Activity Borders – something for everyone

Whether you come for a day out or an extended stay the Borders region won’t disappoint.

Over 500km of mature woodland and countryside trails criss-cross Northumberland and the Scottish Borders.

These are becoming an increasingly popular for cyclists, horse riders, mountain bikers and those preferring a more leisurely look at life on foot.

The equestrian sector is particularly strong in this region where horse riding is a major recreational activity. Forest trails and ancient droving paths are well used by horse riders and some of the main stables organise riding tours and short rides.

Mountain bikers have made the Borders region one of their most popular destinations in the UK and they visit in their hundreds of thousands all year round.

It is the ultimate ‘away from it all’ experience and the choice of settings and trails is exceptional. From the vast Kielder Forest area to internationally renowned downhill trails at Glentress and Innerleithen in the Tweed Valley, the Borders is a dream location for mountain bikers.

And it’s a similar story for those who want to take in the countryside at a more sedate pace. Established walks such as St Cuthbert’s Way, the Border Abbeys Way and the Pennine Way, which ends at the Border village of Kirk Yetholm, make the Borders a magnet for walkers from all over the UK and Europe.

Walking the Roman Wall is also a popular option and passes through spectacular Northumbrian countryside.

The Northumberland and Berwickshire coastline is one of the finest anywhere in the UK.  Delightful coastal villages linked by vast stretches of unspoilt sandy beaches offer a great family holiday opportunities.

This region, too, has an international reputation for its wildlife and is popular all year round with bird watchers and photographers.

Along the magnificent Borders coastline diving, surfing, sailing and water skiing activities are all catered for.

And for those who enjoy the sporting life set your sat nav for Northumberland and the Scottish Borders.

Whether you prefer to hold a fishing rod, a shotgun or a golf club; to saddle up, hit the saddle or rev up for the Jim Clark Rally – the Borders has got something extra special for you.

Rugby SevensThere’s also plenty on offer for rugby fans with the internationally renowned Melrose Sevens competition taking pride of place on the sporting calendar.

The reputation of the River Tweed, Scotland’s second longest river (in spite of the fact that its final four miles flow through England into the North Sea), attracts anglers from all over the world.

Drawing life from a 1,500 sq mile (4,000sq km) catchment area of wild uplands and fertile valleys, the river, flowing 98-miles to Berwick and the sea, fully deserves its
status as one of the world’s great salmon and trout fisheries.

St Mary’s Loch, the largest natural loch in the Borders Region, is a draw for anglers who prefer fishing for pike whilst Northumbria Water’s magnificent facilities at Keilder Water and Fontburn are a draw for people far and wide.

There are over 50 golf courses to choose from in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders including the high standard Slaley Hall, Roxburghe and Cardona courses.

Explore the Borders will be developing illustrated, informative features for the activity and sporting section for those planning a visit to our brilliant region.


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