Friday, 30 December 2016

Railways and Rivers at Peebles

If you are looking for a interesting, short and easy walk in the Peebles area then this should tick all those boxes, combining old railways, woodland and the River Tweed.

At last there was a break in the weather to allow some of us a walk, we had hoped to do a hill walk before middle son went back to Glasgow, but the weather was against us so we enjoyed a wee three mile wander along part of the old Peebles railway to Lyme Station and back via the wood and river path. 

Looking west along the River Tweed from Manor bridge

We parked just beyond Manor bridge on the Kirkton Manor road and joined the old railway on the south side of the bridge. From here it's a pleasant level walk along under birch, hawthorn and willow past Edston Farm until you come to the old metal railway bridge at Lynesmill.

Remains of an old railway hut

Sheepish reflections

Huge shiny Hawthorn berries on the railway line

Lynesmill Bridge

Once we left the railway down a short flight of steps we walked along the quiet road through Lyne Station back towards the River Tweed. Here we had to cross a narrow bridge which Bracken wasn't sure about at all. His belly usually ends up a few centimetres above the ground as he crosses. Once over we turned left and walked through the woods on the path between two fences.

Another bridge to cross over the Tweed

Bracken doesn't like bridges

At the end of the woodland path we joined the wide avenue through a pair of stone pillars and followed it to the end where the road splits into three. Here we went straight ahead past the old pink tower on the left. An intriguing ancient tower with crow step gables, which after an internet search, it turns out you can stay in it! It looks beautiful, you can see it here

Through the gates to the lime lined avenue

The old pink tower at the end of the avenue

Once past the tower we followed the road to where a finger post points down the hill taking us on a rough track down to the river. It was a bit muddy after the rain but easily passable, at the bottom we hopped over a style and joined the river path.

Walking down to the river

Looking to the hills south of Peebles

My walking companions, Jamie, Bracken and Ben

There were plenty ducks across the river

A pleasant walk along the river in the sun

From here is was a pleasant walk back to Manor bridge and the car then home for hot chocolate and mincepies. Hopefully I'll get a few more walks before I go back to work.

Manor Bridge

You can just see Neidpath viaduct through the bridge

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