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Borders Abbeys Way Walking Holiday

Borders Abbeys Way Walking Holiday

6 Nights Self Guided - 68 Miles
2nd April to 24th September 16
£445 Per Person Based Upon 2 Sharing

An easy yet varied circular walking holiday through the Scottish Borders, visiting many wonderful ancient abbeys and castles along the way.

Basic Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Jedburgh
Day 2 Jedburgh to Hawick ~14 miles
Day 3 Hawick to Selkirk ~12 miles
Day 4 Selkirk to Melrose ~10 miles
Day 5 Melrose to Kelso ~18 miles
Day 6 Kelso to Jedburgh ~14 miles
Day 7 Departure

What's included:
* Bed & Breakfast accommodation
* Map & guidebook
* Luggage transfers
* Emergency support

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The Borders Abbeys Way is a gentle circular walking trail in southern Scotland which links the ruined abbeys of Jedburgh, Melrose, Dryburgh and Kelso. It also includes the Roxburghshire town of Hawick and the county town of Selkirk. This part of the country gives the feel of stepping back in time away from fast busy dual carriageways and huge retail parks. The pace of life is somewhat slower allowing the visitor to relax and enjoy walking through a countryside steeped in history. The rural nature of this area gives you good opportunities to observe the diverse wildlife, with the wildflowers being particularly enjoyable in the spring.

Grade: Easy

You will normally be staying in a town or village where there is at least one place to buy an evening meal. On the rare occasion that this is not possible, we will book you into an accommodation which provides an evening meal (this is not included in the holiday price). Lunches can usually be bought on route and we can advise you of the days when this is not possible. On these days you can book a packed lunch from your accommodation by letting them know the night before or we can book it for you.  These usually cost about £5. Alternatively, most of the towns and villages in which you stay have shops where you can buy items to make up your own packed lunch.

When to Go:
April, May and June are when everything comes to life so it is very green, wild  flowers are abundant and blossom abounds. July and August tend to be the warmest months, but it is rarely so warm as to be uncomfortable for walking or cycling. September tends to be one of the most pleasant times in the
countryside and is quieter as most people with children have finished their  holidays. By October the days are getting shorter and the weather is much more changeable.

Getting There:
By Air: The most convenient airports are Edinburgh and Newcastle.
By Rail: The most convenient train stations are Edinburgh, Newcastle and Berwick upon Tweed.
Onward Travel: From Edinburgh, Newcastle and Berwick upon Tweed there are regular buses to Jedburgh.
Day 1 Arrive Jedburgh.

Day 2 Jedburgh to Hawick.
This is a varied route which begins with a climb up from the town in its valley. Black Law is the highest point of the day at around 300 metres. From here the route descends through agricultural land to the village of Denholm. The last part of the route into Hawick follows the River Teviot. Hawick is the largest of the towns you will pass through on the Borders Abbeys Way and is famous for its fine quality knitwear. ~ 14 miles

Day 3 Hawick to Selkirk.
Today starts with another steady climb out of the town and Teviotdale onto the slopes of Drinkstone Hill. There follows a descent to the valley of Ale Water near the village of Ashkirk before a section on the Thief Road to Wollrig. A further climb brings you to the highpoint of the day in Hartwoodmyres Forest before a gradual descent into The Ancient and Royal Burgh of Selkirk. ~ 12 miles

Day 4 Selkirk to Melrose.
You leave the town by way of Selkirk Hill, which is a haven for wildlife and flowers. The route then gradually rises through farmland to Cauldshiels Loch by way of an ancient drove road. You then descend to the River Tweed by Abbotsford House and follow the river into Melrose. The town sits at the foot of the Eildon Hills and is steeped in history. At its centre is the magnificent ruin of Melrose Abbey. ~ 10 miles

Day 5 Melrose to Kelso.
This is the longest day's walking unless you decide to split it in two with a night at St Boswells. The route follows an old road under the flank of the Eildon Hills, passing through Newtown St Boswells, to reach the River Tweed once more. You cross the river to reach the Premonstratensian Abbey of Dryburgh. The path then continues alongside the River Tweed. The route into Kelso is relatively flat and easy, making use of paths, tracks and country lanes. Kelso is an attractive market town with a cobbled square adjacent to the ruins of the abbey in the centre. ~ 18 miles

Day 6 Kelso to Jedburgh.
The final day's walking back to Jedburgh is fairly flat as it follows the River Teviot for much of the way. A short climb on leaving the river follows the roman Dere Street. This is followed by a final descent into Jedburgh. ~ 14 miles

Day 7 Departure.

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