It’s that time of year again, with round bales peppering stubble-fields and the first misty mornings heralding the approach of the annual Border Search and Rescue sponsored walk.
This year’s event, on October 5, is based at Hownam, three miles south of Morebattle, and offers three routes: 7km for families, 18km for walkers and 28km for experienced walkers and runners.
Route-designer Damon Rodwell enthused: “There’s something for everyone this year.
“The family route is full of variety and historical interest and takes in an archaeologically renowned hill-fort and a set of mysterious standing stones.
“The longer routes take walkers up an ancient drovers’ track onto the Pennine Way and include long stretches of superb ridge walking with jaw-dropping views deep into Northumberland and across southern Scotland.
“All three routes are well marked and marshalled, providing a safe environment and a great chance for those who don’t habitually head into the hills to try something a little different, and to get the buzz from rising to a personal challenge.
“Coming just a fortnight after the referendum, the event gives walkers and runners the chance to cross from Scotland into England and back on remote tracks used for centuries by reivers and hill-walkers alike.
“We rely largely on charitable donations for our funding – all our members are volunteers, and the sponsored walk is our big fundraising push of the year.
“We’ve been busy through the summer, providing first-aid cover at rideouts across the Borders, and are gearing up now for the spike in activity that winter inevitably brings.
“Please support us if you can.”
Further information and online registration can be found on www.bordersar.org.uk