Walking festival 
programme launched

HAWICK’S annual walking festival weekend has announced its dates and walks for the summer.

The event featuring six good hikes in hills around the town will take place on July 5-7. Experienced ramblers lead the £5 walks and the festival base will be the St Mary’s and Old Parish Church Hall in Buccleuch Street, with free parking in the Common Haugh nearby.

Hawick Walking Festival Group chairman Andrew Farquhar said: “Teas will be available before and after walks.

“Transport will be arranged for walks at outlying locations as required.

“A ceilidh/concert is being organised to take place in the walk centre on the Saturday evening with a ranger presentation planned for the Sunday evening.”

The walks, which leave at 9am, are: Saturday, July 5 – Teviothead to Hawick (13 miles, long). Skelfhill Pen (11.5, arduous); Sunday July 6 – Nan Lyle Cairn and Chapelhill Forts (12.5. long), Slitrig Valley circuit (10.5, medium); Monday July 7 – Braidliehope to Shankend (10.5, strenuous) and Whitrope to Hawick (11.5, moderate).

Registration for all walks is at 8.15am in the festival base, where refreshments will be available before and after the walks.

For more information and booking forms, visit www.hawickwalkingweekend.co.uk

To send booking forms and cheques or request a brochure send an SAE to Hawick Walking Festival Group, Hawick Futures Office, 2 Kirk Wynd, Hawick, TD9 OAL.