A walk around Darnick
Turn right and follow the lane round, past all the new houses on the left, with the open field on the right, and past the rear of 'Collingwood' whose grounds were formerly a market garden, down to the main road.
This is the main road out of Melrose, and although it now has a 40mph speed limit at this point, care is needed in crossing over.
Once safely across, turn left and walk past the two houses, on what were once the gardens of the Hydro, to the entrance to Waverley Castle Hotel.
Built as a Hydropathic Hotel, and officially opened in 1871, the grounds extended to some 38 acres, including 'St Helen's' which you will see shortly. It was a pioneering build, being perhaps the earliest mass concrete building in Scotland.
Turning up the driveway, you will find, on the right, a sign-posted pathway down to the river.
Walking down what is in effect an avenue of fine old trees, this path ends in a gate opening onto the riverbank.
A diversion to the right, downstream along the riverbank, gives interesting views of the ducks and swans, paddling and feeding on this quiet part of the river. You are now on a section of the Southern Upland Way, the long distance footpath, which goes from Port Patrick on the Irish Sea, to Cockburnspath on the North Sea.
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