Borders Abbeys Way
Total distance covered; 65 miles (105kms)
6 days walking, based in Melrose
The Borders Abbeys Way is a 65 miles (105kms) circular route which links the four magnificent medieval abbeys at Melrose, Dryburgh, Jedburgh and Kelso, and passes through the beautiful rolling landscape of the Scottish Borders on tracks and paths used down the centuries by monks travelling between the abbeys, cattle drovers and, no doubt, the Border Reivers too.
The walking is a mix of riverside pasture beside the Rivers Tweed and Teviot, grassy hillside paths, drovers tracks, quiet country lanes and forest tracks. The route is relatively low-level, but with occasional forays onto the higher ridges and hilltops. Five handsome towns provide the end points for the walk stages; of Kelso, Jedburgh, Hawick, Selkirk and Melrose - our base for this tour. There should be ample time to explore the towns with their solid red sandstone public buildings, attractive market squares, statues and, of course, their abbeys.
Aside from the abbeys themselves, highlights of the Borders Abbeys Way include the Rymer's Stone, Mertoun Bridge, views to the Waterloo Monument on Peniel Heugh and across to the Eildon Hills, Floors Castle, Abbotsford (home of Sir Walter Scott), the remains of Roxburghe Castle, the views from the top of Black Law, Cauldshield Loch, the Mercat Cross in Jedburgh and the wonderful display of wild flowers on Selkirk Hill.
Holiday Options 2022
Day 1: Melrose to Dalcove Mains 9 miles (15kms)
Day 2: Dalcove Mains to Kelso 9 miles (15kms)
Day 3: Kelso to Jedburgh 12 miles (19kms)
Day 4: Jedburgh to Hawick 13 miles (21kms)
Day 5: Hawick to Selkirk 12 miles (19kms)
Day 6: Selkirk to Melrose 10 miles (16kms)
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