Historian Alistair Moffat to lead Reivers’ walk

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HISTORIAN and author Alistair Moffat will bring the turbulent life of the Borders Reivers to life in a guided walk at the Devil’s Beef Tub this weekend.

The iconic valley is part of Corehead Farm and owners Borders Forest Trust (BFT) have teamed up with the Selkirk writer and producer to put on the walk.

Reivers once hid stolen cattle in the deep valley described by Sir Walter Scott as “if four hills were laying their heads together, to shut out daylight from the dark hollow space between them. A dammed deep, black, blackguard-looking abyss of a hole it is”.

And the cattle thieves were the subject of Mr Moffat’s bestseller The Reivers which was made into a six-part television series.

The valley is also known for its association with William Wallace, who is reputed to have gathered men from the Ettrick Forest and the Border clans at Corehead and from nearby Corehead Tower led his first attack against the English in 1297.

BFT bought the farm in 2009 by public subscription and through traditional agricultural practices and ecological restoration techniques, is bringing the landscape into conservation management, creating native woodlands, wetlands, hay meadows and heather moorland habitats.

The free Border Reivers Walk with Alistair Moffat starts at Corehead at 2pm on Saturday. To book call Ed Glenwright on 07912 423724 or email ed@bordersforesttrust.org to book a place.