GUIDE TO THE RIVER TWEED

(Peebles to Peel)

NAME OF RIVER: Tweed.

WHERE IS IT?: Southern Uplands.

PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS: Start in the town of Peebles NT 2504 4029.

Get out at Peel, just off the A707 Peebles to Selkirk Rd. Just after the A707 forks from the A72 there is a minor road over a bridge on the right. About 50 m beyond a car-park on the left, a small track leads down to the river by a small water treatment site (look disused - no nasties!). Grid ref Sheet 73 NT433352 Alternatively any of the laybys on the A72 close to the river can be used.

Another possibility is to continue downstream onto the short section down to Fairnilee rapids.

APPROX LENGTH: 15 miles.

TIME NEEDED: Unknown.

ACCESS HASSLES: See the SCA Access notes on Scotland.

WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: Unknown.

GRADING: Grade 1 with weirs.

MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: Weirs.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: In this section, there is a weir in Peebles, and another after about 10 miles.

OTHER NOTES:

Adrian Aderyn ...'We paddled between Peebles and Coldstream, 50 miles. Took 2 1/2 days (2 in open canoe. Fit, but both novices). Scottish 'Right to Roam' accepted by almost all we met. Fishermen can pay enormous sums for a days fishing but are generally friendly enough if you acknowledge them and ask which side to paddle if they are in the middle of the river (Almost always BEHIND them). Not all weirs marked on the OS map, so use your ears! The river is generally fast-flowing (3-4 knots/ 4-5 mph) with occasional artifical salmon 'pools' where the water is still and is usually followed by a weir. Some rapids are unsuitable for (novice) open canoeists - a little porterage required. This was our first serious river trip, so difficult to judge against others, but we enjoyed the solitude (only craft on the river apart from the occasional fisherman).'

CONTRIBUTED BY: Janet Moxley, also Adrian Aderyn.

 

 

Community Forum Comments on this Article
Re: River Tweed - Peebles to Peel -- Erewash
2014 Sep 11 08:17:22 AM
we paddled the Tweed from Peebles to Tweedmouth in GP/cross-over kayaks in the first week of Sept. It took us two half and two full days of paddling at leisurely speed, with 15, 22, 21 and 11 miles per day, doing mostly 3.5 -4.5 mph. We were at the very bottom of the green river level range, so we had to knuckle down quite a few shingle banks, especially between Peebles and Innerleithen, and had to portage Melrose and Kelso Cauld as there wasn't enough water for the save shoot.I found both the SCA canoe touring guide and this UKRG website neither really necessary for the trip planning nor very precise - both appeared to be very dated. Only 7-8 rapids/caulds are really worth mentioning and need attention (Fairnilee, Melrose, Mertoun, Rutherford, Lower Makerstoun, Kelso, Banff Mill, and potentially Coldstream Weir), all concentrated in the 34 mile stretch between Fairnilee and Coldstream; otherwise there are just numerous little ripples and wavetrains. The suggestion in the North East Sea Kayaking Guide Book about visiting the tea room at Paxton House is well worth following, no better way to wait for the tide to turn.In contrast to all the dire warnings we didn't have any issues with wild camping, there were plenty of spots and people were supportive and welcoming. The reason for this discrepancy may be that we camped in open spaces, whereas canoeists seem to prefer tree cover. All fishermen but three were extremely polite, friendly and chatty.Compared to the River Spey which I did last year, the Tweed has fewer minor rapids and is less dramatic in the upper reach, but is much more scenic throughout its entire length; well worth doing.
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