Borders Abbeys Way

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Jedburgh Abbey
Dryburgh Abbey

The Borders Abbeys Way is a long-distance footpath in Selkirkshire and Roxburghshire. It is a circular walkway and is 64½ miles long.

The theme of the footpath is the ruined borders abbeys established by David I of Scotland along its way: Kelso Abbey, Jedburgh Abbey, Melrose Abbey and Dryburgh Abbey. These abbeys were wealthily endowed institutions which throve between the 12th and 16th centuries, and were closed during the Reformation. The way also includes the towns of Hawick and Selkirk.

Sections of the Walk

Most people choose to do the walk in five sections, giving a day for each section:

Section Distance Start & end elevations Highest points
Kelso to Jedburgh 12 miles 134 & 280 feet 390 ft
Jedburgh to Hawick 12½ miles 280 & 344 feet 985 & 563 ft
Hawick to Selkirk 12½ miles 344 & 564 feet 999 & 1113 ft
Selkirk to Melrose 10 miles 564 & 320 feet 880 ft
Melrose to Kelso 17½ miles 320 & 134 feet 485 ft
Complete walk 64½ miles 1113 feet

Along the Borders Abbeys Way there are several rivers: the Jed Water, River Teviot, River Tweed, Ale Water, and Rule Water.

See also