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Issue 67 - Into the Valley

Scotland Magazine Issue 67
February 2013


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Into the Valley

Keith Fergus focuses on the snaking River Tweed

The meandering River Tweed cuts its glorious course for 96 miles, rising from the untamed moorland at Tweed’s Well, near Moffat, and culminating across the border at the beautiful and historic town of Berwick-upon-Tweed. En route the Tweed runs through attractive and historic towns and villages such as Peebles, Melrose, Dryburgh, Galashiels, Kelso and Norham, and through some stunning landscape that has been lived on and exploited for several millennia.

The section of the river between the bustling town of Peebles and the scattering of houses at Lyne snakes its way through the Tweed Valley, surrounded by the softer, rolling Border Hills and here the riverbank is alive with the likes of roe deer, otter, kestrel, heron, kingfisher, buttercup, red campion, bluebells and ramsons.

During the winter months the temperatures regularly plummet below freezing and the subsequent frost hardens the ground and picks out the line of trees hugging the banks of the River Tweed. The higher ground above Peebles at Manor Sware provides a remarkable viewpoint, particularly at dawn, where the early morning rays of the cold, winter sun picks out the folds and contours of this beautiful prospect.

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