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Scottish Borders Walk
Three Brethren & Brown Knowe from Yarrowford

County/Area - Scottish Borders

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 8.3 miles / 13.5 km    Ascent - 1800 feet / 545 metres

Time - 6 hours 0 minutes    Grade - moderate

Start - OS grid reference NT408299
Lat 55.559174 // Long -2.940098
Postcode TD7 5NA (approx. location only)
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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Three Brethren & Brown Knowe from Yarrowford
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This walk from Yarrowford in the Southern Uplands climbs over Foulshiels Hill to join the Southern Upland Way. This is followed to the Three Brethren and onto Brown Knowe. From here the walk descends into valley along the Minchmoor Road along a pleasant ridge to return to Yarrowford. Good paths and tracks are used throughout the walk.

The start is the small parking area just west of the telephone box on the south side of the A708 in Yarrowford (grid ref. NT408299). After parking walk east and just before the bridge over Yarrow Water, turn left. After 70 metres, take a narrow path on the right which runs above a wooded gorge to reach Broadmeadows (a former Youth Hostel). Keep to the right of the house and continue above the burn to a gate in a wall at the end of the trees (grid ref. NT417306). Turn right and go through another gate to reach a grassy track. Turn right and after 60 metres turn left onto a clear gravel track (grid ref. NT418306).

This track climbs over a dip in the ridge of Foulshiels Hill to descend into the head of a broad valley where the track becomes less distinct and grassy. Continue ahead to a gate. Go through the gate and continue ahead to reach the edge of Forestry. Turn left and follow the Southern Upland Way north to Three Brethren (464 m.) with its cairns designating the boundaries of three estates. Continue along the SUW passing north of Broomy Law and south of the next top. The final ascent of the route takes you to Brown Knowe (523 m.) the highest point of the walk.

Cross the stile to the cairn and follow a feint descending path south to the right of a wall and fence. Continue down to the point where the fence and wall cross sides (grid ref. NT389323). Turn right here across and descend across grass to reach a grassy path (Minchmmor Road). Turn left and descend the ridge. As you make progress downhill, the path becomes a track over Hangingshaw Rig passing through several gates. Reaching a wood on the right continue to a gravel track on your right (grid ref. NT406304). Turn right and follow the track down to a tarmac road. Keep ahead passing the village hall to reach the main road in Yarrowford. Turn left back to the parking area.



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