Selkirk gets out walking boots for revived festival

Edith Scott
Edith Scott

Hikers from near and far are expected to descend on Selkirk for the Royal Burgh’s walking weekend on Saturday and Sunday.

The festival was started in 2003 in memory of Provost Tom Henderson, who loved walking and died while on one of his favourite walks on the Minch Moor.

One of the walks will visit Yair Bridge near Selkirk

One of the walks will visit Yair Bridge near Selkirk

And after missing a year last year, organisers in the Chamber of Trade, have revived what was a three-day event into the weekend.

Chamber secretary Edith Scott said: “Tom loved walking and always thought there was huge potential to market Selkirk as a walking town.

“It didn’t take place last year and we thought we would just bring it back to life again. It’s to give any visitors in the town a chance to see what lovely walks we do have and hopefully entice them to come back again and try more of them.

“Over the years we’ve had people from all over take part because they were staying in the town and thought they would join in.

“We do get a lot of locals, too, and they are very welcome.”

Saturday’s short five-mile walk is led by Cath Henderson to and from the Battle of Philiphaugh site.

The day’s longer Three Lochs hike will see walk leaders Alan Hulme and Irene Strafford will take hikers to the Prisoners Bush, past Lindean Kirk before joining the Woodland Trust route and going past Faldonside Loch to Cauldshiels Loch, returning via a drove road to Lindean and on to Selkirk Hill and home.

Local businesswoman Viv Ross will lead Sunday’s short walk to The Haining, the Grade A-listed Palladian mansion, while hikers on the long walk, led by Alan Tait, are off to Yair via Philiphaugh and the Corbie Linn, the north side of Peat Law, through Yair Forest to the bridge and back via the old road next to Sunderland Hall.

For more information or to book, ring Edith Scott on 07718 786841.