Route revealed for Selkirk’s fifth annual charity rideout

Peter Forrest at 2018's Selkirk Common Riding.
Peter Forrest at 2018's Selkirk Common Riding.

Almost three months since Selkirk Common Riding’s spectacular conclusion, the sounds and sights of the mounted cavalcade will return to the streets of the royal and ancient burgh next weekend.

Ex-standard bearers will stage their fifth rideout in aid of worthy causes next Sunday, September 2.

The event, open to riders from across the region and beyond, has raised more than £12,000 over the past four years.

Following a different route each year, next weekend’s scenic 19-mile ride is of a similar, if slightly shorter, distance to last year and takes in Over Whitlaw and Midlem, as well as Lilliesleaf and Whitmuir.

The ride will leave Station Road at 9am, continuing up the Green and through the town, up Dovecot and onto Greenhead.

From there, it will continue down past the Bridglands towards Lindean.

Crossing the Borders Abbey Way, the cavalcade will make its way towards Lindean moor and Over Whitlaw, then head over to Prieston then Midlem, arriving at the latter at approximately 11.45am.

The cavalcade will continue via Chesterknowes and Friarshaw Ford, then proceed to Lilliesleaf, where there will be a brief picnic stop at around 1pm.

On the return journey, riders will head for home by Clerklands and North Synton and on to Whitmuir, passing Selkirk south common in the process.

After passing the Haining, they will make their way into back through town.

The riders are due back in Market Place at around 3pm.

Charities to have benefited from the good causes ride in the past include Scottish Heart at Risk Testing, MS Scotland, the Pringle Park appeal, Stable Life, the hammermen’s hall, Rowland’s youth centre, Macmillan Cancer Care, Selkirk’s Christmas illuminations and the dialysis unit at the Borders General Hospital at Melrose.

Refreshments and entertainment will take place afterwards in Selkirk Conservative Club, with live music from Gary Cleghorn.

Anyone wishing to enter can contact Scott Tomlinson by email at scotttomlinson@aol.com or call 07876 212548 for a sponsor form.

They can also be picked up from David Anderson at Tweedside Financial Services at 48 High Street, Selkirk.

All riders must be registered in advance of the rideout and have completed their sponsor forms with a minimum amount of £30.