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Walking in Kelso

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Kelso Abbey, Rennie's Bridge and Beyond

Passing the short roadway leading to the garden centre, takes you up to the Knowes car park. In the very right-hand corner, next to Maxwell Lane is Waverley Lodge with its two statues, Sir Walter Scott on the house gable and his dog over the gate. Scott stayed here when he attended Kelso Grammar School. Adjoining the car park, to the right, is Kelso Pottery, which is well worth a visit. It is situated in the street known as The Butts, where the monks used to practise their archery. To the left, in converted public toilets, are the premises of a unique group. Abbey Soft Play, part of the Borders Parent to Parent Group, who provide soft play facilities for children both partly and fully abled. A registered charity, membership is open to all young children, with a fee payable by fully abled. Partly abled children are given free access. Facing you is the octagonal Kelso Old Parish Church.

Abbey Soft Play

Kelso Old Parish Church

The Purvis Aisle

If you follow the path between Abbey Soft Play and the churchyard, along the wall of the Purvis Aisle, you will come to the Abbey Row Centre, Kelso's Community Centre, and then the Abbey itself, with the attached Memorial Cloister for the Dukes of Roxburghe, and, adjoining it, Kelso War Memorial. The Abbey Row building was the Kelso Grammar School attended by Sir Walter Scott. Returning along Bridge Street from the War Memorial, you will pass the building which was the Spread Eagle Hotel, now converted to flats, and the Queen's Head and Bistro. You are now back to the Square.

The Abbey & War Memorial

Abbey Row Centre

The Queen's Head

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