Eastern Moorfoot hills

Grahams

Windlestraw Law (659m)

Donalds

Whitehope Law* (621m)
  *see 'Alternative routes'

Ascent

800m (2,625ft)

Distance  

18.5km (11.5m)

Time

walking : 6hr*, running : 2:40hr
 *Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent


Main route summary


Tucked away in a fairly remote setting, the eastern Moorfoots are quiet hills above farmland and forestry. Heading in from Walkerburn on the River Tweed, the peaks form a delightful circuit, very runnable if hill-running is your thing !

Paths for the length of this route make for relatively easy progress, particularly through the heather on the western half of this route. Fenceposts aid navigation in mist, but in clear conditions the route is fairly straightforward with fine views to be had.

start/finish Walkerburn
(grid ref :NT360370)

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Terrain
easy Tracks and faint paths most of the way difficult
Navigation
easy Straightforward testing
Effort
easyAn easy walk or runlong day
Scenery
ok Super views all round stunning
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Getting there
  • Walkerburn lies on the A72, roughly half way between Galashiels and Peebles. In the village, from a sharp bend, a road aims down to the River Tweed. Park by the bridge and the Jubilee Hall.

Priesthope Hill
  • To the right (east) of the hall, walk up a lane onto the main road.
  • Turn left along the road to sign marking a path around some steadings.
  • On a track, aim uphill thru fields and forestry.
  • At the end of the forestry, a wall with gate runs across your path, with the ruin of Priesthope ahead - don't go throught the gate, but instead head left uphill on a faint path. The path tracks the edge of forest.
  • As the forest ends, so does path, and thick heather following wall to summit crest needs to be bounded over.
  • Further on, cross over a gate and trace a path along the west side of fence to Priesthope Hill's summit.

Windlestraw Law
  • Continue following the fence along the crest northwards and drop on a faint path to edge of another forest.
  • Follow edge of forest until it turns, then aim directly uphill ahead on very faint path thru thick heather.
  • Pick up the edge of the forest again with a more obvious path to follow up Glede Knowe.
  • A fence-junction is reached - cross onto the fence's west side, and now on a more pleasant grass covered crest, follow the fence north-east.
  • There is a cairn on the minor summit just after the spot height (marked 657m on OS maps). From here, cross over to southern side of the fence as the terrain is easier underfoot.
  • Faint grassy tracks can followed to Windlestraw Law with it's trig point and fine views, with the pointy little Eildons shown particularly well.

Seathope Law
  • Staying on the south side of the fence, aim east and start loosing height.
  • Keeping to a faint track makes for easy going to the west of the thick heather clad crests, however doing this also bypasses the summits of Redscar Law and Maiden Law - you choose !
  • The path drops a little height, then makes a beeline for Seathope Law, meeting a line of pallets masquerading as grouse butts on nearing summit.
  • On the summit crest, at the top grouse-butt, the fence turns south-east - leave it at this point and cross heather aiming west to gain the unmarked summit.

Return to Walkerburn
  • Return to the top grouse-butt and follow the fence for a few metres south-east, then pick up a faint track aiming for Stony knowe.
  • At the wide col before this hill, an obvious track aims south loosing height.
  • Follow this track down into farm grazing land to a wall.
  • Through a gate, drop to the farm and the houses at Holylee.
  • Cross the A72, and through a gate to the north bank of the River Tweed, a path hugging the bank can then be tracked back to Walkerburn.

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