Scottish landscapes, gardens and waterfalls
Vintage page from 1995.
Near Canonbie, Eastern Dumfriesshire
If you are traveling to or from England on the West side of the country it is well worth taking a short detour to cross the border at Penton Linns.
From the south, turn off the M6 at Junction 44 , go up the A7 to Longtown and turn off to the right where it is signposted to Netherby and Penton.
Coming from the north down the A7 turn off at Canonbie on the B6357 towards Newcastleton and at Harelaw take the Penton turning. Whichever way you come, the Border is the elegant 18th century bridge at the bottom of the Liddle valley, and beneath this bridge begins the series if falls.
Cut out of limestone, they rush and meander through craggy plates of rock, overhung by woodland. Often the water is brown from peat washed down from moorland further upstream.
A little downstream from the bridge is a deep pool above which is a rocky ledge some 30 feet high. In summer a favourite pastime for locals is daring others to jump from it into the black pool below.
The River Liddle (or Liddel) is well known for sea trout ( see Sea Trout fishing)