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 east 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. 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 East Lodge (limited parking - don't block access), Newton Don estate, B6364 1 mi south of Stichill, G.R.: NT 716369 ///blacken.type.owners

▶ 3 km / 2 mi | ▲ 40 m | ⌚ Short | Easy
Features: Stichill Linn
Terrain: Short sections on minor road, track, pathless field edge and grassy path, then woodland paths which can be quite muddy. A couple of gates may need to be climbed.

Route & map

Start - leave B6364 at G.R.: NT 715371 ///lame.stole.honeybees - follow track / field edge / path to footbridge over Eden Water to north - Stichill Linn - return by outward route. Using a 1:25000 O.S. map is strongly advised.

Route credit: Scotland Off the Beaten Track

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

Anything else? Easiest access is by the walk route described above.

Chronological photo guide


[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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