This popular local route is well-known for its long descent along a ridgeline into Peebles and in late July is resplendent when the heather is in full purple flower. Gypsy Glen was a traditional camping site used by travelling people in the 19th century – it’s located at Haystoun Burn just south of Peebles where the route drops into the town.
We like… An exhilarating descent along a ridgeline into Peebles – at its best in summer and in dry conditions. Beautiful in late July when the Heather is in flower.
Watch out for… self-sufficiency required. There are no escape routes and the route is exposed on the top. The trail contouring Birks Hill can be pretty muddy in wet conditions.
- Distance: 21km
- Elevation gain: 600m
- Fitness rating: 4/5
- Technical rating: Red
- Terrain: Forest road, moorland double track and single track, shared multi use paths, public highway