Walk: Once upon a Tyne - Gorebridge gander

City of Edinburgh | Midlothian | Full day walk | ★★

[Bearing down on Borthwick Castle, the Pentland Hills on the horizon]

Along the upper reaches of the Tyne Water, old rights of way string together a series of nature and history sites, including a country park, collegiate church and 14th century castle. These are all accessible by car, but walking over the braes from Gorebridge is a perhaps a better way to appreciate the region's scenic charms. Fortunately the area is blessed with an unusually dense network of paths, allowing a satisfying day's circuit with a long return along the neighbouring Gore Water. Vogrie Country Park has a cafe should refreshments be required after the first hill.

[Tyne Water beyond Crichton Castle]

📌 Walk: Once upon a Tyne - Gorebridge gander ★★
Start / finish at junction of Hunterfield Road (B704) & Greenhall Road (street parking), half a mile north of Gorebridge town centre, G.R.: NT 340623 ///sums.bend.target

► 19 km / 12 mi | ▲ 390 m | ⌚ Full day | Moderate
Features: Vogrie Country Park ★★; Tyne Water; Crichton Collegiate Church; Crichton Castle ★★★; Borthwick Castle; Gore Water
Terrain: Clear but sometimes narrow, rough or muddy paths for majority of route. Fairly complex navigation; short section after Borthwick Castle is pathless with a couple of gates and fences to climb. Stepping stones across the Tyne Water and jumps over its tributaries could be difficult after rain, but there are local diversion options.

Route & map

Start - Common Wood - Camp Wood - Newlandrig - Vogrie Country Park - Tyne Water - Crichton Collegiate Church - Crichton Castle - Borthwick Castle - B704 in Gorebridge by north bank of Gore Water - A7 at Shank Bridge by south bank - start

Route credit: Scotland Off the Beaten Track
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On our visit

Wildlife: Sheep, lambs, goats, donkeys, horses all in adjacent fields. Highlands cows, grey squirrels, rabbits, lapwings, a buzzard far overhead.
Weather: 20°C+ and sunny, but with a welcome breeze.

Chronological photo guide

[Leaving Gorebridge]

[Pentland Hills from the hillside above Gorebridge]

[Crested chicken]

[Track through Camp Wood]

[Distant Firth of Forth with Fife beyond]

[Descent to Newlandrig]


[Vogrie Country Park]

[Tyne Water]

[Tyne Water]

[Ruined building by the Tyne Water]

[Crossing the Tyne Water on stepping stones]

[Path to Crichton]

[Crichton Collegiate Church]

[Crichton Castle]

[Crichton Castle]

[Tyne Water]

[Tyne Water]

[Looking back to Crichton Castle]

[Birky Side]

[Crossing the Borders Railway]

[Borthwick Bank]

[Bearing down on Borthwick Castle]

[Currie Wood]

[Borthwick Castle]

[Gore Water]

[Sheep by the Gore Water]

[Gore Water]

[Gore Water near Gorebridge]


  1. I absolutely LOVE your step by step commentary here. One knows exactly what to expect. And I have to admit, it looks quite enticing. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you - it's quite a lengthy ramble but nice and quiet for the current times!


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