This section of the Borders Abbey Way starts with a long, steady climb out of Hawick and Teviotdale onto the side of Drinkstone Hill and into typical Border hill farming countryside, and some forestry. The route then drops down into the valley of the Ale Water near the village of Ashkirk and then proceeds by way of the old track, known as the Thief Road, to Wollrig.
After following a stretch of minor road to reach the highest point of the section at Hartwoodmyres Forest the route passes through the forest and continues down past Middlestead, Brownmoor and The Haining to enter Selkirk at the West Port. Heading from Selkirk to Hawick is a good way to do this section as it allows for good views towards Hawick and the Liddesdale hills going downhill on the road at the end of the days walk.
This section may be done in two shorter stages between Ashkirk and Hawick and Ashkirk and Selkirk. Take the bus to Ashkirk and walk along the road to join the route back to your start point.
Points of interest along the way include: The Upland Areas of Drinkstone Hill, The Bishop’s Stone, Bowhill and The Haining