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Scottish Borders Festival of Walking 2002

Saturday 7 September Walk 2 - Thomas The Rhymer Hill Walk

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Leaders: Agnes Waldie and Jane Swanston
Distance: 13km/8 miles circular
Start: Market Place, Melrose, 10.00
Finish: Melrose, 15.00 approx.
Grade: moderate. Packed lunch required.

About the walk
This pleasant walk visits the site of the Eildon Tree, the spot where Thomas the Rhymer first met the Faerie Queen. The tree itself has long disappeared and is now marked by the Eildon Tree Stone. This encounter with the elfin queen resulted in Thomasí acquisition of prophetic power and he went on to make a number of significant predictions. The walk then circles the foot of the Eildons over Bowden Moor to Cauldshiels Loch (look out for water-kelpies). Return to Melrose via Rhymerís Glen.

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Scottish Borders Walking Festival 2002 Application