Walk: The muckle trickle at Stichill

Scottish Borders | Stichill | Short walk | ★★★

[Stichill Linn]

A few miles north of Kelso, the usually unexciting Eden Water abruptly plunges over a rocky lip amidst a wooded glade. The beauty spot is part of the old Newton Don estate, with an old folly decorating the approach; best views of the falls are actually from the north bank, which is accessible by stepping stones but only in times of low flow. Despite a dense network of paths, access is a little complicated owing to limited parking, walls, gates and houses. Having tried a couple of routes we think that approaching from the northeast is the route least likely to impinge on the privacy of local residents; this also has the advantage of following the pleasant river rather than stumbling through overgrown fields and woodland. There are a couple of important points to note. First: the nearest proper parking in Stichill village is a kilometre along a busy road with little or no verge. Second: paths can be muddy, so wellies might be a good idea after heavy rain.

[Folly by the falls]

📌 Walk: The muckle trickle at Stichill ★★★
Start / finish at car park on B6364 in Stichill village centre, G.R.: NT 712383 ///baked.saved.crusted

▶ 3 km / 2 mi | ▲ 40 m | ⌚ Short | Easy
Features: Stichill Linn
Terrain: Approach is on fairly busy road with no verge - great care required. Then narrow woodland path (access through gap in wall - there may be a couple of different access points), becoming wider but very muddy after bridge.

Route & map

Car park - gap in wall - path to footbridge over Eden Water to north - Stichill Linn - return by outward route


Route credit: Scotland Off the Beaten Track (modified with thanks to site visitor)

On our visit

Wildlife: Blackbirds, wrens, robins and other woodland birds.
Weather: Sunshine and a short, heavy shower; windy with temperature in low teens.

Also on this walk

📌 Stichill Linn ★★★
On the Eden Water, half a mile southwest of Stichill, G.R.: NT 706375 ///punks.goose.crowd
Always open | Free

💬 Easiest access is by the walk route described above.

Chronological photo guide

[Butterfly]

[Footbridge over the Eden Water]

[Path along the Eden Water]

[Mossy surroundings]

[Riverside path]

[The path is muddy in places]

[Folly by the falls]

[Stichill Linn]

[Stichill Linn]

[View from above]

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