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Ladhope Moor and Dobie's Grave

Galashiels to

Walk No: 35

Nearest Town: Galashiels

• Distance: 6 miles

• Height Gain:

• Relevant Map:
Difficulty: Moderate

• Terrain: Mostly good paths and tracks. Can be muddy at times - boots or strong shoes recommended.
• Toilets: In Galashiels

• Refreshments: None en route. Take a drink and a snack with you, and preferably Ordnance Survey Landranger sheet 73 or their Outdoor Leisure sheet 44.

Route Description
Walk up the rough road for about 200 metres and then take the track on the right, opposite a field entrance. Cross the Ladhope Burn and turn left along the edge of the golf course. In about 150 metres, cross a stile on the left, and then follow the path between the burn and the stone dyke.

In about 400 metres, pass through a hunt gate and continue uphill to the right, initially next to the dyke. Pass under electricity pylons. Follow the path as it keeps left (do not go through the gate here) and continue the gradual ascent for about 800 metres, with young forestry to the left.

At the top of the hill, where a track comes in from the left, turn right through the gate and follow A clear track as it passes across the field and then drops down to reach a gate. Go through the gate and turn left, walking between two dykes. This was at one time a clear track between Glendearg and Hawksnest but is now virtually unused.

On reaching a gate, turn right and then left around the edge of a young hardwood plantation to another gate and continue past the ruined cottage aptly name Ladhopemoor. There is a good view of Hillslap Tower over to the right. Dating from 1585, it was ruinous for many years but has been lovingly restored.
Cross a burn by a bridge (this area is often muddy) and then climb, again between dykes, to meet a road at Ladhopemuir. Turn left and walk along the road for 800 metres, enjoying the views of the surrounding hills. At a very broad entrance, turn left down the track for about 50 metres and then go right, through the gate (outside the forestry).

Go diagonally right uphill (no path) to a cleft in the hill. Here you will find the large pile of stones marking Dobie's Grave. In 1790, a piper named Dobie accepted a wager that he could play his pipes all the way from Lauder to Galashiels. He set off from Lauder but on reaching this spot, collapsed from the effort and died.
Walk straight on uphill and after passing through a gate, join a grass track which continues across the moor through a series of gates until it eventually drops down the side of Buckholm Hill.

The track finally swings left and passes through a kissing gate into an engineering yard. Keep to the right side of the yard down to the road, and turn right to return to the car park.