Denholm’s routes made for walking

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The 2014 Scottish Borders Walking Festival will be hosted by Jedburgh and Denholm community councils, working in partnership.

Jedburgh, with Ancrum, St Boswells, Eckford, Nisbet, Crailing and Jed Valley, had intimated an interest in hosting next year’s festival, as did Denholm and three other community councils.

Hawick had also thrown their hat into the ring, but only on the basis that they would take it on if no other community was interested.

The festival, traditionally held during the first week of September, has moved around the Borders since its inception in 1995.

At a meeting last week, members of the council’s environment and infrastructure committee backed the recommendation of senior countryside ranger Keith Robeson for Jedburgh and Denholm to share the honours.

Councillors were told that a decision on the 2014 host was required ahead of this year’s festival – taking place in Innerleithen and District – so that next year’s event can be promoted to visitors to the region at next month’s event.

Jedburgh last hosted the festival in 2009, in partnership with Hawick, and was also home to the event in 1997 and 2005.

Its distance from this year’s festival and good accommodation options worked in its favour. Denholm has never played a part in the walking festival before, but a lack of accommodation prompted the decision for it to be a joint host.