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Eildon Hills Walk

See also: Melrose Town Trail

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Eildon Hills Walk

Photo: Black Hill, Earlston
View from foot of the Eildons towards Black Hill

Later, in AD 79, the Romans arrived and the Selgovae abandoned their 'high seat'. For the next 300 years Romans would have been found on the hilltops; not living there, as they built Trimontium at the foot of the hills, but manning the signal station which they constructed, as part of their network of communication stretching along the length of Dere Street northwards from York. When the Romans pulled back in AD 369, the locals would, no doubt, return, and, later, the monks of the new monastery at Melrose would work the quarries on the hillsides, and wander the slopes, tending sheep or gathering berries.

Photo: Rhymer's Stone
The Rhymer's Stone

Reminiscing over, head over the top of North Hill past the site of the bonfires, and head, carefully, down the right-hand path. This is quite steep, and takes you through heather and gorse down to the stile. Crossing the stile leads you onto the farm track down to the old road. This part is often very muddy in wet weather.

Facing you on the old road, now declassified after the opening of the Melrose Bypass, is an information board which deals with Thomas the Rhymer and the Queen of Elfland. Turning right, and then, almost, immediately left, the route heads down towards Newstead, missing out, unfortunately, in some people's eyes, the Rhymer's Stone. This stone, which 'records' the meeting place of Thomas with the Queen of the Fairies, can, however, be seen further along the old road, and a ten minute detour will take you there.

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