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The beautiful Teviotdale Valley that runs South of Hawick to Teviothead

The A7 runs southwest from Hawick through the dramatic scenery of Teviotdale to the tiny village of Teviothead, where it then exchanges the valley of the River Teviot for the Ewes Water. The Ewes then meets the River Esk at Langholm, in Dumfries and Galloway. The A7 continues its route south, to meet the A74(M) just north of Carlisle.

A much more beautiful route south is to take the A698 northeast out of Hawick, then turn off on to the A6088 which heads southeast. Just beyond the tiny village of Bonchester Bridge, take the B6357 which leads you into lovely Liddesdale. The B6357 follows the course of the Liddel Water all the way south to the village of Canonbie, where it meets the A7. A few miles north of Newcastleton, the B6357 meets the B6399 which runs north back to Hawick. Four miles north of the junction is the turning to Hermitage Castle, one of the great Border strongholds.

There are a couple of places to stay in the village of Newcastleton, 5 miles south of Hermitage. The Liddlesdale Hotel, Tel/Fax 01387-375255, also serves local specialities such as pheasant and salmon; and there's the very pleasant Borders Honey Farm, Tel/Fax 01387-376737, 3 miles north of Newcastleton on the B6357.

South east of Hawick in the village of Bonchester Bridge is a great wee 17th century old coach house inn, the Horse and Hound Country Inn - Tel 01450 860645. With 9 rooms,  they are biker friendly, dog friendly and live music is played every weekend,  folk, jazz or R&B. Recommended.