Romans and Reivers Route

  • North-east from the Crooked Road
  • Highchesters (west of Hawick)
  • Roman and Reivers milestone
  • Craik Forest
  • Fingerpost near Craik
Distance (km) Ascent (metres) Number of days
84 1695 3 - 5
Start: Ae Forest Finish: Hawick
Linked to other Scotland’s Great Trail(s):
Annandale Way Borders Abbeys Way Cross Borders Drove Road Southern Upland Way

Route type/direction

Linear. Traditionally walked from south to north, but the route is equally enjoyable in either direction.

Overview

The Romans and Reivers route follows old Roman roads, forest tracks, drove roads and short sections of quiet lane through the heart of Reivers country.  It provides enjoyable walking, cycling and horse riding through the Southern Uplands, mainly through sheltered woodland and forestry, with some sections across more open farmland. Developed specifically with multi-use in mind, including self-closing gates, it’s a great route for horse-riders with family or friends who want to accompany them on foot or mountain bikes.

Highlights

  • Craik Roman signal station and other historical and archaeological interest directly on the route
  • Samye Ling Tibetan Monastery near Eskdalemuir (also offers accommodation)
  • sections of old drove road e.g. between Craik and Hawick

Be aware

  • steep hill (about 200 m ascent in 750 m) between Garrogill and Dryer Water valley, east of Moffat; although this is a well-made path, you may need to lead your horse or push your bike
  • majority of the route is on forest road or purpose built stone surfaced path.
  • accommodation and other services are sparse

The challenge

Cutting east-west between the river valleys of the Southern Uplands, the Romans and Reivers route is a bit like a roller coaster, albeit gradients are never steep other than the section east of Garrogill.  Part of the appeal is that although never far from civilisation, for much of the route you will feel as though you are in the middle of nowhere, and will pass very few villages.  Sort out beforehand where you plan to stay, and take enough food to eat along the way.

Accommodation

Wide range of shops, facilities, accommodation and services in Hawick and 1 mile off route in Moffat.  B&Bs in Beattock, Eskdalemuir and Roberton.  B&B plus horse and rider accommodation at Wiltonburn Farm and Meadshaw .

Support services

None are dedicated to this route, but it’s worth trying Walking Support.

Public transport

Regular bus services to Moffat and Hawick, and between Lockerbie and Eskdalemuir.

For details, visit Traveline Scotland, or, for the entire UK, Traveline. For travel from anywhere to anywhere, try Rome2Rio.

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