanic Gardens are well worth stopping at. This 65 acre estate enjoys an almost continental climate comprising of warm dry summers followed by cold, snowy winters. Plants from the mountainous regions of Europe, China, Nepal, Japan and North America thrive there. The garden is renowned for its seasonal displays of snowdrops, bluebells, rhododendrons, azaleas, blue poppies and autumn colour.

Follow the Cademuir Circuit to Kirkton Manor, but leave it by bearing right at the next junction and climb up to The Glack. Turn right and continue to climb for a few hundred yards. The road then levels out and the Tweed Valley comes into view again. Drop downhill past Haswellsykes Farm to the end of the public road close to the River Tweed.

Turn left along a track then bear left onto a very narrow footpath (please dismount for this next section). Cross over the river and remount once the public road is reached. Carry straight on under a disused railway bridge to the next junction at Lyne Station. Turn left here then left again after 3/4 mile onto the B712 road.

Continue through Stobo and turn right towards Dreva. This road runs high above the Tweed Valley and gives fine views to the Culter Fell group of hills to the south-west and the Manor hills to the south. About 1/4 mile west of Dreva Farm, bear left and drop down to the valley bottom. Pass Rachan and turn left back onto the B712, now heading towards Peebles.

Continue, mostly on favourable grades, through Drumelzier to reach the entrance to Dawyck Botanic Garden on the right, about 2 miles further on. The garden is open from mid February to mid November and has an excellent tearoom with outdoor tables, but watch out for a particularly vicious cattle grid at the far end of the approach drive!

Returning to the B712, turn right to rejoin the outward route in a further 1/4 mile. This is followed back to the junction near Kirkton Manor. Turn right to regain the Cademuir Circuit back into Peebles.

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