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TODAY: Borders Festival of the Horse, guided ride around the Eildons, 6.30pm, 2-2.5 hour. 16 and over. £12, booking essential. Details from the Kathie Marshall, 01835 823722 or 07896 089133, kathie@marshall7.plus.com. Web: www.bordersfestivalhorse.org

TODAY: Biodiversity Week, Scottish Borders Council Ranger Service: gentle walk in St Ronan’s Woodland, Innerleithen considering biodiversity and man’s relationship with woodlands through folklore and superstition. Short walk, some steep paths. 2pm-4pm, meet Victoria Park, Hall Street, Innerleithen. Wear boots or strong shoes. £2, children £1. All ages, under-18s must be accompanied. No dogs. Contact Erica Niven, 01835 826750 or rangers@scotborders.gov.uk

MONDAY: Borders Festival of the Horse, guided ride from Wooden Farm, 6-9pm. 16 and over. £12, booking essential. Details from Virginia Scott Watson, 01573 224641, virginiasw2010@googlemail.com. Web: www.bordersfestivalhorse.org

WALK IT: Short, safe walks, social, low level, led and free. Every Wednesday, 10 am, meet Lawson’s Bridge, Hawick. Contact walk leader Felicity, 07917 814859. Every Friday, 10am, meet outside Whistle Stop Café, Innerleithen. Contact walk leader Shirley on 0771754843