Sunday, 28 June 2020


Paxton is a small quiet village in the Scottish Borders. It lies just off the B6461 and is about 5 miles from the market town of Berwick-upon-Tweed in Northumberland, and just over a mile from the Scottish border.  Duns, a small market town in the Scottish Borders is only 10.6 miles away.

Paxton dates back to around 400AD when the Saxons arrived and settled in Northumbria. The Saxon name of Paccuston, after the original family who settled here changed over a period of time to Paxton. The Paxton family acquired land in both Scotland and England becoming medieval barons with their own coat of arms. During the reign of Edward I when Scotland and England were frequently at war Paxton, along with other lands belonging to the Paxton family were forfeited. It became impossible for the family to have loyalty with both Kings. Eventually the village became the property of the Home family of Wedderburn.

The village had a turbulent past mainly due to its proximity to the border and crossing points on the River Tweed.  In 1296 whilst travelling to the siege of Berwick Edward I raided and then set fire to the village. The village was set fire to again in 1482 by the Duke of Gloucester (who was later Richard III) and in 1540 destroyed by Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk. In 1648 on his way to Coldingham from Norham Oliver Cromwell visited the village.

Despite these many obstacles over the next decades the villagers continue to work on the land or in the local salmon fisheries  and the village thrived. Although there are no longer any remains of the medieval homes the village still stands on the same ground and a number of wells still exist. The communal village pumps stands in The Square where the oldest part of the village remains. the oldest existing house dates from 1724.

Paxton was the birthplace in 1870 of Mary Jane Reddin , the mother of Eric Liddell, who after winning a gold medal in the 400 metres in 1924 Olympics became one of Scotlands most famous athletes. This friendly village has a church and the popular Cross Inn, serving excellent food. 

The elegant Paxton House is only a few minutes walk away. In addition to visiting the house and gardens a walk through the woods and along the banks of the River Tweed is well recommended. The village is close to the both the River Tweed and the Whiteadder Water and is surrounded by farmland.

War Memorial

Village Green

Village Pump

The Cross Inn, Paxton

Paxton Church

River Tweed

Whiteadder Water

Paxton House

Paxton House

A few minutes walk from the village is the impressive Paxton House. Paxton House is a Neo-Palladian style house built in the 18th century for Patrick Home. It remained in the Home family until 1988 when the house and furniture were given to the Paxton House Trust. The house houses a large collection of Chippendale furniture. The house and gardens are open to the public from March to November. House Tours and a visit to The Stables Tea Room are well recommended. The extensive grounds are a fantastic way to while away the hours, with paths through woods and along the banks of the River Tweed.

Paxton is an ideal place to enjoy the tranquility of riverside walks or the serenity of the countryside.

Paxton House is the ideal place to stroll through woodland before glimpsing the majestic River Tweed. A walk along the banks of the river is both serene and beautiful, before either returning through the glorious gardens of Paxton House or continuing along the river banks to the Union Chain Bridge.

River Tweed

The Whiteadder Water is a smaller river running past Paxton on its way to join the River Tweed.  Take the road out of the village (opposite direction to the church) and after a short while take the footpath on the left. Follow the path as it runs through a wooded area and then turns left up a small incline. Here the river is in a valley to the right although you may not be able to see it. At the end follow the footpath as it heads to the right. Continue on this path and you will soon approach some downhill steps. At the bottom you will be able to stand on the bridge and admire the dramatic rock formation and the Whiteadder Water.

Whiteadder Water

The small village of Hutton is about 2.3 miles from Paxton along country lanes. Leave the village passing the church on the right and follow the road round a bend and up the hill, taking in the views. At the top follow the road as it bears left and continue along this road until you reach Hutton. On the way you will pass Clarabads Farm followed immediately by a turning to Foulden on your right. After the turning you will pass a large house on the right. A little further along the road you will see the village of Hutton.



There are many different cycles that can be undertaken from Paxton either short local rules or further afield both in the Scottish Borders and Northumberland. A selection of these cycles can be found in the cycling section.

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