Carlops - Rutherford - Kitleyknowe - Carlops

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Carlops - Rutherford - Kitleyknowe - Carlops

After leaving Carlops Village and following the main A702 for about 300m, the route crosses the road and continues for about 1km along a gravel track past a large equestrian farm with many horses in the surrounding fields. This part of the route is close to the line of the Roman road from Cramond on the Forth to Hadrian's Wall near Carlisle. The route then turns sharp left down another track, from which the Moorfoot Hills can be seen over the trees ahead and slightly left, while on the left there is a good view of the Pentland Hills, including Spittal Hill, Greenlaw, West Kip, East Kip, Scald Law and Carnethy.

Having again crossed the A702, the route runs through the trees along the old driveway to Rutherford. However, before reaching the erstwhile Golf Club, the route turns left to reach and cross the present access road. It then turns left again again and goes over a stile into an area of rough grazing. After crossing a small footbridge, the path becomes rather indistinct, but is marked by electricity poles carrying the waymarks of the Scottish Rights of Way Society. Once across this area, another stile leads to a minor road north, which is followed for about 450m before turning north-west along a track through an avenue of old beech trees to reach the southern end of Kitleyknowe. Having passed through the hamlet, the route presently turns left and continues along the minor road for about 1 Km, before taking a path to the right, crossing a wooden footbridge and so going directly back to Carlops.

Scotland - South Scotland - Scottish Borders - Southern Uplands


Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Good for Kids, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Stately Home, Wildlife, Woodland
03/04/2012 - Walkingworld Admin

Our thanks to Morley Sewell for his update for this walk. April 2012. Adrian (Admin)

17/10/2011 - Walkingworld Admin

Our thanks to Morley Sewells for his updates for this walk. October 2011. Adrian (Admin)

30/09/2011 - Sarah Floyd

Just done this walk - should have been very pleasant BUT.. Checkpoint 7: the stile has broken down and the gate was locked by having barbed wire wrapped around it. Checkpoint 10: the open area with several gates contained a very large bull, several Highland cows, another cow and calf. These were literally fenced into the 3way track junction at NT 170556. Checkpoint 12: the track between the stone pillars had been blocked off with 2 metal barriers. By this time we had decided that someone doesn't like walkers and took the road back to Carlops. I've got photographs of all this if anyone is interested.

07/07/2011 - Fiona Dick

Waypoint 5: it is no longer possible to cut through the trees at the point shown in the photograph. Instead, you carry on for another 20m to the new fencing in front of the housing development, where there is a narrow path cutting across to the new road. If you look to the right of the next block of fencing, you can see the stile to cross. Waypoint 6: At the end of the wall it is no longer necessary to cross the plank bridge; you can just turn right to the (next) stile. Please thank Morley for the very detailed descriptions - no chance of getting lost!

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