- Douglas Square, Newcastleton
- Generally good paths. Boots or strong shoes recommended
- At the start
- In Newcastleton
- This short route is a popular walk with local people. Done briskly it is a great short walk for some exercise or as a stroll to spend some time enjoying the scenery and river wildlife of the Liddel Water. Whithaugh Bridge was built in 2014 by a partnership of local community and public agencies. This bridge also provides a link for the 7-stanes cycle route between the village and Priesthaugh Forest mountain bike trails. The Holm Bridge was built in 1823. This short circular route crosses the Liddle Water using the Whithaugh Bridge and returns via the Holm Bridge.
From the north end of Douglas Square, turn down to the Liddel Water and turn left along the riverside path, passing Whithaugh Pool, at one time a favourite bathing place. Among the birds you might see are dipper, pied wagtail, oystercatcher and heron. Across the river are the lands of Whithaugh owned by the Armstrong family in the reiving days.Near the bridge there are picnic tables and this is a good place for a picnic with a view of the river.
Turn right to cross the river over the Whithaugh Bridge. Be aware that the bridge is a multi-use bridge and is also used by cyclists.
Enjoy the river views. Follow the path uphill and through a small gate to the road above.
Turn right and follow the road along to reach a road junction and continue to the right reaching the Holm Bridge
Cross the bridge and descend steps to join the riverside path.
There are seats along this section of riverside – time to enjoy the view and look out for river birds perhaps. The small bridge crosses Short Sike. A Sike is another name for a burn or stream..(The Heritage Centre is signposted from the path- turn left past the tennis courts to reach South Hermitage Street.)
At the end of the grass section continue along the riverside turning left at Walter Street to return to Douglas Square.
The riverside section of path is hard level tarmac and easy access