Kelso Abbey
Jedburgh to Hawick
Jedburgh Abbey

This section is 125 miles / 19 Km of varied track, field and river walking. There are two ascents in the first section to Denholm then the Way is level on the banks of the River Teviot.

Jedburgh Castle & Jail

From the Abbey walk into the Square and then left up the Castlegate. At the top of this road take to the small road to the east of the Castle, but if you have time stop and visit this building which was once a jail and is now a museum.
The minor road passes round the side of the Castle and the cemetery then opens out with views over the Jed Water and back to the Town. Where the hard surface road ends, take to a path and track, cross the burn and climb up the steps before rejoining a track that reverts to a minor road near to Todlaw.

Track south of Todlaw

At a sharp left bend on the road turn right up a country track heading in a westerly direction. Soon this joins another farm track at right angles turning left and south. This track crosses a series of fences, grazing land then a ribbon wood before running along the edge of a large field as it descends towards Merlin Dean and another wood.

Merlin Wood and Black Law

At Merlin Dean do not enter this wood but turn right and having crossed a small footbridge climb up along the side on the wood, but on the field side, until the top of the wood. Cross the stile and enter the very top of the wood at the side of Black Law. This section is very short before you exit the wood and enter high open countryside on the west side of Black Law. Shortly there will be new vistas to the west with Rubers Law being the most dominant of landmarks.

Rubers Law with Blacklaw Strip in foreground

From the high point there is now a descent towards Bedrule. This is a fine walk first to Blacklaw Strip, a small but dense clump of tree. From below the Strip the path turns south and away from the direct line to Bedrule before a right angled turn down a farm track into the small village.

Bedrule Church

In Bedrule that is a War Monument then a turning down towards the Rule River. On the right are the attractive church and a few houses before crossing the river and turning sharply to the left on the road to Bonchester Bridge. It is not long before the Way leaves the road and heads over farmland on its way to Spital Tower. On this section Rubers Law is dominant and to the southwest.

Spital Tower

Having reached the buildings at Spital Tower cross a small bridge on the left and climb gradually up along the side of a field till you arrive at a line of trees. A left turn and a very short distance bring you on the right to a narrow break in the wood and a path through the gap. Take this path, know as the Loaning, and start down through the wood and then into open farmland as it descends towards Denholm.

Denholm Green

The Loaning is a good vantage point for new views over the Teviot Valley and to the Minto Hill. As the Loaning descends there is a right hand corner then gradually the surface starts to change to a rough track then road through some housing before joining the Hawick to Jedburgh road. Turning left the Way quickly enters the Green with its attractive obelisk to John Leyden (poet) who was born in the village. This was also the birthplace of John Scott and James Murray.
From the Green the route takes the road marked to Minto and immediately after crossing the Teviot the path descends onto the riverbank and heads west towards Hawick.

River Teviot near Trow Knowes

The Way is first on the flood plain then takes to a minor road going to Knowetownhead. As this road starts a gradual climb watch out for the path through the trees on the left leading back down to the river bank. Once on this riverside walk the Way continues without interruption until a road crossing at Hornshole Bridge. Cross the minor road and return to the riverside for the last kilometre of country walking before the riverside walk enters Hawick.

Mansfield Park - Hawick

There is on entering Hawick still a further kilometre of riverside walking, but now there is industrial, sporting and housing developments on the right. Hawick is well know from the textile and hosiery trade, sadly not as extensive now as in the first half of the 20th century. The walk does pass some still active mills along with more current builders and public services yards. One notable sporting location is Mansfield Park, the home of the "Greens", the Hawick Rugby Football Club. This has been the site of many great games and the home to many Scottish Rugby Internationalist.

Continue along the road at the side of the Teviot until arriving at the Teviotdale Leisure Centre, this being the end point of the section. A short walk across the Teviot Bridge takes the walker into the High Street and the "Horse", a statue of great significance to the inhabitants with the inscription "Teribus ye Teri Odin".

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