Walk Distance: 4.8km one way
Walk Duration: Allow 1hr30 – 2hrs walk each way, depending on whether you have little people in pushchairs, walking or on wheels.
Ordnance Survey: OS Explorer 337 Peebles & Innerleithen; OS Landranger 73 Peebles, Galashiels & Selkirk
Suitable for: Children in pushchairs, babies in carriers, scooters, balance bikes, bikes, all the family. Perfect route for beginner walkers to test their legs.
Walk Features: Flat, off-road paths, riverside walking by the Tweed, birds, lovely scenery, refreshment options at both ends, option to catch bus back.
‘I walked this route with a friend and her baby, with a pushchair, baby backpack and my 2 girls under 6 on balance & gearless bikes respectively. Roo & Beth were keen to cycle that day but not yet able to join their Dad & my friend’s husband on the downhill mountain biking trails of nearby Glentress!
The walk follows the quiet & scenic Tweed Valley Cycle Path on paved, off-road paths. Unlike some cycle paths, there are a whole mixture of users so you don’t feel out of place walking. The going is flat and easy with occasional benches along the route.
It’s a great option for inclement weather families with bikes or pushchairs or with children not yet ready for more hilly or exposed routes in the nearby hills. You can grab lunch at Nashy’s Coffee House in Cardrona, have the option to catch the bus back and the promise of great ice-cream back at Innerleithen!
The Innerleithen to Cardrona Tweed Valley Pushchair Walk begins on Traquair Road in Innerleithen.The start of the Tweed Valley Cycle Path is marked with an information board, leaving the pavement through green barriers (plenty wide enough for bikes, pushchairs etc.).
From here, follow the cycle path as it leaves the outskirts of Innerleithen and heads towards the banks of the River Tweed.
The route takes you along the riverside with rolling hills rising on either side. Watch out for sand martins nesting along the riverbanks in the warmer months.As you progress along the walk, Cardrona Forest lines the opposite bank of the Tweed.
Continue until reaching the footbridge that crosses over the River Tweed just outside Cardrona. Follow the path as it bends up left past the golf course before bending round onto the main path to the right as you pass through the concrete uprights just beyond.From here follow the Tweed Valley Cycle Path until it reaches the edge of the housing estate at the outskirts of Cardrona. If you do not want to catch the bus back or do not want to stop for refreshments then this is the turning point to return back to Innerleithen.
For those following on to Nashy’s Coffee House on the other side of Cardrona (or continuing to Peebles), follow the pavement past a small kids bike park.Take a right hand turn at the junction of Leeburn View and Cardrona Way. Follow Cardrona Way through the centre of Cardrona.
Continue through the other side of the housing estate until you reach a roundabout. Cross straight over and you will see Nashy’s Coffee House just on the side of the road ahead.
There is some outdoor seating or cosy tables indoors. It can get very busy on summer weekends but serves a good selection of hot food, sandwiches and sweet treats as well as hosting the small village shop. There are baby change facilities also.For those returning from Cardrona to Innerleithen by bus, you can catch one from just opposite the cafe and shop. At time of writing the X62 ran roughly twice hourly towards Edinburgh from Cardrona most days and around hourly on a Sunday, stopping on Innerleithen high street. Please check Traveline or another journey planning tool for up-to-date timetables before your trip.
For those continuing onto Peebles, the Tweed Valley Cycle Path continues on directly past Nashy’s Coffee House.
Otherwise return back to Innerleithen along the same walking route, where you will find further refreshments including a great ice-cream shop, Caldwell’s Ices, on the high street!
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The Innerleithen to Cardrona Tweed Valley Pushchair Walk begins from Traquair Road just off the main road running through Innerleithen.
There is on-street parking in Innerleithen, including on Traquair Road.
You can also reach Innerleithen and Cardrona by regular bus service from Edinburgh ( X62).
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