4 of 5 (7 votes)

Heugh Hill and Dabshead Hill

A moderate walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) in Borders, Scotland, about 17.10km (10.63 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 5:30h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 226m (741ft)
Descent 230m (754ft)
Max. Elevation 380m (1246ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 456m (1495ft)
Start & End
Distance 17.10km
Duration ~5:30h
Created by Anonymous Walker on 18 Jul 2014
This walk in the Scottish Borders explores the moorland north of Lauder, with a route that encompasses Heugh Hill and the ancient hill fort of Dabshead Hill (I'm not sure you get modern hill forts, actually). There are regular buses between Edinburgh and Jedburgh, making it an easy day walk from the capital. Suitable for families although there is one busy road to cross.

Walk Functions


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Walk Map

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Take the bus to Lauder.
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Continue along East High Street to the turning into Thirlestane Castle.
About 0.39 km (~0.24 miles) from
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Follow the Southern Upland Way through the grounds of the impressive Thirlestane Castle, then uphill through the woods and across the road.
About 0.54 km (~0.34 miles) from
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Continue on the Southern Uplands Way through another patch of woodland, before crossing Snawdon Burn and onto Heugh Hill.
About 3.33 km (~2.07 miles) from
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Leave the Southern Uplands Way and stay on the high ground across Wheelburn Law.
About 1.94 km (~1.21 miles) from
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Just before you drop down to Braidshawrig, follow the path in a northwest direction across the moorland.
About 1.45 km (~0.9 miles) from
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Once you reach the far side of the moor, veer left and follow the edge heading south-south-west.
About 0.95 km (~0.59 miles) from
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At Dabshead Hill, take the time to explore the remains of the hill fort here.
About 2.45 km (~1.52 miles) from
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Follow the high ground back towards Lauder, using the top edge of Edgarhope Wood as a handrail.
About 1.51 km (~0.94 miles) from
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Rejoin the Southern Upland Way to retrace your steps to the start.
About 1.34 km (~0.83 miles) from
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Finish back in town. There are plenty of places for a pint if you have to wait for the bus; try the Black Bull: www.blackbull-lauder.com
About 2.64 km (~1.64 miles) from

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