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Old Tweed Bridge 6th June 16/17? for 68 weeks!

Two of four bikes on the train at Tweedbank.

Two of four bikes on the train at Tweedbank.

The Borders Railway line reopening makes taking bikes to the Borders much easier.

What looks like a nice straight through alignment is spoilt by dropped kerbs in the wrong place (see #91229) and the path beyond the road being narrowed and not asphalted (see #91163).

The inevitable result of placing a barrier in the way of the path and not diverting the path directly to the forced crossing point - a worn path across the grass. Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but is that fence panel not meant to be inst ... [more]

So if I can stand in the middle of the road taking photos of the barrier, is the road really so dangerous that it needs the barrier?

More mysterious symbols added to the NCN1 sign.

I guess they never thought that anyone would cycle to the industrial units, so never thought to install a dropped kerb where the path meets the road. Of course, the majority of users will be going the other way, so why the turn away from ... [more]

A newly installed barrier right over the end of the path at a minor road crossing at Tweedside Park.

The vegetation needs better management on what has become a blind corner on NCN1.

Full route signs at a minor access point on NCN1, but why does the sign pointing left refer to (1)?

The dropped kerb was placed at the roundabout off to the right rather than at the entrance to the cycle path, on a road that only services the station car park.

Route sign for the Abbotsford Link at the Tweedbank Drive toucan crossing.

The Abbotsford Link uses the not exactly wide footway on the south side of Tweedbank Drive, before crossing to join NCN1 on the north side at the toucan crossing.

Clear signage at the road junction of NCN1 and the Abbotford Link. The Abbotsford Link itself takes the footway on the opposite side of Tweedbank Drive.

Signage continues for the Abbotsford Link.

An unexpected 'End of Cycle Route' sign, given that we haven't reached either Tweedbank station or NCN1 yet. The route continues along the road, see #91202.

The Abbotsford Link turns left out of the underpass, which has murals on a transport theme.

The Abbotsford Link continues towards Tweedbank station, including an underpass beneath Tweedbank Drive.

A sign for the Abbotsford Link to NCN1 at Tweedbank station.

Signs for the Abbotsford Link in Tweedbank Park.

Signs for the Abbotsford Link to NCN1 at Tweedbank station.

The path into Tweedbank Park, plus a waymarker post for some path off to the right.

The narrow asphalt path from #91191 gets a bit wider as it turns to head towards Tweedbank Park. The Borders Abbey Way returns to being an unsurfaced path.

The path ahead goes to the A6091 at the Galafoot Bridge, while the waymarked Borders Abbey Way diverges to go down the steps in #91192.

Steep steps down to pass beneath the Galafoot Bridge, on the Borders Abbey Way.

The A6091 crash barrier design makes no concession to the existence of the path.

A typical Scottish trunk road on the edge of an urban area, with no cycling provision.

A sign for the red spot route and a green triangle route, different from the sign in #91184.

A sign for NCN1 that doesn't have any mention of the other routes on the sign in #91184. It also is presumably not a 'No Through Road' for cycles.

Route sign for NCN1, the red spot route and Tweed cycle route.

The Southern Upland Way woodland path emerges onto an area of grass without a defined path.

I don't think this section of the Southern Upland Way is intended for cycling.

The Southern Upland Way joins NCN1 from a woodland path. The two join back together a short distance to the south.

Temporary diversion signs for both NCN1 and "leading to NCN1". But I thought this actually was NCN1.

Waiting at the kerbside to turn right onto the railway path. The footway is signed as shared-use, but the road was fairly quiet with motor traffic when I visited, so cyclists were using the road.

The railway path leaves Winston Road on a rather steep ramp.

The bridge lighting appears to be filling up with water.

Signs for NCN1 and the Southern Upland Way. The route to Abbotsford is down a flight of steps. The route ahead shares the railway bridge with the actual railway.

The narrow path in #91163 joins a wider path that has come down a slope from Tweedbank Drive and is both NCN1 and the Southern Upland Way. Only the latter is signed as going up the ramp here. But the narrow path is the more direct route and ... [more]

I don't know why this path wasn't made wider, placed further away from the fence, and asphalted. Too narrow to pass anyone without that person stepping aside.

Cycle parking at Tweedbank station.

The Union Suspension Bridge, built in 1820 when it was the world's longest wrought iron suspension bridge. It now carries NCN route 1 from England to Scotland.

No signs from the road to the path

Turn right and go under the bridge to Back Road

Locked gate

Overgrown path straight ahead. Keep on the tarmac

If you know where to look and have binoculars you can see the sign to the link to NCN 1

Path and sign to NCN 1 link are down this road. No sign from the road

Clovenfords link to NCN 1

link path to NCN 1

there it is

If you look carefully with binoculars you can see the sign on the wall across the road

Travel Hub & rail station. No signage to NCN 1 to the east or to NCN 1 link path to the west

From the main road the cycle path is down the road to the right.

link to NCN 1



short section of bumpy surface

Better surface

NCN 1 Galashiels - Selkirk

NCN 1 Galashiels - Selkirk

Path Galashiels - Tweedbank

Start of off road cycle path from Wheatlands Road, Galashiels to Clovenfords. Link to NCN1.

Cycle path by A72 from Galasiels to Clovenfords. Link to NCN1

Cycle path from Wheatlands Road Galashiels to Clovenfords link to NCN 1

Galashiels Travel Hub. Cycle lockers, bike racks opposite

The local playing field

Starting point

The Swinton Run

Looking over Longformacus

Please note that the road drops at 1 in 5 from the hanging valley down to Talla reservoir - make sure your brakes are in good condition!!!

Beware the road goes above the snow line so make sure you get the weather right.

Tinto Location: near Biggar (Scotland, United Kingdom) Taken from the B7016 road between Broughton and Biggar, just inside Scottish Borders.

Route markers for the Cross Border Trail and the Reivers Way

The Reivers Way heading east on a good fast track on the Scottish side of the Kershopeburn

The Reivers Way entering England eastbound - it's a pretty poor path for the next kilometre


Storytelling Cycle Rides at the Books, Borders & Bikes festival, Neidpath Castle

Map leaflets for the 4 Abbeys Cycle Route and plenty of others in the Scottish Borders.

Signage for the 4 Abbeys Cycle Route, Melrose

P1000245.JPG Location: , Coldstream (Scotland, United Kingdom)

After the tedious slog over Coldingham Moor, there's suddenly a view all the way to Fife, beyond Dunbar cement works, Torness nuclear power station, and the Isle of May - and a 30mph descent!

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