This stunning route follows the John Buchan Way to Broughton. The Stobo valley is one of only two National Scenic Areas in the Scottish Borders and truly deserving of this recognition.
You will cross a landscape steeped in history and folklore. This is the land where the ancient bard Merlin was assassinated and the route passes the stone where legend has it he was set upon by his assailants before falling into the Tweed and impaling himself on a branch!
We like… Too many stunning views to mention, good café stop at Laurel Bank tearoom, Broughton perfectly located at the half way point of the ride. Amazing purple heather in August on the return Broughton to Stobo section. A great ride on a gravel bike in summer conditions.
Watch out for… This is a route best ridden during dry months as the climb from Manor is extremely boggy during the winter months. The road section from Stobo to Lyne Station is long and straight and narrow – use lights & be seen by motorists. The Broughton to Stobo section is remote and exposed – be appropriately equipped.
- Distance: 40km
- Elevation gain: 800m
- Fitness rating: 4/5
- Technical rating: Red
- Terrain: Singletrack/hill track (24km) and tarmac road (16km)