Walking in nature is an activity that so many people enjoy and the benefits of spending a short amount of time each day reconnecting with the nature that surrounds us are immense.  As John Muir said “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks”.  The stunning woodland on the Old Melrose Estate provides a perfect place to walk and relax in nature and hopefully send you home happier, healthier and more inspired.

Opening times
Monday: Closed
Tuesday to Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: 11am – 4pm

We kindly ask that dog owners keep their pets under control at all times.

The Scottish Outdoor Access Code

The Monks Trail
This circular woodland and riverside walk starts at the Tearooms and enables visitors to the Tearooms to wander in the footsteps of the Monks who lived here 1,400 years ago.

The main route follows the path that would have been taken by Monks walking from the Old Melrose Monastery to Dryburgh Abbey in the distant past. The path no longer crosses the river at the aptly named “Monks Ford” as the Monks would have done but instead weaves its way back to the Tearooms through the woods.

The woodlands start to come alive in the Spring with early season primroses, snowdrops and bluebells which are replaced by flowering hawthorn, blackthorn and wild crab apple trees which in turn are replaced by an array of different shades of green and red as the new leaves come out on the trees. The Summer is filled with the sights and sounds of new born birds and animals. The Otter pups chase the ducklings whilst the Ospreys and Herons catch trout in the river to feed to their chicks. As Summer ends and Autumn fades into Winter the leaves slowly turn once more and put on an amazing spread of colours before the countryside settles into the grasp of winter whose clear crisp days take your breath away and leave you invigorated and full of life.

Short Route: 20 minutes
Long Route: 60 minutes

Further afield
The Tearooms and Estate also act as a good start or finish point for longer walks.  A network of paths from the Estate connect with pathways such as St Cuthberts Way, Five Abbeys Way and the Southern Upland Way.  Melrose is a short walk along the river or over the Eildon Hills and Dryburgh Abbey and St Boswells a short walk downstream.  Another enjoyable walk is to Leaderfoot and then via the  Diamond Jubilee Path to Earlston and the Black Hill.  See and for more information.