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Whitrope

(Whitterhope)

A scattered settlement in the SW Scottish Borders, Whitrope is drawn out along the B6399 road, 8½ miles (14 km) south of Hawick, surrounded by the Whitrope Forest. The Whitrope Tunnel, Whitrope Siding and a signal box (long gone) were associated with the Border Union Railway (or Waverley Line) and the Whitrope Summit was the highest point on that route at 307m (1006 feet). The volunteers of the Whitrope Rail Heritage Centre has restored a section of track here. Whitrope Cottages lie close to the southern end of the tunnel, whilst Whitrope Edge rises to the west. The nearest station was at Riccarton Junction, 2 miles (3 km) to the south southeast. Whitrope is recorded as Whitterhope on early Ordnance Survey maps.


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