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A walk around Darnick

Darnick Community Woodland and Walk
Darnick Community Woodland and Walk

At the corner of the first street on the right, outside 'Skirmish View', you will see a large stone. This may have been a 'louping-stane' from which you leapt onto your horse, or, as elsewhere, as a fender to keep carts away from the building, and to stop them from damaging the corner as they turned.

Turning to the right here, takes you into Broomilees Road.

Midhill House
Midhill House

Walking up Broomilees Road takes you past the council houses on the left, and the bungalows on the right. After about 100 yards, you will see on your right the entrance to the 'Darnick Community Woodland and Walk'.
Walking further will take you onto the Bridge over the Melrose Bypass, with a view along it to the Borders General Hospital with the Eildons in the background. This route would eventually take you to Abbotsford House, the home of Sir Walter Scott.
We, however, turn left opposite the gate into the Community Woodland, and walk parallel to the bypass, along what was, before 1969, part of the sidings of Melrose Station.
The two houses - 'The Sidings' and 'Endolyne' remind one of those days of rail travel - sadly missed but the trains may return to the Borders, if not to Melrose.

Osmond Cottage
Osmond Cottage

Turning right at the foot of the road will take you through an underpass to the entrance road to Borders General Hospital. Built on the site of what were the Darnick village playing fields, it was opened in 1988. If you were to continue on up this road, past Huntlyburn House, which is now part of the hospital complex, you would, after some 2 kms, come to Cauldshiels Loch.

Our walk, however, continues back through the underpass. Retracing your steps brings you to 'Cotburn House' on the right. On the left you will see the former stables which are now part of 'Midhill House'. Straight ahead brings you into Smith's Road. Named after the Smith family of Darnick, these houses were built at the end of the 19th century, as can be seen by the date plaques on them - 1887 on 'Doonbye' and 1895 on 'Osmond Cottage'. Further along, on the left, is a row at right angles to the street - Charlesfield Place - dated 1897. On the right is 'Post Box Cottage', which was the last shop in Darnick - now there are none.

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