We began constructing the new route, which is 3.5 miles long, in late winter 2009.
The off road path runs from Earlston via Speedys Path and Sorrowlessfield footbridge to the River Tweed; it is also used for shorter, circular local walks.
Leader Water was officially opened in June 2010 and the web page for that day contains the photographs and press release from that warm, sunny Sunday.
There are also many other earlier pictures in the Blog section of the site.
Although Leader Water Path is linear, it can be easily accessed at either end by public transport or car and this extends walking opportunities much further.
One very enjoyable walk is to continue south across the footbridge at the Tweed, then turn right along the closed road past the Roman Trimontium fort site, through Newstead village and into Melrose for a well earned rest! The hardy can walk back to Earlston and the rest of us can take the local bus. Obviously, the walk can be made in the opposite direction.
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