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This guidebook to the Border Country region in Scotland and north Northumberland contains 46 day walks, 5 long distance routes and 7 town trails in the broad uncrowded hills of the Southern Uplands, Cheviots, Tweeddale and Teviotdale, Ettrick Forest and the Tweedsmuir Hills. From gentle ambles to harder hill walks there are walks here to suit all.
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Between England and Scotland lies the solitude of an upland area which, though neglected by rambler and mountain walker alike, offers a wealth of adventure to both. The Borders region of Scotland (comprising the districts of Berwickshire, Roxburghshire, Ettrick and Lauderdale, and Tweeddale) and the northern fringes of Northumberland constitute the landmass known as the Borders covered in this guidebook.
This Borderland has a character of its own, manifest not only in the green and rounded hills, the glens and bubbling burns, but also in Border legend poetry and music.
The 46 walks in this guidebook have been planned to suit all tastes, whether they are those of the committed mountain walker or the leisurely valley stroller. They are arranged in geographical groups with one base covering several walks, which is handy as it reduces the need to continually hunt for overnight accommodation.
The Border Country is divided into five chapters and each one is geographically different from the others. The chapters cover mountainous and hilly sections of the region as well as routes of a gentler nature. At the end of the guidebook there are brief route suggestions for five long distance walks plus seven town trails.
Chapter 1 covers 16 walks in the Cheviot range of the hills, lonely and isolated and unchanged over centuries. Chapter 2 describes 11 walks in the romantic valleys of the Tweed and its largest tributary, the Teviot, while Chapter 3 follows in the footsteps of the literary giants of the Borders’ past, with nice walks in the Ettrick Forest. Chapter 4 comprises of 10 walks in the massifs of the Moffat and Manor Hills.
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|The Border Hills and Southern Uplands|
|Climate and Weather Patterns|
|Flora and Fauna|
|History: Time Charts|
|Public Rights of Way|
|Using the Guide|
|Special Interests Table|
|Clothing and Equipment|
|Chapter 1 The Cheviot Hills|
|Walk 1 Early Christianity and Iron Age Forts|
|Walk 2 The Cheviot|
|Walk 3 Mountains, Crags and a Waterfall|
|Walk 4 A Gentle Introduction to Cheviot’s Foothills|
|Walk 5 Up and Down the Cheviot Hills|
|Walk 6 A Border Foray over White Swire|
|Walk 7 The Lure of the Hen Hole|
|Walk 8 The Schil, Guardian of the College Valley|
|Walk 9 To the Changing Summit of Cheviot|
|Walk 10 By Clennell Street to Windy Gyle|
|Walk 11 A Walk into the Sixth Century BC|
|Walk 12 By the ‘Clattering Path’ to Iron Age Forts|
|Walk 13 A Redundant Reservoir to Celtic Hilltop Forts|
|Walk 14 In the Footsteps of Agricola’s Legions|
|Walk 15 The Iron Age and the Romans Inspired this Walk|
|Walk 16 Border Line and Miners’ Road over Carter Fell|
|Chapter 2 Tweeddale and Teviotdale|
|Walk 17 A Sea View Figure-of-Eight|
|Walk 18 Two Castles and a Keep|
|Walk 19 A Walter Scott Connection|
|Walk 20 Dryburgh Abbey and the Winding Tweed|
|Walk 21 Three Peaks (Trimontium) above Melrose|
|Walk 22 Three Brethren and Border Mischief|
|Walk 23 The Cheese Well and the Bear Gates of Traquair|
|Walk 24 Venerable Beech and Waterloo Monument|
|Walk 25 An Iron Age Fort, Roman Signal Station and Covenanter’s Pulpit|
|Walk 26 A Druids’ Stone Circle, Castles Most Sombre and a Rail Bed|
|Walk 27 ‘Bundle and Go’ – a Reivers’ Cry|
|Chapter 3 Ettrick Forest|
|Walk 28 In Search of an Army’s Pay Chest|
|Walk 29 Pele Towers and an Italian Balloonist|
|Walk 30 Fair St Mary’s and Literary Giants|
|Walk 31 ‘That’s the Way for Billy and Me’|
|Walk 32 A Drovers’ Way|
|Walk 33 ‘A Glacialist’s Walk’|
|Walk 34 The Ettrick Horseshoe|
|Walk 35 By Forest and Fell over Ettrick Pen|
|Walk 36 An Eagle’s Eye View of the Moffat Water Valley and the Tweedsmuir Hills|
|Chapter 4 The Tweedsmuir Hills|
|Walk 37 Two Dramatic Waterfalls|
|Walk 38 Dark and Deep Loch Skeen|
|Walk 39 A Waterfall, a Loch, a Gorge and Surrounding Summits|
|Walk 40 ‘A Walk on the Wild Side’ – 9000 Years Ago|
|Walk 41 On the Edge of Blackhope’s Glacial Glen|
|Walk 42 A Walk of Two Halves – Equally Appealing, Distinctly Different|
|Walk 43 Broad Law – the Borders’ Highest Mountain|
|Walk 44 Broad Law plus Cramalt Craig|
|Walk 45 A Walk Through Time|
|Walk 46 Benign Surroundings Hide a Dark and Dangerous Past|
|Long Distance Walks and Town Trails|
|The Pennine Way|
|The Alternative Pennine Way|
|The Southern Upland Way|
|St Cuthbert’s Way|
|The Borders Abbeys Way|
|Appendix 1 Glossary|
|Appendix 2 Bibliography|
|Appendix 3 Useful Information|
|Appendix 4 Summary of Walks|