A Pleasant stroll through rolling hills, this section is a nice break from the more strenuous upland environments.
Starting in the historic town of Melrose you will start by crossing the River Tweed on the Gattonside suspension bridge. You will then follow the river for some way before heading up into farmland on quiet roads and tracks. This pleasant landscape continues right through to the small historic town of Lauder.
With a few shops for supplies and a pub this is a good place to stop. Out the other side of the town is Thirlestane Castle which you may have time to visit after this short section. This dramatic country house is open to the public and has a tea room in the grounds.
There’s a spell in this Land of the Marches,
In this Border that gave us our birth,
In this spot where the Heaven’s wide arch is
Spread blue o’er the best of the earth!
Will H. Ogilvie
|OS Explorer Maps||345 Lammermuir Hills|
346 Berwick upon Tweed
|Distance||16 km / 10miles|
|Height Range||80 – 300m|
|Information Shelter||Longformacus, Abbey St Bathan, Pease Dean & Cockburnspath.|
|Supplies||There are shops in Lauder & one in Cockburnspath but none on route.|
|Public Transport||Regular bus services from Lauder & Cockburnspath, none on route. Last bus from Cockburnspath to Dunbar leaves at 4.44pm.|
|Cyclists||The entire of this section is suitable for mountain bikes|