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Walk Challenge UK - 2012 - Scottish Borders Event

in collaboration with

Walking Support


The walking event in the Scottish Borders was held on Monday 20th August and had been developed in consultation with Walking Support, the Access officer / Ranger and Economic Development personnel of Scottish Borders Council.

On a bright sunny day there was a great enjoyment by both participants, guides and stewards and the walkers commented on the countryside and friendliness of all the locals.

For further images scroll down the page. These images have come from a 10 minute DVD film that was taken by AJMcKay Visual Productions on the day of the walk and by clicking on the image below the film can be watched within an fresh window.
If any participant is interested in purchasing this DVD they should send their name and contact details by e-mail by clicking on this link.

The walking curcuit that was used is based on parts of the Borders Abbeys Way and St Cuthbert's Way. In total it was 13 miles in length starting from Melrose Abbey and finishing at the Greenyards Rugby Club. The route is defined by the red dots on the map below.

Walking Route - Revised
The main image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-Map service. Images reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.

The Challenge was the third such event organised by the KNBLO-NL, the prior events being the 2008 China Challenge that incorporated the Beijing Olympics and a 2010 Israel Challenge. Both events attracted large numbers of walkers and the number on the UK Event was 240.

A large number of individuals and organisations have been involved in the successful delivery of this days event. It was seen by those involved in the planning as a great opportunity to showcase the Central Borders and the extensive facilities for activity breaks and holidays. It was the Scottish Borders Council's belief the this event is likely to see significant independent return visits from many of the Dutch participants in later years, and thereby bringing future economic activity to the area.

The parties that have been involved in the successful planning and delivery of this event are:

  • Scottish Borders Council (various departments and officials)
  • Landowners along the length of the walking route
  • Council and Local Community Dignatories
  • Police and British Red Cross
  • MRFC and the Melrose Pipe Bank
  • Historic Scotland
  • Local walking groups particularly the Melrose Paths Group
  • Path to Health






For more detail on the Challenge or to seek additional details contact Walking Support in the first instance by e-mailing, our address being info@walkingsupport.co.uk.

The Walk Challenge UK - 2012 was an event organised by the Royal Dutch Walking Association (KNBLO-NL). The UK walk was over the period 16th to 31st August 2012 and had walking days in Northumberland, Edinburgh, Scottish Borders, Shropshire, Wellingborough, Brecon Beacons and Cardiff. The event ended at the London Paralympics.

For more information on the WCUK 2012 and the KNBLO-NL click on the logo above.


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