Short Local Walks

Short local and historical walks around Melrose

There are a number of shorter local walks ranging from around 1km to 4 km that you can take to explore the town, its many historical connections and the riverside.

  1. Riverside Walk – 1km
  2. Riverside walk over the Chain Bridge – 2km
  3. Riverside circular walk to Lowood Bridge and return – 4km
  4. Riverside walk to Newstead and back or return by Priorswalk – 4km
  5. Melrose Town Trail
  6. Trimontium Walk
  7. Old Melrose Walk

1. Riverside walk – 1km

This is a short circular walk to view the river Tweed at the suspension bridge and the cauld. From the Town square follow Abbey Street down past the Abbey buildings. Continue onto Annay Road and at the corner bear left along the lane to the Chain Bridge. Continue by following the tarmac path to a view overlooking the cauld and then turn left away from the river passing the Millennium cairn and The Greenyards rugby ground back to the town centre.

2. Riverside walk over the Chain Bridge – 2km

As for walk 1 but cross the Chain Bridge and turn right to go past the fishing hut. Continue along the track and grass path for a very pleasant riverside stroll. Return by the same route.

3. Riverside circular walk to Lowood Bridge and return – 4km

Walk 1 can be extended at the cauld by following the riverside path, on the Southern Upland Way (SUW) over The Scaurs and along the river meadows to join the road near Lowood Bridge. Cross over the bridge and return along the roadside pavement before joining the SUW again by the river to reach the suspension bridge (see Paths around Melrose Route 2).

4. Riverside walk to Newstead and back or return by Priorswalk – 4km

As for Walk 1 go past the Abbey onto Annay Road and at the corner bear left along the lane. Go through the second gate on the right (fingerpost) and follow the path by the river to reach the Battery Dyke. Take the new path behind the wall to reach the gate and over the stile to the riverside haughs. (See Paths around Melrose Route 1 for full walk description).
In Newstead turn right and at the road junction bear left and take the waymarked path (Borders Abbeys Way) along Priors Walk back to the Abbey in Melrose.

5. Melrose Town Trail

This is an excellent way to discover the town giving a flavour of its local history and development through time. The trail starts and finishes at the Trimontium Museum Trust on Market Square. The full trail takes about 2 hours to complete (see map on back page of our Melrose Paths Booklet)

6. Trimontium Walk

Explore the site of the Roman fort near Newstead village. Walk or take the bus from Melrose to Newstead. There are also guided walks to the site from Melrose, conducted by the Trimontium Museum Trust each Thursday and Saturday from April to October, starting from the Museum in Market Square. Start 1.00pm; return 4.30pm. Cost £7.50 per adult walker – children & dogs free .

For more information visit the Trimontium Museum Trust opposite the Market Square.

7. Old Melrose Walk

Park at Old Melrose tearoom at the end of a single track road off the A68, just south of Leaderfoot roundabout at end of the Melrose bypass.
Look out for details of the guided ‘Old Melrose Monastic Walks’ from Old Melrose tearoom on the Trimontium Museum Trust website.