Alternative Walking to the Battery Dyke

Melrose to Newstead alternative Walk avoiding the Battery Dyke
Sunday 20th October 2013 saw the formal opening of a new section of path that has opened up a route between the Melrose Chain Bridge and Newstead. This has added to the many walking routes developed by the Melrose Paths Group and removed a somewhat uncomfortable alternative walk along the Battery Dyke.

David Langworth (MPG Chairman) welcomes
walkers at Melrose Abbey

David Langworth (MPG Chairman) welcomes
walkers at Melrose Abbey

Cutting the ribbon at the start of the new path

Cutting the ribbon at the start of the new path

Section of new pathway heading east

Looking east along the Battery Dyke
The alternative way

New section of path as it head back toward the River

Waymarkers to keep you on track

Heading east towards new ladder stile

Members of the MPG at the East end of new path
Proudly being photographed upon new ladder stile

Inaugural walkers crossing the Stile

Approaching Newstead by the side of the TWeed

Pathway up from the river to Newstead

A welcomed refreshment in Newstead Village Hall

Thirty walkers turned up for the opening of the path and were rewarded at the conclusion of the walk with an afternoon tea in Newstead Village Hall.


"Melrose Paths Group have opened a new section of footpath by the Battery Dyke along the river between Melrose and Newstead. This has created an alternative path at the point where the route goes along the top of the wall which is narrow and often slippery especially in winter and is not accessible or acceptable for all walkers.
"With an agreement and funding contribution from the local landowner for a new gate and stile, and welcome support from local farmer Willie Kerr at Millmount, members of the paths group and volunteers have been working to create the path through a small patch of woodland behind the wall.
"This new path makes for a very pleasant and accessible route from the Chain Bridge in Melrose to Newstead along the river with the option of using Priors Walk as a return route to Melrose.
"For further information on local paths and the paths group please contact Heather at or visit"

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