Hawick to Loop

Hawick – Circular Route

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A 19 mile circular cycle route which takes you out of Hawick into the Scottish countryside along mainly country lanes and’B’ roads. There are some sections along ‘A’ roads. The route is hilly, so be prepared but some of the views along the route are well worth the effort of the climbs you encounter. Hawick is an historic town with some distinctive sandstone buildings and is best known for its ‘common riding’. The town hosts the annual Common Riding, which combines the annual riding of the boundaries of the town’s common land with the commemoration of a victory of local youths over an English raiding party in 1514. You will find plenty of suitable places for refreshments in Hawick.

Start from the Upper Common Haugh car park, not far from the south end of the High

Street, but on the opposite side of the River Teviot, adjacent to
The A7 trunk road avoiding the town centre.

Leave the car park on the south side over Lawson footbridge, which leads into St. Georges Lane. Turn right at the far end into BuccleuchSt., then first left into Buccleuch Place. Turn left at the top of this road into Drumlanrig Square and bear right through the square into Kirk Wynd to reach a ‘T’ junction , immediately beyond the bridge over the Slitrig Water.
TURN RIGHT and leave Hawick on theB6399, following the river upstream. About 1/2 mile after leaving the 30mph zone, take the first turning On the left up Lover’s Loan , which climbs steeply up a Wooded dean and after about 1 mile along the lane you come to a ‘T’ junction with the A6088. At the junction TURN LEFT THEN AFTER 200 YARDS TURN RIGHT towards Cavers. A short dip over a burn is followed by a mile of intermittent climbing – a wide view opens out over Teviotdale on the left beyond the distinctive Cavers church. The road bends right at the summit then takes a sharp left hand bend on the following descent, at which point Rubers Law comes into view to the south-east. Turn right at the bottom of the following long straight .
The road continues to descend past East Middle Farm, followed by a rather steeper ascent to the next minor summit, beyond which the next junction is reached. Turn right here, now heading south-west
past Whitriggs Farm. A long, gradual ascent ends when the A6088 is encountered for the second time. At the junction TURN LEFT.The next mile is something of a switchback to Hawthornside, which three quarters of mile along the road, where the main road bears left – turn right off it into a minor road
heading south-west. This climbs fairly gradually for a mile or so, and gives extensive views on the left. Beyond the summit it is generally easy cycling for the next two and a half miles through open hill country to a ‘T’ junction with the B6399 . The most interesting prospect on this section is straight ahead with the road heading almost directly towards the shapely summit of The Pike (463m).

TURN RIGHT onto the B6399 towards Hawick. The road soon starts to descend, steeply at first before easing somewhat at Stobs where it enters the valley of the Slitrig Water, which is followed all the way back to Hawick. The outward route is rejoined shortly before
re-entering the town at and is followed back to Upper Common Haugh.

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