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013873 71373 / 07733 065587


Canonbie Heritage Walk


Walking Through History at Canonbie.

The Heritage Trail.


Canonbie is a place deeply rooted in history. Close to Hadrian’s Wall, there is evidence of relatively brief Roman occupations A medieval Priory founded 1124-1153, is long vanished, but reputed to have given the parish its name, as the place of the ‘Canons’

Canonbie was then, for several hundred years, central to an area known as the Debatable lands, whose boundaries were marked by the rivers Liddel and Esk in the east and the River Sark in the west, effectively controlled by local clans, known as Border Reivers, who successfully resisted any attempt by either Scottish or English governments to impose their authority.

Only when the thrones of Scotland and England were united (1603), did King James VI of Scotland also became James I of England. He embarked on the so-called “Pacification of the Borders”, purging the Border Reivers, destroying their fortified tower houses, rounding up their families and sending them abroad. More recently, in the 19th Century, local industry grew up around coal-mining, reverting to forestry and agriculture after WWII.


The Walk This is a relatively easy circular route of 6km (3.7 miles), although there are a couple of steep but short ascents Some footpaths are muddy so gaiters/stout boots are recommended, and nettles close to the paths can be a problem so long trousers are recommended.

Plenty of opportunities for seeing wild flowers and open views, it should take just over an hour to complete.


The starting Point for the walk, coming East on the B6357 towards Newcastleton through Canonbie, cross the Border Esk River at the traffic lights, and turn immediately Right (signposted Canonbie Church). Parking available to right of Cemetery gate.


A downloadable leaflet is available for this walk and is filled with many historical snippets from the Canonbie area. Enjoy the experience.


This walk was developed and built by Canonbie and District Residents Association.

Please contact the phone numbers below for further information and the availability of downloads.

013873 71373 / 07733 065587

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