Dreva and Dawyck
- Trails /
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.
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...