Buccleuch to Teviothead Path
Start location: Buccleuch (NT 327 143)
End location: Teviothead (NT 405 054)
Geographical area: Lothian and Borders
Path Type: Drove Road
Path distance: 18km
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Start from NT327145 at farm track marked East Buccleuch Farm. Take track keeping farmhouse on right. Right of way passes a small barn then a large barn then clear track onwards with burn on right. After a mile you pass Priesthopehaugh house in the middle of nowhere. Keep following track to gate into forestry. Track is still clear into forestry and after 400 yards you reach a clearing with an old sheepfold on right. At Baldhill* (ruin) continue south for 1km by dykes and fences on your right, then keep east of the burn on a grass ride to join the main forest road at NT329105. Turn left here and uphill for 250m to fork right just north of the source of Aithouse Burn which is followed down to Craik. On reaching the minor public road, turn right to its end opposite Howpasley. Just before the road crosses a bridge over the Howpasley Burn at NT346075, a gate on the left leads onto a good vehicle track which goes uphill through mature conifers. After 0.8km a well used vehicle track branches off downhill to the right (to Old Howpasley), and a forestry track continues straight ahead. After about 100m, the forest track heads SSW away from the line of this old drove road. Slightly left ahead, at NT353067, follow a grass ride forking right (here blocked by felling in 2010, bypassed to left) leading southeast up to Rut Head gate at NT358063, then go due east above a quarry (felling as above) to meet the forest road going down by Lairhope to Falnash and the A7 north of Teviothead.
*The section south of Baldhill has previously been reported as overgrown, so it may be necessary to divert around this 1km section by following the forestry roads past Coutlair Knowe and Bald Hill which will add about 2km to the route.
OS Landranger 79 (Hawick & Eskdale area)
This route is marked as a drove road on some maps, but unfortunately there are breaks in its line on recent OS 1:50,000 maps.