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This route takes you through the heart of the borders to the picturesque fishing village of St Abb’s, and return on the circular route.
The first stretch of the route between Selkirk and Moffat is iconic. So much has been written over the years about this road. It is known as the scenic route (IE Edinburgh via Moffat to towards Selkirk). It is truly a pleasure to ride. As you progress down the road it does get tighter twisties and sharper rises. The road becomes decidedly adrenaline inducing within a few miles of Moffat. With ups, downs, twisties and bends, Cambers from heaven and cambers from hell. The road from Innerleithan to St Abbs and the coast is classical and typical Borders Country. Well-manicured fields and gentle slopes all the way. The coastal area has cliffs over 300 ft high and is riddled with caves once haunted by smugglers. This is the stuff of fairy tales , myths and legends.
A mere few miles down the road and you will enter into Berwick. This little town was for over 400 years central to historic border war between the Kingdoms of England and Scotland, and several times possession of Berwick changed hands between the two kingdoms. The last time it changed hands was when England retook it in 1482. Berwick remains a traditional market town and also has some notable architectural features, in particular its medieval town walls and, its Elizabethan ramparts. It is a great run back south through Newcastleton and Canonbie, with some great bends and twisties. Be warned – the road is good and those bends come rushing up.
The last stretch takes you up the B7076 which runs parallel to the motorway. This is the original artery into Glasgow and Edinburgh. It is two lanes and very quiet and swift. If you put your settings on your GPS to “avoid Motorways” this is the road you will traverse. This is a brilliant road to make progress with pleasure.
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On this route there are a number of fuel stations that you will have access to.