A FAMOUS author of walking books has teamed up with a train operating company to create a rambling guide especially for rail passengers.

Mary Welsh, who is also a trained biologist, has created five scenic walks around the borders and Scotland for First TransPennine Express. It is the second in a series of guides showcasing picturesque walks which start from a number of railway stations.

The guide was created following the success of the first book which focused on the Lake District and Cumbria and which was short listed for two awards. Entitled 'Catch the train and go walking' the booklet encourages people to combine train travel with walking.

Mary Welsh, who is author of more than 40 walking books covering England and Scotland said: "I greatly enjoyed preparing these walks in the Borders and in Scotland. The ease of access by First TransPennine Express to the centre of the glorious towns and cities meant I arrived at the start of my rambles fresh and relaxed. I was able to enjoy fully their architecture, antiquity and magic, with more magic to come as I explored the lovely countryside all around."

The guide contains five walks from railway stations in Penrith, Carlisle, Lockerbie, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Passengers can choose from either urban, woodland or country-based walks, all with superb views.

Vernon Barker, managing director of First TransPennine Express, said: "Since we started running services to Scotland in December last year, the route has become increasingly popular. This walks booklet is a great way for people who use this service to experience some of the amazing scenery and culture in the Borders and Scotland, directly from the train station."

The guides can be obtained at Tourist Information Centres or stations on the First TransPennine Express network.

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