In 2007, as a spin off from work being undertaken by Kelso Paths Group, it was decided to create a new footpath on the north east side of the village. Much of the route already existed, but with the help of grants amounting to around £16000 from Awards for All, Scottish Natural Heritage and Scottish Borders Council, a better walking surface was created. The walk is a circuit, giving beautiful views over the surrounding countryside, and usually takes under an hour.
For the energetic, a longer circular walk of about 9 miles, going by Smailholm Tower and New Smailholm Farm, is shown on the map below. The terrain consists of farm tracks and short sections of "B" class roads, and is suitable for walking, cycling or riding. Please note that the route passes through two working farms, where there may be moving vehicles and livestock. Some sections, where there are cattle, are unsuitable for dog walking.
Copies of the maps are available for downloading below.