This section is 17.5 miles / 28 Km of varied walking some on riverbanks, farm tracks and elements on minor and quiet roads.
This can be split at Dryburgh Abbey which is 4 miles / 6.5 Kms form Melrose, then undertaking the Dryburgh to Kelso as a
separate element of 13.5 miles / 21.5 Kms.
The walk starts at the pedestrian path that runs between the Abbey and Priorswood Gardens. This path going east towards
Newstead offers great views of the Abbey's south wall and tower.
Very soon the route leaves all the housing of Melrose and takes an elevated path that has open views over the field to the
In Newstead the route starts to climb towards the foothills of the North Eildon, turning up past the
Rhymer's Stone and following the route of the old Melrose to Newtown
St Boswells road.
Looking east over to the wooded hill close by Dryburgh is the location of a dramatic statue to
William Wallace and
this may be a extra short walk that can be taken when reaching Dryburgh and the Temple of the Muses.
Once in the centre of Newtown St Boswells the route becomes concurrent with a section of St Cuthbert's Way as it heads
down the lower stretch of the Bowden Burn then follows an elevated bank of the Tweed to the Pedestrian Bridge close to
Temporary re-routing of the path due to essential footbridge repairs effective from 14th May 2018 for
CLICK HERE to download a PDF map showing the alternative walking route between the Dryburgh
Footbridge and Clintmains.
As a result, for the period of the footbridge closure, the Way will not offer easy access to Dryburgh Abbey, only a limited view from the southern banks of the River Tweed.
Here the paths break from one another the Borders Abbeys Way crossing the Tweed to the north bank, St Cuthbert's Way
remaining on the south bank. Within a short walk Dryburgh Abbey
entrance is reached and adjacent is the Dryburgh Abbey Hotel where refreshments or accommodation are of the best quality.
On leaving Dryburgh the Way soon picks up the River Tweed walking towards Mertoun on the north bank. The path climbs
away from the river to reach Clintmains (Temporary re-routing rejoins the Way at this point) before skirting round the Mertoun Estate before rejoining the river to the SE of
The river walk ends just before reaching the bend in the river below Old Dalcove and from here until the last half mile into
Kelso Abbey the Way is through typical Berwickshire farmland.
Much of the walking at this stage is on very minor single track roads or farm tracks. To the south are views across the
Tweed Valley to the distant Cheviots. To the north can be seen Smailholm
Tower and looking back there are views of the Eildon Hills.
Makerstoun is a small community and there is an attractive church visible from the route.
The Way keeps to the north of the Tweed and the Floors Castle estate. This entails perhaps more hard surface walking as a
result so it is with relief that a grass surface is again encountered at Wester Muirdean Farm.
Even after crossing the main
Kelso to Edinburgh road there is again a very wide grass verge on both sides of an attractive tree lined road leading into
The way now swings to the south as it approaches Kelso using farmland and fields for most of the way until reaching the
Race Course. This area is both the race course and the local golf course.
The last two kilometres are within Kelso passing first through some housing areas before emerging out beside a recreation
park close to the walls of Floors Castle. The route then passes one of
the magnificient gates to the Castle Grounds before joining the grass banks of the Tweed for the final walk into the town
square. The Abbey remains are now only 100 metres from this attractive "French" styled town centre.