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Scottish Borders Outdoors

OUT AND ABOUT IN THE SCOTTISH BORDERS

ABOUT THIS CALENDAR

Attached to the Maxton Parish website, this is an attempt by the Maxton Naturewatch Group to put together, in the one place, the details of the many outdoor, historical, and natural history related events taking place throughout the Border area. Hopefully this may be the start of a "one-stop shop" for these events rather than having to thumb through the many publications, each of which have some included.
The accuracy of the site is only as good as the information which is available at the time, so always check with the contact numbers given, when planning your visit. We would not wish you to be disappointed.

SCOTTISH BORDERS COUNCIL COUNTRYSIDE RANGER SERVICE
PROGRAMME OF RANGER LED WALKS AND COUNTRYSIDE ACTIVITIES IN THE SCOTTISH BORDERS


Aim of the Programme

The programme provides the opportunity for locals and visitors to the Scottish Borders to understand better the qualities of its countryside. The walks and events are very informal; everyone is welcome, and no one is assumed to have expertise in any field. Taking a pair of binoculars and / or a camera will help extend the enjoyment of your visit to this fascinating part of Scotland.
THE ONLY REQUEST MADE IS THAT YOU LEAVE YOUR DOG AT HOME PLEASE
Scottish Borders Council wishes to thank the many landowners, land managers and farmers across the Scottish Borders;- without their support this varied programme of walks and events could not take place.

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

Who leads the Walks?
All the walks are led by Scottish Borders Council Countryside Rangers, who can be contacted at this address:-
Scottish Borders Council Ranger Service
Harestanes
Ancrum
Jedburgh TD8 6UQ
Tel: 01835 830281.
E-mail: rangers@scotborders.gov.uk

Starting and Finishing
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, return transport will be arranged. The leader will turn out irrespective of weather conditions. The decision whether or not to proceed will be made at that time. The approximate time involved for each activity is given in the programme.

Grading
The events in this programme have been graded so that you can choose those which suit you.

EASY - suitable for older people, those with limited walking ability and families with young children.
MODERATE - suitable for most people of average fitness.
LONG - suitable for people who can manage distance but not many climbs.
STRENUOUS - involving steep climbs or with physically demanding activities.

TYPES OF ACTIVITIES

WALKS 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 - to be taken at a leisurely pace rather than as a method of getting from A to B in the shortest possible time!

HILL WALKS These, like the walks, are designed for family groups and for all ages. However, there may be some steep hills or rough ground and walking boots are recommended, although stout walking shoes should suffice. All children under 18 must be accompanied by their parent.

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

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Date: 03/03/2005