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Galashiels Town (Circular Walk)

Galashiels to

Walk No: 34

Nearest Town: Galashiels

• Distance: 4 miles

• Height Gain:

• Relevant Map:
Difficulty: Moderate

• Terrain: Good paths and roads. No special footwear needed.
• Toilets: Close to the start

• Refreshments: Good choice in Galashiels

Route Description
Walk to the west end of the Bank Street gardens, and turn left (Bank Street Brae). Continue into Livingstone Place and cross Scott Street to reach a Southern Upland Way shelter at the entrance to Scott Park. Follow the SUW signs to the right along a track beside a burn, with Galashiels Academy on your left.

The signs take you through a wooded area known as the Gala Policies, once the grounds of a large house, and then out to an open area. At the edge of the policies, go through a gate and follow the signs left, around a field, to a stone step-stile. Go left again here (the Southern Upland Way goes right, uphill) and follow a track between fences, up to a road.

Go left along the road and take the first right, Barr Road, to pick up the Southern Upland Way again. At the road end continue on a clear track and shortly reach a fine viewpoint with a stone proclaiming that ''Here the Border poet Roger Quin gazed out upon Eden''. The Eildon Hills above Melrose (walk 35) are prominent.
Follow the signs through a gate along a field edge, then left again into a track giving a fine view of Abbotsford House across the Tweed. Walk down to Abbotsford Road, turn right and quickly left, down steps. Cross the busy A7 with great care and follow the signs past a riding stable and down to cross another road. The path winds along beside and then a little above the broad and stately Tweed before reaching a car park directly below the soaring Galafoot Bridge.
Continue across an open area, heading to its left-hand corner, and on to meet a road. Follow the road for about 100 metres and take the first left, past works gates and onto a tarmac path. In about 400 metres go right on the footbridge across the Gala Water and then left to pick up what is known as the Black Path, leading back to Galashiels.

The path provides easy walking, keeping close to the river for much of the way.
On reaching a car park, just before the Health Centre, go left across the footbridge and then half-right to cross the Paton Street car park and return to Bank Street.