Wide open spaces and sensational scenery make Northumberland and the Scottish Borders the perfect place for walkers all year round – whether it’s a gentle stroll or something more demanding.
The region is home to six nationally recognised walks including over a third of the 212-mile Southern Upland Way from Irish Sea to North Sea.
At Kirk Yetholm, there’s the official finish line for the 268-mile Pennine Way, a journey that passes through the Northumberland National Park into the Scottish Borders.
There are over 2,000 miles of dedicated walking routes in the Scottish Borders and Northumberland, many of them themed, so you will often find yourself following in the footsteps of famous names from history.
The Borders Abbey Way (65 miles) connects the Borders four great abbeys at Jedburgh, Melrose, Kelso and Dryburgh. Made up of four sections it offers a route that takes in some of the main towns in the Borders.
Staying on the religious theme, the 60-mile St Cuthbert’s Walk traces the life of one of the north’s best loved saints who ministered at Melrose before moving to Holy Island where he served as Bishop of Lindisfarne.
The Berwickshire Coastal Path (15 miles), stretching from Berwick-on-Tweed to St Abbs takes in outstanding scenery and a coastline packed with wildlife, secret coves and harbours.
For those looking to tread between the lines there’s the John Buchan Way, a relatively new path covering 12 miles from Peebles to Broughton, that celebrates the author’s many associations with the region.
From Corbridge, just south of Hadrian’s Wall, the famous Roman road, Dere Street can be followed through Northumberland and the Scottish Borders to the to the Firth of Forth.
Add to those numerous well trodden town circuits, riverbank walks and coastal paths and it’s not surprising that walkers far and wide make a beeline for the borderlands.
Every year the Scottish Borders holds a popular walking festival with numerous walks on offer. It takes place in September and more information is available at www.borderswalking.com