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ROMAN HERITAGE WAY
Crailinghall - Melrose


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.

Oxnam Water close to Cappuck

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.

Waterloo Monument on Peniel Heugh

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.

Monteviot Suspension Bridge

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.

Forest path north of Harestanes

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.

River Tweed close to Tweed Horizons

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

River Tweed river bank towards Old Melrose

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.

Local waymarking showing the path to Trimontium

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.

Trimontium column at Newstead overlooked by Eildon North hill and Roman Signalling Post

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.

Unicorn on the top of Mercat Cross

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

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.

Descending from the Eildons, looking down to Melrose

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.

Trimontium site highlighted next to the village of Newstead

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 was built.

Melrose Market Square

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 buttons.

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