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Section 5 - Lauder to Longformacus

The section from Lauder to Longformacus is 14 miles / 22.5 km in length. This is on hill and moorland paths with some farm tracks and minor roads near to Longformacus.

Lauderdale from Wanton Walls Farm

The Way leaves Lauder through the grounds of Thirlestane Castle, crosses the Leader Water then climbs through woods towards the A697 Carfraemill to Coldstream road.
Having crossed the road and passed by the side of Wanton Walls farm the Way now enters the Lammermuir Hills.

Looking down on Snawdon Burn

Before entering open moorland, the path passes through the southern corner of Edgarhope wood, then following its eastern edge before heading north east. The Way crosses the Snawdon Burn then past Heugh Hill it picks up the general line of the Blythe Water.

Braidshawrig with path to Twin Law

The route crosses the Blythe Water at a pedestrian bridge then climbs towards Scoured Rig before reaching Braidshawrig where the Wester and Easter Burns meet to form the Blythe Water.
Twinlaw Cairn

Braidshawrig has been re-developed by Burncastle Estates from its earlier vacant hill farm. The Way now turns north east as it makes its climb towards Twin Law and the Twinlaw Cairns This is a climb of around 350 metres over a 6 Km walk in open Lammermuir countryside. As this is grouse shooting countryside you are asked to stick to the clearly defined path and to keep any dog on the leash.

Descent from Twin Law

From Twinlaw Cairns there are extensive and open views to the south looking over the Tweed basin to the Cheviots. Just on the north side of the Tweed sitting behind Fans Hill is Smailholm Tower, a tower and location that had a significant influence on Walter Scott in his early years.
To the east the views are to the Berwickshire planes and ultimately the North Sea.

Watch Water reservoir

The descent is by way of well defined paths or moorland tracks, first arriving at a smallholding at Scarlaw on the side of Watch Water. Follow the north and east shore line of the resorvoir.

Longformacus and the bridge over the Dye Water

The end of this section is now only 2 mile (3Km) along a minor road that picks up the line of the Watch Water and then the Dye Water. Longformacus is a small community situated on the Dye Water next to a charming bridge that crosses the water.

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