Kirkpatrick C2C – Explorer Stage 5

Cycling Route

Kirkpatrick C2C – Explorer Stage 5


The fifth stage of the Kirkpatrick C2C stretches from the village of Newcastleton to the town of Hawick.

Cyclists will face a climb to the highest point of the route out of Newcastleton, before reaching the bike paths around Hawick.

From Newcastleton, head north for a short ride to Hermitage Castle. Formerly the guardhouse of the bloodiest valley in Britain, the location tells of the wild history of the border country. Soak up the atmosphere as you continue on, passing by Shankend Viaduct and Whitrope Heritage Centre, which tells the story of the Waverley Line, which passed through these parts until 1969. When you reach Hawick, take the time to explore the town’s rich heritage. The largest of the Border towns is known internationally as a centre for the textile industry. You can explore some of the producers’ shops or join a tour, while the Borders Textile Towerhouse tells of the history of the industry in the region.

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.

21mi / 33.5km
Total climb:
1,738ft / 530m
Total descent:
1,738ft / 530m
Towns along route:
Newcastleton, Hawick
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What you'll see


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.