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GETTING THERE
MAP AND DIRECTIONS TO RICCARTON JUNCTION

From the North, North East or North West
Make your way to Hawick, situated on the A7 trunk road between Edinburgh and Carlisle. At the South end of the High Street turn left on to the B6399 signposted “NEWCASTLETON 20 miles”. After approximately 7 miles you will see the Shankend Viaduct, over which the “Waverley” route once travelled. After a further 2½ miles the road starts to climb and continues to do so for 2½ miles until it reaches Whitrope Summit where it starts to descend. Continue for a further ½ mile and on your left, you will see a clump of trees, amongst which is situated a green notice board with the words “FORESTRY COMMISSION, SCOTLAND - WHITROPE” on it. On your right, opposite the trees, you will see a wooden finger signpost pointing to the left with the words “RICCARTON JUNCTION 3 miles” on it. Here you should turn left on to the forest track/bridle road, continue for a further 3 miles and you will arrive at RICCARTON JUNCTION.
Please Note - vehicular access: just after turning on to the forest track/bridle road you will come to a barrier which may be locked in the closed position as vehicular access to the forest is prohibited (except in special circumstances). You will therefore need to complete your journey either on foot or by bicycle.

From the South or South West
Make your way to the village of Newcastleton situated on the B6357 road approximately 25 miles north of Carlisle. Continue for a further 2 miles and immediately after crossing a hump backed bridge, turn right towards Bonchester Bridge and Jedburgh. Continue for a further approximately 5 miles and you will see a signpost on your left pointing to “Steele Road 1”. Turn left on to this unclassified, single track road for approximately ¼ mile and on your right you will see a wooden finger signpost with the words “RICCARTON JUNCTION 2½ miles: HAWICK 17 miles” on it. Here you should turn right on to the forest track and after ¼ mile you will reach the track bed of the former Carlisle - Edinburgh “Waverley” railway line. Turn right on to the track bed, continue for a further 2 miles and you will arrive at RICCARTON JUNCTION.
Please note - vehicular access: approximately half a mile after turning on to the former railway track bed you will come to a barrier which may be locked in the closed position as vehicular access to the forest is prohibited (except in special circumstances). You will therefore need to complete your journey either by foot or by bicycle

From the East or South East
Make your way to the village of Bellingham situated on the B6320 approximately 20 miles north west of Hexham. As you approach this village you should turn left on to the road signposted for Kielder and Newcastleton. Continue along this road for approximately 9 miles where you will see the beautiful Kielder reservoir on your right and after a further 8 miles you will reach the village of Kielder. Continue through Kielder and a further approximately 6 miles where you will cross the border from England to Scotland. After a further 3 miles you will reach the B6357 at a “T” junction where you should turn left on to the B6357 towards Newcastleton and Carlisle. After approximately 2 miles you will see a signpost on your right pointing to “Steele Road 1”. Almost turning back on yourself, turn right on to this unclassified single track road and after approximately ¼ mile you will see a wooden finger signpost on your right with the words “RICCARTON JUNCTION 2½ miles / HAWICK 17 miles” on it. Here you should turn right on to the forest track and after approximately ¼ mile you will reach the track bed of the former Carlisle - Edinburgh “Waverley” railway line. Turn right on to the track bed, continue for a further 2 miles and you will arrive at RICCARTON JUNCTION.
Please note - vehicular access: approximately half a mile after turning on to the former railway track bed you will come to a barrier which may be locked in the closed position as vehicular access to the forest is prohibited (except in special circumstances). You will therefore need to complete your journey either by foot or by bicycle

If you are visiting Riccarton Junction, and have a general interest in the “Waverley” route, another place well worth visiting is the Whitrope Heritage Centre, home of the Waverley Route Heritage Association, situated 2½ miles further north. Further information about this attraction can be found by visiting their website: www.wrha.org.uk