Getting away this Easter?

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The county is set for another busy Easter period, despite wet and changeable weather expected throughout the holiday.

After showers expected tomorrow (Good Friday), temperatures are predicted to rise to a high of 12 degrees on Easter Monday, although cloud cover will remain constant.

EVENTS

Despite the return of wintry weather this week, there are plenty signs of spring, with longer days, and colourful blossoms showing at last! This is a lovely time of year to be in the countryside and Ramblers Scotland is encouraging everyone to get outdoors with their friends or family, or to join a local Ramblers group for a walk over the Easter break.

James Lawson, Convener of Ramblers Scotland said: “The Scottish mountains may still be covered in snow, but there are plenty of lower level routes in Scotland to enjoy over the Easter weekend. If you’d like some company, our 55 local groups welcome non-members for up to 3 free taster walks, and you’re sure of a warm welcome. Or, if you’re looking for inspiration for a walk with your family or friends, Scotland now has 26 long distance routes, Scotland’s Great Trails, which showcase some of our best scenery and can make a great base for a day trip. Many of these trails are close to where people live, such as the John Muir Way, running through the Central Belt from Dunbar to Helensburgh, or the Fife and Ayrshire Coastal Paths.

“If you’re looking for a shorter walk, there are now over 450 routes mapped as part of our innovative Medal Routes project. These short, circular routes of 15, 30 and 60 minutes – bronze, silver and gold – can be found in locations ranging from Orkney and Shetland right down to Dumfries and the Borders. These routes can all be downloaded for free from the Medal Routes App or the Ramblers Scotland website, and are perfect for a walk in your local area.”

St. Abbs Market will be holding its Easter Weekend Fair at the Ebba Centre, on Good Friday (03 April), between 10am and 4pm.

And Ford and Etal Estates are combining an Easter egg hunt with the launch of their new diesel locomotive on Saturday, April 5. Phone 01890 820338 for more details.

TRAVEL

The AA has predicted that today (Maundy Thursday) will be the busiest time on roads up and down the country as people leave work for the long weekend. Roads are currently clear barring some traffic management near Alnwick and some works being undertaken in Edinburgh

The Highways Agency - which runs Britain’s major routes - has announced it will halt 550 miles of roadworks nationwide over Easter to help journeys go smoothly.

This includes the completion of 13 North East schemes by the end of today (Thursday), such as the A1M junction 63 improvements at Chester-le-Street, the A1M white line painting between junctions 56 and 65, and sign installations on the A1 in Berwick, North Charlton, Brownieside, Wandylaw, Cheswick and Scremerston.

Culvert repairs at A1 in Smeafield near Berwick will also be finished by the weekend, along with A1 safety improvements nearby at Detchant and surveys on the A19 Fisher Lane to Moor Farm stretch and on the A1 at Warreners House.

If you’ve found a good shortcut or you’re stuck in traffic, let us know: contact @theberwickshire with the details.

If you are planning to travel by rail, the planned strike of East Coast Rail’s Edinburgh staff on Good Friday has been called off.

There are however some signalling problems around Newcastle, which are delaying journeys between 14 and 21 minutes.