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    Quote Originally Posted by scotboxer View Post
    Nice wee bistro / caff on the square in Duns. After lunch there, head over the Lammermuirs to Haddington and have your tea (evening meal) at Falko's the German baker. If not, just buy one of his loaves and head over to North Berwick for a fish supper.

    Jedburgh is worth a look. The Town Jail, part of the Old Tolbooth. Mary Q of S's house will be a topical visit given the current movie. Beware though: a highly romanticised and favourable view of her! But it's free!

    Dryburgh Abbey (Walter Scott and FM Haig buried there) plus the other border abbeys if you are into that. Historic Scotland membership should pay off btw. Melrose a nice wee toon for a lunch and an amble about.

    For a decent run, head for Hawick and have a look at the museum (Jimmy Guthrie and Hizzy exhibits) in Wilton park. Come back via Hermitage Castle, Keilder and the A68 /697.
    A friend of ours recommended a fish supper at North Berwick, must be good

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave hendy View Post
    Anywhere in particular or just to have a look round??
    look for loads of bikes out side you will know you are in the right place

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    Especially looking for nice river, lake or seaside stops


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    The road from Hawick to Newcastleton (or vice versa) is nice. Can’t remember the number. I think it’s a B road but most of it is decently tarmacced because it’s a road for logging trucks apparently. Quite scenic in parts and very twisty in parts.

    The road from Newcastleton over the top to Langholm is also interesting. It’s concrete I think and single track in many places (with passing places). It’s not a classic biking road by any means, it’s just interesting because it’s unusual.




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    Quote Originally Posted by dave hendy View Post
    Especially looking for nice river, lake or seaside stops


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    Seaside? St Abb's Head or Eyemouth as an alternative fnc stop.

    River / lake? Take a run to Selkirk and then on to St Mary's Loch. Lunch at the Tibbieshiels Inn, if open. If not, on to Moffat, plenty of places to eat there. Then head north to Tweedsmuir. Turn right there and head along Talla Reservoir and over the hill to Megget. That will take you back to the Selkirk road. Retrace your tracks to the Gordon Arms Hotel where you can turn left and head over the hills to Innerleithen. Turn right at Innerleithen and follow Tweed ( n.b. NEVER "the" Tweed!) back to Kelso.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scotboxer View Post
    Seaside? St Abb's Head or Eyemouth as an alternative fnc stop.

    River / lake? Take a run to Selkirk and then on to St Mary's Loch. Lunch at the Tibbieshiels Inn, if open. If not, on to Moffat, plenty of places to eat there. Then head north to Tweedsmuir. Turn right there and head along Talla Reservoir and over the hill to Megget. That will take you back to the Selkirk road. Retrace your tracks to the Gordon Arms Hotel where you can turn left and head over the hills to Innerleithen. Turn right at Innerleithen and follow Tweed ( n.b. NEVER "the" Tweed!) back to Kelso.
    Like the sound of this. I’ll check it out on the map


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    Quote Originally Posted by ronnie69 View Post
    The road from Hawick to Newcastleton (or vice versa) is nice. Can’t remember the number. I think it’s a B road but most of it is decently tarmacced because it’s a road for logging trucks apparently. Quite scenic in parts and very twisty in parts.

    The road from Newcastleton over the top to Langholm is also interesting. It’s concrete I think and single track in many places (with passing places). It’s not a classic biking road by any means, it’s just interesting because it’s unusual.




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    Thanks, the 1st road sounds good and the 2nd might be worth adding to a route if close by


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    Part of the route has been mentioned already but don't forget about the Kielder area - Kelso, Hawick, Newcastleton (good cafe called The Olive Tree), Saughtree, around the edge of Kielder Reservoir and Forest to Falstone (good cafe in the old school) then to Bellingham where there is a good choice of cafes including a very good one in some old railway carriages at the former station yard. From Bellingham you could return via a fast run north on the A68 taking in Carter Bar and Jedburgh as well as great views over Scotland and Northern England. A bloody good ride on well maintained and quiet roads but beware of speed cameras on the A68 once you're over the border. Not as many as there used to be but still a bit of a nuisance on roads which tempt you

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    This was a run a pal organised last summer - a good day out. It started and ended in Jedburgh - so we had coffee stop at Langholm and lunch in Moffat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mw3230 View Post
    Part of the route has been mentioned already but don't forget about the Kielder area - Kelso, Hawick, Newcastleton (good cafe called The Olive Tree), Saughtree, around the edge of Kielder Reservoir and Forest to Falstone (good cafe in the old school) then to Bellingham where there is a good choice of cafes including a very good one in some old railway carriages at the former station yard. From Bellingham you could return via a fast run north on the A68 taking in Carter Bar and Jedburgh as well as great views over Scotland and Northern England. A bloody good ride on well maintained and quiet roads but beware of speed cameras on the A68 once you're over the border. Not as many as there used to be but still a bit of a nuisance on roads which tempt you
    Thanks for all that, I will try and add all the coffee stops

    Speed cameras are always a headache when you don’t know an area


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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackal View Post
    This was a run a pal organised last summer - a good day out. It started and ended in Jedburgh - so we had coffee stop at Langholm and lunch in Moffat.
    That’s useful, easily converted to a route from our digs


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    Quote Originally Posted by dave hendy View Post
    Speed cameras are always a headache when you don’t know an area
    Rather a lot of bike deaths in the borders last year - so I think there will be more speed cameras on the fast roads, and also more unmarked police bikes. I think the majority of deaths were at weekends, so I would expect higher presence then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackal View Post
    Rather a lot of bike deaths in the borders last year - so I think there will be more speed cameras on the fast roads, and also more unmarked police bikes. I think the majority of deaths were at weekends, so I would expect higher presence then.
    Probably something to do with the good weather

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    Have a trip out to Holy Island via the tidal causeway. Pub, beach, castle.

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    kelso.

    If you want sea side them from Kelso its a short hop over to the Northumberland coast.
    Bamburgh,Holy Island, Sea Houses and Alnwick are all worth a look.
    As are Craster, Newton by the sea, Alnmouth and Alnwick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackal View Post
    This was a run a pal organised last summer - a good day out. It started and ended in Jedburgh - so we had coffee stop at Langholm and lunch in Moffat.
    Route plotted 203 miles. Looks a good route

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