Coastal path walk is part of Borders heritage festival

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Our Dynamic Border is the theme of this year’s Borders Heritage Festival, which started last Saturday (September 6).

The two-week event is focusing on local heritage concerning the defence of the Borders and the movement of its peoples to and from England and Scotland.

And one of the highlights of the festival takes place this weekend when the ranger-led Berwickshire Coastal Path (BCP) walk over four days, starts tomorrow (September 12).

Guiding participants along the 28-mile route which hugs the coast from Berwick to Cockburnspath will be access ranger Erica Niven, leading tomorrow and Saturday, from Berwick upon Tweed to St Abbs. Senior ranger Keith Robeson will lead the last two days from St Abbs to Cockburnspath.

Erica said: “The Berwickshire Coastal Path has the second highest cliffs on the east coast of Britain and, therefore, provides the walker with some dramatic coastal geology.

She explained: “We will look at our history of defending the Anglo-Scots border and defending Britain during the war from coastal lookouts.

“Although the Berwickshire Coastal Path falls within Scotland’s Great Trails, it is still a manageable route to undertake over a long weekend and the local bus service allows this to be achieved more easily. What makes it special for me are the coastal settlements that you pass through, there is no shortage of charm and interest in these places.

There are upcoming shorter guided tours around Abbotsford estate on Saturday and at Roxburgh Castle, near Kelso on Tuesday (September 16). Also on Saturday, the council’s archaeology officer, Dr Chris Bowles, leads a walk into Old Melrose, the earliest Christian site in the Borders and the first spiritual home of St Cuthbert.

And on Referendum Day, September 18, the Trimontium Trust has organised a walk from Melrose Square to Newstead and the Leaderfoot Railway Viaduct. A similar walk takes place today (September 11).

For more information visit www.scotborders.gov.uk/heritageweek