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https://www.highterrainevents.co.uk/tweed-valley-ultra The initial section climbs steadily through Glentress forest on the Buzzard’s & Time trails, offering panoramic views to the Caddon Hills looking down on the river Tweed winding through the valley below.
A short descent through the forest leads onto the Tweed Valley Railway Path, a multi-user trail which links the towns of Innerleithen and Peebles.
This follows along the banks of the Tweed to Cadrona village, followed by a short road section into Cardrona Forest.
We’ve utilised some great sections of single track through Cadrona forest, initially following Kirk Burn before gently ascending the lower slopes of Pikes Knowe & Wallace’s Hill. The next section leads to Traquair to join the Southern Upland Way (Scotland’s coast to coast route) & part of the ancient Cross Borders Drove Road.
This track initially climbs up through the forest then to the open moorland of Minch Moor, the high point of the route at 520m The route continues east on the Southern Upland Way which winds its way over the rolling hills to the Three Brethren Cairn followed by a superb descent through Yair Forest. Pass Haugh Head Railway Bridge & cross the Tweed Bridge at Innerleithen to re-join the Tweed Valley Railway Path, returning through Cardrona village.
The final section follows the route back through Glentress Forest to finish with an exhilarating descent back to the finish.