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Innerleithen, Walkerburn and Pirn Law Tweed Interpretation

Innerleithen to

Walk No: 32

Start: Car park in Leithen Road. Turn up Leithen Road from the centre of Innerleithen and park on the right in about 200 metres.

Finish: Car park in Leithen Road. Turn up Leithen Road from the centre of Innerleithen and park on the right in about 200 metres.

Nearest Town: Innerleithen

• Distance: 6 miles

• Height Gain:

• Relevant Map:
Difficulty: Moderate

• Terrain: Easy
• Toilets: In Innerleithen or Walkerburn.

• Refreshments: In Innerleithen or Walkerburn.

Route Description
From the car park, walk back to the main road, turn left across the Leithen Water and first right (Princes St). At the end of the road, fork left and in 30 metres turn left onto the old railway line.

Pass behind the caravan park. Do not cross the Tweed but go down steps and pass under the bridge to walk along the riverbank. This is a lovely walk with usually a variety of bird life and fine views of the surrounding hills. Pirn Law, your target, is away up to the left. Continue to the outskirts of Walkerburn. Cross a burn by the footbridge and continue along the river. In a further 100 metres take the stile on the left and turn right, on the old railway again. At the road, turn left. At the main road cross into the car park opposite, head to its far right corner and walk along the left hand side of the building ahead on a narrow path.

Cross a stile and turn left on a clear track. Follow the track beside the dyke across several fields and eventually into the forest, one of a number of large areas of forest in the Tweed Valley managed by Forest Enterprise and well used for informal recreation.

In about 800 metres after entering the forest, before the gate at the ruined buildings of Priesthope, turn sharp left onto a main forest track. Follow the track as it climbs steadily and swings around a number of bends on the face of Kirnie Law. At one point there is a superb view down to the Tweed, far below. Reach the high point of the track at a large turning circle area, with a good view of Lee Pen ahead.

Turn left here (small cairns) and follow a narrow path through the trees and then out onto open ground, with more fine views along the Tweed Valley. Take your time descending Pirn Law. The path is reasonably defined and quite rough in places.

Reach the foot of a mound which once held a prehistoric fort. Climb the mound and enjoy the views, then take the gravel path leading down to the left. Keep ahead, ignoring cross-paths, to enter an area of fine mixed woodland with some lovely old trees.

The path doubles back and continues down hill. Walk ahead and cross the Leithen Water by the lovely old Cuddy Brig. It dates from 1701 and was a 'stipend bridge' built with funds from a vacant ministry in the area. Reach the road and turn left back to the car park. While in Innerleithen you may wish to visit Robert Smail's Print Works and also St Ronan's Wells, where the mineral waters were said to be of benefit for 'bile, cutaneous disorders and general debility of the system', which could be just about anything!