Country Diary

THURSDAYS until October 25: Trimontium Walk from Melrose past abbey to Newstead for a circuit of hidden Roman fortress of Trimontium. Includes views from Leaderfoot Viaduct. Followed by tea in village hall. Return to Melrose by the same route or by riverside (15 mins longer). Dogs welcome. All ages: children must be accompanied by adult. 1.30-5.15pm. Meet: Roman Heritage Centre, Market Square, Melrose. Wear sound shoes. £3, concessions £2.50, children free.

Saturday: Breakfast with the Birds: jump out of bed to hear the dawn chorus, then enjoy coffee and a bacon roll. Harestanes, near Ancrum. 3.30-7.30am. Ages 8+, under-16s must be accompanied. Booking essential, £6 (£4), 01835 830306,

Wednesday: The Wiss and Loch o’ the Lowes, walk organised by Scottish Borders Council. See upland wildlife and new lambs on Crosscleuch and Riskinhope farms. 11am-4pm, meet Glen Cafe car park near St Mary’s Loch (NT237204). Strenuous, bring packed lunch, suitable clothing. Ages 8+, under-18s must be accompanied. £5 (£3, children free). Contact Erica Niven, 01835 826750,