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Scotland's end to end walk opens

A map of the walk Credit: ITV Border

A walking route for walkers that goes from the Scottish Borders all the way up to the highlands has been officially opened by the First Minister Alex Salmond.

The walk begins at the Borders Hotel in Kirk Yetholm Credit: ITV Border

Keith Robeson is a Countryside Ranger with Scottish Borders Council. He said:

"It starts here and runs all the way through the Scotland for about 470 miles, of which we will have about 70 miles in the Scottish Borders, so hopefully that will attract walkers into this area to explore the Borders before heading up north."

The first section of the walk follows St Cuthbert's Way Credit: ITV Border

New walking route through Scotland

A walking route for walkers that goes from the Scottish Borders all the way up to the highlands has been officially opened by the First Minister Alex Salmond.

It was the brain child of the TV presenter Cameron McNeish who was inspired after a trip to Nepal.

Mr McNeish was looking for some middle ground between the popular long distance routes such as the West Highland Way and Southern Upland Way and the ultimate hike of John O'Groats to Lands End.But he accepts that his national trail will only be for the most enthusiastic of hikers. he said:

"To do it in one go would take between five to six weeks and I can't imagine many people have the time or energy even to do that. Realistically it would be better to tackle it in sections. But the fact a national trail will now exist from one end of the country to the other may prove popular for walkers from the continent to enjoy the beautiful countryside we are so fortunate to have.

"It is my belief that the Scottish National Trail could become one of the most iconic long-distances routes of the world which will help the economies of the towns, villages and settlements it runs through.

"The inspiration this came from my visit to Nepal last year when the long distance Great Himalayan Trail throughout the country was launched. I thought then that if Nepal could have such a route then why not Scotland? We start in the gentle rolling hills of the Borders and end up in the untamed majesty of the far north-west Highlands. I am sure it is going to be very popular.

"The country is well served with good walking routes and my trail incorporates many of the existing treks and also several core paths around villages and towns."

– Cameron McNeish

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Scottish National trail launched

The creator of Scotland's first end-to-end walk which starts in the Borders says it could turn out to become of the world's most iconic long distance treks.

TV presenter and outdoors enthusiast Cameron McNeish believed a long distance walk from one end of the country to the other was lacking and got the idea from a visit to Nepal.

First Minister Alex Salmond will officially launch the 470-mile-long Scottish National Trail.

The route starts at the village of Kirk Yetholm on the English border and takes in the capital and both national parks at Loch Lomond and The Trossachs before finishes at the most north-westerly point at Cape Wrath.He accepts that his national trail will only be for the most enthusiastic of hikers.

Hundreds expected in lakes

Hundreds of people are expected to take part in three mass participation walks in the Lake District in September. The Jane Tomlinson Walk For All is said to be the biggest charity event of its kind to come to the area. Walkers can choose distances of 18, 13 or 4.5 miles near Windermere.

Each have different starts but all end at the Lake District National Park Visitor Centre at Brockhole. The event is named after Jane Tomlinson who carried out several endurance challenges while suffering from incurable cancer.

She raised £1.85 million before dying in 2007. Since then walks, runs and swims have been set up as part of her legacy. The event will be held on Sunday 9th September, with a limit of 1600 participants. Jane's husband Mike says,

I'm so excited to launch the event in one of the most spectacularly beautiful areas of Europe.

– Mike Tomlinson

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