Eildon Hills Walk
As with most walks in and around Melrose, the most convenient place from which to start is the Tourist Information Centre next to the Abbey.
Car parking is more difficult now, so with the Pay and Display, there, car owners are assured that they will not have to worry about overstaying their welcome, and can enjoy the walk.
Much improved bus transport, with the new service 62 which runs from Kelso to Edinburgh, and return, via Melrose, Galashiels and Peebles, at hourly intervals throughout the day, Monday to Saturday, allows locals to take part in walks such as this without having to bring the car at all.
As with all walks, the problem of what to wear will depend so much on the weather, but remember that parts of this walk are classed as severe by the Ranger Service, so proper footwear is essential.
If you are not familiar with the Abbey or Priorwood Garden, either or both are well worth a visit, before or after your walk.
Heading up towards the Square, past the Public Toilets, you will see on the other side of the street the old Town House with its plaque.
In the Square, with the Market Cross surmounted by a unicorn, you will find an excellent range of shops and eating places, for use on your return.
Head up the hill opposite, between Russell's Restaurant and the telephone box, pass under the Melrose Bypass and continue for about 100metres, before turning left down the steps between the houses.
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