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 Notes and Advice for Ranger Led Walks, Scottish Borders

Notes and Advice for Ranger Led Walks

RANGER LED WALKS 2014 - 2015

Scottish Borders Council Ranger Service
Planning Department, Council HQ
Newtown St Boswells MELROSE TD6 OSA
Tel: 01835 826750

For most of the activities listed in this pamphlet there is no need to book in advance. Where booking is required this is stated in the description for the event.

Starting times for the events will be strictly adhered to, but finishing times are approximate. The starting points are indicated by a six figure grid reference. Where the walks are linear, transport may be arranged or the walk may fit in with Public transport. Where possible for these linear walks walkers are encouraged to use the public transport suggested. The approximate time involved for each activity is given in the programme.
The leader will turn out irrespective of weather conditions. The decision whether or not to proceed with the event will be made at that time.

Germs from animals can cause serious human illness.
Stay safe from diseases when out in the countryside by:
a. Washing hands with soap & water (or use wet wipes) after visiting the toilet, after activities, touching animals and before handling, cooking and eating food.
b. Taking care to avoid spreading animal faeces on footwear.
c. Avoiding camping or having a picnic on land which has recently been used for grazing animals.
d. Not drinking untreated water from rivers, streams and lochs.
e. Avoiding tick bites, cover legs when walking through long vegetation.

Contact the Public Health Department for more information 01896 825560

Please note that dogs are not allowed on any of our walks or events due to the likelihood of encountering cattle or livestock with young.

The WALKS are not too rough, but will be wet on occasions and inclement weather may worsen conditions. Participants are advised to come adequately shod and clothed, and wellingtons or boots may be advisable on wet days. On most WALKS no packed lunches will be required. The WALKS are not hikes and are designed for family groups and for all ages and abilities. Walks will be taken at a leisurely pace rather than as a method of getting from A to B in the shortest possible time!
All children under 13 must be with an adult.


For the HIKES it is essential that you bring a packed lunch for the all day events and that you are well equipped for hill walking. Clothing should include a good pair of walking boots and warm and waterproof clothing (jacket and trousers). Gloves and hat, whistle and torch, a hot drink, spare jersey and emergency rations should be carried in a rucksack or similar, especially during the winter months.
All children under 18 must be with their parent.


Suitable for older people, those with limited walking ability and families with young children.
Suitable for most people of average fitness.
Suitable for people who can manage distance but not many climbs.
Involving steep climbs or with physically demanding activities.

Further Events
Information about an extensive range of other Ranger led walks and activities within the Lothians and the Scottish Borders
can be found at:

Other local events are listed in local events programmes including Borders Whats On and Borders Events.

Walk the Borders Abbeys Way The Borders Abbeys Way is a circular long distance route of 68 miles/109kms through the central Scottish Borders area. It includes the towns of Hawick and Selkirk and links the Borders Abbeys of Kelso, Jedburgh, Melrose and Dryburgh. At the end of this year and the first months of 2011 there is the opportunity to walk the route in mainly short sections on Sundays. We will be using public transport wherever possible for the return transport of these walks.

Southern Upland Way
The Southern Upland Way was opened in 1984 and is Britain's first official coast to coast long distance footpath. It is 212 miles long, running from Portpatrick on the southwest coast of Scotland to Cockburnspath on the eastern seaboard. This year the Scottish Borders Council rangers will be leading walks along the Way. The route will be walked with return transport on each walk.

St Cuthberts Way and John Buchan Way

Berwickshire Coast Path and Coldingham Blue Flag Beach

Donalds Hillwalks

To celebrate the new millennium, Scottish Borders Council ranger service led a series of walks in the year 2000, which climbed all the “Donalds” in the Scottish Borders. “Donalds” are hills in Southern Scotland with a height of over 2000 feet. Percy Donald visited every elevation over the 2000 foot threshold, south of the Highland Boundary Fault, whilst compiling his list and developed a complex formula to distinguish between those points which he classified as ‘Hills’ and those which he considered to be ‘Tops’. In total, there are 89 hills classed as “Donalds” of which 38 are in the Scottish Borders.
In 2011 there are two Donald Hillwalks Ettrickhead to Wind Fell, Ettrick Pan and Capel Fell and Talla to Lochcraig Head and Molls Cleuch Dod.

Access in Scotland
The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 and the Scottish Outdoor Access Code came into effect in February 2005. The Land Reform (Scotland) Act establishes a statutory right of responsible access to land and inland waters for outdoor recreation, crossing land, and some educational and commercial purposes. The Scottish Outdoor Access Code gives detailed guidance on your responsibilities when exercising access rights and if you are managing land and water. The Act sets out where and when access rights apply. The Code defines how access rights should be exercised responsibly.
Know the Code before you go...

Enjoy Scotland’s outdoors - responsibly! Everyone has the right to be on most land and inland water for recreation, education and for going from place to place providing they act responsibly. These access rights and responsibilities are explained in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

The key things are:

When you’re in the outdoors:
· take personal responsibility for your own actions and act safely
· respect people’s privacy and peace of mind
· help land managers and others to work safely and effectively
· care for your environment and take your litter home
· keep your dog under proper control
· take extra care if you’re organising an event or running a business.
When you’re managing the outdoors:
· respect access rights
· act reasonably when asking people to
· avoid land management operations
· work with your local authority and other bodies to help integrate access and land management
· respect rights of way and customary access.

Find out more by visiting or by telephoning your local Scottish Natural Heritage office.

Notes and Advice for Ranger Led Walks, Scotland

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Date: 03/03/2014