Gordon Community Woodland

Walking Route

Gordon Community Woodland


An interesting short circular from Melrose to Newstead along the ancient Priorswalk and passed the Rhymer’s Stone.

You follow in the footsteps of the monks along Priorswalk before heading through the old settlement of Newstead, believed to be the oldest inhabited village in Scotland. You can also stop for a moment at the Rhymer’s Stone; Thomas Rhymer was spirited away by the fairies according to folklore.

3mi / 5km
Total climb:
295ft / 90m
Total descent:
295ft / 90m
Towns along route:
Melrose, Newstead
Difficulty notes:
Minor roads and mostly good paths, although some stretches can be muddy. Often flat, but with one moderate climb. Boots or walking shoes are recommended.
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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.