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Carter Bar, Jedburgh

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Carter Bar is a point on the England–Scotland border, in Roxburghshire and Northumberland.
Carter Bar is where the A68 road crosses the border and forms a pass located at the top of Redesdale in the Cheviot Hills at an elevation of 418m.
The nearest Scottish towns are Jedburgh ( north), Hawick, and Kelso, and on the English side, Byrness, Redesdale and Otterburn. From Carter Bar, Newcastle upon Tyne is away and the Scottish capital, Edinburgh,. The A696–A68 route is a popular scenic tourist route between Newcastle and Edinburgh.
In 1575 Carter Bar was the scene of the Raid of the Redeswire, one of the last large-scale battles between the English and the Scots.
Carter Bar was the location of Truce days, that were held between the Lord Wardens of the Marches of both countries to dispense cross border justice in the Late Middle Ages and Early modern period. Truce days were also held at Carlisle and Berwick upon Tweed.
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  • This place is effectively the actual border between England and Scotland with road entry signs and Flags to denote the same. You can pull in and avail yourself from a Mobile Snack van which dispenses....  more »
  • Great place to stop for a few minutes. It's very symbolical as the border between England and Scotland. Scottish flag at one side of the road, English flag at the other side! The view is really...  more »
  • Amazing Views. Large parking area. We actually parked here overnight in our Camper - on the same night was also a chap in a tent plus 2x other Campervan. There are no amenities but the view is worth the 5 stars alone!
  • This is a must stop to take in the breathtaking scenery high up on the hills acting as a border between England and Scotland. There’s a large stone with writing for each border on either side, along with some historical writing to take in the history. Many people stop over here including coaches, cars and motorbikes as there is a small caravan snack bar (no alcohol)
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