Hikers wanted for long distance help

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VOLUNTEERS to survey Borders long distance routes for horse riders and cyclists are invited to a training meeting in St Boswells tonight (Thursday January 16).

The British Horse Society Scotland has received funding from Scottish Natural Heritage to help riders determine which of the eight most popular Scotland’s Great Trails, or which sections of them, are suitable for horses, and then make this information available.

Trainer Vyv Wood-Gee said: “People just need to be willing to walk at least a mile and photograph stiles and anything that might restrict access for horses or people on bikes and describe it on a form.”

Routes being surveyed in the Borders are the Southern Upland Way, across the region to Cockburnspath, and the St Cuthbert’s Way, from Melrose to Holy Island.

Others being looked at across Scotland include the Speyside Way, Cateran Trail, Forth and Clyde Canal, Dava Way, Moray Coastal Trail and the West Highland Way.

No experience is necessary as full training will be provided, and tonight’s session at the Buccleuch Arms will run from 7-9pm.

For further information, or if riders would like to volunteer, but can’t get to a training session, contact Vyv Wood-Gee on 01576 300485, 07711 307980 or email vyv.wood-gee@virgin.net.

And anyone unable to attend tonight, but who wants to help should contact Vyv on the same numbers or by email.