Galashiels Walking Festival

Our aim is to provide fun filled walks of all grades allowing people the opportunity to explore and experience the stunning countryside of Galashiels and the surrounding Scottish Borders.

Galashiels, Scotland
From September 4 to
September 10, 2022
7 days
/ 35 routes
mainly Adult (40-60)
Difficult Levels: Hard, Moderate, Easy
Landscape: Countryside

FESTIVAL PROGRAM

Galashiels Walking Festival

Sunday 4th September 2022

Lindean Kirk, Cauldshiels Loch and Fort, Abbotsford

This walk will fascinate you with ancient tales of the Galashiels area. Leaving Gala we will make our way to 12th Century Lindean Kirk. We then make our way along the Borders Abbey Way to Cauldshiels Hill Fort, one of the most impressive military structures of Dark Ages Scotland. After our visit to Cauldshiels we will make our way through the grounds of Abbotsford House – home to Sir Walter Scott – and then back to Galashiels

Check in - 0830, Start time - 0900, Distance - 16 miles, approx time - 9 hours, ascent 610 metres, grading - STRENUOUS

Start and end of walk - Focus Community Centre, Livingstone Pl, Galashiels TD1 1DQ

Cost - £8

Link to tickets - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lindean-kirk-cauldshiels-loch-and-fort-abbotsford-tickets-361653584607

Two Towers Walk (Buckholm and Torwoodlee)

Walk  to Torwoodlee Tower . Cross the Gala Water to Buckholm Tower. A wonderful opportunity to walk through Torwoodlee and Buckholm Estates one of the oldest landholdings in the Galashiels area.

Check in - 10.00 Start time - 10.30, Distance - 9 miles, approx time - 5 1/2 hours, ascent 300 metres, grading - MODERATE TO STRENUOUS

Start and end of walk - Focus Community Centre, Livingstone Pl, Galashiels TD1 1DQ

Cost - £8

Link to tickets - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/two-towers-walk-buckholm-and-torwoodlee-tickets-361660415037

William Law Circular

Starting with a steady climb out of town, this circular walk crosses farmland towards the grave site of the legendary local worthy, Dobie. We then continue over moorland to the reach the summit Trig Point and Huge Bells Cairn. Enjoy the views over the Gala Water Valley on the return route by Ladhope.

Check in time - 10.00, Start time - 10.30, Distance - 9 miles, ascent 400 metres, approx time - 5 hours, grading - MODERATE to STRENUOUS

Start and end of walk - Focus Community Centre, Livingstone Pl, Galashiels TD1 1DQ

Cost - £8

Link to tickets - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/william-law-circular-tickets-361659642727

Melrose to Bowden Circular

From the Abbey Car park we will climb to the saddle of the Eildon Hills thendescend to the village of Bowden. From Bowden we will proceed to Rhymers Stone then return to Melrose via the Tweed. Mostly good paths and tracks across open country. Excellent views of hills and surrounding countryside

Check in 10.10, Start time - 10.30, Distance - 8 miles, approx time - 5 hours, ascent 425 metres, grading - MODERATE

Start and end of walk - Abbey Car Park, Buccleuch Street, Melrose  TD6 9GL

Cost - £8

Link to tickets - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/melrose-to-bowden-circular-tickets-361662019837

Galashiels Town Trail

A stroll around the Galashiels Town Trail Hear about the towns history and historic buildings.  Including The Reiver, Gala Aisle and Tea Street.

Check in - 13.30, Start time - 14.00, Distance - 3 miles, approx time - 2 hours, grading - EASY

Start and end of walk - Focus Community Centre, Livingstone Pl, Galashiels TD1 1DQ

Cost - £8

Link to tickets - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/galashiels-town-trail-tickets-361665169257

 

Monday 5th September 2022

Southern Upland Way- Traquair to Galashiels

A scenic linear ridge walks up through the Tweed Valley Forest Park along the Minch Moor past the Three Brethren cairns then down through Yair Hill forest to meet the Tweed and up to a lower level walk through woods and fields

Check in time - 09.00, bus departs - 09.30, Distance - 13 miles, approx time - 7 1/2 hours, ascent 750 metres, grading - VERY STRENUOUS

Start and end of walk - Focus Community Centre, Livingstone Pl, Galashiels TD1 1DQ

Cost - £13

Link to tickets - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/southern-upland-way-traquair-to-galashiels-tickets-361666001747

Windlestraw Law including Seathope Law and Maiden Law

DUE TO LENGTH OF WALK AND TECHNICAL DEMANDS THE FESTIVAL HAVE TAKEN THE DECISION TO MAKE THIS A WALK FOR OVER 18'S ONLY

Starting outside the Henry Ballantyne Memorial Club we will walk along the A72 to the entrance to Caberston Forest.

This walk will take in Seathope Law, Maiden Law, Redscar Law, and Windlestraw Law.

Check in time - 09.00, bus departs - 09.30, bus pick up - 16.30, Distance - 10 miles, approx time - 6 1/2 hours, ascent 906 metres, grading - VERY STRENUOUS

Start and end of walk - Focus Community Centre, Livingstone Pl, Galashiels TD1 1DQ

Cost - £13

Link to tickets - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/windlestraw-law-including-seathope-law-and-maiden-law-tickets-361667716877

Loch Eddy and The Glen

Walk past Glen House, Far Shepherd at Glenshiel Banks, path to Loch Eddy and return by Quair Water. Roads and Field paths

Check in time - 09.00, bus departs - 09.30, bus pick up - 15.45 Distance - 10 miles, approx time - 5 hours, ascent 280 metres, grading - MODERATE

Start and end of walk - Focus Community Centre, Livingstone Pl, Galashiels TD1 1DQ

Cost - £13

Link to tickets - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/loch-eddy-and-the-glen-tickets-361673604487

Rhymers Glen from Tweedbank

Walk at an easy pace on this walk in woodland, moor, farm and riverside paths. From Tweedbank the route goes to historic Darnick village and ascends by Rhymers Glen to Bowden Moor and to Cauldshiels Loch. Descend past Faldonside loch and return by the river Tweed and Tweedbank park to return.

Check in - 10.40, Start time - 11.00 at Tweedbank Station, Distance - 7 miles, approx time - 4 hours, ascent 200 metres, grading - MODERATE

Start and end of walk - Tweedbak Rail Station

Cost - £8

Link to tickets - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rhymers-glen-from-tweedbank-tickets-361677135047

Lauder Common

An undulating circular loop around Lauder Common, the upland grazing land between Stow and Lauder. The elevation gives great views over the surrounding countryside. The route will take in some historical locations spanning from the Bronze age to WWII with a sprinkling of folklore! Terrain: Grass tracks, rough in places.

Check in 13.40, Start time - 2pm at NT509471 South side of road Car Park on Lauder side of common between pylons and cattle grid.

Distance - 5 miles, approx time - 3 1/2 hours, ascent 150 metres, grading - MODERATE

Cost - £8

Link to tickets - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lauder-common-tickets-361678739847

Tweedbank, Walkerburn Walk It walks

Join Tweedbank , Walkerburn or other Walk It walks on Monday. Contact details on Walk It web page

www.scotborders.gov.uk/walkit

Cost - FREE

Tuesday 6th September 2022

Philiphaugh to Gala via Three Brethren

A fine mix of habitats are encountered on this walk, initially passing through the delightful woodlands on Philiphaugh Estate before traversing the open hill on the ascent to the Three Brethren with its stone cairns and fine views. Then descending through Yair Forest and crossing the River Tweed as we follow the Southern Upland Way in to Galashiels.

Check in 09.00, Bus departs - 09.30, return to Focus - 16.00, Distance - 10 miles, approx time - 6 hours, ascent 500 metres, grading - STRENUOUS

Start and end of walk - Focus Community Centre, Livingstone Pl, Galashiels TD1 1DQ

Cost - £13

Link to tickets - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/philiphaugh-to-gala-via-three-brethren-tickets-361681678637

Borders Abbey Way -Selkirk to Gala

Starting at Selkirk High School, we walk up to join Borders Abbeys Way.   Terrain is varied:  minor roads, fields, way-marked paths.   We'll pass Cauldshiels and Faldonside lochs.   After crossing river Tweed, we turn along Boleside and follow  Southern Upland Way to Gala Hill, then down through Scott Park to  the Focus Centre.

Check in 09.00, Bus departs - 09.30, return to Focus - 16.30, Distance - 12 miles, approx time - 6 1/2 hours, grading - MODERATE/STRENUOUS

Start and end of walk - Focus Community Centre, Livingstone Pl, Galashiels TD1 1DQ

Cost - £13

Link to tickets - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/borders-abbey-way-selkirk-to-gala-tickets-361682340617

Sunderland Hall Estate

Starting at the Focus Centre we follow the River Gala to the Tweed and then go along Boleside as far as Lindean, and walk through Sunderland Hall estate to cross the A707. A short distance on good forest track brings us down to Yair Bridge where we return along the Tweed to the Old Tweed Bridge and confluence of the Tweed and the Ettrick. We continue to follow the river back to Galafoot.

Start and end of walk - Focus Community Centre, Livingstone Pl, Galashiels TD1 1DQ

Check in time 09.30, Start time - 10.00, Distance - 9 miles, approx time - 6 hours, ascent 215 metres, grading - MODERATE

Cost - £8

Link to tickets - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sunderland-hall-estate-tickets-361683002597

Melrose and Eildon Hill

Walk at a gentle pace from Melrose to Rhymers stone and on to North Hill. Views and wildife to see. Descend to the saddle and return to Melrose steep gradient on Eildon Hill North.

Start and end of walk - Abbey Car Park, Buccleuch Street, Melrose  TD6 9GL

Check in time 09.30, Start time - 10.00, Distance - 4 miles, approx time - 2 1/2 hours, grading - MODERATE

Cost - £8

Link to tickets - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/melrose-and-eildon-hill-tickets-361683784937

Gala Policies and Gala Hill

A short  afternoon walk with some climb and rough paths. To Gala Policies woodland,  Gala Hill and Scott Park

Start and end of walk - Focus Community Centre, Livingstone Pl, Galashiels TD1 1DQ

Check in time 14.00, Start time - 14.30, Distance - 4 miles, approx time - 1 1/2 hours, , grading - MODERATE

Cost - £8

Link to tickets - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gala-policies-and-gala-hill-tickets-361684326557

Stow, Darnick, Abbotsford Walk It walks

Join Stow Walk It or Darnick or Abbotsford  or other Walk It walks on Tuesday Contact details on Walk It web page www.scotborders.gov.uk/WalkIt 

Cost - FREE

Wednesday 7th September 2022

St Marys Loch , Captains Road and Loch of the Lowes

One of the most spectacular walks in the Scottish Borders this walk will take you from St Mary's Loch, over the ancient Captains Road. From here we walk up Ettrick and back over to the Loch of the Lowes

Check in 08.30, Walk departs - 09.00, Distance - 15 miles, approx time - 8 1/2 hours, ascent 600 metres, grading - VERY STRENUOUS

Start and end of walk - Car park at James Hogg memorial, St Mary's Loch

Cost - £13

Link to tickets - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/st-marys-loch-captains-road-and-loch-of-the-lowes-tickets-361701116777

Southern Upland Way- Lauder to Tweedbank

A lovely slightly challenging long walk on the Southern Upland Way heading South from Lauder. Along good, if potentially muddy track with lovely views of the surrounding countryside and the Eildon Hills, finishing with a stroll along the river Tweed

Check in 09.00, Bus departs - 09.30, return Tweedbank - 15.30, Distance - 11 miles, approx time - 5 1/2 hours, grading - LONG/MODERATE

Start and end of walk - Tweedbank Railway Station

Cost - £13

Link to tickets - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/southern-upland-way-lauder-to-tweedbank-tickets-361706201987

Earlston, Leader Water and Leaderfoot

Through Speedys wood  and other paths maintained by Earlston Paths Group, , along the Leader Water to Leaderfoot.    Drygrange Bridge, , are superb views up the river Tweed and of the Leaderfoot Viaduct,. Pass Trimontium through Newstead and continue to return to Tweedbank station.

Check in 09.00, Bus departs - 09.30, return to Tweedbank - 15.00, Distance - 8 miles, approx time - 4 hours, grading - MODERATE

Start and end of walk - Tweedbank Railway Station

Cost - £13

Link to tickets - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/earlston-leader-water-and-leaderfoot-tickets-361709451707

Stow, Galashiels, Clovenfords Walk It walks

Join Stow Walk It or Galashiels or Clovenfords  or other Walk It walks on Tuesday Contact details on Walk It web page www.scotborders.gov.uk/WalkIt 

Cost - FREE

Thursday 8th September 2022

Melrose Circular

From Melrose we will walk to the Leaderfoot viaduct then on to Eildon Village, then to Bowden village via the Bowden Burn. We will stop to look at Bowden Kirk whose origins date back over 900 years. We will pick up the St Cuthbert’s way to go over the saddle of the Eildons and back to Melrose

Check in 09.40, Walk departs - 10.00, Distance - 11 miles, approx time - 6 hours, ascent 335 metres, grading - MODERATE

Start and end of walk - Abbey Car Park, Buccleuch Street, Melrose  TD6 9GL

Cost - £11

Link to tickets - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/melrose-circular-tickets-361710093627

Galawater Valley

An undulating circular walk around the northern Galawater Valley, with fantastic views over Wedale then in the valley for the return leg. We`ll walk down through some of the many different land uses around Stow and highlight the work to reduce or improve enviironmental impact both past and present.

Check in 09.30, Walk departs - 10.00, Distance - 8 miles, approx time - 5 hours, ascent 265 metres, grading - MODERATE

Start and end of walk - Stow Station House at Railway station, STOW TD1 2SH

Cost - £8

Link to tickets - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/galawater-valley-tickets-361711247077

Meigle Hill and Torwoodlee Estate (including tower and broch)

We depart Galashiels and head past Gala Cricket Club before climbing over Meigle Hill to take in the surrounding views. We then walk through Clovenfords and make our way to Torwoodlee estate, home of the Pringle family. We will have the chance to explore the 2000 year old broch on the estate before making a stop at the 400 year old Torwoodlee Tower. From here we make our way back to Galashiels.

Check in 09.40, Walk departs - 10.00, Distance - 11 miles, approx time - 6 hours, ascent 500 metres, grading - STRENUOUS

Start and end of walk - Focus Centre Livingston Place Galashiels TD1 1DQ

Cost - £8

Link to tickets - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/meigle-hill-and-torwoodlee-estate-including-tower-and-broch-tickets-361712530917

Tweedbank and Abbotsford

From the station cross at the roundabout and head for the start of the Dave Solway wood. Go through the wood, come out and go left to the roundabout, cross and take the path to Abbotsford. Toilets at Abbotsford. Walk Abbostford paths and come out at bottom gate. Take path under the road and head for the river which will take us back to the station

Check in 09.40, Walk departs - 10.00, Distance - 4 miles, approx time - 2 1/2 hours, grading - EASY

Start and end of walk - Tweedbank Railway Station

Cost - £8

Link to tickets - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tweedbank-and-abbotsford-tickets-361719020327

Stow and Earlston Walk It walks

Join Stow Walkit  Earlston  or other Walk It walks on Thursday Contact details on Walk It web page www.scotborders.gov.uk/WalkIt 

Cost - FREE

Trimontium Fort Walk

From Trimontium Museum to Trimontium Fort site via the historic Newstead village and return.  Find out what life was like at the fort and about  the fascinating discoveries made during archaeological digs .   Adult booking only. Accompanied childrens places are  free of charge

Check in 13.15, Walk departs - 13.30, Distance - 5 miles, approx time - 3 1/2 hours, grading - EASY

Start and end of walk - Trimontium Museum, Market Square, Melrose (TD6 9PN)

Cost - £7.50

Link to tickets - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/trimontium-fort-walk-tickets-361725198807

Friday 9th September 2022

Gala Alps

By a country mile this is the longest and most demanding walk of the festival. Take in the major hills that surround Galashiels – known to some as 'The Gala Alps'

Check in 08.00, Walk departs - 08.30, Distance - 22 miles, approx time - 10 hours, ascent 980 metres, grading - VERY STRENUOUS

Start and end of walk - Focus Centre Livingston Place Galashiels TD1 1DQ

Cost - £13

Link to tickets - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gala-alps-tickets-361731096447

Glenkinnon Williamhope and Yair

A circular walk with lots of wild flowers and birds to see.From Glenkinnon Burn walk uphill on the historic route to Williamhope and on to Broomy Law. Views from the hilltops then descend to Yair and return to Glenkinnon Burn.

Check in 09.40, Walk departs - 10.00, Distance - 9 miles, approx time - 5 hours, ascent 400 metres, grading - MODERATE/STRENUOUS

Start and end of walk - Glenkinnon Burn parking area  TD1 3LH NT436439

Cost - £8

Link to tickets - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/glenkinnon-williamhope-and-yair-tickets-361742951907

Wallace statue and Tweed

Follow St Cuthberts Way and Borders Abbeys Way to Wallace statue and continue by the Tweed  to Mertoun Bridge. Return via the Crystal Well and Mule Gang and St Boswells for a varied walk with history and riverside wildlife en route.

Check in 09.40, Walk departs - 10.00, Distance - 8 miles, approx time - 5 hours, ascent 300 metres, grading - MODERATE

Start and end of walk - Newtown St Boswells Car park opposte toilets TD6 0RS

Cost - £8

Link to tickets - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wallace-statue-and-tweed-tickets-361755740157

Stow Heritage

Exploring the medieval heritage of Stow. Learn about the historic sites you visit along the walk, including St Mary`s Well. Terrain: pavement, grass paths and fields. Walk will end at Stow Archive, Stow Town Hall.

Check in 13.40, Walk departs - 14.00, Distance - 2 1/2 miles, approx time - 2 1/2 hours, grading - EASY

Start and end of walk - Stow Station House at Railway station, STOW TD1 2SH

Cost - £8

Link to tickets - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stow-heritage-tickets-361768598617

Friday Walk it  walk

Join  a Walk It walk on Friday Contact details on Walk It web page www.scotborders.gov.uk/WalkIt  Friday walk will include a Clovenfords//Galashiels walk

Cost - FREE

Melrose Town walk

Walk with Trimontium Trust guides to learn the story of this famous Abbey town, nestling beneath the iconic Eildon Hills . Learn about the town's medieval past, turbulent times, famous residents and visit local landmarks, including the Greenyards - the famous home ground of the Rugby Sevens Scottish Borders Walking Festival-  Adult booking only. Accompanied childrens places are  free of charge

Check in 12.50, Walk departs - 13.00, Distance - 3 miles, approx time - 2 1/2 hours, grading - EASY

Start and end of walk - Trimontium Museum, Market Square, Melrose TD6 9PN

Cost - £5

Link to tickets - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/melrose-town-walk-tickets-361769360897

Saturday 10th September 2022

Peebles, the Meldons and Neidpath Castle

Starting in the car park at Tweed Bridge, on Kingsmeadows Road, Peebles we head through the Old Town of Peebles. Leaving the town we follow the ancient drove road to the Meldon Hills. After climbing both the White and Black Meldon Hills we follow the old railway, passed Neidpath Castle and back to Peebles

Check in 08.50, Walk departs - 09.00, Distance - 12 miles, approx time - 7 hours, ascent 554 metres, grading - VERY STRENUOUS

Start and end of walk - Tweed Bridge, B7062, Peebles, Scottish Borders, EH45 8AW

Cost - £13

Link to tickets - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/peebles-the-meldons-and-neidpath-castle-tickets-361770263597

Newtown Circular

Under the shadow of the Eildon’s,  follow the Borders Abbeys Way to the historic town of Melrose and the magnificent ruins of it’s medieval abbey. Following the footsteps of St. Cuthbert’s Way the path gains height towards the hills saddle before descending across border land back to the start point.

Check in 09.40, Walk departs - 10.00, Distance - 8 miles, approx time - 5 hours, ascent 300 metres, grading - MODERATE

Start and end of walk - Newtown St Boswells Car park opposte toilets TD6 0RS

Cost - £8

Link to tickets - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/newtown-circular-tickets-361772490257

Stow to Gala

Following in the footsteps of the drovers this peaceful route from Stow to Galashiels takes in the sights and sounds of the Borders landscape. Terrain: gradd paths tarmac and tracks.

Check in 09.30, Walk departs - 10.00, Distance - 8 miles, approx time - 5 1/2 hours, ascent 330 metres, grading - STRENUOUS

Start and end of walk - Stow Station House at Railway station, STOW TD1 2SH. Walk ends Focus Centre, Galashiels

Cost - £8

Link to tickets - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stow-to-gala-tickets-361773794157

River Gala and Langlee Woods

We leave Galashiels and follow the River Gala to its confluence with the River Tweed. We then meander through Langlee Woods. Dating from the 18th century, these woods provide the locals a tranquil walk. Leaving the woods behind we will make our way back to Galashiels.

Check in 10.30, Walk departs - 11.00, Distance - 6 miles, approx time - 4 hours, ascent 260 metres, grading - MODERATE

Start and end of walk - Focus Centre Livingston Place Galashiels TD1 1DQ

Cost - £8

Link to tickets - 

Torwoodlee Mains Estate Walk

A morning walk. The walk circles Torwoodlee Mains Hill past cairns, forestry, the broch and livestock. This route highlights the farming and estate management of the land as well as lovely views.  Using farm tracks, quad bike paths and rough uneven ground in places.

Check in 09.55, Walk departs - 10.15, Distance - 5 miles, approx time - 3 hours, ascent 200 metres, grading - MODERATE

Start and end of walk - Bus stance by Clovenfords Hotel, Clovenfords TD1 3LU

Cost - £8

Link to tickets - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/torwoodlee-mains-estate-walk-tickets-361775980697

Trimontium Fort Walk

From Trimontium Museum to Trimontium Fort site via the historic Newstead village and return.  Find out what life was like at the  fort. Find out about  the fascinating discoveries made during various archaeological digs over the last century. Scottish Borders Walking Festival-  Adult booking only. Accompanied childrens places are  free of charge

Check in 13.15, Walk departs - 13.30, Distance - 5 miles, approx time - 3 1/2 hours, grading - EASY

Start and end of walk - Trimontium Museum, Market Square, Melrose TD6 9PN

Cost - £7.50

Link to tickets -

Galashiels, Scotland

BASIC INFORMATION

Galashiels Walking Festival

Unlike many walking festivals dogs are usually allowed on walks but this is entirely at the discretion of the walk leader- dogs must be kept on a lead at all times.