Livingston Group

Formed in 1980, to provide walking and social activities for Ramblers in the southern part of West Lothian, most of our members come from around Livingston, including Bathgate, Blackburn, East, West and Mid Calder, Uphall and Broxburn. We are a friendly and sociable group and our aim is to provide a full and varied walk schedule that can be enjoyed by all. To this end we have a walk programme on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The Thursday group meets on alternate Thursdays starting at 10am throughout the year, with most walks between 5 and 8 miles. The Saturday group concentrates on more challenging routes often to Munros and Corbetts, with other, closer hills included, especially in winter. The Sunday group, usually starting at 8am, offers a wide range of walks both low and high level with an aim of providing a variety of walking along river banks, glens or forests, hill climbs and coastal rambles. In addition weekends away to more distant hills are arranged several times a year.

Walks are often followed by a visit to a local hostelry or tearoom for a meal or snack. Most walk destinations are reached by car, and car-sharing is common. A standard mileage charge is applied per car and the cost is split equally between all participants including drivers.

The Thursday group meets at Livingston Football Car Park (LFCP), Alderstone Road, Livingston (NT047670). 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. Parking is normally available free of charge at both meeting points.

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.

Livingston walk leaders can borrow group OS maps from V McGowan and a list of maps and books are also available from John Dawson.

NOTES: 

  • Details of Weekends available from J Dawson 01506 630376 after programme meetings.
  • Our new Chairperson, Lillias Kelly, leads The Community Inclusion Team hillwalkers and has a range of low, moderate and high level walks planned, ending with Ben Lomond in August. Anyone wishing to walk and travel with them please contact Lillias.

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


WALKS PROGRAMME – April to October 2016

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

Sunday 10 April B+ walk 12km OS73
Leader: Hilda Haddon 01506 882399. Dundreich Ring. Hill walk from Eddleston, gradual rise onto Dundreich Hill and back past prehistoric fort. Can be boggy and mainly hill paths and field, farm tracks but some rough hill walking. 500m ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Thursday 14 April B walk 13km OS72
Leader: Val McGowan 01506 438706. Carluke and Clyde Walkway. Carluke to Crossford and Braidwood. Minor roads & footpaths. Minimal ascent. Meet LFCP 10:00.

Saturday 16 April C Walk 8km OS43
Leader: John Dawson 01506 630376. Killiecrankie to Tummel Linn. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Tuesday 19 April Programme Meeting
Time to work out our walking programme for Winter 2016/2017
Carmondean Community Centre, Nether Dechmont Farm from 7pm.
If you would like a special walk included, please come along and let us know

Sunday 24 April B+ walk 12km OS79
Leader: Hilda Haddon 01506 882399. 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.

Thursday 28 April C+ walk 12km OS Explorer 351
Leader: Rob Ebbins 01506 460631 or 07765 798106. Gullane to North Berwick coastal walk with return by public transport. Minimal ascent over beach, dunes & woods. Meet LFCP 10:00.

Sunday 1 May B walk 12km OS58
Lomond Hills circular via Holl Reservoir, Bishop Hill and West Lomond. 300m ascent on paths & hill tracks. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Saturday 7 May A walk 9km OS51
Meall Ghaordaidh (Munro) 890m ascent. Meet LNRS 07:00.

Sunday 8 May A walk 11km OS56
 Ben Lomond (Munro). Ben Lomond from Rowardennen via Ptarmigan. Good tracks & paths. 1000m ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Thursday 12 May B+ walk 9km OS72
Tinto Hill circular. Steep initial climb, fine views, then down by ridge tracks and farm road. 500m ascent. Meet LFCP 10:00.

Friday 13-16 May Braemar Weekend
Staying at Braemar SYHA
Make own hostel booking, walks to be discussed.
Contact leader for further information and transport details

Saturday 21 May B Walk 10km OS58
Lomond Hills via the Bunnet Stane. Good tracks but may be muddy in places. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Sunday 22 May B walk 16km OS73
Dunslair Heights circular. Peebles to Dunslair Heights via Glentress Forest along tracks & paths. 450m ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Thursday 26 May C walk 11km OS65
Beecraigs Country Park and Korean War Memorial. Balvornie car park to Witchcraig Hill, Wairdlaw and Beecraigs Country Park. 155m ascent. Meet LFCP 10:00.

Saturday 28 May A Walk 9km OS51
Schiehallion (Munro). 760m ascent. Meet LNRS 07:00.

Sunday 29 May B walk 14km OS Explorer 344
Circular walk in the Pentlands along hill paths & tracks. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Saturday 4 June A walk 7km OS51
Meall nan Tarmachan (Munro)(ridge weather dependent) 600m ascent. Meet LNRS 07:00.
Meall nan Tarmachan (Munro)(ridge weather dependent) 600m ascent. Meet LNRS 07:00.

Sunday 5 June B+ 21km OS Explorer 379
Loch Ordie and Deuchary Hill, circular. Walk by lochs and Deuchary Hill with fine views. Mainly good tracks some a bit rough. Gradual ascent then harder climb. Shorter easier option. 240m ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Thursday 9 June C walk 13km OS67
Ravensheugh Sands and Seacliff. Woodland paths, beach & country roads to Gegan Harbour and return. 200m ascent. Meet LFCP 10:00.

Saturday 11 June B+ walk 11km OS51
Meall Buidhe (Munro - Glen Lyon) + Garbh Mheall. 570m ascent. Meet LNRS 07:00.

Saturday 18 June, B walk 13km OS Explorer 344
Pentland tops from Nine Mile Burn, the Kips, Scald Law, Carnethy Hill, Turnhouse Hill, finish Flotterstone Visitor Centre. Good tracks but can be muddy in places. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Sunday 19 June B walk 8km OS57
Glenfinglas Reservoir via Kendrick Hill. Start from Glenfinglas visitor centre on A821 between Little Drum Wood and Brig o’ Turk, steep ascent which soon levels off. 560m ascent. Meet LNRS 07:30.

Thursday 23 June C+ walk 14.5km OS66/Explorer 345
Lammer Law and Hopes Reservoir. Circular walk from Blinkbonny Wood near Longyester over Lammer Law and return via Hopes reservoir. Mainly on hill tracks & minor roads. 350m ascent. Meet LFCP 10:00.

 Sunday 26 June C walk 16km Explorer 351
Aberlady Bay to North Berwick coastal walk, minimal ascent along path & beach. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Saturday 2 July, B walk 7.2km Explorer 347
 Conic Hill from Balmaha Visitor Centre with good views over Loch Lomond. Meet LNRS 07:30.

Sunday 3 July A walk 17.5km OS72
 Culter watershed. A long walk on which some stretches cross difficult, untracked grouse moors. 700m ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Thursday 7 July C walk 10.5km OS59
Crail circular, beach walking & good tracks. 100m Ascent. Meet LFCP 10:00.

Saturday 9 July B+ walk 19.5km OS77
The Minnigaff Hills, Larg Hill, Lamachan Hill and Curleywee (3 Donalds) starting from Auchinleck. 850m ascent. Meet LNRS 07:00.

Friday 15 - Monday 18 July Weekend at Ratagan SYHA
1506 630376
Make own hostel booking, walks to be discussed.
Contact leader for further information and transport details

Sunday 17 July B walk 17km OS52
Glen Turret circular. Glen Turret dam to Choinneachan Hill and Tom Eich on mountain tracks & paths. 600m ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Thursday 21 July C walk 12km OS66
Athelstaneford and Hopetoun Memorial circular from Athelstaneford to the ridge of the Garlton Hills on grassy field margins, footpaths & farm tracks. 125m ascent. Meet LFCP 10:00.

Sunday 24 July B walk 16.5km OS59
Elie circular. Walk from coast and returning inland. Coastal, farm & estate tracks. Minimal ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Saturday 30 July A walk 14km OS50
Beinn a’ Chochuill / Beinn Eunaich. (2 Munros). 930m ascent. Meet LNRS 07:00.

Sunday 31 July B walk 21km OS66
Edinburgh green circular from Water of Leith via Blackford Hill and Craiglockhart Glen. 200m ascent Meet LNRS 08:00.

Thursday 4 August C walk 10km OS58
Falkland circular. Falkland to Maspie Den and Lomond Hills, returning on tracks and grassy paths. 200m ascent. Meet LFCP 10:00.

Saturday 6 August A walk 12km OS42
Meall na Leitreach & The Sow of Atholl (2 Corbetts). 800m ascent. Meet LNRS 07:00.

Friday 12 – Monday 15 August Weekend at Grasmere YHA
1506 630376
Make own hostel booking, walks to be discussed.
Contact leader for further information and transport details

Sunday 14 August B walk 7km OS 57
 Beinn Each. The ascent is via a steep hill path and return descending the same path. 693m ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Thursday 18 August C walk 12.5km Explorer 337
Cademuir Hill Fort and the Tweed from Peebles. 250m ascent. Meet LFCP 10:00.

Sunday 21 August B walk 18km OS67
St. Abbs to Burnmouth. By bus from St. Abbs to Burnmouth and walking back via Eyemouth along cliff top path and some roads. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Saturday 27 August A walk 15km OS41/50
Beinn Fhionnlaidh (Appin). 960m ascent. Meet LNRS 07:00.

Sunday 28 August B+ walk 17km  OS43/52
Ben Vrackie (841m) & Killiecrankie circular starting from Moulin; optional as bealach walk without climb of Ben Vrackie. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Thursday 1 September B+ walk 9km OS67
Traprain Law from East Linton. Good tracks, can be muddy, with historic sites and ascent of the Law which is short if steep in places, return by the river. 220m ascent. Meet LFCP 10:00.

Saturday 10 September B walk 5km OS64
The Whangie from Queen’s View car park. 200m ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Sunday 11 September B+ walk 13km OS58
Ben Cleuch circular from Tillicoultry. Ben Cleuch via Andrew Gannel Hill, Ben Ever, Silver Glen and park. Good tracks & paths. 750m ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Thursday 15 September C walk 11km OS66
Corstorphine Hill to Cramond. Exploring Corstorphine Hill and down to the sea. Paths with steps & tracks, some road walking. 125m ascent. Meet Waverley Steps, Edinburgh 10:00.

Saturday 17 September A walk 20km OS41
Fraochaidh (Corbett) 1020m ascent. Meet LNRS 07:00.

Sunday 18 September C+ walk 12km OS52
Crieff circular from Macrosty Park returning by River Earn. Minimal ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Saturday 24 September B+ walk 18km OS77
Tarfessock and Kirriereoch Hill (2 Donalds). Return by Carnirock Stone. 700m ascent. Meet LNRS 07:00.

Sunday 25 September C walk 8km OS66
Falaknowe and Castlelaw circuit from Flotterstone Visitor Centre. Possible visit to Castlelaw Hill Fort and Woodhouse Lee Memorial. 488m ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Thursday 29 September C walk 4km OS66
Vogrie Country Park. Vogrie to Blinkbonnie Farm circular. Minimal ascent on good tracks & paths. Meet LFCP 10:00.

Tuesday 4 October Programme Meeting
Time to work out our walking programme for Summer 2017
Carmondean Community Centre, Nether Dechmont Farm from 7pm.
If you would like a special walk included, please come along and let us know

Saturday 8 October C walk 12.5km OS64
Lochgoin Reservoir circuit at Whitelee wind farm. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Sunday 9 October B+ walk 12km OS73
 Circular route taking in Dead Side, Hundleshope and Preston Law. Good tracks & paths. 600m ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Thursday 13 October B+ walk 9km OS65
Corston Hill ridge walk through Selm Wood.  A local ridge walk with fine views. Forestry & hill tracks and some rough walking, muddy at times. 340m ascent. Meet LFCP 10:00.

Saturday 15 October A walk 13km OS51
Ben Chonzie (Munro) by Glen Lednock route. 700m ascent.

Sunday 16 October B walk 17km OS52
Birnam, Rumbling Bridge circular. Birnam, Hermitage, Rumbling Bridge, Inver on forest tracks with minimal ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Sunday 23 October B + walk 15km OS58
Glen Sherup circular. A hill & ridge walk via Innerdownie, Whitewisp and Tarmangie hills, by good tracks. Muddy in places. 500m ascent. Meet LNRS 8:00.

Thursday 27 October 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. Walking mainly on coastal path & pavements 100m ascent. Meet LFCP 10:00.