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New Scottish Borders route open

Julian Cram tests the new route

A new cycling route has been unveiled in the Southern Borders to ease the strain on the region’s roads.

The Southern Borders Loop comprises two interlinking circuits and gives cyclists the option of a shorter 50-mile run or the full 75-mile loop.

Both circuits pass through Hawick and Newcastleton, then travels through Bonchester Bridge or Langholm and Eskdalemuir, depending on the option taken.

Utilising the quiet B-roads that are typical of the Borders, the Southern Borders Loop features stunning panoramic views, varied terrain and contrasting landscapes.

The route was developed by the Borders Recreational Cycling Group to complement other established road cycling routes in the area such as the 4-Abbeys cycle route and the Borderloop.

Borders Recreational Cycling Group Julian Cram member said: “We identified that although this part of the Borders has some fabulous road cycling opportunities none of them had previously been documented into a formal distance route.

“The new Southern Borders Loop offers the perfect introduction to the cycling in the area and we have produced an itinerary guide to it that includes suggestions on accommodation and visitor attractions along the way in addition to a detailed map, directions and altitude profiles.”

The free guide/map of the Southern Borders Loop can be downloaded from www.cyclescottishborders.com.

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