Cauldshiels Loch and the River Tweed, Melrose :
Terrain - Town streets, minor roads no pavements, riverside paths
Ascent 234m. Distance 9 miles. Time: between 3-4 hours.
We will start at Tweedbank. Free parking at train station.
TIMETABLE - For those getting train, get 09:22 from Waverley - arriving Tweedbank at 10:21. £11.80 offpeak return. Return trains half hourly at xx01+31
Although there are toilets at the station located adjacent to the Depot Building. The toilet facilities are only available during station opening hours.
We will head clockwise along the river towards Melrose, past the Abbey, head inland past the hospital along a minor narrow road, climb a hill, pass by the loch and pause at Abbotsford, home of Sir Walter Scott, for some refreshments and an option to explore the grounds which can take an extra hour, before walking the last 30 minutes along the river to the station.
Other than passing through Melrose and Abbotsford, there are no shops or toilets, so please bring food/drink. We will find a spot to stop for lunch (no benches, just sit where we are).