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History of Walkerburn




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Walkerburn is a small Scottish Borders community on the A72 between Peebles and Galashiels. The village has about 450 homes and a population of over 650 permanent residents. It is set amidst the stunningly beautiful Tweed Valley, has a village shop/Post Office, a coffee shop, a primary school and a number of local businesses in the old mill buildings.

Henry BallantyneThe village was built on land bought in 1846 by Henry Ballantyne.  He bought land to build a tweed mill and a community was built, designed by 'Eccentric' Pilkington with houses for the workers and for the Ballantyne family set on the north side of the Tweed valley. The new village came into being in 1854, taking its name from the Walker Burn.

The design of the village shows its back to the main road.  Viewed from the other side of the Tweed the design can be appreciated with tiers of housing on the hillside set to take the greatest advantage from the sun (and with geographical elevation reflecting the social elevation of the then occupants.)

Closure of the mills in the village has led to a fall in population but no diminution in the community spirit of the village.  It remains an active and friendly community with a wide range of activities taking place.

Walkerburn's location means that cycling and walking are near at hand, with the acclaimed cycle trails at Glentress (voted top UK trail of 2014 by users) and on the hills of the Pirn within easy access, as well as the Southern Upland Way just a short walk away on the south side of the Tweed.

The village also unusually houses a small number of science based industries and many successful small enterprises.