Walkers set out on path to Yetholm …

Walkers from throughout the Borders and from further afield will assemble at Yetholm on the edge of the Cheviot hills at the end of the month for its sixth hillwalking weekend.

Earlier this week organiser Tom Tokely said: “One walk is fully booked already and a couple of others have over 20 signed up. The shorter walkers are less well subscribed.”

The longer hikes – 11 to 14 miles – leave a little earlier than the shorter walks of seven to eight miles and all ramblers return to home-made teas in the Wauchope Hall over the three-day event from Saturday May 28 to Monday May 30.

Mr Tokely said: “The reason I started the walking weekend was because I thought it would be nice if we could get people interested in walking in the hills because there’s a lot of pleasure in it. This is our sixth and I feel quite happy about that.

“The Cheviots are nice, they’re peaceful. When you get away walking in them you think how wonderful it is.”

Among the longer hikes this year is one from Cocklawfoot to north Northumberland finishing at Ingram and an 11-mile circular from Tow Ford to Blindburn.

The shorter walks include a Morebattle circular leaving the neighbouring village to climb nearby Hownam Grange and returning via Grubbit and Morebattle Tofts. The lower Yetholm Woodside circular on the Monday will take hikers up Yetholm Law and Woodside Hill before returning to the village.

Six walk leaders and three back-up hikers volunteer for the weekend. Hikers should come equipped for a day’s walking in the hills and wear boots. For more information contact Mr Tokely on 01573 420616.