MelroseSt Boswells

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Melrose and St Boswells.

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Grid Ref NT5476533991
Lat / Lon 55.59743° / -2.71940°
Easting / Northing 354,765E / 633,991N
What3Words wrist.lands.entrusted
St Boswells
Grid Ref NT5939930959
Lat / Lon 55.57060° / -2.64542°
Easting / Northing 359,399E / 630,959N
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Melstb One's land is

Arable 36.0%
Moors 10.4%
Pasture 32.6%
Urban 14.1%
Woods 6.8%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018



28 May 2022 Spring

Part of the Borders Abbey Way, this route is a very scenic and enjoyable walk along narrow paths, country roads and through small villages. The route is relatively flat and the stretch between Newstead and Newton St. Boswells follows a road closed to traffic. Further along, be aware of some narrow footbridges, steps and loose trail surfaces.


30 Sep 2021 Autumn

Initial steep climb out of Melrose to the pass between two tops of the Eildon Hills - views west towards the Southern Uplands, and south to the Cheviots, are outstanding. There's an option to take in any of the three summits at this point which offer the best views. Then drop down through woods to village of Bowden. From here it's an easy walk along a quiet lane down towards the River Tweed where the path then meanders up and down through woodland, following the river around to St Boswells. Another option is to cross the suspension bridge to visit Dryburgh Abbey which adds another half mile to the route.

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