The registration centre will be at Peebles Ex-Servicemen’s Club, School Brae, Peebles, EH45 8AT. Walkers should arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled set off time, where refreshments will be served.
How to book walks and events
Festival walks have been graded as follows. These walk grades, together with the walk length, ascent (where this is significant) and route description, will enable walkers to select a suitable walk for their 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
We are committed to running the walking festival safely and appreciate your cooperation with this. However, participants take part in walks at their own risk and we cannot accept responsibility for any accident or injury. If you have a health condition that you think is relevant, please make the leaders aware of this prior to your walk. 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.
What to wear and bring
Walkers should bring their own packed lunches. There are many small bakeries and cafes in the town who sell filled rolls etc.
To enjoy the Scottish Borders 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 & 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 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