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Melrose Walking Festival Weekend - Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May 2011

Launch Event and Weekend Walking Festival
To mark the successful award the "Melrose Path Group" has now arranged to run a Weekend Walking Festival running from Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May to which all walkers are invited.
The programme is as follows:-
  • Friday 29th April - 7.30 pm - Evening reception at the Eildon Suite, Melrose Rugby Football Club.
    Guest Speaker - Rt Hon Michael Moore MP - Secretary of State for Scotland
  • Saturday 30th April
    • Half day short guided walk - 10.30 am departing
      Cauldshiels and River Tweed
      Walk up through Rhymers Glen to Cauldshiels Loch, exploring part of Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford Estate before dropping down to the river Tweed passing in front of Abbotsford House and back to Melrose along the Borders Abbeys Way riverside path.
      Distance: 121/2 km/8 miles.
    • Full day long guided walk - 10.00 am departing
      Southern Upland Way – Black Hill – Leaderfoot - Newstead
      A walk following the SUW past Gattonside before leaving it to climb the Black Hill above Earlston. Return down the woodland Leader Water path to Leaderfoot and Newstead.
      Distance: 16km/10 miles.
  • Sunday 1st May
    • May Day ascent of the Eildon Hills - 10.00 am departing
      The classic ‘hill walk’ up the Eildons from Melrose traditional on May Day.
      1½ to 2 hours
    • Half day short guided walk - 10.30 am departing
      Circular Walk ‘Around the Eildons”
      A walk circling the Eildon Hills and visiting the village of Bowden. with extensive views of the surrounding countryside.
      Distance: 121/2 km/ 8 miles
    • Full day long guided walk - 9.30 am departing
      Borders Abbeys Way – St Cuthbert’s Way
      Starting form Melrose Abbey and making use of the Roman Heritage Way the route passes through the Roman Trimontium camp before reaching the River Tweed close to Old Melrose. Shortly it joins the Borders Abbeys Way crossing the Tweed to Dryburgh Abbey and on to Mertoun Bridge. Crossing back over the Tweed the walk follows the St Cuthbert’s Way back to Melrose via Bowden and the Eildon Hills.
      Distance: 21 km/13 miles

Instructions for the Walk
All registered walkers should come to the registration area at the Greenyards Pavilion where they will meet up with other walkers and the walk leader. The clubhouse will be manned from 9.30 am on Saturday and 9.15 am on Sunday and we would ask walkers to be at the clubhouse no later than 15 minutes before the walk is scheduled to start.
It may be possible to take registration from walkers on the day, in which case you should arrive promptly and speak with one of the registration volunteers.

Please come prepared for the walk. In all cases we are strongly recommending that you wear walking boots and that you come with protective clothing, as conditions can change throughout the length of the walk.
Also bring liquid and food refreshments, on the longer walks there will be at least one refreshment break.

Registration & costs
Walkers who want to participate in any of the walks require to register in advance. This registration can be done securely on-line or by post.
There is a small costs for each of the guided walks, this charge being used to partly defray the running costs of the weekend festival.

  • Half Day Walks - £2.30 per person
  • Full Day Walks - £3.50 per person
  • Eildon Hill Walk - Free of charge
This payment if using the on-line system can be made by debit or credit card. For a postal registration you need to first print off the Registration sheet then post this along with a cheque for the appropriate sum payable to "Melrose Paths Group" to:-
                        Walking Support
                        2 Wembley Terrace
                        TD6 9QR

On-Line Registration

Paper Application and Post

Using this on-line registration and payment system is straightforward and secure.

You will have the option of selecting the walk/s you require by pressing the appropriate "Add to Cart" button/. If you are booking a walk for more than one perrson the Shopping Cart window allows you to increase the number of places sought. After entering the first item into the Shopping Cart you can click back and select other walks. Once all the walks are in the cart simply proceed to Check Out making sure that you complete your card details, name and address etc.
Please note that the payment will be taken via SCSupport Ltd, this being the registered name for WALKING SUPPORT as they are handling all the registration matters for this Walking Festival.

Click on the image below and an A4 PDF version will appear in a new window. Simply print off, complete the details and send by post with the appropriate payment cheque made payable to "Melrose Paths Group" and post to Walking Support (details are on the form).

Register for the Walk/s by clicking on the appropriate button/s.

Friday 29th April 2011 - Walkers' Reception *

Saturday 30th April 2011 - Short Walk (£2.30 pp)

Saturday 30th April 2011 - Long Walk (£3.50 pp)

Sunday 1st May 2011 - Walk up Eildons *

Sunday 1st May 2011 - Short Walk (£2.30 pp)

Sunday 1st May 2011 - Long Walk (£3.50 pp)

* These events are free of charge however to allow for on-line ordering we have to place a nominal 5p charge on each item.

Accommodation for Walkers
If you are requiring accommodation in Melrose over the Festival Weekend there are a range of providers from hotels, guest houses, B&B and a SYHA hostel. Our website has a list of providers that have signed up to the Walkers Are Welcome award and we recommend that you consult this directory first.

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