Resulting from illness Walking Support's owner, John Henderson, has had to make the decision to cease the
Baggage Transfer Services.
Discussions have been had with Carry-lite and as of December all Borders Abbeys Way baggage transfer provision
will now be transferred to Carry-lite.
Carry-lite will in the initial phase plan to offer the same service as Walking Support were offering and to
hold wherever possible to the same rates. However this is a matter for Carry-lite to review as the current
bookings are transferred and new bookings are received.
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Walking Support and Carry-lite have worked with one another over many years in insuring that when either
received an enquiry for either St Cuthbert's Way or the Borders Abbeys Way we passed this onto the principal
provider. We know that Carry-lite has exceptional services on St Cuthbert's Way and other routes such as St
Oswalds and the Northumberland Coastal Path and that they will endeavour to provide Border Abbeys Way walkers
with a quality baggage transfer service.
The services that are planned to be maintained are as detailed below.
Borders Abbeys Way
We offer a door to door service around the complete length of the Way, the published prices based on 5 stages. Provided the
accommodation is within a 1 mile radius of the route and accessible from a public road all the stage prices will be as
The service prices are based on walkers travelling in a clockwise direction around the route. We
will also handle walkers in an anti-clockwise direction however there may have to be a supplementary charge based on
additional time and mileage for backtracking along various sections. Please contact us for details if this is the
preferred direction for your walk.
Our standard FIVE stage service prices for 2020 remains unaltered from the prior year and are as follows
There is a minimum charge* of £110, this allowing for up to 2 items of luggage being transferred over the five stages.
For additional items between 3 and 4 the cost will be £40 per item
For additional items between 5 and 8 the cost will be £30 per item.
For additional items above 9 the cost will be £25 per item
If the route is being shortened or extra stops are being introduced the costs offered will be pro-rata to these above with the
exception of the minimum that will remain fixed at £110.
There is a maximum** weight for any item of luggage being transfered and this is 18kgs.
* Resulting from uncertainty on fuel costs and the currency market we reserve the right to vary the above 2020 charge.
Any confirmed booking will not be subject to any fuel price revision.
** Items that exceed this weight will be subject to a surcharge £20 per kg of weight over the maximum. This surcharge will
be notified to the party and will be subject to immediate payment by the walkers. Items that are in excess
of 22 kgs may be refused transfer and the walker simply notified as to the reason for non-transfer.
Full terms and conditions of transfer are detailed below.
Borders Abbeys Way arriving and departing by the Borders Railway
With the Border Rail link between Edinburgh Waverley Station and Tweedbank (close by Melrose and the
Borders Abbeys Way) we are offering an enhanced baggage transfer service to walkers on this circular route.
We can arrange to meet walkers arriving at Tweedbank off a morning train and collect their luggage for transfer and at the end of
the route we can provide a timed delivery back to Tweedbank station at a suitable time in the afternoon.
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Price of the rail related service
There is a minimum charge of £130***, this allowing for up to 2 items of luggage being transferred over the five stages.
For items greater than two the rates are as shown above for the standard package.
*** This is made up of a standard £110 rate for 5 moves and a single £20 to cover timed pick up and delivery at the
station, this £20 applying to all groups regardless of the number of bags in that group.
If by using this service the walk is divided into six sections then the minimum charge of £152, this allowing for
up to 2 items of luggage being transferred.
For additional items between 3 and 4 the cost will be £48 per item
For additional items between 5 and 8 the cost will be £36 per item.
For additional items above 9 Walking Support will provide details on request.
There is a maximum weight for any item of luggage being transfered and this is 18kgs. The same conditions that pertain
to the standard Borders Abbeys Way transfers, as detailed above,
regarding weight and transfer apply to the rail package.
Terms and Conditions for baggage/luggage transfer
The item is defined as a single piece of luggage not exceeding 18kg. If the weight is exceeded Walking Support is
entitled to charge a supplement. Items in excess of 22 kg may be refused transfer.
Pick up and drop off points require to be no further than 1 mile from the line of the route or 1 mile outside the center of the communities that lie on the route.
The luggage needs to be available for collection in the morning by 9.15 am and we will have it delivered to the next address by 5.30 pm at latest, but we would hope that this could be in many cases much earlier.
The responsibility for insurance of the luggage in transit rests with the individual and not with the carrier. We therefore
recommend that you do not include items of value or items that are easily damaged. Walking Support can advise you regarding low
cost comprehensive holiday insurance that includes luggage protection.
A deposit of 25% of the cost is required at the time of booking. This is non refundable. The balancing sum must be paid in
advance of the start date or, with agreement with Walking Support, be available for collection with the bag/s at the first
In the case of large groups special rates can be quoted.
The service operates between Easter and the end of September. Services outside this period will be considered dependent on