Megget and Talla named best cycle route in Borders
Published 15 May 2012 09:30 0 Comments
A SURVEY of cyclists has unveiled a lesser-known scenic, circular route "Megget and Talla" as the best in the region.
Conducted by the Scottish Borders Recreational Cycling Group to discover the route in the area that local cyclists would most recommend visitors explore, "Megget and Talla" a challenging 53 mile circuit, received 50% of the survey vote.
Tweed & Ettrick Valleys (42 mile circular) came second in the poll and the way marked 4 Abbeys Route (55 miles) was third.
Neen Kelly, Recreational Cycling Officer for the Scottish Borders explained: "We want to attract more cyclists to visit the Scottish Borders and will use the results of this poll in promotional activity to showcase what a fantastic road cycling offer we have in the Borders."
The "Megget and Talla" route starts and ends in the central Borders town of Innerleithen. Travelling through stunning countryside and passing by historic Traquair House, it features a steep climb towards Megget Reservoir from which spectacular views of Broad Law (the Borders' highest hill) can be enjoyed. It then descends towards Talla Reservoir, continues past the beautiful Dawyck Botanic Garden to the pretty town of Peebles and follows the Tweed Valley back to Innerleithen.
Cyclists participating in the survey described the route as having fantastic views, great terrain/contours and as a good ride and a good challenge.
To promote this and the other top routes, leaflets/maps and the GPS co-ordinates for all three are being featured on the Recreational Cycling Group website www.cyclescottishborders.com.
Neen Kelly concluded: "We'd like to thank the cyclists who took part in this survey for their input. Locals always know the best routes and through this survey we'll be able to let visiting cyclists in on a few "secrets".
This article appeared in Border Telegraph 15 May 12
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