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Melrose Walks: Lace your boots....and discover the hidden walking gems of the ‘Scottish Borders’

Updated: May 30

Spring Highlights from Bowden House B&B Melrose

Whenever the temperature is rising and the blossom is coming out, I feel the itch to venture out and explore the beautiful countryside around us.

Honestly, we are really spoilt here in the Scottish Borders, with plenty of walking opportunities right on the doorstep! Here is one of my Spring favourites:

Earlston – Leaderfoot Circular:

Approx. 2.5 hours/7 miles along the river with beautiful views and stunning fauna

I absolutely love this walk. You start at North Lodge, Station Road in Earlston and the minute you enter the little footpath into the woods you feel as if you have stepped into a magical forest. The view of the river Leader below and plenty of colourful Rhododendrons along the walkway make this walk so special and rewarding. After a stroll through the woods, the path opens up to view the grounds of Cowdenknowes (a small privately owned castle) and you feel transported into another age.

Shortly before you come to the castle, the walkway turns right down into the woods again, over a small hanging bridge to emerge into open views along the countryside on the west side of the Leader. From there you experience the view of Cowdenknowes in its full beauty – breath-taking!

The path continues along the river through open countryside and the woods where you then have sight of another Manor House on the right hand side– Drygrange.

The first leg of the walk ends at the B6300 where you cross to the east side of the river and follow the Jubilee Path back to Earlston. This walkway enjoys plenty of lovely spots along the river and the surrounding countryside and winds itself back to the grounds of Cowdenknowes. From there you join the forest path back to your starting point.

A magnificent easy walk off the beaten track that really feeds the soul. Pack a picnic and enjoy the beautiful countryside of the Scottish Borders.

We would love to welcome you at Bowden House B&B Melrose and are happy to recommend many more local walks for your break with us. Book your stay now.

Enjoy the good Spring weather.

Best regards


Bowden House Boutique B&B - your favourite guest house in Bowden/Melrose


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