Registration centre

Registration for all walks is at 8:45am in St Mary’s and Old Parish Church Hall, Buccleuch Street, opposite Hawick High School, where refreshments will be available before and after the walks. The start time for walks on Saturday and Monday is 9:30am but please note 9:00am is the start time for the Sunday walks to Ruberslaw.

For inspiration and ideas on how to make the most of your time in Hawick or for assistance in finding accommodation locally, call the local Visit Scotland Information Centre on 01450 373993 or pop in and see us at Tower Mill, Kirkstile, Hawick, TD9 0AE.

What to wear and bring

To enjoy the festival safely and in comfort, it is essential that you come equipped with suitable footwear, clothing and equipment. Scotland is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

Clothing & Footwear

  • Waterproof jacket and over-trousers
  • Walking boots providing ankle support and good grip for Long, Moderate and Strenuous walks, waterproof walking shoes with good grip are advisable for Easier walks
  • Good walking socks
  • Trousers suitable for walking
  • Thin fleece or jumper plus a spare – several thin layers are more effective than one thick layer of clothing
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Sun hat


  • Rucksack with waterproof liner
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Thermos flask for a hot drink
  • Survival bag
  • Spare high-energy food (e.g. glucose-based confectionery)
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Sunscreen

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles or other suitable walking stick useful for awkward descents
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunglasses

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