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Coast and castles - Day 3, Berwick-upon-Tweed to Melrose (45 miles) ☔️☔️☔️

Updated: Aug 29, 2022

There really is only one word to describe today’s cycling, wet / and then more rain ☔️☔️ it basically rained relentlessly for the first 35 miles today. Such a shame as it was a beautiful route, incredibly quiet roads through some idyllic countryside as we headed inland following the river Tweed, unfortunately we couldn’t enjoy it as much as we would have normally due to / well, the rain. Before we left Berwick we went to have a look at the remains of Berwick Castle (Castle #7). Not much left at the castle but Berwick does have very impressive ramparts and you can walk the entire circuit of the town . We crossed into Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 around 5 or 6 miles into our journey and then carried on along the Scottish Borders. We would’ve gone to Castle #8, Norham Castle except that was a 3 mile diversion - in the normal scheme of things 3 miles is nothing, but when it’s pouring with rain we decided to give that one a miss. We eventually made it to Floors castle at 31 miles and took refuge in the lovely castle café there, ordering pots of tea and steaming bowls of soup while we were procrastinating about going back out into the rain. Onward - eventually- It did finally stop raining around 10 miles out of Melrose and we did take a tiny diversion to see Dryburgh Abbey which is the resting place of Sir Walter Scott. Then if we didn’t have enough to content with the final few miles involved a climb of Eilden hill and then down the other side as we went into Melrose - by this point the sun was shining. typical. 😂😂 once we checked in we then went to check out Melrose Abbey which apparently is the final resting place of Robert the Bruce‘s heart! ❤️ overall a great route but certainly one made for fish!! 🐟🐟🐟

This was fun to go down!

Much needed sustenance

Do we look like drowned rats? 😂😂

Dryburgh Abbey

Crossing the River Tweed

River Tweed

Melrose Abbey

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