Rating out of 5: 4
Source: Walkhighlands and Robbie Porteous – The Scottish Borders 40 favourite walks (St Boswells and the Tweed) combined them to be one route
Starting off walking on the Borders Abbeys Way earlier that day I decided to head on to the Dryburgh Abbey and the Tweed route, which due to that I didn’t start from St Boswells itself. However, the route in general is a lovely one, first visiting the Temple of the Muses and then heading on to Wallace’s Statue, be careful when using the GPS points provided here since they will get you confused which path to take up to the statue.
What annoyed me a bit at that part of the route was the amount of street walking. I know there is no alternative really to walk on tracks or paths, but it still isn’t my favourite part especially with the amount necessary. What I will say though is that most parts of the streets were pretty quiet and with the beautiful buildings along them it was still a pretty decent walk.
Heading on from Dryburgh Abbey I followed the above-mentioned route in the book to make it all a circular route ending again in St Boswells. First following another section of the Borders Abbeys Way before crossing the bridge to head along the St Cuthbert’s Way. Both of those sections offered great views over the River Tweed offering some relaxation and calming your mind, with the last kilometres running alongside a golf course the route was still very enjoyable while the path was very uneven and natural, demanding care to be taken while walking it.
Both routes combined will get a solid 4 star rating from me since they serve the purpose to show local sights and explore the River Tweed, which they both combined do very well, the street walking is only on one long stretch of it and kind of necessary if you don’t want to walk back and forth on the same path (which I am even less a fan of then road walking so…). While walking this route you should definitely make sure to pay Dryburgh Abbey a visit.