Hikers made tracks to Innerleithen

Good weather and well attended walks were a feature of this year’s Scottish Borders Walking Festival, hosted by Innerleithen, Walkerburn and Clovenfords.

More than 300 people took part, some completing several hikes, and more than 700 walk places were filled during the seven-day festival which ended last Saturday (September 7).

One of the organisers, James Macfarlane said: “I believe we have sold very well compared to other festivals.

“The whole committee thoroughly enjoyed planning the event. We had great weather up to Friday, the first five days of the week, and it was good to see so many people turn up. One of the highlights for the walkers was certainly the home baking at the end of the walks.”

The volunteer organisers put on 36 events, including foraging, photography and day-long hikes, and walks ranging from short 30-minute outings to the longest at around 13 miles, as well as non-walking events including talks, a ceilidh and children’s activities. And 200 children from St Ronan’s and Walkerburn primary schools went on a walk, with a further 80 from Clovenfords scheduled to hike this week after their Friday walk was rained off.

The event was so successful, Colin Kerr, walks coordinator, announced the volunteers’ plan to set up an annual walking weekend.

The festival received financial support from South of Scotland Transport Partnership and Scottish Natural Heritage.