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Gala Policies Walk

Distance

1.6km/1 mile

Duration

1 hour

Weather

Terrain

woodland paths and tracks
  1. Go through the gate and up the track, which served as the old driveway, to the site of New Gala House, demolished in 1985. This house and these grounds were laid out in the 1870s, for the Scott’s of Galashiels.
  2. After a short distance the main track swings left around the back of the ponds (which can be visited later on this route). Here you must leave the main track and turn right and then right again to cross a bridge over the burn. Follow the path through the trees until another bridge is reached, going into the housing estate. Turn left here to stay in the woods and follow their top boundary, keep the wall on the right as a guide.
  3. After a short distance join a path which emerges out onto a large open area, follow the path as it snakes up to a fine view point at the top of the grassy mound.
  4. From the view point head downhill, keeping the dyke on your right hand side. Turn left when you meet the Southern Upland Way.
  5. Follow the Southern Upland Way until you reach a path going down to a boardwalk at the pond. Explore around the ponds if you wish and then carry on following the Southern Upland Way back to the start of the route.

5a Bank St, Galashiels, TD1 1EN

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