This route is known locally as the Tweed Valley Railway Path and links the towns of Innerleithen and Peebles, passing through the village of Cardrona on quiet roads. It also links the mountain biking centres in Glentress and Innerleithen.
The path follows the picturesque River Tweed for much of the way, through Borders countryside, with views of the river and the forested hills on either side of the valley. Look out for the attractive wooden bridge over the river south of Cardrona which was built to enable the route.
The path surface is mostly bitmac (tarmac/asphalt), with only one very short section near Eshiels which is not sealed. Almost entirely traffic-free, the path is perfect for family trips and for inexperienced cyclists.
It is used extensively by locals and tourists alike for a range of activities, including cycling, horse riding, rollerblading and making trips on mobility scooters – please show consideration to all types of user.
To reach the start of the path in Peebles, head east out of town on the A72 (Innerleithen Road) for less than half a mile and follow the signs left up to Janet’s Brae and the beginning of the traffic-free path.
After heading through mature woodland, the path drops down and through a tunnel under the road and then runs past fields and alongside the river. Just before the ruins of Horsburgh Castle, a direct traffic-free link heads off to the left towards the mountain bike centre at Glentress (road crossing involved).
The main route continues through the golf course at Cardona and follows quiet roads through the village. As you leave the settlement, you pass a pump track where the energetic can practice their cycle stunts – use at your own risk. Shortly after, you cross a footbridge over the River Tweed and then follow the banks of the river, with nice views over the Cardrona Forest and the hills beyond, before curving off towards Innerleithen.
Turn left up the road to reach the centre of the village, where there are great coffee shops and eateries. Turn right and over the river to reach the Innerleithen mountain biking routes.
The path links to National Route 1 at Innerleithen, while the Borders Loop runs on minor roads to the south of the River Tweed between Peebles and Innerleithen, opening up possibilities for longer trips and circular routes.
There are plans to extend the route west to Upper Tweeddale, east to Walkerburn and eventually to Galashiels, as well as potentially north from Peebles towards Edinburgh. If that happens, then the Tweed Valley Railway Path may become part of National Route 1.
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.