Route Number 9
Rhymer’s Route – 14.5 km/ 9 miles

Route Map

A long walk which links places associated with the myths and legends surrounding the historical figure of Thomas the Rhymer. There are some steep gradients. Passing through the Eildon Hills to Bowdenmoor Reservoir, then by Lady Moss to reach Cauldshiels Hill overlooking Cauldshiels Loch. The return to Melrose is by Rhymers Glen, originally part of Scott’s Abbotsford Estate, to Darnick and along the old railway line.

Start and Finish: Abbey car park Buccleuch Street.
Time: Allow 5+ hours.
Terrain: Paths, tracks and stretches of open country. Some stretches can be muddy. Steep gradients in places. Boots or walking shoes are recommended.
Toilets: Abbey Street, near car park.

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Eildons from Cauldshiels Hill

Cauldshiels Loch

Additional route instructions from Bowdenmoor Reservoir for points 6 & 7.

6. At the road, turn left. Take care walking along the side of the road for 500m, and turn right on to a stone track. Follow the track through almost to Lady Moss but where the track bends left go straight ahead through a farm gate into the field and continue straight on to another gate. Lady Moss originally a marshy area but now permanently water, is home to a variety of birds, including mute and whooper swans, and coots. Rejoin the track but then go through a gate on your right into a field.

7. Head uphill diagonally to the far corner of a dry stone wall, crossing old earthworks. There are often cattle in this field so be aware and if necessary give them a wide berth. At the wall corner, go through a small gate and follow the route up the hill for nearly 500m with the wall on your left. Near the top of the hill, go through one gate and then left through another at a gap in the wall. Head for a post and a gap in the wall ahead. Go through the gap, then bear left across the field heading towards a small summit (Cauldshiels Hill). Other earthworks can be seen to your right, probably built to show property boundaries.

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