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Coast & Castles

About This Route

Developed by Sustrans, this 200 mile route links the Forth and Tyne estuaries, taking in some of Britain’s best built and natural heritage. Starting in Newcastle it passes Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage site, unspoilt coastline and then travels west through the beautiful Tweed Valley before turning north through the Moorfoot Hills to Edinburgh. Wonderful views, historic sites and friendly communities make this a truly memorable journey. The vast majority of this route is on quiet roads and is usually tackled in a northerly direction, although can be done either way. The route is moderate with a few steep sections and will take around 5 days to complete.

Further details on the Scottish Borders section of this route are available to download. Please note that the profile detailed above is also just for the Scottish Borders section.

You can also visit the Coast and Castles website for details of the whole route from Newcastle to Edinburgh.

Statistics

  • Distance

    200 miles

  • Level

    Challenge

  • Level Details

    Repeated long hilly stages including remote areas. High degree of self sufficiency required and some require multi-day/night trips.

  • Towns

    Coldstream, Galashiels, Kelso, Melrose, Newcastleton, St Boswells, Traquair, Blyth Bridge

  • Altitude Gain

    1423.9

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