Darnick and Gattonside

Walking Route

Darnick and Gattonside


An interesting short circular passing thorugh Melrose and two of its neighbouring settlements, Darnick and Gattonside; includes two crossings over the River Tweed on Lowood and Chain Bridges.

The Chain Bridge was built in 1826 with a restriction placed on it that only 8 people were allowed on it at any one time; swinging the bridge was an offence.

Newstead is not on the route line but is nearby and has a variety of facilites.

4mi / 6.5km
Total climb:
262ft / 80m
Total descent:
262ft / 80m
Towns along route:
Melrose, Newstead
Difficulty notes:
Roads and mostly good paths, although some stretches could be muddy after rain. Mostly flat or gently sloping. No special footwear needed when not muddy.
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What you'll see


Towns & Villages

The trail starts in Melrose beside the magical Eildon Hills.


Towns & Villages

Newstead is a village approximately 1 mile east of Melrose. It is thought to be the oldest continually-inhabited settlement in Scotland.