Tweed Valley hikes and history booklet

ENJOYMENT of the Scottish Borders Festival of Walking around Innerleithen, Walkerburn and Clovenfords was boosted by a paths guide booklet.

Scottish Borders Council produces guides for several of the area’s towns and villages and printed its ‘Paths Around Innerleithen and Walkerburn’ booklet in time for the successful festival last month.

A council spokesperson said: “It’s a colourful brochure with interesting information about historical sites and wee stories from the past. Two of the routes start from the historic settlement of Traquair and head towards the nearby hills and forestry.

“The area benefits by its position next to the River Tweed and Leithen Water with easy riverside paths and spectacular hill walks.”

The 44-page booklet covers 14 hikes of varying lengths, from two to nine-and-a-half miles, with each route including instructions and a map.

The guide, produced by the council’s built and natural heritage team, features the team’s Innerleithen History Trail of two miles, including the iron age fort Pirn Hill and the four-mile Innerleithen to Walkerburn walk up and down either side of the River Tweed, which is sure to be popular.

Many routes are also suitable for horses and bicycles.

The £2 guide is on sale at the VisitScotland Information Centre in Peebles, Caberston Café and the post office in Walkerburn and Robert Smail’s Printing Works, Cauldwell’s and The Framing Gallery in Innerleithen.