Journeys 2018

Hawick and the Scottish Borders

Date

Monday 3rd to Saturday 8th September

Nights

5

Cost

£570 for single occupancy, discounted to £510 for a shared room.

Description

The Scottish Borders feature rolling hills and beautiful river valleys and Hawick has been an important textiles town and there are still opportunities to buy knitwear. Hawick lies on the Borders Abbey Way - a circular route which links Dryburgh, Jedburgh, Kelso and Melrose Abbeys. The current abbey in Melrose dates from the 12th Century, but St Cuthbert was Prior for an earlier community in the 660s. Although steeped in the Celtic tradition, Cuthbert was tasked with introducing the Roman way following the Synod of Whitby.

This holiday is an introduction to the Borders, and there will be an opportunity to walk Cuthbert's Way from Melrose to Northumbria with Journeying in 2019. You may like to add a few extra days to explore the rest of the Abbeys while you are with us in 2018.

Walks and Excursions

Our walks, assisted by public transport, will enable us to explore the surrounding area, including a day in Melrose visiting the Abbey and climbing into the Eildon Hills - sampling the very beginning of St Cuthbert's Way. The River Teviot provides a pleasant walk into the town, with a walled garden and museum to explore.
(Walks are graded medium in length with moderate terrain. A longer walk is planned for the last day - weather permitting).

Accommodation

Our accommodation will be at the Whitchester Christian Guest House with a choice of single, double and twin-bedded rooms. All meals will be provided, often with produce from the grounds. Most days we will take a packed lunch. There is a chapel which can be used for private prayer as well as our joint morning and evening reflections.

Getting there

Parking is available at the Guest House. A bus runs every hour between Carlisle and Edinburgh and there is a bus stop within a quarter of a mile of the house (Martin's Bridge is the name of the stop). Alternatively, alight at Hawick and take a taxi.

Contact

Rosemary Clarke (+44 (0)1624 843 262) and Paddy Allen