Walking

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Walkers will delight in the ever changing scenery and tranquil landscape.

Cumledge Estate is a privately owned estate approximately 2 miles outside of Duns.  Situated in its own beautiful grounds with a mixture of meadows and woodland there are some truly stunning walks that can be taken within the grounds themselves.  A burn running by the house adorned by rhododendrons, trees and other carefully selected plants creates an aura of calm and tranquillity.  A walk along the River Whitteadder or a woodland walk enhanced by the many beautiful flora and fauna will delight all who chose to walk these paths.  Part of the estate has been recognised as a site of special scientific interest.

To the North of Duns, you will find Duns Castle the resplendent 14th century castle situated in the heart of rolling hills, fields and forests.  Accessible by foot from Yew Trees Cottage a stunning nature reserves awaits your audience.  Two man-made locks- Hen Poo and Mill Dam are surrounded by mixed woodland and have an abundance of wildlife to delight.

The County Town of Duns is a lovely picturesque town with lots of history of its own.  The Duns Trail was created to provide an added dimension to local history and add a flavour of the town’s development.  The Trail is approximately 5.5km (3.5miles) long although there is a slightly shorter trail for those with a little less time to spare.  A leaflet to accompany this walk gives information relating to the various numbered plaques situated along the route highlighting particular places of interest.

A selection of circular routes making up parts of the Southern Upland Way, using some of the best bits of the 212mile route can be walked and appreciated without the same ardour.  There are 35 of these shorter routes comprising journeys of various lengths anything from 1 to 20miles, some of which can be found here.  Walks including the Longformacus –Abbey St Bathans Walk, Whiteadder circular via Elmford, Black Hill and Burnhouses circular, Edin’s Hall Broch via Edgar’s Cleuch or Edin’s Hall Broch via Blakerstone.  All allowing visitors to savour a variety of spectacular vistas, the abundant wildlife or, simply soak up the atmosphere in the many areas of historical importance.

The Lammermuir hills, the natural boundary between East Lothian and the Scottish Borders, offer a wide range of challenging walks for more advanced walkers.

A little further away and a bit more of a challenge you will find the Eildon Hills.  An 8km (5mile) circular walk over hill and moor will challenge the determined walker.  These are not the highest hills in the Scottish Borders but they are incredibly steep so not to be tackled by the faint hearted.  Excellent paths/tracks assist the walker considerably and the rewards in the form of the absolutely breathtaking views are second to none.

For visitors with children why not take a trip to Pressmennan Woods just 8km west of Dunbar.  Free entry for all and plenty of events over the Summer to take part in such as nature walks, hunting for the hiding mythical creatures, picnics, den building sessions or photography workshops and many more.

Paxton House one of the finest Georgian Houses in Britain with all kinds of events spread across the year to suit the whole family.  From the Teddy Trail, pitch and putt or croquet on the lawn, face painting and after all of your adventuring  at the Adventure Playground you could call into The Stables Restaurant for a break and to refuel before moving on to your next activity.

The town of Berwick-upon-Tweed is surrounded by the fortified Edwardian walls, offering views down the Northumbrian coast towards Holy Island and up the Scottish Borders coast.  The walk is beginner level, and is perfect for children and pets.

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