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Melrose to Harestanes

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Up to the top of the Eildon Hills with fantastic views before walking along the River Tweed. 

moderate
Distance 24.3 km
7:00 h
388 m
412 m
318 m
58 m

The day starts with a steep climb of the Eildon Hills, which is rewarded by fantastic views of the surrounding countryside. You may also choose to climb from the saddle to the summit at 422m if you are feeling energetic. From the saddle, the way drops steadily through Bowden and then along Bowden Burn to Newton St Boswells, which has refreshments available. Shortly after leaving the town, you re-join the River Tweed and follow it to St Boswells.

Leaving St Boswells, you follow the River Tweed once more before diverting away from it, just before the hamlet of Maxton. After a short section of minor road, you then join Dere Street, an ancient Roman Road before reaching Harestanes, where you will be met for your 15 minute transfer to Jedburgh. 

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Author
Macs Adventure
Update: July 21, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
318 m
Lowest point
58 m

Track types

Asphalt 1.22%Dirt road 1.70%Forested/wild trail 13.73%Path 67.34%Road 15.99%
Asphalt
0.3 km
Dirt road
0.4 km
Forested/wild trail
3.3 km
Path
16.4 km
Road
3.9 km
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Safety information

If there are any stretches of road walking and if there is no pavement or grass verge, please take extra care. The general rule is that you walk on the same side of the road as oncoming traffic, in order to avoid having your back directly to oncoming traffic. Be prepared to walk in single file and to stay as close to the side of the road as possible.

There may be sections where you will be walking through fields containing livestock.  Be vigilant and respectful of all animals.

Start

Melrose (86 m)
Coordinates:
OS Grid
NT 54784 34180
DD
55.599132, -2.719114
DMS
55°35'56.9"N 2°43'08.8"W
UTM
30U 517699 6161501
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Destination

Harestanes

Turn-by-turn directions

These maps and routes are designed to be used in conjunction with our traditional documentation. We have recently embarked on a conversion initiative to bring the two elements together, and this itinerary will be covered in due course.

In the meantime, using the two elements alongside each other should go a long way to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem free day.

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Coordinates

OS Grid
NT 54784 34180
DD
55.599132, -2.719114
DMS
55°35'56.9"N 2°43'08.8"W
UTM
30U 517699 6161501
w3w 
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Equipment

We recommend sturdy waterproof boots or shoes with ankle support that are well broken in at all times of the season – steep steps, exposed roots and (if wet) slippery rocks can pose a risk.

Along with your usual kit for a day walking in the elements make sure you pack an extra layer, a full set of waterproof and windproof layers along with a hat, gloves and neck scarf (e.g. a Buff) in case the weather closes in. Suncream and midge repellent spray is also a good idea for the summer months! 


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
24.3 km
Duration
7:00 h
Ascent
388 m
Descent
412 m
Highest point
318 m
Lowest point
58 m

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