Sustrans' North Northumberland and the Scottish Borders cycle map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area.
It covers north Northumberland and the Scottish Borders region in the north east of England and south Scotland, including Berwick-upon-Tweed, Melrose, Haddington, Dunbar and Eyemouth.
Heather-clad hills, forests, wide-open spaces and stunning coastal vistas abound in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders.
In Northumberland, National Route 1 hugs the coast between Alnmouth and Berwick-upon-Tweed. This stretch of the long-distance Coast and Castles South cycle route really lives up to its name as it goes through Northumberland Coast AONB past unspoilt sandy beaches and mighty fortresses, such as Bamburgh Castle, built upon jagged outcrops overlooking the North Sea.
At the historic border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, National Route 1 heads inland following the River Tweed towards Melrose and crosses the Moorfoot Hills to Edinburgh. The Tweed Valley provides flat open riding in the agricultural plains of the east before turning to rolling hills and moorlands in the west. The new Borders Railway makes the border towns of Galashiels and Tweedbank accessible from Edinburgh in under an hour.
An alternative is provided by National Route 76, which heads north along the coast, past the attractive fishing towns of Eyemouth and Dunbar. The latter is the birthplace of John Muir, the author and environmentalist who created the national park system in the USA. Along the way, St Abbs Head National Nature Reserve provides an excellent spot for watching a wide variety of seabirds.
The area north of the border boasts a reputation as one of Scotland’s leading cycling destinations with quiet roads and a variety of local signed routes for all ages and abilities, many of which are directly connected to or share sections with the National Cycle Network. The Borderloop is the most challenging, a 250-mile circular journey through the Tweed Valley and up into the Cheviot and Tweedsmuir Hills. The Borderloop4 are four new shorter loops within the Borderloop and link the historic towns of Peebles, Hawick, Melrose and Kelso.
This pocket-sized map shows clearly mapped on-road and traffic-free paths, easy to read contours, and detailed inset maps for the major towns and cities as well as recommended linking routes connecting the NCN to quiet roads. The map also features 5 day rides with directions and a description of the area, highlighting key cycle routes, local history and places of interest.
Edition Published: May 2021
Size: 10 x 15 cm folded, 60 x 80 cm unfolded
Printed on water and tear-resistant Polyart recyclable paper, category 2 HDPE.
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