David hopes Lammermuir weekend leads to much more

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ORGANISERS of the first Lammermuir Walking Weekend hope to use the free event to bid to host the Scottish Borders Walking Festival in the area.

The weekend, this Saturday and Sunday, will include guided walks, art and craft workshops, a barbecue and ceilidh.

Organiser, David Lochhead, said: “The Lammermuirs offer exceptional walking, easily accessible from Edinburgh or Newcastle, but without the crowds that you’ll find elsewhere”

Based at the Whitadder Reservoir picnic site, circular guided walks - of about 10 miles and mostly on tracks - will leave on the Saturday and Sunday at 9.30am. Minibuses will be laid on at points around the routes so walkers can enjoy a shorter walk and return to the start.

On Saturday evening there will be a barbecue and ceilidh open to all with music provided by country rock band, the Rodneys.

Art workshops, linked to the local environment, will be held on both days for 7-16 year olds. The Lammermuirs have a long artistic heritage inspiring artists including Sir W G Gillies, writers Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott and musicians from Phamie Gow to Donizetti with his famous Lucia di Lammermoor.

Local community council chairman, Mark Rowley, said “The Lammermuirs are a wonderful area. We’d like to introduce even more people a little-known landscape, one that is rightly designated an Area of Great Landscape Value.

“We hope this mini walking festival will spearhead a bid for our community to host the Scottish Borders Walking Festival next year. The Lammermuirs are a great recreational resource for all sorts of activities, including walking, cycling, fishing and sailing so we’d like to encourage anything that helps make the local communities more sustainable.”

The walks are free though donatinos are welcome. Volunteers to help over the weekend and those wanting to hike should contact Mr Lochhead on davidlochhead@btinternet.com or 01361- 890 644