The Borders Abbeys Way
The abbeys of Melrose, Dryburgh, Kelso and Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders
By Paul Boobyer
Guidebook to the Borders Abbeys Way, a 68 mile circuit in the Scottish Borders, taking in 4 of Britain's grandest ruined medieval abbeys. Beginning and ending in Tweedbank, the route, which is described over 6 stages, is as rich in history as it is in pastoral charm. Relatively flat, it is suitable for people with a moderate level of fitness.
SeasonsThis multi-day walk can be done at any time of year, although between early spring and the end of autumn you will have more hours of daylight.
CentresMelrose, Newtown St Boswells, Kelso, Jedburgh, Denholm, Hawick and Selkirk.
DifficultyLow level and easy walking on the first three stages. The following three stages involve some inclines, but none that are demanding for people with a moderate level of fitness. Most of the route is off-road, but there are some stretches along quiet, minor roads.
Must SeeA circuit incorporating four of Scotland's most impressive ruined medieval abbeys. Follow in the monks' footsteps on riverside paths, forest tracks and open hills where great views abound. This route traverses part of the Tweed Valley before heading up to rolling hills. The variety of terrain will delight any walker.
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Paul Boobyer’s zest for walking and curiosity of foreign cultures led him to undertake long-distance walks in Britain, Nepal, New Zealand, Canada and Chile. He also spent time in Mongolia, where he stayed with nomadic herders and discovered how painful a traditional wooden saddle can be to the uninitiated. Returning to Scotland, Paul built mountain footpaths in the Scottish Highlands. Later, he managed footpaths whilst working as a Countryside Access Officer at Scottish Borders Council, and led guided walks during the annual Borders Walking Festival.
Paul now lives in Andalucía in Spain and often walks in the Sierra Morena hills near his home, enjoying the abundant birdlife and trying to spot European lynx.
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