Kirkpatrick C2C – Challenge Stage 3

Cycling Route

Kirkpatrick C2C – Challenge Stage 3


Tackle the 48 miles on the Challenge approach to the Kirkpatrick C2C with this third stage of the route.

It will take you from Langholm up some steep climbs through Newcastleton and Hawick, to the Royal and Ancient Burgh of Selkirk.

Leave Langholm behind, passing by the memorial to famous poet Hugh McDiarmid on your way. On the other side of the moor, Newcastleton awaits after a series of intense climbs. As you reach the highest point of the route, take in the landscape around you: Border Reivers used to plunder and fight in this remote area. Newcastleton nestles in the beautiful valley of Liddesdale and is known for its bike-friendliness. It is home to one of the world-famous 7stanes mountain bike trails, with options for all abilities. Just beyond the town, the guardhouse to the bloodiest valley in Britain – Hermitage Castle – awaits, and further tells of the grim history of these parts. You will then reach Hawick, the largest of the towns in the Scottish Borders and a major centre for the textile industry. Explore the town’s history at the local museum in Wilton Lodge Park and at the Borders Textile Towerhouse before embarking on the next stretch of the route to Selkirk. High above the Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys, the Royal and Ancient Burgh is where William Wallace was declared Protector of Scotland, and where Sir Walter Scott served as Sheriff. Why not pick up a local treat in the form of Selkirk Bannock, a fruitbread?

Please note: Although our roads may look quiet, this is a busy agricultural area. Please pay due care and attention, especially on narrow roads and areas with poor forward visibility.

46mi / 74.5km
Total climb:
4,658ft / 1,420m
Total descent:
4,330ft / 1,320m
Towns along route:
Langholm, Newcastleton, Hawick, Selkirk
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What you'll see


Towns & Villages

Visitors’ first taste of Scotland along the A7, Langholm doesn’t disappoint. Circled by hills, the “Muckle Toon” boasts historic gems and many outdoor pursuits.


Towns & Villages

Newcastleton built in 1793 by the Duke of Buccleuch to capitalise on the growing textile markets, it has conservation status.


Towns & Villages

Hawick is the largest of the Border towns with a long history stretching back to the 1100’s.


Towns & Villages

Selkirk is one of the oldest Royal Burghs in Scotland and also one of the earliest settlements in what is now the Scottish Borders.