Innerleithen, Traquair and The Glen are very pleasant places to walk, and part of the pleasure is discovering unexpected pathways to beautiful natural areas by yourself. As a general rule, waterways and hills are very accessible from town and village centres. And there are longer sealed paths that connect Innerleithen and Traquair to Walkerburn and Peebles. Here's a map illustrating a range of routes for walkers of all abilities.
Key to Route Colours
Green: sealed multi-use paths for walkers, cyclists and equestrians, mostly flat and suitable for wheelchair users.
Purple: unsealed paths on flat ground, usually riverside and popular with dog walkers.
Orange: hillside paths, unsealed but constructed and maintained with amenities such as benches, boarding, etc.
Blue: hillwalking paths, unsealed and developed ad hoc through popular use, sometimes steep, narrow or muddy.
To use this map, click the icon in the top left corner: an arrow in a white box. This will open up a panel of options from which you can select your chosen route type. Please note that these routes are approximate only, not marked with GPS precision, nor do they represent all of the routes available in the area. Be sure to check conditions before you embark on a trail, and zoom in and out to see routes beyond Innerleithen.
If you'd like some further resources, the Scottish Borders Council has produced a guide to easy routes around Innerleithen which you can download as a printable PDF. You'll find similar quality routes on the grounds of Traquair House; these are illustrated on the map signage at the pedestrian entry point opposite the Traquair Road carpark. The Glen has its own map of walking routes on a notice board in the parking bay outside the Gate House.
For hillwalkers, Forestry Scotland has produced a route guide for the trail to the top of Pirn Hill. This route connects to some of the paths on the SBC guide above, as Pirn Hill is accessible from the paths that run beside the Leithen Water and into Caberston Forest. There is, as yet, no guide to Caerlee Hill, but the summit is accessible via a path that is sealed for much of its length from the far end of St. Ronan's Terrace opposite the Coop.
As many local MTB trails are on land managed by Forestry Scotland, official routes can be found on Forestry Scotland's Tweed Valley Trail Guide (PDF) and Innerleithen 7Stanes Trail Card (PDF). However, by far the best guides to local MTB routes are the ones available on Trailforks. You'll find both of those embedded below; just click to enlarge.
Caberston Trail Guide via Trailfork
Innerleithen 7Stanes Trail Guide via Trailforks
For further information on MTB trails, take a look at the Tweed Valley Trails Association, the non-profit body responsible for maintenance with the help of dedicated volunteers.
Website maintained by Innerleithen and District Community Council.