Step out for Reivers’ walk in the park

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A DANDER Roond Wilton Lodge Park is expected to be a popular addition to this year’s Hawick Reivers Festival.

Instead of the weekend’s popular Sunday walk requiring a set of walking boots, this year it will take the form a gentle guided walk in the park led by Hawick Archaeological Society.

And with local Society officianados Ian Landles, Gordon McDonald and Ian Lowes leading the way, it looks set to be another hot ticket on the March 25-27 weekend’s busy timetable.

Ian told the Hawick News: “The walk will take in all the points of interest in Wilton Lodge Park, from the avenue, Laurie Brig, Chinese Shelter, fountains, museum and history of the building, to the Steve Hislop and Jimmie Guthrie Memorials, rugby pitches and the Bill McLaren connection, there is certainly plenty to talk about. “He added: “It is different to previous years in that there is no hiking and plenty of stops, but it will also be entertaining.”

A spokesperson for the Hawick Reivers Festival committee commented: “The Park is one of Hawick’s greatest assets and this year’s Reivers Festival walk will take place round Wilton Lodge, taking in all aspects of its history.

“And members of the Archaeological Society will be on hand to share their extensive knowledge.”

Walkers are asked to meet at the Lawson Bridge end of the Common Haugh at 10am, and the walk will end at the Reivers Encampment at noon – where shepherds pie will be served ahead of the afternoon’s 16th century activities. Tickets for the walk are priced £5, available from Bannerman Burke, or by calling 375263.