Walk: Easy Pease Dean
Just to the east of Cockburnspath is Pease Dean Nature Reserve, safe in the folds of the glens carved by two small burns just before they reach the sea at Pease Bay. Ancient woodland has been preserved here since the end of the last ice age, with steep valley sides preventing disturbance by humans. Exploring the reserve gives the opportunity to spot wildlife including dippers, treecreepers, butterflies and roe deer, as well as spectacular giant horsetail plants. If you take the longest route allowed by the good path network (as described below) it's still only just over a mile's walk: paltry in comparison to the 212-mile marathon offered by the Southern Upland Way, which shares some of the trails.
Name: Walk: Easy Pease Dean ★★★☆☆
Length: 3 km / 2 miles
Ascent: 100 metres
Points of interest: Pease Dean; Pease Bridge viaduct
Start / finish: Small car park on minor road a mile east of Cockburnspath (northern approach involves crossing a ford), G.R.: NT 795706 ///voucher.funny.opened
Route: Car park - cross Pease Burn - north bank of Tower Burn - south bank of Tower Burn - Pease Bridge via west bank of Pease Burn - start via east bank of Tower Burn. Reserve leaflet & map here.
Terrain: Undulating woodland paths with boardwalks, steps and some ascent. Paths mostly clear but a little overgrown (especially in late summer) after Pease Bridge.
Wildlife today: Speckled Wood butterflies, roe deer, small birds and giant horsetails.
Weather today: Sunny intervals with temperature in mid teens.
|[Speckled Wood butterfly]|
Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track
|[First section high above Tower Burn]|
|[Giant horsetails - higher than a person in places]|
|[Pease Bridge - this is crossed before the start of the descent and return route]|
|[A rare view across the reserve]|