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Black Hill and the Jubilee/Bluebell walk, Earlston
Black Hill and the Jubilee/Bluebell walk, Earlston

Black Hill and the Jubilee/Bluebell walk, Earlston

Rating out of 5: 4.5

Source: following the official Jubilee Path/Bluebell Way and public signage up Black Hill


Earlston is a small town in the Scottish Borders, often missed by many or nearby Lauder preferred, however, I have learned that Earlston has a couple of jewels of itself. Such as the prominent Black Hill and the Bluebell Walk and the Jubilee Path.

If you follow the well signed Jubilee Path on good paths, preserved by the local community, you can walk all the way to the Leaderfoot Viaduct and on the way back walk back on the opposite side of the river, to have a different view.

Along the way you will pass Cowdenknowes House, a place rich in local history (private residence), and if you are up for it and want to bag another hill you can take the detour of heading up Black Hill. Here there are different options but the best one is head up on the easier east side of the hill, briefly head down on the same way before changing off to head to the right, following the grassy path and then the track on the side of the field till you find signs showing the way back into Earlston.

This last bit might lead to a fair bit of road walking depending on the way you take but it isn’t too busy and so it was bearable.

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