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In addition to the specific services detailed on the other pages of the website we also offer the following:-


15% Fee reduction offers
To mark the New Year and to encourage more walkers to access and dialogue with Walking Support via social media we have introduced two way by which walkers can reduce any planning and booking fees for long distance walking holidays in 2016.
This is all detailed on our current Newletter which can be downloaded by clicking on THIS LINK.


Exhibiting at Scottish Rambler's Conference
David Thomson - Retiring Convener On Saturday 7th March Walking Support was exibiting at the Scottish Rambler's Conference & AGM held at Dundee University.
The primary reason was to present the development work related to the Three Saints Way, the walking route being developed to run from Killin to St Andrews. Walking Support forms part of this development steering group as well as convenership of the SPRF project to link Iona to St Andrews.

Many of the delegates at the conference took an interest in the stand and material on display and there was constant conversations during the coffee and lunch breaks between delegates and John Henderson.

On the right is a photo of David Thomson the retiring Convener of the Scottish Council Executive Committee of the Ramblers. There was a very long and interesting conversation with David on wide ranging topic relating to walking in Scotland and although he steps down after a 3 year term as convener this will be a useful contact for further discussions.
The event also was useful in meeting many other active Ramblers and to exchange contact details for future use and communications.
Below are a set of images from the the conference.


A Days Walk to Old Melrose
Map of Old Melrose Following discussions with the landowner at Old Melrose, Walking Support has had agreement to run guided walks around this 7th century monastic site thereby opening up the stories of St Aidan, Boisil and Cuthbert.

This is an agreement initially for the walking season of 2015 so that we and the Old Melrose Estate can determine the interest and viability of such a walk and how this might impact on the landowner's activities.

Walking Support believes that such guided walks will particularly appeal to walkers who are planning to undertake the St Cuthbert's Way, and especially those who are doing the Way as a pilgrimage or faith/spiritual experience.

For more information in this walk click on this link.


Walking Makes Scots Happy
Recently completed research has found that seven in ten Scots who regularly go walking or hiking consider themselves to be very happy in their lives. Walking is the most popular activity among Scottish adults and the study revealed that 71.4% of regular walkers in Scotland are very happy in their lives, compared to the national average of 63.6%.

The happiness of Scottish walkers could be partly attributed to the fact that regular hikes appear to help people forget about the pressures of the work environment, with only 20% stating that they worry about work during their leisure time. Additionally the vast majority of Scottish walkers seem more interested in reaching the mountain summits than the summit of their careers with only 15% expressing a desire to reach the top of their career ladder.

As a walking business located in Scotland but dealing with walkers from around the world coming to Scotland and other parts of the UK we suspect this analysis may equally apply to many other nationalities.

For access to more details on this research which was undertaken by Decathlon click on this link.
To link to the blog posting link to http://www.decathlon.co.uk/blog/sports/walking-makes-scots-happy/


Baggage Transfer Service
Started in the Spring of 2004 we offer a baggage transfer service on the Sir Walter Scott Way and the eastern section of the Southern Upland Way.
Since 2005 we have extending the service to also cover the Borders Abbeys Way.
To view the complete definition of the Baggage Transfer Service and costs click here.
To obtain a fixed price quotation please access the on-line enquiry form on the Baggage Transfer Page or e-mail providing us with dates, route being walked, number of stops and the number of pieces of luggage.


Grid Reference Route Directions
This is a unique and low cost service available to any individual walker, and can be accessed by simply clicking on the buy now button and selecting the route that you are planning to walk. If you can receive e-mail with "word document" attachments you will receive, within a maximum of a few days, the Route Directions for any of the following. Borders Abbeys Way looking into Ettrick Valley
  • Borders Abbeys Way
  • Fife Coastal Path
  • Great Glen Way
  • Rob Roy Way
  • Roman Heritage Way
  • St Cuthbert's Way
  • Weardale Way
  • Cateran Trail
  • John Buchan Way
Walking Route

For those wanting an even fuller service we can purchase and supply at purchase cost + P&P O/S Landranger maps (Scale 1:50 000). Where the path is not already uniquely marked, we will offer a service to mark on the route for a nominal £15 additional cost.
We will also provide a similar purchase and postage service related to other maps and guide books.


Cover of SBC PDF

SE Scotland Ranger Led Walks
The following information on guided walks is provided simply as an additional link to what might be useful information and links to other material and websites.

Walking Support is not in any way directly associated with the bodies that are promoting or delivering the Led Walks however many of the routes are supported by Walking Support and their various LDR websites.
We also know of the quality of the Scottish Borders Ranger Led Walks from past experience and would strongly recommend them.

If you want more information you can download the 2013 - 14 leaflet which is a PDF file by clicking on this link.

You may also want to get information on Outdoor activities that additionally include the Edinburgh and Lothian areas by clicking on www.outdoor-diary.info.


WAW logo Walking Support is proud to be a party to the "Walkers Are Welcome" scheme. We have assisted with the local Melrose community in offering exceptional walking opportunities in this part of South East Scotland and we have been undertaking similar support for the nearby town of Jedburgh.
To learn more about the "Walkers Are Welcome" organisation and their aims click on the logo to the left and if you want to focus on the Melrose offering visit their website www.walkmelrose.org.uk.

Jedburgh has not retained its WAW membership but still offers extensive walking opportunities. Visit their website www.walkjedburgh.org.uk.

Royal Dutch Walking Association
WCUK logo Walking Support worked with the Royal Dutch Walking Association as part of their 2012 walking event in the UK during August. This involved walking days in several regions of the UK and visiting the Paralympics in London. The Walking Support element related to a days walking on a 13 mile circular route in the Scottish Borders. For greater details access a 10 minute video clip and photographs by clicking on the logo to the right.


Promoting Charity Walking Events
In the past we have supported many charity walks raising funds for MacMillan cancer and WaterAid's Go with the flow for examples.
We are prepared to offer promotional support to registered charities who are undertaking sponsored walks on any of the routes where we have a website presence. This promotional support will run to pre-event advertising, hyperlinking to your charities website and post walk news.

In specific cases Walking Support may be able to offer even greater support in terms of planning or guiding. This for some charities would be very important and we are able to sometimes offer special rates for this type of work. To obtain details of this service please e-mail providing us with dates, the route being used, the charity you are supporting and your contact details. At this stage we are especially interested in supporting events on the Fife Coastal Path, Borders Abbeys Way and the Sir Walter Scott Way.


Jane Tomlinson’s Walk For All - Yorkshire Dales Walking Festival
Walkers about to set off on the charity walk Taking place on Sunday 19th August, walkers from across Yorkshire and the Dales will pull on their walking boots to take part in the event, which last year sold out in record time. With distances suitable for everyone, participants will have the opportunity to either take on a marathon challenge or simply enjoy a steady stroll with friends and family. During the walk, over 2,500 people will take to the hills and enjoy the breath-taking views on the 26, 14 or 5 mile route, which takes in some of the Yorkshire Dales National Park’s most stunning scenery, including the picturesque Malhamdale and two of Yorkshire’s famous Three Peaks, Pen-y-ghent and Ingleborough.
Thanks to the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, the routes have been chosen to showcase this special area as well as ensuring that we leave as light a mark on the environment as possible.

To find out more about the event click on this link and access the event's unique website.


Marie Curie Charity Walk

John Henderson leading the Charity walk Marie Curie Cancer Care is again being supported by John Henderson of Walking Support ino set up and run the 10K Annual Borders Field of Hope Walk that will take place on Sunday 7th April 2013 at the Borders General Hospital in Melrose.
The element that Walking Support is undertaking is the running of the "10K Walk" and this is only made possible with the added input from the "Melrose Paths Group" who will again provide local knowledge, route maps and a team of marshals for the walk.

To find out more about the event click on this link and access the event's unique page, and to register for this great charity event.


Charity Walk - Hounds for Heroes
Henry and Peter in Melrose Walking Support was delighted to receive a call from Peter Almond who is walking with his trusted Sringer Spaniel from Lands End to John O'Groats to raise money for "Hound for Heroes". They had reached the Scottish Border on the 22nd August 2011 and the route was now passing through the Scottish Borders where Walking Support operates a baggage transfer service.
Walking Support has been delighted to meet up with both Henry and Peter and to provide some support in lightening Peter's load.

Hounds for Heroes "provides specially trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women of the UK Armed Forces and UK Civilian Emergency Services". This is a much appreciated charity by those Heroes who receive a four legged companion. So it is very fitting that Hendry, the seven year old springer is involved in this 1300 mile walk.

If any viewer to this section of the website is inclined to sponsor or donate to this great walking challenge then visit the Henry (and Pete's) verrry long walk website and click on the Just Giving link


Web Based Guide Books
Walking Support is unique in being able to offer extended information on all the routes that we support. Through our joint ownership with I-Net Support we have electonic guide books for all the Ways detailed below, these contain both information on the walk as well as extensive history, local interest and advice associated with the walking route.
Simply click on the route where you are wanting a Guide, then view the detail on line and where required download the sections that are of interest.


St Oswald's Way & St Cuthbert's Way - Cicerone
Book Cover Author : Rudolf Abraham
Publisher : Cicerone

Review of this book by John Henderson - March 2013

"This is a compact, pocket sized book that not only covers the two named walking routes but by extending the coastal sections both north to Berwick upon Tweed and south to Cresswell it also details the Northumberland Coastal Path.

"In general we have found the book to be very comprehensive and an interesting read. There is a large amount of interest in the sections on the general background to the routes, the geology, history, wildlife, the protected areas and all the sections relating to the preparation and planning that will ensure that any walk is a safe one.

"If there is any concern about the way this has been presented it relates to the fact that on the two main routes the guide does deviate from the officially stated routes and although this is clearly stated we would have preferred that the variations were more clearly detailed as additional options, not the main route of the walks. From our experience we would strongly contest that statement made that “almost certainly the walker will want to continue to Berwick upon Tweed”.

"The section-by-section route descriptions are both very clear and well laid out with maps that will support the walker. They also have a lot of supporting interest about places that are being passed, or close by, and it makes for an interesting read. We think it is important that the sections should be read prior to setting out on that walk so that the walker knows what to look out for. To first read it on the walk as an aid to direction would be much more difficult as the directions are interspersed with descriptive information."

This is a guide that is well worth considering if you are going to walk on any of the three routes. If you are interested in purchasing this book click on this link where you can purchase on-line.


Walking - A Beginners Guide
Book Cover Author : James Carron
Publisher : Need 2 Know

Review of this book by John Henderson - 29 September 2011

"This easy to read book packs a lot of useful information into its 150 pages including some interesting walking route suggestions throughout Britain and indeed further a field.

"In my view the book is appropriate for more than just the beginner although those who have yet to understand the pleasures and benefits of walking will find this a great inspiration to putting on the walking trainers or boots. For the more seasoned walker elements of the book may be elementary but much of it is well worth repeating and I would suspect helpful in removing that complacency that might have crept in regarding responsible walking, navigation and staying safe.

"In these times of health awareness and economic challenges walking is certainly an important activity and a leisure pursuit that is growing. James Carron’s book will help to inform and prepare individual to make the most of their walking activites."

If you are interested in purchasing this book click on this link where you can purchase on-line.


Rob Roy Way Video
The video covers the full length of the Way from Drymen through Aberfoyle, Callander, Strathyre, Killin, Aberfeldy to Pitlochry. Containing spectacular scenery and interesting background to the walk with associated history, this is a video for the walker and the visitor to Scotland.



A.J.McKay Visual Production has worked with Walking Support in the development of a video for the walk. This is full of audio and visual images of the route and its alternative route options.

video cover

This video can be ordered on-line using the form below or by contacting A J McKay Visual Production by post, telephone or e-mail.
19 Halliden Road, Kelso, Scotland. TD5 7LU
Tel. No. +44 (0)1573 223256
ajmckay@btinternet.com

The boxed video costs £13.50 for 100 minutes of beautiful route scenery and commentary. Postage and packaging will be additional.
Although orders can be received on-line the product payment will be by cheque made payable to A J McKay Visual Production and posted to the business address above.


Sir Walter Scott Way Video
The video covers the Way from Moffat through St Mary's Loch, Traquair, Abbotsford, Melrose, Lauder, Longformacus to Cockburnspath. Containing spectacular scenery and interesting background to the walk with associated connections to Sir Walter Scott, this is a video for the walker, Scott enthusiast and the visitor to Scotland.

If you would like to make an advanced booking please access the on-line ordering form, and we will advise you of an exact price and delivery within 5 working days.

This is another production by AJ McKay Visual Productions in association with Walking Support.


On-Line Ordering

Please provide the following information:-

Name



Business name if different from above



Mailing address



Telephone number



e-mail address if different to the one presently being used



Name of videos being ordered



Number of Rob Roy Way videos being ordered


Number of Sir Walter Scott Way videos being ordered



There is no necessity to answer the following questions but your response may help up to understand the level of interest in the routes and to look to ways of constantly improving the treks.

How best can your interest in the video be defined



How did you learn about the video


Picture Mementos
Why not remember your walking experience by purchasing at very competitive prices something from the range of souvenirs produced by PHOTOmemories.
For £1.65 you can have a greetings card with a favourite view of your walk, or you can get greetings card sets, calanders and handsome framed photographs.
Offered on all the routes we support, the best way to access this is to click onto the PHOTO memories website and order on-line.


Shorter Walks
Pentland Hills

Overlooking Pentlands from 
Carnethy Hill This is a new section to the website. Especially in the late autumn and winter months the opportunities to get out for longer walks is restricted for many and to escape onto the hills for a few hours may be as good as it gets. We have itemised one such walk that we have recently undertaken and would recommend to others if they have a few hours to escape to the open.

This walk is based on one part of the Pentland Hills just on the outskirts of Edinburgh, but when you are there, you could be miles from urban life. To get the details of this walk along with directional details simply click here to download the Adobe file.

If you do not have Adobe Reader installed on your system you can access a free version by clicking on the Adobe symbol below.
Link to Adobe

Hopehead Valley looking towards 
Broughton Heights

John Buchan Way
This 14 miles walk is based in the Tweeddale region of Scotland offering wide open views and a level of remoteness that would not be necessarily associate with this part of Scotland.

Such is the attractiveness and interest in this walk that we have dedicated a unique page of the website to this walk.

Simply click on this link to access the page.


Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum
SPRF Logo Over the years Walking Support has been involved with domestic and international walking groups who have been walking St Cuthbert's Way and the Borders Abbeys Way as Pilgrimage Journeys. With this knowledge and interest Walking Support has been active in the developing international growth of Faith Tourism and Pilgrimage and has been one of the founder members of the newly formed and constituted Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum (SPRF).

The aim of the Forum is to work on the develpment of new Pilgrim Walking Routes in Scotland and by networking and sharing of knowledge and experience to facilitate quality and best practice in the delivery of Pilgrim Walking.

For more detail on SPRF click on this link.
For more detail on Walking Support's pilgrimage service click on this link.


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