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*NOTE ..Please do not use any 'aspirational' cycle routes in the Upper Tweed. For example those marked as green dotted lines on the Scottish C2C map. In particular we ask you not to use the Neidpath tunnel until essential safety work has been completed!

The former railway lines of Upper Tweeddale in the Scottish Borders have huge potential as walking, cycling and horseriding routes. This is clearly demonstrated by the many users enjoying the new path between Peebles and Innerleithen.

The aim of Upper Tweed Railway Paths is to extend this route west, connecting Peebles to Broughton, Biggar, Symington and Tweedsmuir. An initial feasibility study was the essential first step, focusing primarily on landowner consultation, engagement with local authorities and the strategic fit of the route within the wider region.  We appointed consultants John Grimshaw CBE and David Gray. John was founder, Director and Chief Engineer of Sustrans, and now works freelance to establish successful multiuse paths. David is known for conceiving and developing the popular C2C route, from Whitehaven to Sunderland. Together they have an unmatched record in making routes happen.  Input has also come from Vyv Wood-Gee.  Vyv has many  years experience of route development in Southern Scotland, including the South of Scotland Countryside Trails and the recently developed Annandale Way. 

The initial study completed in August 2013 and the report is available here in Summary and Complete form. landowners were contacted and negotiations are ongoing as part of a second stage to the project. We anticipate these negotiations progressing to an agreement, one way or another, with each separate landowner. Current land use on some sections of the line, e.g. housing and specific agricultural use, prevents use as a route. For these sections alternatives are being examined.

Our major funders are Climate Challenge Fund, Big Lottery Fund and LEADER.  We are grateful to Phil Kearney from Sustrans and Chris Parkin from Rural Development Trust, for help and advice.  Also thanks to Simon Pilpel (Access Development Manager in South Lanarkshire Council), Keith Robeson (Senior Countryside Ranger in Scottish Borders Council) and their respective colleagues, for support. 
Please note that only some sections of the former railway lines are currently established routes, and the Scottish Outdoor Access Code should always be observed. For more information please refer to the relevant local authority ‘core path’ network.

Links to Article in Scotsman, Scottish Parliament Motion. ****NEW****Article by David Gray,Leaflet which explains the route

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Latest News

September 2013, Initial feasibility Study available - download here.


Complete Report

May 2014, Planning application in for first section of route and UTRP moving to (charitable) SCIO status.

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