Lammermuir Walking Festival taster

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The inaugural Lammermuir Walking Festival starts with a taster-sized walking weekend in the Lammermuir Hills on September 10 and 11, with guided walks through the picturesque scenery, art and craft workshops for 8-16-year-olds, a barbecue and ceilidh.

Organisers hope that this will be a great introduction for visitors to the Lammermuirs’ heather-clad landscape and will spearhead their bid to host a future Scottish Borders Walking Festival.

Walk organiser, David Lochhead, said: “Those of us lucky enough to live here would quite like to keep the area a secret and have it all to ourselves, but the Lammermuirs are simply too good to miss, so we’d like to welcome everyone to come and discover their secrets and charms. The Lammermuirs offer exceptional walking, easily accessible from Edinburgh or Newcastle.”

The base for the walking weekend will be at the Whitadder Reservoir picnic site on the B6355. Circular guided walks of about 10 miles will leave on the Saturday and Sunday at 9.30am and minibuses are laid on at points around the routes so that walkers can enjoy a shorter walk if they wish.

Music for the Saturday evening ceilidh and barbecue will be provided by country rock band, the Rodneys.

Community Council chairman, Mark Rowley, said “The Lammermuirs are a great recreational resource for all sorts of activities, including walking, cycling, fishing and sailing so we’d like to encourage anything that helps make the local communities more sustainable.”

Volunteers to help with the walking weekend are still needed, contact David Lochhead if you can help on 01361-890644 davidlochhead@btinternet.com