This section of the Way is 14 miles (22 Km) in length crossing the
Teviot River and walking along the banks of the Tweed. The starting
altitude is 100m rising to the highest altitude at 320m if using the Eildon route
and ending at 110m.
The Way resumes at the Oxnam Water crossing the river by way of a pedestrian bridge. The way is straight for some distance but due to the undulating nature of the countryside the views are always changing.
After crossing some minor roads the walk emerges from the side of a forest on high ground overlooking the Teviot River. On the far side stands the Waterloo Monument on Peniel Heugh, a constant feature on the landscape for much of this section.
The Way drops down to a main road then crosses and follows the Jed
Water to its junction with the Teviot.
Deviating from the straight NW direction the walk tracks up the banks
of the Teviot to the modern suspension bridge over the river then up
through attractive woods surrounding Monteviot House before resuming
the line of Dere Street running to the west of Peniel Heugh.
The Way now climbs slightly and remains in attractive forestry for a short while before emerging into open farmland that runs all the way to Lilliards Stone.
The path at this stage sticks to the St Cuthbert's Way waymarks but at
the Longnewton to Maxton road crossing remain in the wood and proceed
straight ahead ignoring the St Cuthbert's Way sign to the right.
Continue till the path merges with the A68, then using the grass verge
walk the 1 Km into St Boswells entering onto the village green.
At the NE corner of the Green close to the shops, pick up once again
the St Cuthbert's Way signs and drop down to the River Tweed. There
follows an attractive and varied river walk past Dryburgh Abbey (on the
opposite bank) to a point close to Newtown St Boswells at the Bowden Burn.
At this point there are two options available to the walker, one passing through the Trimontium
site before taking a low level route into Melrose
the other crossing the Eildon Hills with elevated views looking down on the Trimontium fields.
To follow the route via Trimontium continue to scroll down, for the alternative route click here
Cross the Bowden Burn and remain on the west bank of the Tweed heading north and up river. This is taking you to the
Sprouston Burn that then onwards towards Old Melrose.
the walk does not go as far as Old melrose but stops at the south end of the Ravenswood Estate.
The walk leaves the river bank at a waymarking post (shown on the right) and starts a short but relatively steep
ascent. The route passes to the Monksford estate and private golf course before crossing an old railway bridge.
Turn right and descend onto the old railway bed heading towards and then crossing the A 68 trunk road.
When the Leaderfoot to Galashiels roadway is crossed the walk is now on the Roman lands occupied in the 1st and
2nd centuries by the garrison at Trimontium. The remains of the Roman Fort are all under the soil although many
of them have been exposed in a number of archeological digs over the last two centuries.
The route is first along a disused railay line heading north and stopping just short of the Leaderfoot Viaduct,
then heading west through the Roman camp. On the way there are interpretive boards to help the visitor understand
the nature and size of this Roman settlement.
The walk descends to the small village of Newstead and on entering it there is a stone column marking the
western end of the Roman Camp. This column is shown on the picture on the left.
Although the walk is now leaving the line of Dere Street and the Roman fort the final mile of the walk takes the
walk into Melrose with its many interests and the home of the
Three Hill Roman Heritage Museum.
On the way the view is over the Tweed Valley to Gattonside, then ahead is the 12 century Melrose Abbey ruins. Stick
to the Borders Abbeys Way waymarks till you exit at the side of the Abbey then left for the last 40 metres into the
Market Square and the centre of this community.
The Trimontium Trust Three Hills Roman Heritage Museum is located in the square and is the end of the Way.
If you choose to follow the route over the Eildon Hill saddle keep to the St Cuthbert's Way
waymarking into Newtown and then onwards to Bowden. This alternative route will add aproximately 2 miles to the overall journey and introduce the ascent to the saddle.
Bowden is an attractive residential village on the south side of the
Eildon Hills. From here there are dramatic views south back over to
the Cheviot Hills, that have dominated the way on previous sections,
and to Peniel Heugh and the majestic Waterloo Monument.
The centre of the village has an attractive stone watering point and at
this junction the Way leads north into the Common.
The Eildon hills consist of three peaks, the way leading to the west
corner of the smallest then tracking along its base before climbing
through woods to then emerge on a path up the "Saddle", this is the
common point between the North and Mid Hills. At this point the views
are down into the Tweed valley and the community of Melrose with its
attractive Abbey Ruins as a centrepiece.
As the walk descends look up to the North Hill, this was a Roman
signalling point and is directly above and to the south of the
Trimontium Fort. Lower down and to the east there are views along the
Tweed and to the village of Newstead. This is where Trimontium is
located and the picture shows the outline of the area where the fort
The Way is now almost complete and with only a field and then some
wooden steps to negotiate the Way leads into the Market Square of this
attractive Border Town. In the Market Square is the Three Hills Roman
Heritage Museum, packed with interesting artefacts and interest of the
Roman's time here at Trimontium.
Although the Roman's did venture north of Trimontium this is the most
northerly fort that was occupied over an extended period.
Navigate to each section of the walk using the right hand section
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