Langholm volunteers launch new booklet of local walks

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Langholm volunteers updated a booklet of walks around the town and will relaunch the walker-friendly sheets at the Buccleuch Centre on November 10.

The £4,250 project was funded by local trusts and businesses. along with Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Project leader and Langholm Walks Group chairman Gavin Graham said: “By making our guides as professional as possible we will make the experience for our visitors much better.

“I have been a keen walker for many years and in my travels have seen more and more guides using proper OS Maps, so I decided that we must do this for our next booklet and, as we were running out of the booklets printed four years ago, this was my aim for the next one.”

He added: “The reason for us promoting walking in the Langholm area is due to the demise of the textile industry and, as we have such beautiful countryside for walking, it was a good way of attracting visitors.”

Also a trustee of the town’s Buccleuch Centre, Gavin said: “Now that Langholm has such a good theatre, combined with the attractive walks, we are trying to get more people to come and stay for short breaks, combining their walking with a visit to a show.”

It took the walking volunteers nearly a year to raise the cash to produce the new booklet in its changed format of individual folded A4 loose leaf pages, including OS map reproduction and a waterproof cover.

The first booklet, launched in 2000, outlined ten waymarked routes with a description and sketch maps. An updated edition of 14 walks was published in 2010 but stocks were low, with over 1,000 copies sold.

The new booklet costs £5 and is available at the launch and from The Paper Shop and the Eskdale Hotel from Tuesday, November 11, or by post from Gavin Graham at 63 Henry Street, Langholm, telephone 013873 80715 or email langholmwalks@gmail.com.