This long walk passes the memorials to ‘Black Jock’ Armstrong, a notorious Border Reiver, to Steve ‘Hizzy’ Hislop, a local motorcycle racer who died nearby and to Henry Scott Riddell a local minister and songwriter. After looking at Black Jock's memorial, we are straight into a stiff climb along a quiet single track road, before it levels off a bit as we reach Hizzy's memorial. On the valley bottom to our right is the fledgling River Teviot. We then have a long straight section before a steep descent, crossing the Teviot and then turning off the road to head up Rowantree Hill. From there we have a long high-level walk along Blackcleuch Rig before dropping down and crossing Hazelhope Burn, having a short walk along the road before crossing fields and heading to the final memorial. We then descend to a track and have a shortish journey back to the start along quiet roads.
Walk is just off the A7 between Langholm and Hawick. Please park considerately next to the church. Lunch location will be decided upon by the weather. As usual for a walk in Scotland at this time of the year you may expect any type of weather and underfoot is very likely to be muddy. Please dress appropriately.