Marvel at this native woodland, which clings to and carpets the steep slopes of a gorge in the Scottish Borders. A rich variety of plants and butterflies thrive in Cragbank Wood, the largest area of ancient ash–elm–hazel woodland left in the Scottish Borders. It forms a narrow band that runs across the steep slopes of Wolfehopelee Hill.
The reserve is protected as Cragbank and Wolfehopelee Site of Special Scientific Interest and as part of Borders Woods Special Area of Conservation.
Cragbank Wood Nature Reserve is located just south of Hobkirk. From Hawick, follow the A6088 south for about 8 miles. At Hobkirk, take the B6357 towards the Forestry & Land Scotland car park at Hells Hole, Wauchope Forest (at NT 590 071).
The paths are unsurfaced, narrow and steep.
- Wildlife viewing
Wauchope Forest, nr Bonchester Bridge, Scottish Borders, National TD9 9TB