Pilgrims walkers going to Melrose

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Pilgrim walkers from across Scotland will descend on Melrose next month for their annual gathering.

The event, themed around the St Cuthbert’s long-distance walk, is being organised by the Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum (SPRS) which is committed to developing more routes for off-road pilgrimage travel across the country.

The gathering, which takes place on Friday, October 2, will begin with a morning bus journey from St Mary’s Road to Newstead and a guided walk from Trimontium to the monastic site at Old Melrose.

After lunch in Melrose Parish Church Hall there will be two talks: from Graham Booth, warden of the community of Aidan and Hilda on Holy Island, and from Vyv Wood-Gee, a countryside management consultant who is involved in work to enhance St Cuthbert’s Way and other new pilgrimage routes.

Further information on the event, which is open to non SPRS members, is available on www.sprf.org.uk