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Thief Road

Start location: Wollrig (NT 454 225)
End location: Fower Roadends crossroads, south-west of Boonraw (NT 494 175)
Geographical area: Lothian and Borders
Path Type: Rural Path
Path distance: 8km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians

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Route Description

From the crossroads (Fower Roadends), follow the road becoming a clear track north-northwest to NT489182. Thereafter a series of gates are passed as this clear track climbs to cross another path at right angles. At this point (NT484192) a finger post is met and then the track becomes a path across the last field. Follow path downhill to gate. Go through and head half left to track through forest. After half a mile the track becomes a made up forest road which the path follows. After a further half-mile you come to a small gate which is waymarked. Go through and head downhill on clear track between trees to another small gate. Go through and enter field and look for small gate 100yd ahead. Go through this and head downhill on track with conifers on left which comes to Salenside and a made up forest track, a bridge and exit to road. Turn right for 40yd and then turn left over waymarked stile. The next half mile is across a golf course, but the path is clearly marked. Cross golf course and head to northern far end and gate. Go through gate and continue climbing to stile near Wollrig. Turn right and gain track to exit. Waymarked throughout as Border Abbeys Way.

OS Landranger 73 (Peebles, Galashiels & surrounding area) & 79 (Hawick & Eskdale)

Heritage Information

The name Thief Road is given to the northern (Woll) section of this old route on the first edition OS 6" mapping (1843-1882). It appears again on the OS 1:25,000 maps (1937-61). Thief's Roads tend to be known as such because they were frequented by cattle thieves, or Reivers as they were known in the Borders.





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