Kirkpatrick C2C – Challenge Stage 4

Cycling Route

Kirkpatrick C2C – Challenge Stage 4


Take on the 59 miles on the Challenge approach to the Kirkpatrick C2C with the fourth stage of the route.

This section largely follows the River Tweed from Selkirk to Melrose, Kelso and past Coldstream, crossing the river back and forth before leaving it behind at Paxton and descending towards Eyemouth.

Setting off from Selkirk, the final stretch of the route sees cyclists follow along the River Tweed for much of the day, firstly to Melrose. The picturesque market town is perhaps best known for its ruined abbey and as the home of Rugby Sevens. Why not explore another part of the rich local history at Trimontium Museum: It tells the story of the Romans in Scotland. From Melrose, it is a short ride to cross the River Tweed at Dryburgh and past the atmospheric Borders abey of the same name. Continuing on to Kelso, take some time to stop at the many shops and cafes around Kelso Square in the town’s centre, or a visit to Floors Castle, the largest inhabited castle in the country. The route then takes you past Coldstream, close to the border with England, the location hinting at the many historic conflicts the town has seen. Further along, the route dips into England before recrossing into Scotland over the Union Chain Bridge. Spanning the River Tweed between Fishwick in Scotland and Horncliffe in England, it was the longest wrought iron suspension bridge in the world upon its opening in 1820 – a revolutionary achievement. Stop at the nearby neo-Palladian mansion of Paxton House before a short, final stretch towards the coast to reach Eyemouth and its harbour. Celebrate your arrival in one of the local eateries – fresh seafood is on the menu at many of them. Alternatively, explore the town, which was a centre for smuggling in the 18th century.

59mi / 94.5km
Total climb:
3,805ft / 1,160m
Total descent:
4,362ft / 1,330m
Towns along route:
Selkirk, Melrose, Kelso, Coldstream, Paxton, Eyemouth
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What you'll see


Towns & Villages

Selkirk is one of the oldest Royal Burghs in Scotland and also one of the earliest settlements in what is now the Scottish Borders.


Towns & Villages

The picturesque town of Melrose is located next to the River Tweed at the foot of the triple peaks of the Eildon Hills.


Towns & Villages

The large town of Kelso lies near to the meeting point of the River Tweed and the River Teviot.


Towns & Villages

The town of Coldsstream lies on the north bank of the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders.


Towns & Villages

The small country village of Paxton lies next to the Rivertweed and is a well known spot for salmon fishing.


Towns & Villages

The historic town lies on the East Coast only 5 miles north of the border with England with a population of about 5000.