The two halves of this section have very different landscapes. First is high moorland with amazing views. Then you get riverside walking with towns, history, bridges and ruins.
At the start of this section you will find yourself once again climbing this time on to Minch Moor but once again the views will be worth the effort. Here you will find ‘Point of Resolution’ landscape art this will change the way you look at the view. Coming out of the woodland you will be on wild open moor for several miles before arriving at the three brethren. These three cairns represent the meeting point of three of the largest Scottish estates.
From here you will descend through woodland to a bridge over the river tweed. Then you head through farmland to Galasheils where you will find shops for supplies, cafes and pubs. Heading back to the river you will see Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott on the opposite bank. The river will then take you all the way to Melrose. The town centre is off route but it is a good place to stop for the night. If you stopped in Galasheils it is still worth the detour to see the dramatic ruins of Melrose Abbey, the final resting place of the heart of Robert the Bruce.
I see a mist up on the hills. I want to be there, what a thrill.
To look down from the height above, and look down on the place I love.
To see the greenery of the land, and little villages looking grand.
You see the animals grazing there. No other sight can compare.
|OS Explorer Maps||337 Peebles and Innerleithen|
338 Galashiels, Selkirk and Melrose
|Distance||29 km / 18 miles|
|Height Range||90 – 520m|
|Information Shelter||Lindinny car park at Yair Bridge, Gattonside Weir in Melrose|
|Supplies||There is a wide range of shops and eating places in Galashiels and Melrose.|
|Public Transport||Regular bus services from Galashiels and Melrose.|
|Cycling||The entire of this section is suitable for mountain bikes.|