The Borders Abbeys Way

The abbeys of Melrose, Dryburgh, Kelso and Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders

By Paul Boobyer

Available 15 February 2019

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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.

Seasons

Seasons

This 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.
Centres

Centres

Melrose, Newtown St Boswells, Kelso, Jedburgh, Denholm, Hawick and Selkirk.
Difficulty

Difficulty

Low 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 See

Must See

A 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.
ISBN
9781852849801
Availability
Not Yet Published
Available
15 Feb 2019
Edition
First
Pages
96
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 0.6cm
  • Overview

    Guidebook to the Borders Abbeys Way, a 68 mile circuit in the beautiful Scottish Borders. Taking in four of Britain's grandest ruined medieval abbeys, the route which begins and ends in Tweedbank, is described over 6 stages, and is as rich in history as it is pastoral charm. Relatively flat, it is suitable for people with a moderate level of fitness, and can be undertaken at any time of year.

    In addition to clear route description and OS mapping extracts, the guidebook also includes information about the history of the Borders abbeys, the ever-intriguing Borders reivers, and the region's geology and agriculture. Invaluable practical information relating to accommodation, transport, mapping and public access is also included.

    As historically enchanting as it is visually delightful, the Borders Abbeys Way will connect walkers with a truly fascinating period of history. In fact, some of the paths on the Way are the very same routes that monks used to travel between the Borders abbeys, and no doubt were also used by the notorious reivers.

  • Contents

    Contents
    Introduction
    The Borders Abbeys Way
    History of the Borders abbeys
    The Borders reivers
    Agriculture and country estates in the Borders
    Geology and nature
    Getting to and from the Borders Abbeys Way
    Where to stay
    Maps and public access
    When to go and what to take
    Using this guide
    The Borders Abbeys Way
    Stage 1 Tweedbank to Newtown St Boswells via Melrose
    Stage 2 Newtown St Boswells to Kelso
    Stage 3 Kelso to Jedburgh
    Stage 4 Jedburgh to Hawick
    Stage 5 Hawick to Selkirk
    Stage 6 Selkirk to Tweedbank

    Appendix A Facilities available on each Stage of the Borders Abbeys Way
    Appendix B Accommodation
    Appendix C Public transport information
    Appendix D Useful contacts
    Appendix E Further reading

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