The Scottish Borders Walking Festival attracts walkers from all over the UK and Europe for dozens of organised walks across the breathtaking scenery of the Scottish Borders. It is the longest established walking festival in Scotland, and is hosted each year by different Borders’ communities.
The festival is held each year in the first week of September, with four or five walks of varying lengths and difficulties each day. Tickets are reasonably priced (around £4 to £8), and bus transport is provided where the walk does not start at a festival registration centre. A range of evening events are also put on throughout the week to entertain both visiting walkers and local people.
The 20th Festival was hosted by Jedburgh and Denholm in September 2014 (Sunday 31st August to Saturday 6th September). There were walks for all ages and capabilities and evening events to help unwind at the end of the day.
Jedburgh, the ‘First and Last town’ in Scotland is situated on the A68 in the south east of Scotland, just 10 miles from the border with England. It is just over an hour’s drive away from Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh. The Royal and Ancient Burgh is dominated by a magnificent 12th century Augustinian Abbey, while amenities include free car parking with adjacent comfort stops and free WiFi access. There are restaurants and cafés where you can enjoy morning coffee, lunch, or afternoon tea, or you can just relax in the picturesque market square.
Denholm is situated on the A698 road from Hawick to Jedburgh and Kelso. It is a quiet village with two pubs, shops, a hairdresser and a garage, all situated around an attractive village green. It is notable as being the birthplace of the famous orientalist, Dr John Leyden, and of more recent times, the start and finish point of the annual ‘Hizzy Run’ which starts and finishes on Denholm Green, to celebrate the life of motorcycling ace, Steve Hislop, who was born not far from the village.