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Paths around Melrose booklet
The fourth edition of this popular publication is available and if you are wanting more information on this publication click on this link.
This latest edition, published in June 2016 contains additional new and exciting walking routes to add to the already popular route detailed in earlier editions.

New Visitor Display Boards
In time for the 2014 summer holidays new visitor information boards have been designed and erected. These offer information on what is available for visitors when visiting Melrose and a large section concentrates on the many walking routes that exist in the town and surrounding area. Two such boards presently exist, one at the Gibson Park carpark and the second at the Melrose Abbey carpark. Alongside the Abbey carpark sign is a second display board, this designed to provide information on the St Cuthbert's Way long distance walking route. This display board acts as a clear starting point, next to the ruined Abbey, something that has been missing over the prior 14 years of this walking routes existance.

Welcome to Melrose Display
Abbey carpark, Buccleuch Street.

St Cuthbert's Way Display
Abbey carpark, Buccleuch Street.

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

Cutting the ribbon at the start of the new path

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

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.
For more images from this launch walk click on this link.

Scottish Borders Walking Festival Sept 2013
As part of this year's Borders walking festival, more than 50 walkers visited Melrose to explore some of the ‘Paths around Melrose’ led by members of the Paths Group, Walking Support and the Trimontium Trust. The walks included routes 5,9,11 and the Trimontium Walk.

Refreshment at the top of Mars Lee Wood

Group stop at Abbotsford House - on Route 11

Taking a break on the Eildons

David telling the story of Thomas the Rhymer

Marie Curie 10K Charity Walk - 7th April 2013
For the second year the Melrose Paths Group are assisting with Walking Support the running of this charity walk.
The walk is making use of the Paths Around Melrose walk number 5 which will be only modified to have a start and end at the Borders General Hospital.
For more information and the opportunity to registered to walk visit the event page by clicking on this link.

Walk Challenge UK - Scottish Borders - August 2012
The Walk Challenge UK was an event involving the Royal Dutch Walking Association and was their third bi-annual international challenge.
The challenge was over a fortnight and involved walking in Northumberland, Edinburgh, The Scottish Borders, The Severn valley, Wellingborough, Glanmorgan, and Cardiff before travelling to London to see part of the Paralympics.
The Scottish Borders' day walk was set up by Walking Support but with the full support of the Melrose Paths Group, and many others who all played a part in making this a safe and memorable event.
The Dutch group numbered over 200 walkers and the route they walked was made up of a section of the Borders Abbeys Way from Melrose to Mertoun Bridge then returning on the St Cuthbert's Way over the Eildons to Melrose. This was a 13 mile walking challenge.
The Melrose Paths Group provide the walking guides who were at the front, rear and scattered across the lenght of the walking group. Additionally some of the group also provided static stewarding services insuring safe crossing of roads and that walkers how did not complete the challenge were uplifted and brought back to the reception in the Greenyards club room.

Below are some images from the day.

Leading group approaching the Rhymers Stone

Crossing the Tweed at Dryburgh

Entering St Boswells

Welcome back to the Greenyards

To view a video clip from the walk click on this link. Our walking guides are those wearing the reflective vests.

Marie Curie Charity Walk - 1 April 2012
The Melrose Paths Group in conjunction with Walking Support organised a 10K charity walk in support of Marie Curie Cancer Care. This was a new element added to the Annual Daffodil walk held in Melrose each spring. This guided walk attracted over 90 walkers who were looking for a greater challenge and walking experience to the pipe band led 1 mile "Field of Hope" event. The 10K walk followed Route 5 of the Paths Around Melrose and the Paths Group were delighted with the large number of participants on the day.

Below are some images taken from this successful event.

Heading out towards Kaeside

Below Abbotsford

Walking by the Tweed

Walking the daffodil "Mile of Hope"

Launch Event and Weekend Walking Festival - 2011
To mark the successful award the “Melrose Path Group” arranged and ran a Weekend Walking Festival from Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May. Walkers both visitor and local were invited and experienced some great walks, friendship and weather.
The programme was follows:-

  • Friday 28th April - Evening reception (7.30 pm) at the Eildon Suite, Melrose Rugby Football Club.
  • Saturday 29th April
    • Half day short guided walk
    • Full day long guided walk
  • Sunday 1st May
    • May Day ascent of the Eildon Hills
    • Half day short guided walk
    • Full day long guided walk

Below are some images of the weekend.

Saturday walk - On top of Black Hill

Saturday walkers - Leaving registration

Sunday walk - Bowden Common

Sunday walkers - On the Eildon Hills

WAW Status - 2010
The Melrose Paths Group have been the driving force behind the successful application to receive “Walkers Are Welcome” status for Melrose. In support of the bid were the Melrose Community Council, The Melrose Traders Association, the Local councillors along with official at Scottish Borders Council and several hundred local signatories. With the already significant work undertaken by the Paths Group over previous years the Melrose community already had a well developed and maintained paths network and the town was well acquainted with the walking visitor. This new accolade will be the stimulus to develop this already important part of our visitor service to even greater heights.

Approval of the application and receipt of the “Walkers Are Welcome certificate” was received in August 2010.

Further assistance and comment
We hope that you have found all the information you require on this website. We hope that it has been enough to encourage you to come to Melrose and to enjoy some if not all of the wonderful walks that this area has to offer. If you still have questions or enquiries or you wish to make any comments on the website or the walks you should send them to the Melrose Path Group by clicking on this e-mail link.

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