Walk: Hen Poo & a view

Scottish Borders | Duns | Half day walk | ★★

[Signpost in Duns Wood]

Curiously-named Hen Poo loch is the centrepiece to the rolling estate around Duns Castle: an imposing (and private) Gothic mansion with a 14th century core. This undramatic but pleasant circuit visits the loch as well as the estate's other highlights, starting from the attractive town of Duns itself. The high point of the route is at Duns Law - a grassy prominence and former fort with an outlook over the town to the distant Cheviot Hills - while later on, the route mostly uses more level paths and tracks through woodland. Pop into the Jim Clark Motorsport Museum on the longish road walk back to the start.

[View over Duns from Duns Law summit]

📌 Walk: Hen Poo & a view ★★
▶ 7 km / 4 miles ▲ 130 metres
Main summits: Duns Law (218 metres) | Features: Duns; Covenanters Cairn; Hen Poo; Jim Clark Motorsport Museum
Start / finish: Street parking on Castle Street, 200 metres north of Duns town centre, G.R.: NT 784541 ///region.nags.speedy

Route: Start & Duns - Duns Law - Hen Poo - lochan to north - Duns Wood - Duns Castle (view from west) - A6105 - start
Terrain: Clear paths and tracks, narrow in places. Tracks were muddy on our visit due to forestry operations. One fence to climb on descent from Duns Law, aided by posts and boulders.
Wildlife today: Cows and calves, swans and cygnets, pair of buzzards.
Weather today: Extensive sunshine, light winds and comfortable temperatures, a few clouds here and there.

>> Duns ★★
>> Jim Clark Motorsport Museum ★★★

Route map


Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)

Chronological photo guide

[Climbing Duns Law]

[View over Duns from Duns Law]

[Covenanters Cairn]

[Descent from Duns Law]

[Leave the woodland by this makeshift stile!]

[Hen Poo]

[Track north from Hen Poo]

[Lochan north of Hen Poo]

[Castle Wood]

[Castle Wood]

[Signpost in Duns Wood]

[Duns Wood]

[Duns Castle]

[Entering Duns on the last leg]

[One of the entrances to the Duns Castle estate]

[Jim Clark Motorsport Museum]

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