During our open season (April-October), we run a series of walks from our Museum in Melrose to the site of Trimontium, near Newstead.
These are guided walks led by our expert volunteer guides who will relate the history of Trimontium as well as other points of interest along the route. The walk covers five miles of easy terrain although stout footwear is recommended. We also run a series of guided walks to Old Melrose, which was a special place for the indigenous population, was known to the Romans and was also the site of a Celtic Abbey (a Monk’s cell). All walks depart and return from the Museum in Melrose.
Walk Details 2018
5th April to 25th October
Every Thursday Afternoon at 1.30pm from the Museum/Heritage Centre, returning by 5.30pm)
These walks cover Mediaeval Melrose (the Square, Abbey Street, the South side of the ruined but impressive Melrose Abbey, the pig with the bagpipes, the heart of Robert the Bruce); Priorwood (the home of James Curle – excavated Newstead 1905-10, 450-page report published 1911); the Melrose-Newstead path with views over the Vale of Melrose; Newstead stonemasons’ village, with distinctive stonework; the circuit of the Roman site, the ‘high spot’ being the Leaderfoot (former) Railway Viaduct; tea in Newstead Village Hall; and return to Melrose by 5.30pm via the Newstead-Melrose path (as before) or the Monks’ Battery Wall, along the riverside.
Joining Fee: £3 for adults, Concessions £2.50; accompanied schoolchildren free; dogs welcome; Trimontium members free.
July and August only
Every Tuesday afternoon at 1.30pm from the Museum/Heritage Centre, returning by 5.30pm – all details as above.
2nd April, 7th May, 4th June, 2nd July, 6th August, 3rd September, 1st October 2018
A first-Monday-in-the-month guided Walk from 1.30pm-3.30pm departing from the Tearoom at Old Melrose
Takes place at Old Melrose, (the secluded peninsula jutting into the Tweed below the Scott’s View cliffs), a ‘special place’ known to the indigenous peoples and the Romans and housing a Celtic ‘Abbey’ (monks’ cells) from 7th to 9th century AD (the predecessor of Melrose Abbey), and thereafter, as the place where St Cuthbert began the monastic life, a centre of pilgrimage. Access is obtained by a single track road off the A68, 200 yards South of the large roundabout at the East end of the Melrose bypass (A72/B6091).
Joining Fee: £2, children free, dogs welcome; Trimontium members free.
All fees support the charitable objectives of the Trimontium Trust