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Walking in the Tweed Valley
Don your hiking boots, escape the crowds and find peace when you experience the rolling landscapes of the Tweed Valley – it really is the perfect environment for walking holidays in Scotland. For beauty and solitude, nothing beats the fifteen day challenge of the Southern Upland Way as it dips in and out of the Tweed Valley. Or for more leisurely pleasures, there are lots of riverside strolls and bite-size hikes, so read on to find out why the Tweed Valley makes the perfect base for walking holidays in Scotland.
Famous for its Corbetts, what the Tweed Valley lacks in height, it makes up for in sheer variety and beauty, but don’t let the gently rolling landscape full you into thinking the Tweed Valley won’t give you a proper workout! At 840 metres Broad Law is a mighty Corbett, equal to England's 30th highest mountain and Wales's 29th highest summit.
If you are looking for epic walking holidays in Scotland then the 212 mile Southern Upland Way runs straight through the Tweed Valley – it’s a demanding long distance footpath, offering superb and varied walking from riversides, lochs and mountain passes.
Got a thirst for history, then the John Buchan Way - named after the famous writer and diplomat - is an exciting literary journey from Peebles to Broughton, a distance of approximately 22km (13 miles).
Within these pages you’ll find a range of itineraries that can be bitten off in a morning – graded easy to strenuous - with directions on our website to give you a flavour around the centres of West Linton, Broughton, Peebles, Innerleithen, St. Mary's Loch and Selkirk. New for 2012 and to celebrate the Year of Creative, WalkBorders have produced three self-guided walking routes in the Tweed Valley. Each celebrates the lives of three inspiring and creative Scots:Sir Walter Scott, Robert Mathison and John Buchan.
We have organisations that can provide guided walks and lessons in Nordic Walking. And if you want to join a party then the Borders has its own Rambling Group who organise walks too.
Article contributed by Steve Davies, Caddon View Guesthouse