The inaugural Hawick Walking Festival Weekend is set to get under way next weekend, writes Rhalou Allerhand.
With the Borders becoming an increasingly popular destination for walking enthusiasts, it is hoped that the three-day event, which is being held in conjunction with Hawick Summer Festival, will become popular enough to be held annually.
Over the weekend, there will be a selection of walks that will delve into the folklore and history of the area including routes around Peniel Heugh, Priesthaugh Circular, and Stobs Camp.
Two walks, in particular, which are likely to generate local interest are the route in memory of the late Nan Lyle and the Cavers Circular which includes a special presentation at Cavers kirk.
Organiser Andrew Farquhar said: “About 60 per cent of the places on the walks have been booked to date and two of the walks are nearly full. Most of the bookings have been taken from walking enthusiasts outside of the Borders, and even one from Austria.”
Registration starts at 9am next Saturday at Teviot church in Buccleuch Street (opposite the high school).
Refreshments will be served at the church before and after the walks, and a ceilidh will also be held there on the evening of Sunday, August 18.
All walks cost £5 and depart at 9.30am from the registration centre. Places are limited so walkers are advised to book in advance. Brochures and booking forms are available from Visit Scotland or at www.hawickwalkingweekend.co.uk