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Scottish Borders Festival of Walking 2002

Walk 12 - Melrose Circular

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Leaders: Peter Jeary and John Miller
Distance: 13km/8miles circular
Start: Market Place, Melrose, 10.30.
Finish: Melrose, 16.00 approx.
Grade: moderate/strenuous because of steep climb to Eildon saddle. Packed lunch required.

About the walk
The walk follows St Cuthbert’s Way over the Eildons’ saddle to Eildon Hall woods (fine tree specimens in well managed woodland). The route continues to Eildon Village and then to Old Melrose where the first Abbey was established in the 7th century. The route follows the Tweed through Ravenswood Estate to Leaderfoot, crossing the old road bridge and returning by the historic railway viaduct to Newstead, the oldest inhabited village in Scotland. Return to Melrose is by the Middle Walk used by the masons who lived in Newstead and worked on building the Abbey.


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Scottish Borders Walking Festival 2002 Application