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.

For walk enquiries please contact us or telephone Petra on 0131 313 1646 for more details.


WALKS PROGRAMME – October 2015 to April 2016

Thursday 1 October B Walk 6.5km OS 58
Tillicoultry and Dollar circular on paths and disused railway. 100m ascent. Meet LFCP 10:00.

Tuesday 6 October Programme Meeting,
time to work out our walks for Summer 2016.
Carmondean Community Centre, Nether Dechmont Farm, from 7.00pm**
If you would like a special walk included,
please come along and let us know

Saturday 10 October B Walk 16 km OS 58
Ochil Hills circular. (3 Donalds) King’s Seat Hill, Tarmangie Hill, Innerdownie from Dollar Glen. 700m ascent. Meet LNRS 07:30.

Sunday 11 October B Walk 14km OS 57
Ben Venue circular. 725m ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Thursday 15 October C+ Walk 13km OS 66
Brushing the Pentlands: cleuchs and reservoirs. Circular from Balerno past Malleny House to Currie, through Poet’s Glen to Blinkbonny, then onto Clubbiedean and Torduff reservoirs and up to Bonaly reservoir, returning over Harbour Hill to Harlaw reservoir and Balerno. 360m ascent. Meet LFCP 10:00.

Saturday 17 October B+ Walk 8km OS 50/56
  Ben Vorlich (Munro) Loch Lomond. 943m ascent. Meet LNRS 07:30.

Sunday 18 October C+ Walk 14km OS 52
Crieff circular via River Earn and Laggan Hill, minimal ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Saturday 24 October B Walk 10km OS 72/78/79
  A favourite walk over 2 Donalds. Parking by Megget Stone then Carlavin Hill, Moll’s Cleuch Dod, Firthybrig Head, Lochcraig Head, Nickies Knowe and Woodbrae. 500m ascent. Meet LNRS 07:30.

Sunday 25 October C+ Walk 14.6km OS 51
Glen Lochay circuit over tracks and minor tarred road. 340m ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Thursday 29 October C Walk 5km OS 58
Falkland circular to Maspie Den and East Lomond. 200m ascent on good tracks and paths. Meet LFCP 10:00.

Saturday 31 October B Walk 12km OS 50
Beinn Chuirn (Corbett). 700m ascent. Meet LNRS 07:30.

Tuesday 3 November
AGM, Quiz and Cheese and Wine.
Carmondean Community Centre,
Nether Dechmont Farm from 7pm

Saturday 7 November B Walk 4km OS 57
Leader: John Dawson 01506 630376. Ben A’an 340m ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Sunday 8 November B walk 15.2km OS 58
Glen Sherup. A circular walk taking in Innerdownie, Whitewisp Hill, Tarmangie Hill and Ben Shee. High grassy ridges with steep ascent and descent, plus tracks through glen. 500m ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Thursday 12 November C Walk 11km Explorer 367
Burntisland to Ravenscraig Castle, Kirkcaldy. Varied walk along part of the Fife Coastal Path. Return to Burntisland by public transport. Around 100m ascent, walking mainly on coastal path and pavement. Meet LFCP 10:00.

Saturday 14 November B walk 14km OS 72
Culter Fell and Gathersnow Hill from Birthwood, return by Culter Waterhead (1 Graham/2 Donalds). 720m ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Sunday 15 November B+ walk 15km OS 72
Gypsy Glen and Glen Sax Ridge. By drove road up onto ridge then descent into Glen Sax. Steep hill ascents by tracks and some rough terrain and farm road. 740m ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Sunday 22 November B walk 16km OS 72
Romannobridge circular. Romannobridge, Whiteside Hill and Wether Law. Mainly good tracks and paths. 400m ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Thursday 26 November B+ walk 9km OS 65
Through Selm Muir Wood to Corston Hill Ridge with panoramic views. Woodland paths, farm tracks and rough grass hill tracks. May be muddy. 340m ascent. Meet LFCP 10:00.

Friday 4 December Christmas Meal
7.00pm at Oatridge Hotel, Uphall
Deposit of £5 required by end of October.
Contact Stuart Kinnaird 01506 882992

Sunday 6 December 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 08:00.

Sunday 13 December B walk 14km OS 73
Minch Moor circuit from Walkerburn. Forest track via Cadon Bank, Minch Moor, Middle Rig, Bold Burn. Forest roads/tracks and minor tarred road. 617m ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Thursday 17 December  C+ 12km OS 66/Explorer 350
Calton Hill and Holyrood Park Hills. 280m ascent on good paths and tracks, some steep ascents which can be avoided. Some road walking and steps. Meet Waverley Steps, Edinburgh at 10:00.

Sunday 20 December B walk 16km Explorer 344
Covenanter’s Grave. Moderate walk from West Linton on mostly good tracks. One section of boggy moorland. 120m gentle ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Sunday 3 January B++ walk 9km OS 72
Tinto Hill circular. Steep initial climb then hill tracks on ridge, rough tracks, farm road and woodland. 500m ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Thursday 7 January B+ walk 10km OS 57
Stirling University - Dumyat Loop. Hill paths, can be muddy in low sections. 300m ascent. Meet LFCP 10:00.

Saturday 9 January B walk 11km OS 72
Craigengar and 3 counties meet from A70 (Tarbrax road end). 200m ascent. Meet LNRS 08:30.

Sunday 10 January B walk 16km OS 73
Dunslair Heights circular. Peebles to Dunslair heights via Glentress Forest. Tracks and paths. 450m ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Saturday 16 January B walk 10km OS 58/59
Leader: John Dawson 01506 630376. Lomond Hills 370m ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Sunday 17 January  B walk OS65
Culross and Devilla Forest 17km. Meet LNRS 08:30.

Thursday 21 January B walk 13km OS 66
Pentlands circular. Red Moss, Harlaw, Loganlea Reservoir, Bavelaw. Hill tracks and short road section. 200m ascent. Meet LFCP 10:00.

Sunday 31 January B walk 17 km OS 65
Rodger’s Kirk Pentland Hills. Slipperfield, Catstone and Medwin Water. Tracks and some rough boggy heather bashing. 466m ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Thursday 4 February  - Moved to 11 Feb
Apologies, this walk had to be cancelled.

Sunday 7 February  C walk 13 km OS 65
Society to Blackness. Easy, made-up path with mostly flat terrain. Meet LNRS 09:00 or 09:30 Car park to the right of Hopetoun House Gate Lodge before Society Grounds.

Thursday 11 February  C walk 11 km/7miles Explorer 367
East Wemyss to Lower Largo. Varied walk along part of the Fife Coastal Path from the scene of an infamous murder to the birthplace of Alexander Selkirk, the “real” Robinson Crusoe. Return to East Wemyss by public transport. Minimal ascent, easy walking mainly on made-up paths. Meet LFCP 10:00.

Saturday 13 February B walk 10km OS 72
Broad Law (Corbett) from Megget Stone, return by Porridge Cairn and Wylie’s Hill. 450m ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Sunday 14 February B walk 11km OS 58
Castle Law. Forgandenny to Glenearn, Castle Law and Culteuchar Hill. Tracks and paths. 300m ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Thursday 18 February B+ walk 12km OS 66
Cape Law Hill by Torduff and Bonaly Reservoir. Hill and ridge walk. Mainly by good paths, but may be muddy in parts. 350m ascent. Meet LFCP 10:00.

Saturday 20 February B walk 10km OS 56
Leader: John Dawson 01506 630376. Luss Hills 660m ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Sunday 28 February B+ walk 13km OS 73
The Wiss and St Mary's Loch. Rough trackless ascent of The Wiss and return along lochside via SUW. Rough hill-walking with some hill tracks and long distance trail. May be muddy. 589m ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Thursday 3 March C walk 13km OS 65
Falkirk Wheel to the Kelpies and the Helix. From the Falkirk wheel along the Forth and Clyde Canal towpath to Helix Park and the Kelpies sculptures. Return by the same route. Good tracks and paths with very little ascent. Meet LFCP 10:00.

Saturday 5 March B Walk 14km OS 78
Lowther Hills circular from Wanlockhead over East Mount Lowther, Lowther Hill, Green Lowther, Dun Law and Glen Ea’s Hill. (1 Graham, 4 Donalds). 850m ascent. Meet LNRS 07:30.

Sunday 6 March B walk 16km OS 73
Glentress Forest circular. Peebles via Dunslair Heights & Glentress Forest. 450m ascent on tracks and paths. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Saturday 12 March B walk 12km OS 72
Leader: John Dawson 01506 630376. Broughton Heights. 300m ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Sunday 13 March B walk 18km
Griffin forest. Undulating forestry tracks. 410m ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Thursday 17 March B+ walk 10km OS 58
Castle Campbell - Glenquey Loop. Hill paths. 100m ascent. Meet LFCP 10:00.

Friday 25 – Monday 28 March Easter weekend
Staying at Ullapool Youth Hostel.
Make own hostel booking. Walks to be discussed.
Contact leader for further information and transport arrangements

Sunday 27 March B+ walk 12km OS 73
Kirnie Law, Priesthope and the River Tweed. Forest and riverside paths. Some steep paths. Some sections may be muddy at times. 700m ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Thursday 31 March C walk 10km
Pitmedden forest. Out round Pitcairlie hill and back. Good forest tracks. 273m ascent. Meet LFCP 10:00.

Sunday 3 April B walk 12km OS 52
Birnam circular. Birnham, Rumbling Bridge and the Hermitage. Forest tracks and paths. Minimal ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Thursday 14 April B walk 13km OS 72
Carluke and Clyde Walkway. Carluke to Crossford and Braidwood. Minor roads and footpaths. Minimal ascent. Meet LFCP 10:00.

Saturday 16 April C Walk 8km OS 43
Leader: John Dawson 01506 630376. Killiecrankie to Tummel Lyn. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Tuesday 19 April Programme Meeting,
time to work out our walks for Winter 2016/17.
Carmondean Community Centre, Nether Dechmont Farm, from 7.00pm
If you would like a special walk included,
please come along and let us know

Sunday 24 April B++ walk 12km OS 79
Grey Mare's Tail and White Coomb Ridge. Ascent by steep path alongside the Grey Mare's Tail to Loch Skeen then ascent onto ridge climbing to White Coomb (Corbett). Clear but steep paths at times muddy. Steepish descent from White Coomb to ford. 700m ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.