Harestanes Visitor Centre is just off the A68 before the road turns towards Jedburgh, at the Ancrum turning. The actual Visitor Centre/Cafe is only open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the winter but the wooded walks are accessible all year round. Some of the Craft Shops are open during the winter.
If the Cafe at Harestanes is closed, hence no facilities, you can just go up the road to Woodside Garden Centre where there is a lovely Cafe and the Garden Centre, which is great, is also open all year.
It is worth going at the weekend for the Cafe as the food is excellent and good value for money. The coffee is good too. The Cafe itself doesn't look much from the outside but it is well worth the visit.
There are 4 marked walks around Harestanes, one circular route of just a mile, 3 which are 4 miles long and there is also a long distance route of 60 miles! Then routes are all well signposted but there are leaflets in the Cafe area with a map or they can be downloaded the leaflet from here
The Cricket Park Path is the shortest route, just under one mile, goes through mature woodland and is popular with walkers, joggers and cyclist. There is a large pond on The Marble Burn from where, apparently in the late 1800s, a lade ran across the adjacent field to a water wheel in what is now the Visitor Centre. The wheel provided the power for a saw mill.
This route is suitable for buggies, assisted wheelchairs and includes a Maths Trail. Details of this can be obtained from the Visitor Centre.
The Folly Loch Path is 4 miles and includes a section on Dere Street (once a Roman Road from York to the Firth of Forth). There are views of Peniel Heugh and Folly Loch.
The River Teviot Path, again 4 miles, passes through woodland and fields to a riverside viewpoint at Nisbet Mill Cauld, returning by the same route. You can follow St. Cuthbert's Way to extend the route to Monteviot Suspension Bridge.
Peniel Heugh Path, 4 miles again, takes you up Peniel Heugh to the Waterloo Monument for panoramic views, returning by the same route. A the summit there is the remains of an Iron Age hill fort which was built to celebrate the Duke of Wellington's victory at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. You can gain access to the Tower but do contact Lothian Estates Office in advance on 01835 862201 Mondays to Fridays.
St Cuthbert's Way - 60 miles - log distance route from Melrose to Lindisfarne designed to celebrate the life of St. Cuthbert. It is thought that St. Cuthbert started life as a shepherd boy in Oxton and there is a much shorter walk from Channelkirk Church in Oxton to Melrose on the 8th June 2019. There is more informationhere
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