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Cheese Well

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The Cheese Well lies at the side of the Southern Upland Way where the footpath traverses the northern flank of Minchmoor. This section of "the longest walk in Scotland" follows the old drove road from Yarrow to Traquair and the wayside spring was long an important source of clear drinking water for travellers. The Cheese Well is shown on an engraving of a map drawn by Timothy Pont around 1600 and it is said the name was derived from the custom of leaving small presents of cheese to thank and placate the fairies. An inscribed stone marks the site.