Thursday, July 19, 2018

Paxton, Ladykirk, Whitsome and Hutton Cycle

This picturesque cycle takes you through the villages of Ladykirk and Whitsome before returning to Paxton via Broomdykes and Hutton. It is 16.8 miles  and will take about 1hr 25 mins.

1. Leave Paxton on the B6461 in the direction of Kelso. Proceed along this road leaving Paxton  House behind you on the left.


Paxton House

Eventually you will pass Winfield Farm on the right. Just past the farm turn left towards Horndean and Ladykirk.  Continue on this road through the picturesque hamlet of Horndean and up the hill towards Laykirk.


Horndean
2. On reaching the village of Laykirk you will pass the very impressive church on your right.  Continue through the village and downhill before reaching the junction with the B6470 at the bottom.



Ladykirk Church

3. Turn right, towards Swinton and stay on this road. Take the second right turn onto the B6437 in the direction of Chirnside. This undulating road will end at a crossroad. Proceed straight across continuing on the B6437 through the village of Whitsome to eventually arrive at another crossroad.



Whitsome Village




4. Continue straight across towards Allanton and Chirnside. Take the first right turn heading towards Broomdykes. After passing through Broomdykes Farm and some brightly coloured cottages on the right you will arrive at a T junction. Turn left and head down a steep hill, passing an egg farm on the left. At the bottom follow the road as it curves to the right and continue uphill. (NOTE. If you turn left at the bottom of the hill this will take you downhill to the beatuful and peaceful Blueststone Ford across the Whiteadder Water). 


Continuing the original route uphill you will pass a farm and cottages on the left. Proceed along this road passing a cemetery on the right before arriving in the village of Hutton.





5. The road bends to the right before approaching a junction. Turn left and start heading back towards Paxton. Continue along this road, passing  Clarabad Farm before eventually travelling downhill to arrive back in Paxton Village.


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