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Eddleston Water

A significant tributary of the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders, the Eddleston Water rises as field drains on the border with Midlothian, a half-mile (1 km) southeast of Howgate. It flows south southwest to meet the A703 road 1½ miles (2.3 km) south southeast of Leadburn. It flows south alongside the road to Waterheads, where it receives the Cowieslinn Burn and on to Eddleston, Cringletie and Redscarhead. It falls into the Tweed in the centre of Peebles, having completed a course of 10½ miles (17 km). Over time, the course of the river was extensively altered and long sections were straightened to improve agricultural production. This has led to an increased risk of flooding and habitat loss. The Eddleston Water Project involved a detailed survey in 2009 by the Department of Geography at the University of Dundee and the implementation of a restoration strategy, coordinated by the Tweed Forum. This is a pioneering example of flood prevention through the restoration of the natural features of the river.


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