Leaderfoot Circular

Walking Route

Leaderfoot Circular


A relatively long circular that has great views from Goat’s Brae and returns south to cross the River Tweed by the banks of the Leader Water.

The Leader Water is a tributary of the River Tweed and has its origins in the Lammermuirs. It joins the River Tweed at Leaderfoot an area graced by the magificently elegant Leaderfoot Viaduct . This single-track railway viaduct has nineteen spans of semi-circular brick arches.

9mi / 14km
Total climb:
1,115ft / 340m
Total descent:
1,115ft / 340m
Towns along route:
Melrose, Newstead, Gattonside
Difficulty notes:
Minor roads, good paths, with some stretches muddy after rain.
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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.


Towns & Villages

The small village of Gattonside lies on the north side of the River Tweed, just 1 kilometre north of Melrose.

Dryburgh Abbey - St Boswells

Visitor Attractions

Wander around this remarkably complete medieval ruin by the River Tweed to grasp the appeal of monastic life.