Melrose trek for Hawick 50+ Walking Group

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On a lovely sunny autumn morning, 15 walkers set off from the Haugh to the start at Melrose. They headed out along Prior’s Walk to Newstead, past the site of the Roman camp and on to Leaderfoot. From there it was on to the old railway line and across the Melrose bypass, back on to the railway line to arrive at the layby opposite the entrance to Old Melrose.

They crossed the A68 and entered the grounds of Old Melrose and shortly afterwards had a brief break to enjoy the weather and fine views. The walk then took the group past the Old Melrose tearooms and on to the summer house within which they were able to learn something about the past history of the area.

Lunch was enjoyed on the banks of the River Tweed in lovely sunshine, after which the walkers followed the path along the river bank towards St Boswells. On the opposite bank, they were, at one point, able to see two deer grazing while all the time keeping a watchful eye on the walkers. From the river bank it was on to climb the steps up to the path towards St Boswells.

Then, by way of Sprouston Road, the group made its way up to the school where another well-earned rest was taken. From there it was on through the Eildon Estate and the Whinneyfield Plantation to emerge close to the Rhymer’s Stone, from where it was back to Melrose and the cars.

Next walk: The Lakes (8am).