SB Connect Winter 2016

A route with a view… or two

Looking out towards Penielheugh near Littledeanlees. Below: Crailing, Eckford and Nisbet Jubilee Path

North east of Jedburgh and west of the striking ruin of Cessford Castle are the small settlements of Crailing, Eckford and Nisbet.

Like many of our region’s agricultural settlements, these places grew up around the nucleus of agriculture, later becoming estate villages with shops and public houses.

However, as is often the case, the population has fallen since the advent of farm machinery from the middle of the 19th century onwards. People, though, have settled on these fertile lands from about 5,000 years ago.

So, why not pass through an area rich in history, plants and wildlife: the walk includes some glorious views, helpfully annotated for you on the map.

The Crailing, Eckford and Nisbet Jubilee Path and guide booklet was completed this year. Parts of the route follow the St Cuthbert’s Way and Borders Abbeys Way long-distance routes so the way-markers are a combination of these route logos and Crailing, Eckford and Nisbet way-marker discs.

Our suggestion is to start in Eckford and follow the route in a clockwise direction. However, you may wish to do shorter sections of the route, which is possible.

Full information about this route can be downloaded at www.scotborders.gov.uk/walking or visit www.walkscottishborders.com for a mobile download.