Trek duo raise over £6k

Great Tweed Trek
Great Tweed Trek

They tramped 105 miles in six days through some of the most stunning scenery in the Borders, on a Tweedside trek to raise £6,000 for charity.

In fact, local MP Michael Moore and Scottish Borders Council leader David Parker are hoping the final tally from their Great Tweed Trek will raise more than £6,000 for Radio Borders Cash for Kids appeal and Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team.

Great Tweed Trek

Great Tweed Trek

The two men, backed by support from the mountain rescue team, set off on Monday, August 24, from the source of the famous river at Tweedsmuir.

And 232,769 steps later they arrived at Berwick, not only having raised money for good causes, but setting an example on how the current debate on the looming independence referendum should be conducted.

For along the route, Mr Moore, a committed No supporter, and Mr Parker, who backs the Yes campaign, held a series of public “blethers” in front of audiences to debate the various independence issues.

“It went very well. The first eight miles were a bit of a nightmare, though, as there often wasn’t actually a footpath to follow in many places and we were required to change route and navigate our way using a map – it was quite challenging terrain in parts,” Mr Parker told us this week.

But he said the walk enabled the pair to see parts of the Borders countryside from a completely different perspective than the one commonly viewed when travelling by car.

“One stretch, from Walkerburn to Peel, was difficult, but quite glorious, and if anyone was ever able to raise funds for a footpath all the way along the length of the Tweed, I think it would attract visitors from all over,” he said.

As for the so-called “blethers”, Mr Parker said they had been well received.

“The Borders public was fantastic. People would come up and say they disagreed with us, but had enjoyed the rational and sociable way issues were debated,” he added.

Mr Parker admitted that, as well as a great feeling of satisfaction on reaching the walk’s conclusion, there was also a feeling of relief.

“I think I would do it again – maybe not next week though!” he laughed.