Safer Melrose walk route launched

VOLUNTEERS celebrated creating a new path between Melrose and Newstead with a walk along the route earlier this month.

Melrose Paths Group members and helpers clear the way through woodland by the Battery Dyke along the River Tweed before launching the route on October 20 with the walk, followed by tea.

A group spokesperson said: “This has created an alternative path at the point where the route goes along the top of the wall which is narrow and often slippery, especially in winter and is not accessible or acceptable for all walkers.”

Local farmer Willie Kerr at Millmount supported the work and the local landowner agreed to, and helped fund, a new gate and stile.

The spokesperson said: “This new path makes for a very pleasant and accessible route from the Chain Bridge in Melrose to Newstead along the river with the option of using Priors Walk as a return route to Melrose.”

The group successfully campaigned for Melrose to win ‘Walkers are Welcome’ status, the first town in the Borders to become a recognised walker-friendly place, in 2010. And the group celebrated with a walking weekend in April 2011.

Their website details the town trail and 11 longer routes in the Melrose area, as well as links to the long distance trails. For further information contact paths group secretary Heather McLoone at stewartand or visit