Walk: In-ner Leithen Water
|[Leithen Water near Innerleithen golf course]|
This short circuit explores both sides of the Leithen Water, the burn after which the village of Innerleithen is named. The outward path leads through leafy natural woodland with the river close by on the right hand side... in fact so close that the path could be impassable if the burn's in spate. On the left there are plenty of well-kept gardens to peer into. Returning to the start is by way of a higher-level route, with excellent views of Lee Pen before the path plunges into thick forestry. An excellent and largely non-taxing walk - just watch your step for that riverside start. You wouldn't want to fall In-ner-Leithen...
|[The beginning of the return leg gives great views of Lee Pen]|
Name: Walk: In-ner Leithen Water ★★★☆☆
Length: 4 km / 2 miles
Ascent: 70 metres
Points of interest: Innerleithen; Leithen Water
Start / finish: Street parking on Leithen Road, north side of Innerleithen, G.R.: NT 333372 / bookings keep heat
Route: Start & Innerleithen - follow road north to Kirklands - path along west bank of Leithen Water - weir & B709 - follow road until just after golf course car park - start via hillside above east bank of Leithen Water
Terrain: Clear paths and tracks, a little rough for the outward leg and with some ascent on the return leg.
Wildlife today: Pheasants, grey wagtails and other small birds. Back garden hens near the start.
Weather today: Sunshine with scattered clouds; temperature in low teens.
>> see separate post for Innerleithen & town sights
|[Riverside path near the start]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)