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For the occasional leisure cyclist


									For the occasional leisure cyclist

8m / 13km Eildon Hills circuit (Melrose Local Cycling Trails)
Allow 1 hour of cycling plus time for stops

Start and finish at St Dunstan’s Park in Melrose, an attractive and historic town nestled at the foot
of the Eildon Hills with plenty to offer visitors. Visit the Cistercian Abbey of Melrose founded in
1136 and burial site of the heart of Robert the Bruce, climb the Eildon Hills, or enjoy the tranquility
of two inspiring gardens at Priorwood and Harmony House. Abbotsford House, the historic home
of Sir Walter Scott is also close by (2 miles from Melrose town centre).

Leave the town via East Port and cycle uphill to the Rhymer’s Stone viewpoint, which according
to legend marks the site of the Eildon Tree under which Thomas the Rhymer met the Fairie
Queen. An ideal spot to take in views to Leaderfoot, Black Hill of Earlston, Kittyfield Farm, Eildon,
North Hill and Galashiels.

Continue along the route to the village of Bowden, before heading towards the Bowdenmoor
Reservoir on the west side of the Eildon Hills and an ideal picnic spot. Continue onto the
picturesque village of Darnick, before returning to Melrose.

Melrose has a delightful collection of shops to browse carrying local crafts and produce as well as
an excellent choice of cafes, tearooms and restaurants to fill up after your ride. If you are cycling
with children, 100 Aker Wood Visitor Centre has a children’s play area and woodland walk which
is home to a range of animals for little ones to enjoy.

Download the Melrose Local Cycling Trails leaflet here

You can find more information on visitor attractions and check opening times here

From ride outs to rugby sevens, book festivals to bogie challenges, the Scottish Borders has a
packed events calendar. Discover what’s on here

Save room in your saddle bag and take home some of the regions award winning local produce.
Visit here for more details.

Find out more about Melrose and its history on foot; download the Melrose Town Trail here

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