Livingston Group

Formed in 1980, most of our members come from around Livingston including Bathgate, East, West & Mid Calder, Uphall, Blackburn and Broxburn.

Livingston Ramblers have 3 walking groups: The Thursday Alternative – walks which take place on alternate Thursdays throughout the year commencing at 10am. These are generally between 5 and 8 miles. The Saturday Challenge – walks take place most Saturdays, often starting at 7 or 7:30 am, with some challenging walks with Munros and Corbetts to the fore. The Sunday Venture walks start at 8am on most Sundays, ranging from 7 to 13 miles, and include a wide walk variety e.g. along river banks, valleys or forests, hill climbs and coastal rambles.

Walks are followed by a visit to a local hostelry or tearoom for a meal or snack. Most walk destinations are reached by car, so car-sharing is common. There are occasional weekends away plus the odd social occasion.

THERE ARE TWO MEETING POINTS: both the Saturday & Sunday groups meet at Livingston North Railway Station, Carmondean Centre South, Deans (LNRS) NT036687, located behind the Carmondean petrol garage and the Arnold Clark car dealership across the road from Morrisons.

The Thursday walks meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park, Almondvale Retail Park, Almondvale South (SCP) NT048661.

First Group buses operate out of Livingston Shopping Centre/bus terminal, which is approximately ¼ mile from SCP & 1.5 miles from LNRS, which is served by the no 26 to Carmondean.

TRAINS: LNRS sits on the Edinburgh/Bathgate line whilst SCP is near Livingston South station on the Edinburgh/Glasgow Central Line.

Parking is normally available free of charge at both Meeting Points.

PASSENGER DONATION: a standard mileage charge is applied and the cost is split equally between all the participants including car drivers.

We regret no dogs are allowed on our walks where livestock may be encountered. On other walks, dogs may be allowed at the discretion of the walk leader.



WALKS PROGRAMME – April to October 2014

Sunday 6 April B+ walk 21km OS 52
Loch Ordie and Deuchary Hill circular, 240m ascent along mostly good tracks with some rough walking. Alternative route avoids Deuchary Hill. Meet LNRS 8.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Thursday 10 April B walk 8.5km OS 58
Seamab Hill via Glen Quey, Common Edge Hill, Auchlinsky burn. 350m ascent on forest roads and grassy tracks. One fence to cross and very boggy at Auchlinsky burn. Meet Sainsbury’s car park 10.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Saturday 12 April B walk 14.7km OS 72
Broughton Heights. 565m ascent. Meet LNRS 7.30am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Friday 18 – Monday 21 April EASTER WEEKEND
Staying at Ullapool Youth Hostel. Walks to be discussed. Contact leader for further information and transport arrangements

Sunday 20 April 
CANCELLED

**Tuesday 22 April Programme Meeting,
time to work out our fixtures for Winter 2014. Carmondean Community Centre, Nether Dechmont Farm, from 7.00pm**

Thursday 24 April C++ walk 17km OS 65 (or Explorer 349)
Linlithgow to Falkirk Wheel linear canal walk. Minimal ascent through the Avon Valley with views of the Ochil and Kilsyth Hills, 630 metre tunnel and the Falkirk Wheel. Meet Strawberry Bank, Linlithgow Canal Centre, EH49 6AJ at 9.00am.

Sunday 27 April C+ walk 14km OS 52
Crieff circular via River Earn and Laggan Hill. Minimal ascent along good paths and hill tracks. Meet LNRS 8.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Sunday 4 May B walk 16km OS 73
Lammermuir Ridge Walk via Cleekhimin Bridge, Hogs Law and Glenburnie. 300m ascent. Meet LNRS 8.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Thursday 8 May B walk 11km OS 73
Walkerburn Bier Law circular. Forestry walk with gentle ascents and views along forestry tracks. Meet Sainsbury’s car park 10.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Saturday 10 May A walk 19km OS 50
Ben Oss and Beinn Dubhcraig (Munros). 1006m ascent. Meet LNRS 7.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Friday 16 – Monday 19 May Braemar Weekend
Staying at Braemar Youth Hostel. Walks to be discussed. Contact leader for further information and transport arrangements

Sunday 18 May B walk 13km OS 72
Broughton Heights circular. 700m ascent. Minor road, hill paths and tracks. Some steep ascents/descents. Meet LNRS 8.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Thursday 22 May C walk 15km OS 65
Carlops circular via North Esk Reservoir, Monks Road and Nine Mile Burn, mainly along track, possibly muddy. Meet Sainsbury’s car park 10.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Saturday 24 May B+ Walk 17km OS 77
Moorbrock Hill, Cairnsmore of Carsphairn, Beninner circular from Water of Ken road (Corbett+ Donald). 800m ascent. Meet LNRS 7.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Sunday 25 May B+ walk 21km OS 43
Blair Atholl circular. 650m ascent along hill tracks and minor roads. Meet LNRS 8.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Sunday 1 June A walk 17km OS 51
Glen Ogle and Glen Dubh circular. Hill walk with 1800m ascent along rough hill tracks and old rail line. Meet LNRS 8.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Thursday 5 June C walk 10km OS 57
Darn Walk Circular, Bridge of Allan.
Riverside and woodland walk on paths, some parts stony and muddy, short stretch on disused road. 6 miles with some slight rises.
Meet Sainsbury’s car park 10.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Saturday 7 June A walk 16km OS 50/51
Beinn Heasgarnich (Munro). 1219m ascent. Meet LNRS 7.30am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Saturday 14 June B+ walk 13km OS 51
Meall nan Tarmachan (Munro). 744m ascent. Meet LNRS 7.30am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Sunday 15 June B walk 14km Explorer 338
Dryburgh Abbey circular from Newtown St Boswells on sections of Borders Abbeys Way and St Cuthbert’s Way. Meet LNRS 8.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Thursday 19 June C+ walk 8km OS 65
West Cairn Woods encompassing Harperrig Reservoir and Squirrel Wood. 90m ascent along forest tracks. Meet Sainsbury’s car park 10.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Saturday 21 June B walk 11km OS 56
Beinn Bheula (Corbett). 730m ascent. Meet LNRS 7.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Sunday 22 June C+ walk 14km OS 52
Ross circular (Comrie) from Ross Village via Water of Ruchill, Blairmore Farm and Aberuchill Castle. 450m ascent mainly on farm roads and paths with a grassy section. Meet LNRS 8.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Saturday 28 June B+ walk 13km OS 51
Beinn nan Oighreag (Corbett). 838m ascent. Meet LNRS 7.30am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Sunday 29 June B Walk 12km OS 58
Lomond Hills circular via Holl reservoir, Bishop Hill and West Lomond. 300m ascent along paths and hill tracks. Meet LNRS 8.00am. Offers of /requests for transport to the leader.

Thursday 3 July B walk 13km OS 57
Ben Gullipen, Callander. 410m steady climb along paths and forest tracks with extensive views over the surrounding countryside. Meet Sainsbury’s car park 9.30am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Saturday 5 July B walk 11km OS 42
Meall Chuaich (Munro). 610m ascent. Meet LNRS 7.30am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Friday 11 – Monday 14 July Ratagan Weekend
Staying at Ratagan Youth Hostel. Walks to be discussed. Contact leader for further information and transport arrangements

Sunday 13 July B walk 14km OS 52
Meall nam Fuarah circular, summit and along riverside. 400m ascent, along tracks and paths. Meet LNRS 8.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Thursday 17 July C walk 8km OS 65
Charlestown and Limekilns circular (Fife). Negligible ascent along paths, minor road and estate tracks. Meet Sainsbury’s car park 10.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Saturday 19 July B walk 9km OS 56
The Cobbler (Corbett). 890m ascent. Meet LNRS 7.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Sunday 20 July A+ walk 20km OS 51
Creag Mac Ranaich and Meall an t-Seallaidh (Corbetts). 1050m ascent. There is a good track running up Glen Kendrum to the pass, but no paths once you have left this. The ascent of Creag Mac Ranaich is very steep. Meet LNRS 8.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Saturday 26 July A Walk 23km OS 44
Broad Cairn & Cairn Bannoch (2 Munros). Circular from Glen Clova returning by Jock’s Road. 900m ascent. Meet LNRS 7.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Sunday 27 July C+ walk 10km OS 66
A slow Pentland wander incorporating Maiden’s Cleugh, Bonaly Reservoir and Phantom’s Cleugh. 270m ascent along hill tracks and paths (may be muddy). Meet LNRS 9.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Thursday 31 July C walk 9km OS 66
Aberlady-Gullane circular. Minimal ascent coastal and beach walk on tracks, beach and paths. Meet Sainsbury’s car park 10.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Saturday 2 August A walk 24km OS 44
Mount Keen (Munro). 762m ascent. Meet LNRS 7.30am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Saturday 9 August A walk 10km OS 50
Ben Cruachan (Munro). 1200m ascent. Meet LNRS 7.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Sunday 10 August B walk 16km OS 59
Crail circular. Minimal ascent coastal and farmland walk, along good paths and tracks. Meet LNRS 8.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Thursday 14 August C walk 13km OS 64
Kilsyth circular via Auchinstarry, Croy Hill, Twechar and Castle Hill along paths and canal towpath, possibly muddy. Meet Sainsbury’s car park 10.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Friday 15 – Monday 18 August Grasmere Weekend
Staying at Grasmere Youth Hostel. Walks to be discussed. Contact leader for further information and transport arrangements

Sunday 17 August B+ walk 17km OS 43/52
Ben Vrackie (841m) and Killiecrankie circular from Moulin. Less strenuous option via bealach walk without climb of Ben Vrackie. Meet LNRS 8.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Saturday 23 August B+ Walk 18km OS 77
Minnigaff 3 circular, Larg Hill, Lamachan Hill and Curleywee, (Graham + 2 Donalds). Circular from Auchinleck. 800m ascent. Meet LNRS 7.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Sunday 24 August  B walk 17km OS 65
Culross and Devilla forest circular along good paths with minimal ascent. Early visit to cafe in the forest. Optional visit to Abbey ruins if time allows. Meet LNRS 8.30am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Thursday 28 August B walk 10km Explorer 369
Glenearn Hills circular. Well-graded hill walk with some steep sections. 300m ascent on paths and tracks. Meet Sainsbury’s car park 10.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Saturday 30 August  MAP READING 7km OS 65
Introductory course on map reading and navigating using a map and compass. The session will be held at Beecraigs Country Park with theory then time to practise the skills. 100m ascent. Meet LNRS 8.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader

Saturday 6 September TRY GEOCACHING 7km OS 65
Introductory course on geocaching using a GPS to locate and find caches. Session will be held at Beecraigs Country Park with an introduction to the concept of geocaching and then time to put theory into practice and find some caches. 100m ascent. Meet LNRS 8.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader

Sunday 7 September B walk 16km OS 65
Falkirk Wheel circular along Union Canal to Shieldhill. Minimal ascent along paths and towpaths. Meet LNRS 8.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Thursday 11 September C walk 10km OS 65
Wild West Livingston including Eliburn, Starlaw, Seafield and River Almond. 110m ascent along footpaths, roads and occasionally muddy paths. Meet Sainsbury’s car park 10.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Saturday 13 September B walk 13km OS 51/52
Ben Chonzie (Munro). 671m ascent. Meet LNRS 7.30am. Offers of/request for transport to leader.

Sunday 14 September B+ walk 10km OS 57
Ben Ledi circular (Corbett). 879m ascent up Ben Ledi then descent down good paths to forest tracks. Meet LNRS 8.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Saturday 20 September A Walk 21km OS 77
South end of Rhinns of Kells, Corserine, Milldown, Millfire, Meikle Millyea, (Corbett + 2 Donalds). Circular from Forrest Lodge. 850m ascent. Meet LNRS 7.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Sunday 21 September B walk 18km OS 72
Tibbie Shiels figure of 8 including Earl’s Hill, Riskin Hope, Pikestone Rig, Craighill, Scabcluch Burn and Loch of the Lowes. 670m ascent along hill tracks, possibly wet and boggy hill walking and some roads. Meet LNRS 8.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Thursday 25 September C+ walk 11km OS 52
Birnam and The Hermitage circular over Rumbling Bridge via Balhomish farm and woodland following Inchewan Burn. 200m ascent along good tracks and paths, occasionally muddy. Meet Sainsbury’s car park 10.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Saturday 4 October B walk 13km OS 57
Beinn Stacath (Corbett). 653m ascent. Meet LNRS 7.30am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Sunday 5 October B walk 16km Explorer 386, 394
Glen Banvie and Bruar Circuit. 380m ascent along forest tracks and moors. Meet LNRS 8.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

**Tuesday 7 October Programme Meeting,
time to work out our fixtures for Summer 2015. Carmondean Community Centre, Nether Dechmont Farm, from 7.00pm**

Thursday 9 October C walk 8km OS 65
Cammo Estate circular from Cramond Brig. Steep incline at start, then level on paths which can be muddy. Meet Sainsbury’s car park 10.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Sunday 12 October B walk 21km OS 66
Edinburgh Green circular from Water of Leith via Blackford Hill and Craiglockhart Glen. 200m ascent. Meet LNRS 08.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Saturday 18 October B+ Walk 12km OS 57
Beinn Dearg (Graham). Circular from Glen Artney. 600m ascent. Meet LNRS 7.30am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Sunday 19 October B walk 18km OS 73
Peebles Circular via Jedderfield, South Head Hill and White Meldon returning along River Tweed Walkway. 500m ascent on paths and grassy slopes. Meet LNRS 8.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.

Thursday 23 October C walk 8km OS 66
Gladhouse Reservoir circular along farm tracks and minor road with good views. Meet Sainsbury’s car park 10.00am. Offers of/requests for transport to leader.