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FORESTRY bosses have blazed a trail through Cademuir Forest.

And they hope locals and tourists will take full advantage of the stunning views on offer.

Forest Enterprise Scotland, which is a Forestry Commission agency, recently opened up a new section of the popular Pilots' Trail through the forest.

The two kilometre section boasts stunning 360 degree views of both the Tweed and Cademuir valleys.

Borders-based Katie Jarvis, Forest Enterprise Scotland’s recreation forester, told the Peeblesshire News: "This is a beautiful part of the Borders and on a clear day the views from the top of the hill are simply stunning.

“You can see for miles around, right over the Cademuir landscape and Tweed Valley all the way to Stobo Valley.

“The trail follows mature pine woodlands and open hill so you get a bit of everything to look at. If you are lucky you might also see red squirrels, badgers, deer and many birds from warblers to majestic ospreys.

“The investment in the new trail adds another visitor attraction to the popular Tweed Valley.

"We are very keen to ensure the National Forest Estate continues to support the tourism sector and provide an economic benefit to the local economy.”

The recently completed section completes a five-kilometre circuit trail that will now take around two hours as it leads walkers high up to the hill tops.

Feedback from hikers over the past few weeks has been very positive.

Mike McGrath from Peebles messaged Forestry bosses with his compliments.

He said: “I'm sitting in the sunshine on the new bench on the newly opened path.

"What a superb job, well done.”