Start: Moffat - Dumfrieshire
Finish: Alnwick - Northumberland
Distance: 114 miles
Route Overview - Lowland Borders
As Moffat disappears in your rear view mirror, make sure your camera is close at hand, for the next 40 miles deliver breathtaking views. As you head for the grey mares tail and St Mary's Loch, the pace is slower as the roads narrow and resemble a strip of ribbon cast onto the landscape. After such a hit on the senses, Peebles is worthy of a stop to catch your breath and sample the array of independent cafes and shops.
The route then passes by the textile towns of Selkirk, Melrose (and nearby to Tweedbank with the recently re-opened borders railway) then onto Kelso and the barrack town of Coldstream. Skirting the Northumberland National Park - another with Dark Skies status, meander down to the historical town of Alnwick, with its castle and modern gardens a local highlight.