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The Eildon Hills

Melrose to

Walk No: 37

Start: Town Centre car park

Finish: Town Centre car park

• Distance: 4 miles

• Height Gain:

• Relevant Map:
Difficulty: Moderate

• Terrain: Good paths and tracks. Boots or strong shoes recommended. A stiff climb for the first part of the walk
• Toilets: In Abbey Street, close to the start

• Refreshments: Wide choice in Melrose

Route Description
Facing the abbey, turn right and walk up Abbey Street to the Market Square with its old cross. Head straight across into Dingleton Road and look for signs for St Cuthbert's Way. Walk under the road bypass and in a further 150 metres, turn left as signed between houses on a footpath.

A long flight of steps leads you up towards the hills - but there are seats provided if you need a break! At the top of the steps go over a stile and continue on the clear path along field edges, through three gates on to the open hill. North Eildon, straight ahead of you, has a major Iron Age fort on its summit and was also used by the Romans as a signal station for their large fort at Trimontium nearby on the banks of the Tweed.

St Cuthberts Way heads uphill to the right, but you should go left, following yellow footpath arrows, on a path which contours around the hill slope. There are several forks in the path: keep high each time. There is a lovely view looking north-east, over the site of Trimontium and the Leadfoot railway viaduct, to Black Hill at Earlston, which has associations with the medieval soothsayer Thomas the Rhymer.

Note: Strong walkers can follow the waymarked Eildon Hills walk up to the saddle between the two main hills and then left over North Eildon to rejoin this route on the way down.

When you meet the path coming down from the summit of North Eildon, turn left and join this path as it heads downhill through gorse bushes. From here on you are following the Eildon Walk signs for the rest of the way. Go through a gate and onto a track, between fences, which is often muddy. Reach the Bogle Burn road (now closed to through traffic), turn right and in 100 metres, left down a lane between hedges.

The lane reaches the A6091 bypass, which is crossed through an underpass. Go under the old railway bridge and immediately left on a wide path. The path curves right, down to the road at the west end of the attractive small village of Newstead. Follow Eildon Walk signs half-left, passing through a small stable, and onto a path which runs along a shelf with a fine view across to your right and the Tweed.
Reach the houses at Priorswalk and continue along the road. Past an electricity sub-station, take a path to the right and walk through a small park, back to the abbey and the car park.