All walks will begin from the Registration Centre and coach transport will be provided for all walks starting outside Hawick.
The Registration Centre will be at The Old Parish Church Hall on Buccleuch Road opposite Hawick High School.
The Registration Centre will open at 8.45am and walk registration will commence at 9am for all walks and they will start at 9.30am either on foot or by coach.
As we walk on farmland and open hillside no dogs are allowed
Free and Easy Strolls.
Registration will start at 9.30am and the strolls will leave at 10am
All walks and easy strolls will finish at the Registration Centre where light refreshments will be available.
There is ample FREE all day parking available at Hawick Common Haugh just a few minutes walk fro the Registration centre. Signs will be there to direct you.
How to book walks
Booking is required for all walks.
Please book online and pay with your PayPal account or credit/debit card. As there are limited places all bookings will be on a first come first served basis.
If you prefer to book by post please print off a booking form, complete and pay by cheque payable to “Hawick Walking Festival Group” and post to:-
Booking during the Festival
Where walk spaces are available they can be booked at the Registration Centre up to 4pm on the day before your proposed walk. All on-site booking must be paid in cash.
In the event that any walk has to be cancelled for any reason you will be offered the opportunity to transfer to a similar graded walk or a full refund of that walk’s fees.
Festival walks are graded as follows. These walk grades, together with the walk length, ascent (where this is significant) and route description, allow you to select a suitable walk for your capability and interest.
Easier: Up to 7¾ miles/12.7 kilometres distance with up to 650 feet/200 metres of ascent. Walking experience isn’t necessary for these as distances are relatively short and paths and gradients generally easy. These walks will be taken at a relaxed pace, often spending time at places of interest, and are suitable for family groups.
Moderate: Up to 10 miles/16 kilometres distance with up to 1345 feet/410 metres of ascent. These walks generally follow well defined paths, though sometimes in hilly or upland areas which may be rough or steep in sections. These walks are suitable for most people of average fitness.
Harder: Up to 13¾ miles/22 kilometres distance with up to 2569 feet/783 metres of ascent. These walks are generally more strenuous and there will be sections of steep and/or sustained ascent and descent and rough terrain. These walks are more suitable to those with a good level of fitness and stamina.
Strenuous: Up to 15 miles/24 kilometres distance with up to 3100 feet /945 metres of ascent. These walks are longer and more strenuous and there will be sections of steep and/or sustained ascent and descent and rough terrain. These walks are more suitable to those with a good level of fitness and stamina.
Health and safety disclaimer
Scottish Borders Festival Group is committed to running the walking festival safely and appreciates your cooperation with this. However, participants take part at their own risk and the organisers, and walk leaders, shall not be liable for any accident, injury or illness. You are advised to check your personal accident insurance cover.
Persons under the age of 16 years and vulnerable adults must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Dogs are not allowed on festival walks. Persons under the age of 16 should be accompanied by a paying adult. Participants are asked not to smoke on walks or at events.
Your walk leader’s duty is to the group as a whole, and the leader may refuse to accept a walker whose clothing, equipment, or behaviour is unsuitable. If you choose to leave the group at any time, your leader and walk support are no longer responsible for you.
If you have a particular health condition that you think is, or may be relevant, please advise us at the time of booking, and make the leaders aware of this prior to each walk. We will treat any such personal information of this nature provided by you in the strictest confidence. Remember, by not disclosing important health information to walk leaders, you could possibly place yourself at risk.
What to wear and bring
Walkers should bring their own packed lunches.
A camera is always a good idea, to capture the beautiful Scottish Borders’ countryside.
To enjoy the walking festival safely and in comfort, it is essential that you come equipped with suitable footwear, clothing and equipment. Scotland is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.
Clothing and footwear
- Waterproof jacket and over-trousers
- Walking boots providing ankle support and good grip for moderate, harder, and strenuous walks. Waterproof walking shoes with good grip are advisable for easier walks
- Good walking socks
- Trousers suitable for walking
- Thin fleece or jumper plus a spare – several thin layers are more effective than one thick layer of clothing
- Warm hat and gloves
- Sun hat
- Rucksack with a waterproof liner
- Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
- Thermos flask for a hot drink
- Survival bag
- Spare high-energy food (e.g. glucose-based confectionery)
- Personal first aid kit
- Walking poles or other suitable walking stick useful for awkward descents
- Insect repellent