Catwalk open again

The Catwalk path appears to be open again as of this morning, well ahead of schedule. It looks finished, so hopefully that’s it now, although there may be a bit more work to do here and there to tidy up. It’s worth a walk along it – the Woodland Trust have made a lot of improvements to the existing steps and path as well as putting in two new flights of steps on the steep sections, plus some hand-rails at the very steep drop near the kissing gate.

Catwalk closure

Be aware…temporary closure on West Linton path from 25 February to 29 March 2019…essential works for your safety 🙂

Posted by Walk Scottish Borders on Tuesday, 12 February 2019
The Catwalk will be closed for essential maintenance from 25th February to 29 March. We’ll keep you updated on progress.

A3 – Broomlee Walk

The wooden board walk over the culvert near the water pipe bridge which had been damaged previously has now been removed altogether.  It is not known whether there are plans to replace it, but walking the way now involve a sort hop over the culvert, which most should have no difficulty with but which would be challenging for the less nimble.

B1 Baddinsgill – path by the river widened

We’re pleased to report that the landowner at Baddinsgill has very kindly moved the fence adjacent to the river near to the footbridge back a metre, creating a wider and safer path.  Walkers using this route will have noted that the path has been getting increasingly narrow at that point due to riverbank erosion, and despite the efforts of Friends of the Pentlands who had done much work there, it was beginning to look like the path would eventually become impassible, maybe as soon as this winter.  However, the movement of the fence has now ensured that the path will stay open for a few years yet!



This week, we’ve done some work on the path that leads north from Little Sparta near Dunsyre over to Boston Cottage on the A70. The burn that feeds the lochan in the Little Sparta Garden had become choked up and was flooding the track making it pretty impassable. It’s a bit outside our area, but worth doing as we know a lot of local folk visit Little Sparta or use the paths around Dunsyre.

A stroll round these magical gardens followed by a more energetic walk on the path would make a terrific day/half day out.