Three Brethren Minch Moor Road
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You can access the route from Selkirk via the B7014. From Galashiels or Innerleithen via the A707. Turn of the A707 at Philiphaugh Farm, and head up Corbylinn road.
From here follow the old farm road, twisting and turning gradually climbing until you reach the tree line where the surface changes from loose farm track into the type of trail we all love !
The path now passes a small reservoir on the left and follows Long Philip Burn for the next mile. This is quite a technical track but wide enough most of the way for 2 abreast. The surface can be loose and rocky at times but is usually reasonably hard packed. This can be real challenge in parts.
Once the path starts to flatten and bears right you should reach a gate where you cross and turn left with the Three Brethren in sight ahead. Head up this 200m section of S-U-W. This path can be very technical but great fun and should really test the leg muscles by the time you reach the summit at 464m.
Now admire the incredible views from “The Three Brethern”. and Pat yourself on the back.
Follow the tree line on your right down a nice fast little descent flattening out (don’t turn right) through a heather strewn path until you reach a gate, head over towards Broomy Law climbing back up to 463m. This next section is grassy and great fun, but is quite exposed so be prepared to really feel the weather – you have been warned !
After this climb the path trails down to a lower valley and across another gate. This is the start of yet another tough climb up an old drove road towards Brown Knowe and a lung busting height of 523m. Keep on this same track crossing Wallace’ Trench down towards Elibank Forest until you reach the edge of the trees and a sign for Yarrowford where you turn sharp left on the the Minch Moor Road.
That’s most of the climbing done and its now fast descending all the way ! This track is used by farmers and Sheep so be aware and be polite. The trail reaches the tree-line below and a farm yard and is easy to follow all the way back to the road at Yarrowford. Follow this (tarmac unfortunately) back to Selkirk and where you started.