Selkirk Loop to via Midlem Lilliesleaf

Selkirk Loop via Midlem and Lilliesleaf

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A 16 mile cycle route  hilly in places the route takes you along mainly ‘B’ roads and country lanes. The cycle route takes you through the scenic Scottish countryside surrounding Selkirk. There are plenty of establishments for refreshments in and around Selkirk and also at Lilliesleaf along the route.

Starting from the Leisure centre Car Park. Leave the car park and take the riverside path to the left to join Buccleuch Road and TURN LEFT along Yarrow Terrace continue along Heatherlie Terrace and then along The Green and West Port to reach Selkirk Market Place. Continue straight on through the Market Place and into the High Street (briefly using the A7). Fork right about 1/4 mile along the High Street / Scott’s Place into
Shawpark Road . Cycle along the road as it descends into a dip by the cemetery before you climb for about one and a half miles to the top of the hill on Lindean Moor .

At the end of the road TURN RIGHT at the ‘T’ junction and cycle along the road passing

Lindean Loch and the nature reserve on your right. Although the site looks natural, much

of it was dug by hand in the 18th century to extract lime rich marl (clay) for use as a fertiliser on grass fields to improve the grazing. In the 20th century the site was dammed and turned into a public water supply, providing nearby villages with water up until the 1970s. Lindean Loch is now a nature reserve open to all. There is a walk of 1 mile / 2kms around the loch.

Continue along the road to the end where you come to a ‘T’ junction with the A699. Turn
right and then left at Clarilawmuir towards Midlem. Cycle down the road through Midlem (with good views to the distant Cheviot Hills) as far as the cross roads at Toftsbarns .

TURN RIGHT along a ‘No Through Road’ which eventually peters out near a cottage – a potentially muddy track bears left here. Leave this by a path on the left (before reaching a ford) and dismount to cross the footbridge. From the far side, a narrow track and then a tarmac road lead up to the east end of Lilliesleaf. TURN RIGHT through the village and right again at the end .

You will now be heading west on the B6400, the first one and a quarter miles are flat and then the
road starts to climb away from the Ale Water. TURN RIGHT at Clerklands for a further climb of one and three quarter miles of uphill Note the extensive view to the north-west.

Continue along the road descending to meet the A7 near New Greenhill and TURN RIGHT, using
the path on the east side of the trunk road if preferred. TAKE THE FIRST TURNING LEFT off the A7. The next two and a half miles into the Ettrick Valley are mostly downhill, with a sharp bend on the steep
final section.

TURN RIGHT towards Selkirk at Howden along the B7009. The road climbs gradually away from the river to the outskirts of the town before descending to a ‘T’ junction with Yarrow Terrace. TURN LEFT downhill and THEN FIRST RIGHT into Buccleuch Road. A gap in the wall on the left hand side gives access to a steep path which takes you back to the start/finish of your cycle ride.

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