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ln a previous issue, the Scottish Borders Tourist Board asked List readers about their favourite outdoor activities when they‘re on a weekend break.
Favourite by far on your list of things to do was walking and whether it's a gentle stroll in the beautiful Scottish Borders countryside or something more strenuous, the region has a host of options to put a fresh Autumnal glow in your cheeks.
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There are over 1500 miles of paths to choose from in the Borders including sections of the Southern Upland Way - a challenging 212 mile coast to coast crossing of Southern Scotland, St Cuthbert‘s Way which stretches into North Northumberland, and the Borders Abbeys Way which links the four great historic abbeys of the region at Kelso, Jedburgh, Melrose and Dryburgh.
Dozens of forest walks are also available including a number of new routes in the newly formed Tweed Valley Forest Park along the banks of one of the most beautiful rivers in Scotland. The Scottish Borders Tourist Board also publishes a free guide to walking in the region which includes 25 shorter routes which pass by some of the most beautiful parts of the Borders.
One such route starts in the charming Border town of Peebles and guides you on a gentle five mile walk along the River Tweed and past the imposing Neidpath Castle, a romantic medieval structure set high above the riverbank. The route continues past a splendid viaduct and along to a fabulous viewpoint overlooking the Tweed and the hills to the west. The path then meanders through some stunning woodland with a variety of wildlife and eventually brings you back to Peebles High Street where one of the cosy pubs or coffee shops will be happy to offer you some refreshments and a seat for your tired legs.