Border Walking Festival strays across the border

An autumn walk through the Hirsel estate at Coldstream
An autumn walk through the Hirsel estate at Coldstream

Next year’s Borders Walking Festival will be based in Coldstream and for the first time it will venture over the border into Northumberland.

Coldstream Community Trust is taking responsibility for the 2016 event, and chairman Alex Thomson said: “This is an exciting time for the people of Coldstream as the festival is very popular with walkers in the Borders and further afield. Coldstream will become a focus of activity between September 4-10, 2016, which will benefit the community and local businesses.

“We will also be the first to be using walks in north Northumberland and full information on the walks will be available towards the end of the year.

“Our aim is to make it the best festival of all time by involving everyone in the community. The trust has initially formed a sub group but we wish to attract as many volunteers as possible from the town and elsewhere.

“This is a festival for the people of Coldstream and the surrounding area, so if we don’t knock on your door first, please be sure to contact us if you would like to help. You can keep up to date by visiting our website www.coldstream.co”

The walking festival has been an annual event since 1995 and is the longest established walking festival in Scotland. It is overseen by Scottish Borders Council and organised each year by different Borders communities.