logo Walking Britain

Scottish Borders Walk
The Eildon Hills from Melrose

County/Area - Scottish Borders

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 5.3 miles / 8.6 km    Ascent - 1400 feet / 424 metres

Time - 4 hours 0 minutes    Grade - easy/mod

Start - OS grid reference NT558340
Lat 55.597604 // Long -2.702974
Postcode TD6 9RQ (approx. location only)
what3words start aimlessly.decompose.glows

Maps Ordnance Survey Logo Anquet Maps Logo

Ordnance Survey Explorer 338Sheet Map1:25kBUY
Anquet OS Explorer 338Digital Map1:25kBUY

It is recommended you take a map. The preferred scale is 1:25k.

Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - The Eildon Hills from Melrose
Click thumbnails for larger images.

The Eildon Hills rise sharply from the landscape to the south of Melrose. The area is crossed by many paths, which for some can be confusing. However, in periods of clear visibility the next objective is always in view so that navigation is much easier than might be the case with low cloud on the summits. As might be expected the views are superb and worth the effort of the ascent involved in this route.

The start is the Market Square in Melrose (grid ref. NT558340) where there is usually ample parking. After parking walk, north on Abbey Street towards Melrose Abbey. Turn right and follow Priorswalk alongside the Abbey into a park. Cross footbridge and go left where the path forks onto the Borders Abbey Way. Stay on the pavement along Priorswalk. When this road bends to the right, take the footpath on the left (grid ref. NT552341). Follow this path for 800 metres to reach Dean Road (grid ref. NT560341).

Go left and then right onto the Borders Abbey Way through trees. Continue under a railway bridge and through an underpass below the A6091. Once under the A6091, turn right onto a track heading south and continue to reach a road (grid ref. NT563336). Turn right along the lane and after 80 metres take the path on the left. Reaching a strip of woodland on your left (grid ref. NT562333) to reach a gate. Keep left where the path forks and start the steep ascent onto Eildon North Hill. Reaching the summit take a breather and enjoy the wonderful views. It is also worth checking the location of Eildon Wester Hill and Eildon Mid Hill as these are the next two summits to be climbed.

Descend southwest keeping right when the path divides. At the next path junction, bear right and continue downhill to the broad col before Eildon Mid Hill and a cross path (grid ref. NT550234). Turn left on clear path (St Cuthbert's Way) and descend towards Broad Wood. Do not enter the woods, instead bear right along the edge of the woods on a clear path. Keep left at first junction (grid ref. NT549320) and continue to the summit of Eildon Wester Hill where a different panorama awaits with views to the Cheviots in the south.

Retrace your steps to the path junction at grid ref. NT549320 and turn left. Keep right at the next two path junctions to reach the steep path climbing onto Eildon Mid Hill. Continue uphill to the highest point in the Eildon Hills from where the Lake District Fells are visible on a clear day. From the trig point the path zigzags down to the col between Mid and North Hills. Go straight ahead at a 'crossroads' of paths to reach the St Cuthbert's Way (grid ref. NT550325).

Turn left and follow this clear path (St Cuthbert's Way) across the eastern flank of North Hill descending gradually. Join a track and continue through two large fields. Cross a stile, walk down some steps, go over a footbridge and take the steps up to Dingleton Road (grid ref. NT547338). Turn right and continue back to the start.

Other walks nearby

Walk 3576 River Tweed & Dryburgh Abbey - easy - 5.5 miles/8.9 km

Walk 3293 Three Brethren & Brown Knowe from Yarrowford - moderate - 8.3 miles/13.5 km

Walk 1944 Yarrow Valley Five Hills Circular - mod/hard - 11.4 miles/18.5 km

Walk 3296 Grubbit Law & Hownam Law from Morebattle - moderate - 7.0 miles/11.4 km

Walk 1201 Black Hag from Kirk Yetholm - moderate - 8.5 miles/13.8 km

Walk 2241 Gladhouse Reservoir - easy - 4.0 miles/6.5 km

Walk 1314 College Valley, Hethpool, Great Hetha and Elsdon Burn - easy/mod - 4.0 miles/6.5 km

Walk 3644 Blackhaggs Rigg & Great Hetha from Hethpool - moderate - 9.6 miles/15.6 km

Walk 3646 Hethpool, Sutherland Bridge & Great Hetha - moderate - 6.0 miles/9.8 km

Walk 3739 Elsdonburn & Trowupburn from Hethpool - moderate - 8.2 miles/13.3 km

Recommended Books & eBooks

The Borders Abbeys Way

The Borders Abbeys WayGuidebook to the Borders Abbeys Way, a 68 mile circuit in the Scottish Borders, taking in 4 of Britain's grandest ruined medieval abbeys. Beginning and ending in Tweedbank, the route, which is described over 6 stages, is as rich in history as it is in pastoral charm. Relatively flat, it is suitable for people with a moderate level of fitness.
More information

Walking in the Southern Uplands

Walking in the Southern UplandsGuidebook to 44 varied day walks and over 100 summits in the Southern Uplands of Scotland, stretching south-west from Edinburgh to the English border, including the Galloway and Pentland Hills. Between 2 and 29km, there is something for all seasons and all abilities in remote and rugged hill country.
More information

The National Trails

The National TrailsThis inspirational guidebook looks at each of the UK's 19 National Trails, with information that allows ease of comparison and contrast, inspiring you to find out more and to take up a long-distance challenge. Some Trails are short and easy, others much longer, many have strong themes - they may follow a coastline, or traverse ranges of hills.
More information

Social Media

Follow Walking Britain for the latest news.

Facebook Twitter

CBD For Walking & Hiking

Discover the benefits of CBD for walkers and hikers. More info.

Mountain Weather

Stay safe on the mountains with detailed weather forecasts - for iOS devices or for Android devices.

Digital Mapping Guide

Digital Mapping Guide - a simple guide of how to start using digital mapping. Includes advice and useful links.