Released: February 2015
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 220 x 120mm
Authors: Hugh Taylor & Moira McCrossan
Written by Hugh Taylor & Moira McCrossan, Walks for all Ages in Scottish Borders features 20 circular walks of up to 4.5 miles, suitable for all the family, that have been carefully chosen to deliver an enjoyable day or half day in this beautiful and historic region.
Describing the local area at the start of each walk, the authors then provide a detailed description of the walk with snippets of information as you go along.
Including Ordnance Survey mapping and superbly priced at just £4.99, Walks for all Ages - 20 Circular Walks in Scottish Borders is the perfect accompaniment for a stroll in the area.
Walk 01. Cockburnspath
Walk 02. St Abb’s Head
Walk 03. Coldingham Priory
Walk 04. Eyemouth Harbour
Walk 05. Duns and Hen Poo Lake
Walk 06. Greenlaw and Hume Castle
Walk 07. Ednam – Rule Britannia
Walk 08. Kelso
Walk 09. Kirk Yetholm
Walk 10. Jedburgh Abbey
Walk 11. Jedburgh
Walk 12. Melrose
Walk 13. Newstead Roman Fort
Walk 14. The Battle of Philiphaugh
Walk 15. Bowhill – The Lady’s Walk
Walk 16. Cardrona Forest
Walk 17. Peebles town
Walk 18. Neidpath Castle
Walk 19. Broughton – John Buchan Trail
Walk 20. Newcastleton
The Scottish Borders is a quiet, secluded area, tucked out of the way in the south-eastern corner of Scotland. You might pass through the Borders as you travel along the A1 or by train on the east coast line. There are few major roads; no large towns and certainly no cities. It is a quiet backwater of rolling hills, country roads and picturesque towns.
It was not always so; the Border area has seen more warfare and battles than most of the rest of Scotland. The Roman invasion has left traces at Newsteads, and border raids between the English and the Scots were constant for centuries. As a result you will find defensive towers, sometimes, like Duns Castle, built into substantial country houses with the tower at its heart, sometimes left in ruins like Hume Castle and sometimes almost intact like Newark Tower.
Despite the constant warfare over the centuries, the Borders was a wealthy area. However, the wealth was concentrated in the hands of a few families and above all the church. The Border abbeys are impressive and elegant, even as ruins. In their day, the monks would have owned much of the surrounding land and the abbeys would have been major trading posts. Often the land and church were gifted to the monks by the monarch and the abbeys were frequently the targets of invading armies. Henry VIII’s forces did much damage during the Rough Wooing of the 1540s, followed in the next century by Oliver Cromwell. Several of the abbeys survived in use, becoming Church of Scotland parish churches after the Reformation. Coldingham Priory is still the parish church today.
The past is also evident in the small historic towns, with their market squares, narrow cobbled wynds, ancient bridges, churches and civic buildings. You may think that you have stepped thirty or forty years into a time warp, where every town would have its independent hardware shop, greengrocer, gents’ outfitter, toy shop and many more. Surrounding each town and village you will find a landscape of gentle hills, rivers and forests, where you can lose yourself in the beauty and tranquillity.