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.
The Way leaves Lauder through the grounds of Thirlestane Castle,
crosses the Leader Water then climbs through woods towards the A697 Carfraemill to
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.
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
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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