Positive feedback for walkers weekend

Organisers have hailed last month’s first Tweed Valley Walking Weekend a success and have set a date, June 12-14, for next year.

Volunteers from Innerleithen, Walkerburn and Clovenfords organised the three-day festival, featuring hikes of varying length and difficulty and photography walks in the area.

The 12 walks ranged from five to 12 miles, attracting more than 60 hikers, and the evening entertainment on Friday was whisky tasting with Tweeddale Whisky’s Alasdair Day and on Saturday, a ceilidh with music by Lynne Kemp.

The group’s marketing lead, James Macfarlane said: “We’re very pleased with all the positive feedback received. People were impressed by the friendly welcome they received, our entertaining and informative walk leaders, and the tea and cakes they had at the registration centre.

“A lot of people have said they will be back next year, and will be bringing their friends.”

The communities hosted the Scottish Borders Walking Festival last year, which was so successful, they set up their own.

Mr Macfarlane continued: “We aim to have the 2015 walks programme complete by the end of the year.

“We will also be looking into holding regular walks throughout the year, and planning a three-day challenge walk.”

For more information, visit www.tweedvalleywalking.com or send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to 4 Whytbank Row, Clovenfords, TD1 3NE for the new programme.