Jed and Denholm at centre of 20th walking festival

Walkers at Caddonhead on a walk in the Moorfoot Hills during an earlier festival
Walkers at Caddonhead on a walk in the Moorfoot Hills during an earlier festival

The Scottish Borders Walking Festival, starting at the end of the month, is 20 this year.

Based around Jedburgh and Denholm, the week-long event combines guided walks of varying lengths and difficulties, plus folk nights and a ceilidh, as well as other events.

One of the organisers, Charlie Young, hopes locals as well as visitors will enjoy the reasonably priced walks (which covers transportation) and non-walking entertainment of the festival.

The 20th birthday celebrations start with a Meet and Greet night for walkers entertainment in the gardens of Mary, Queen of Scots’ House, Jedburgh, on August 30.

The following day hikers have choices of five to 10-mile walks in the Jedburgh area, including Carter Bar, the Pennine Way, Harestanes and Ferniehirst Castle. Monday’s options include walks in the Cheviot foothills and two nearer Jedburgh.

On Tuesday, September 2, there are Kelso-to-Jedburgh and Cessford Castle-to-Jedburgh walks, a route east of the town and a shorter Harestanes-to-Ancrum circular led by council rangers and archaeology officer, Dr Chris Bowles.

Walks centre around Denholm on the Wednesday and Thursday and include options featuring the Minto Hills and the restored Fatlips Castle, Ruberslaw and Drinkstone Hill. And Friday’s options include routes from St Boswells to Jedburgh, Denholm to Jedburgh and a shorter circular at Harestanes. Hikers on the Saturday can choose from walks at Pennymuir and from Towford to Chew Green, a hike along the Teviot and a short route including Hundalee.

The children’s walk on September 4 will see senior pupils from Denholm and Hobkirk walk a three-mile route from the village.

Non-walkers may enjoy the guided walk, led by Ken Fotheringham, taking in historic and notable sites in Jedburgh on September 1.

Other entertainment includes folk music, quiz night, curling and carpet bowling and the ceilidh with the Jock Thomson Ceilidh Band. For more information visit