Broughton Heights and Trahenna Hill

Summits

Clover Law (493m)
Green Law (565m)
Broughton Heights* (571m)
Hammer Head (513m)
Trahenna* (549m)
 *denotes 'Marylin' peak

Ascent

725m (2,400ft)

Distance  

11km (7m)

Time

walking : 4hr*, running : 1:50hr
 *Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent


Main route summary


South of the Pentlands and north of the River Tweed these fine little hills give an excellent walk or run along their well define crests. Fences aid navigation, terrain is generally soft grass underfoot and the views are expansive.

The main route on this page starts to the south-west of the hills on the Buchan Way - a lovely 21km low-level walk through the hills from Broughton to Peebles. We've also listed two alternatives, one which begins from Kirkurd to the north and the Two Breweries race route which includes Trahenna Hill in its itinerary.

start/finish Broughton Place
(grid ref : NT120374)

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Terrain
easy Good track on lower ground, grassy paths higher up difficult
Navigation
easy Following paths, fencelines and walls all of the way testing
Effort
easyAn easy afternoon outlong day
Scenery
ok Good views all round stunning
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Getting there
  • The picturesque village of Broughton sits on the junction of the B7016 and the A701, 7 miles due east of Biggar.
  • On the north side of the village, just outside of the 30mph limit, a small stone bridge crosses Broughton Burn.
  • From here a narrow road heads uphill to a parking area at the end of the road by a house.

Broughton Heights
  • Leave the carpark, head thru the gate and start up the track.
  • After passing some forestry and crossing Hollows Burn, look for a gap in the heather on the hillside on your left and strike uphill.
  • Higher up deep heather is entered, but not for long as when the fence along the hill's crest is gained, a path following the fence is met.
  • Trace the path over Clover Law and down to gate at the bealach beyond.
  • The ground begins to become less heather-clad aiming up the path to Broomy Side and it's on pleasant grass covered terrain continuing over Green Law to the trig point on Wether Law, the highest point on Broughton Heights.

Trahenna Hill
  • Return following the fence over Green Law to Broomy Side.
  • As the fence splits, on a faint path thru the heather, follow the left fence downhill aiming south-east.
  • A track is crossed and another faint path aside a fence-line and thru more heather is followed uphill and onto Hammer Head.
  • Now on the hills' crests the route is obvious.
  • On the approach to Trahenna, leave the fence line and follow the faint ATV tracks to cross one last fence line and gain the summit with it's small cairn and fine views.

Return
  • Return north-west along the crest, over the fence-line, thru some heather and pick up a path along the western side of another fence-line aiming south-west downhill.
  • As the ground levels, look for one of the few faint sheep trods off right and drop westwards.
  • Heather is quickly replaced by soft runnable grass for a quick descent back to the carpark.

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