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Housebyres

About This Route

A moderate circular taking you up to the pretty Byres Loch and returning on the Southern Upland Way along the River Tweed and over The Chain Bridge. The Chain Bridge was built in 1826 with a restriction placed on it that only 8 people were allowed on it at any one time; swinging the bridge was an offence. Gattonside is situated on a south slope so the monks had their orchards here.

Statistics

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Level

    Intermediate

  • Level Details

    Minor roads and mostly good paths, although some stretches could be muddy after rain. Moderate gradients in places. Boots or walking shoes are recommended.

  • Towns

    Melrose

  • Altitude Gain

    150m

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