Stobs Camp to Barnes Loch Circular Walking Route

A walk with memorable views through country where Reivers once met, and soldiers once trained

Walk up the road then turn right to walk down into Stobs Camp. As the road swings left notice the last of the POW’s huts across the valley. After crossing the bridge notice the remains of the Camp swimming pool on the left just before you go through the gate.

Pass the Camp parade ground on your right.  Turn left over the burn and through the gate take the Cogsmill sign to walk up the track with Winningtonrig cottage on the skyline to your right. As you approach the next gate the breached dam of one of the Camp reservoirs holding ponds is obvious on your right. Continue through another gate with another reservoir dam ahead. Look over your left shoulder to see the summit of Ruberslaw peeping over. As you gradually climb look back to see the Eildons and the Black Hill of Earlston. Soon Stobs or Barnes Loch comes into view with Skelfhill Pen prominent ahead.


The track swings round left then right to pass derelict Barnes Farm on the left and a drying house and the foundations of old POW huts on the right. On reaching your car before driving off take time to walk the short distance east along the track and down into the trees to have a look at all that is left of the old POW’s graveyard.


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Difficulty: Intermediate
Length: 2.96 Miles
Towns: Hawick
Total Ascent (m): 416.000
Average Time: 1hr 9min
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