Cross Borders Drove Road

'Although you won't meet any drovers, don't be surprised to meet the odd long distance walker, cyclist or horse-rider. Some, having heard tell of what an enjoyable route it is, use the Cross Borders Drove Road as part of their route from Lands End to John O'Groats. The section of Cross Borders Drove Road east from Traquair coincides with part of the Southern Upland Way, and a short section between Bowhill and Hawick coincides with the Borders Abbeys Way. The Cross Borders Drove Road is also enjoyed by local people and those out for a day-trip - but don't worry, this is far from a motorway. Generally, the Scottish Borders are much quieter than the Lake District. Although never too far from civilisation, some days you can walk for miles without meeting anyone.'

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On the A70 near Harperrig Reservoir, , West Lothian

'Drove road ... over the Cauldstane Slap - the pass over the Pentland Hills - through West Linton to Peebles and Traquair, and onward via the Yarrow Valley to Hawick ... Developed specifically for multi-use, and having benefitted from significant capital investment to address drainage issues, install new bridges, and to create new path links to avoid boggy sections of track or other problems.'

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