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Lindean Loch and Midlem cycle circuit

A moderate 16.5 mile circuit heading east out of Selkirk and uphill to picturesque Lindean Loch before looping south of the town.

Grade: Moderate

Distance: 26.6 km (16.5 miles)

Total ascent: 505 m

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This route starts outside The Five Turrets in Selkirk and sticks mainly to minor roads, with several options for refreshments at Lilliesleaf.

Starting with a steady climb east out of Selkirk, the route passes Lindean Loch. At the junction with the A699 turn right and then take the first left onto the B6453. Continue south east through pretty countryside to Midlem where the road joins the B6359 and shortly afterwards turns sharply right to head south west through Lilliesleaf. Refreshments are available here at the Jammy Coo cafe and the Plough Inn.

On the western edge of the village join the B6400 and follow it south west and then west. Take the right fork at Clerklands and head north west until the road meets the A7. Turn right onto the A7 and then take the first left turn onto a minor road that heads uphill across wilder countryside before swinging round to meet the B7009 at Howden. Turn right and follow the road back into Selkirk.

Need somewhere to stay?

The route starts and finishes at The Five Turrets, the glamorous self catering holiday property near the centre of town, with fairytale castle looks and accommodation for up to eight people in four double bedrooms. And secure cycle storage on site, of course. The Five Turrets in Selkirk was named by The Sunday Times as one of the top 25 self catering properties in the UK for 2019. Check availability here.

This route was suggested by Scottish Borders cyclist and trail designer Pete Laing.

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