Leaderfoot Circular

Walking Route

Leaderfoot Circular

Walking

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.

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

Melrose

Towns & Villages

The trail starts in Melrose beside the magical Eildon Hills.


Newstead

Towns & Villages

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


Gattonside

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

The abbey nave, including Sir Walter Scott’s Tomb, grounds, shop and toilets are open.