The best, largest, and most beautiful public park in the Scottish Borders. We can't all have grand stately homes, but in Hawick we can all enjoy our own beautiful, extensive parkland and gardens. (It's supposed to be the same acreage as the Vatican City.) It was once the parkland of the old Langlands Estate, which was acquired by the town, along with the Wilton Lodge Mansion, which became the Hawick Museum. Don't we all just love it. It is a beautifully tranquil place, which many a "stately castle" might well envy.
The River Teviot runs right past it, where children feed the ducks, watch the herons, and Boy Scouts sometimes put their canoes on the river near the Laurie Bridge. The Wilton Dean Burn runs through it, creating a lovely waterfall and a shady glen, before flowing through the gardens to join the Teviot. The avenue leading up to the Museum is lovely and shady, being bordered by many beautiful, mature trees. The gardens in front of the museum are gorgeous. The Walled Garden, up on a higher level, is lovely, mature, well-kept, and a blaze of colour in summer - a lovely place to sit.
In addition to all this, it has a play-park area for children, tennis courts, crazy golf, a small cafe, an extensive, green area for events like a Medieval Fair, and playing fields for rugby, hockey and football.
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