Rhymer’s Route

Walking Route

Rhymer’s Route


Although quite a long route there is an interesting variety of terrain from town to hill to farmland and woodland.

The sections over the Eildons and Cauldshiels Hill have steep ascents and descents. You can also stop for a moment at the Rhymer’s Stone; Thomas Rhymer was spirited away by the fairies according to folklore.

9.5mi / 15.5km
Total climb:
1,574ft / 480m
Total descent:
1,574ft / 480m
Towns along route:
Melrose, Newstead
Difficulty notes:
Paths, tracks and stretches of open country. Some stretches can be muddy. Steep gradients in places. Boots or walking shoes are recommended.
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What you'll see


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

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