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Scottish Borders Festival of Walking 2002

Walk 11 - Melrose Villages

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Leader: John McLaren
Distance: 12.5km/7.5 miles circular
Start: Market Place, Melrose, 10.30
Finish: Melrose, 15.30 approx
Grade: moderate. Packed lunch required. Walk limited to 40 people.

About the walk
The walk starts in the centre of Melrose and visits, in turn, the three ‘satellite’ villages of Newstead, Darnick and Gattonside. The route passes the Abbey then touches the edge of Newstead before rising toward the Eildon Hills, passing the Rhymer’s Stone on the way. Moving west across the lower slopes of the hills, the walk covers a variety of historic and environmental interests before reaching Darnick, from where the route to Gattonside crosses the Tweed and rises gently again, this time on the south-facing slopes of the Tweed Valley. The circuit is completed by a descent through the village, with tea stop at Village Hall, then to the river and back to the Market Place.

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Scottish Borders Walking Festival 2002 Application