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 – October 2014 to April 2015

Saturday 4 October B walk 13km OS 57
Beinn Stacath (Corbett). 653m ascent. Meet LNRS 7.30am.

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.

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.

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 8.00am.

Saturday 18 October B+ walk 12km OS 57
Beinn Dearg (Graham). Circular from Glen Artney. 600m ascent. Meet LNRS 7.30am.

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.

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.

Saturday 25 October B walk 8km OS 51
Meall nan Subh (Corbett). 510m ascent. Meet LNRS 7.30am.

Sunday 26 October B walk  15km  OS 57
Queen Elizabeth Forest Circular. Braeval to David Marshall Lodge, Craigmore via Dukes Pass. 400m ascent on good forest track & paths. Meet LNRS 8.00am.

£5 deposit required by 31 October for Christmas Meal

Saturday 1 November B walk 8km OS 73
  Eildon Hills. 422m ascent. Meet LNRS 7.30am.

Tuesday 4 November
AGM, Quiz and Cheese and Wine.
Carmondean Community Centre,
Nether Dechmont Farm, from 7.00pm

Thursday 6 November B walk 11km OS 64
Craigend Castle & Mugdock Country Park circular via Mugdock & Carbeth lochs mainly along good tracks with minimal ascent. Meet Sainsbury’s car park 10.00am.

Saturday 8 November B walk 12km OS 72
Ladyurd Hill & Penvalla from Broughton Place. 500m ascent. Meet LNRS 8.00am.

Sunday 9 November B walk  13km  OS 52
Atholl Woods, Dunkeld via Craig a Barns, Rotmell farm, Raor Lodge and the Glack. 475m ascent on forest paths & tracks. Meet LNRS 8.00am.

Saturday 15 November B+ walk 15km Explorer 336
Three Donalds from Drumelzier. Round walk ascending Pykestone Hill (Donald), Middle Hill (Donald) and Drumelzier Law (Donald). Generally good paths but boggy sections on the cols between the hills. 700m ascent. Meet LNRS 7.00am.

Sunday 16 November B walk 15km OS 65
Carlops circular via North Esk Reservoir & Nine Mile Burn. 300m ascent, along tracks, sometimes muddy. Meet LNRS 8.00am.

Thursday 20 November B walk 8km OS 57
Dumyat circular from the Sheriffmuir Road. 200m ascent on rough paths and track, some sections can be boggy. Meet Sainsbury’s car park 10.00am.

Saturday 22 November B walk 9km OS 51
Beinn Dearg (Glen Lyon) (Corbett). 630m ascent. Meet LNRS 7.30am.

Sunday 23 November B walk 16km Explorer 344
Covenanter’s Grave, from West Linton. 120m ascent mostly along good tracks, though one section may be boggy. Meet LNRS 8.00am.

Thursday 4 December C walk 11km OS 65
Livingston circular via Bellsquary, Camp Bridge, Williamston Bridge & Lizzie Brice’s strip. 110m ascent along tarred paths and a good riverside path. Meet Sainsbury’s car park 10.00am.

Friday 5 December Christmas Meal.
Deposit of £5 required by end of October
Contact S Kinnaird 01506 882992

Sunday 7 December B+ walk 14km OS 73
Cloich Hills circular from Eddleston. 950m ascent hill & forestry walk along drove road on good tracks. Meet LNRS 8.00am.

Saturday 13 December B walk 12.5km Explorer 337
Cademuir Hill Fort and the Tweed from Peebles. Generally good paths but boggy in places. 245m ascent. Meet LNRS 7.30am.

Sunday 14 December C walk 16km Explorer 351
Aberlady Bay to North  Berwick coastal walk, minimal ascent along paths & beach. Meet LNRS 8.00am.

Thursday 18 December B walk 13km OS 65
Craigie Woods and the Dalmeny Estate circular via shoreline & Barnbougle Castle. 100m ascent along woodland tracks & paths, with some tarmac roads. Meet Sainsbury’s car park 10.00am.

Sunday 21 December B walk  14km  Explorer 344
Circular walk in the Pentlands along hill paths and tracks. Meet LNRS 8.00am.

Tuesday 30 December – Thursday 1 January NEW YEAR in OBAN
Stay at Oban Youth Hostel. Make own hostel booking. Local walk/Kerrera island/street party. Contact leader for further information and transport arrangements

Sunday 4 January C walk 14km OS 65
Hopetoun to Blackness. 50m ascent. Gentle walk along good woodland paths & stony beach. Meet LNRS 9.00am.

Saturday 10 January B Walk 6km OS 67
Spartleton. 300m ascent. Blow the festive cobwebs away with a short but scenic walk in Lammermuir Hills, including the ruins of one of the smallest castles in Scotland. Meet LNRS 8.30am.

Sunday 11 January B walk 14km OS 57
Loch Achray & Drunkie Circular. 200m ascent, along tracks & grass paths. Meet LNRS 8.00am.

Thursday 15 January C walk 11km Explorer 367
East Wemyss to Lower Largo along the Fife Coastal Path with return to East Wemyss by public transport. Minimal ascent. Meet Sainsbury’s car park 10.00am.

Saturday 17 January B Walk 4km OS 57
Ben A’an. 340m ascent. Meet LNRS 7.30am.

Sunday 18 January C+ walk 13km OS 58
Rumbling Bridge circular. A river and country walk along good tracks and paths with 60m ascent. Meet LNRS 8.00am.

Saturday 24 January B walk 11km OS 51
Creag Uchdag (Corbett). 750m ascent. Meet LNRS 7.30am.

Thursday 29 January C walk 12km OS 66
Calton Hill and Holyrood Park Hills. 280m ascent along good paths with some street walking. Meet at Waverley Steps, Edinburgh 10.00am.

Sunday 1 February B walk  17km  Explorer 344
Pentland Hills circular via Red Road, Cock Rig, Spittal Hill and Green Law. 500m ascent along road & hill tracks. Some rough muddy terrain with one steep ascent. Meet LNRS 8.00am.

Saturday 7 February B Walk 12km OS 52
Meall nan Caorach / Meall Reamhar (2 Grahams). 500m ascent. Please note that this walk requires approximately 1km of road walking each way on A822, as only suitable parking is in Amulree. Meet LNRS 8.00am.

Sunday 8 February C walk 14km OS 65
  Union Canal to Mid Calder via Almondell Country Park, local walk with minimal ascent.  Meet LNRS 9.00am.

Thursday 12 February B walk 8km OS 58
Cleish Hills and Loch Glow circular. Moderate hill climb, on tracks and paths. Can be muddy. Total ascent 160m. Meet Sainsbury’s car park 10.00am.

Saturday 14 February B Walk 10km OS 58/59
  Lomond Hills. 370m ascent. Meet LNRS 7.30am.

Sunday 15 February B walk 19km OS 58
Loch Leven circular starting at Kinross. Minimal ascent on good path. Meet LNRS 8.00am.

Saturday 21 February B walk 13km OS 51
Meall nam Maigheach (Corbett). 620m ascent. Meet LNRS 7.30am.

Thursday 26 February C walk 13km Explorer 367
Dalgety Bay to Aberdour along coastal path with minimal ascent. Meet Sainsbury’s car park 10.00am.

Sunday 1 March B walk  16km  OS 67
Circular walk from Tyninghame including Ravensheugh sands and cliffs. Minimal ascent. Meet LNRS 8.00am.

Saturday 7 March B Walk 13km OS 79
Cauldcleuch Head (Graham/Donald). 400m ascent. Meet LNRS 7.30am.

Sunday 8 March B walk 15km OS 57
Ben Venue circular. Gentle 725m ascent mainly good paths but with possible boggy sections. Odd rocky section. Meet LNRS 8.00am.

Thursday 12 March B walk 12km OS 58
Dollar-Glendevon linear walk following the ancient 'Cadgers Yett' track used by drovers to take cattle from Auchterarder to Falkirk. 170m ascent on well-defined hill paths and forestry tracks. Meet Sainsbury’s car park 10.00am.

Sunday 15 March C+ walk 17km OS 65
New Lanark and Falls of Clyde through nature reserve. 50m ascent with some steps but mostly on good tracks and paths. Meet LNRS 8.00am (may change to 9.00).

Saturday 21 March C Walk 8km OS 43
Killicrankie/Tummel linear. Meet LNRS 7.30am.

Thursday 26 March C walk  10km OS 58
210m ascent along forest paths and roads. Meet Sainsbury’s car park 10.00am.

Sunday 29 March B walk 14km OS 73
The Three Brethren circular via Tibbie Tamson’s Grave and Peat Law. 250m ascent along good paths. Meet LNRS 8.00am.

Thursday 2 April C+ walk  10km Explorer 344
Pentland Hills circular via Maiden’s Cleuch, Bonaly Reservoir & Kirkton Cottage. 230m ascent along hill paths. Meet Sainsbury’s car park 10.00am.

Friday 3 – Monday 6 April EASTER WEEKEND
Staying at Ullapool Youth Hostel. Make own hostel booking. Walks to be discussed. Contact leader for further information and transport arrangements

Sunday 5 April  B+ walk 12km OS 73
Dundreich Ring from Eddleston with the Easter Day egg roll.
Total ascent 500m. Steady hill climb to ridge on good but occasionally muddy paths & tracks. Meet LNRS 8.00am.

Thursday 9 April C+ walk 14km OS 65
Blackness to Linlithgow section of John Muir Way. 100m shore walk along the Forth from Blackness to Bo’ness then easy climb through Kinneil Woods followed by descent through farmland to Linlithgow. Meet Sainsbury’s car park 10.00am.

Saturday 11 April B Walk 14km OS 56
Creag Tharsuinn (Graham) from Glen Masson. 560m ascent.
Meet LNRS 7.00am. Please note mileage cost plus approx £8 per person (return) for Western Ferries McInroy’s Point - Hunter’s Quay.

Sunday 12 April B walk  15 km  Explorer 370
Falkland and the Lomond hills. Total ascent 650m. Meet LNRS 8.00am.

Tuesday 21 April Programme Meeting,
time to work out our fixtures for Winter 2015/16.
Carmondean Community Centre, Nether Dechmont Farm, from 7.00pm

Thursday 23 April  C+ walk 12km  Explorer 351
Gullane to North Berwick coastal walk with return by public transport. Minimal ascent over beach, dunes & woods. Meet Sainsbury’s car park 10.00am.

Sunday 26 April   B walk  10km  OS 57
Ben Ledi foothills via Bochastle Hill, Stank Glen and old railway line passing the Falls of Leny. 350m ascent along forest track, one steep descent, and the old railway line and riverside path. Meet LNRS 8.00am.

Thursday 30 April C walk  9km OS 64
Chatelherault Country Park following the River Avon to Green Bridge and return via opposite bank. 100m ascent along good forest tracks, occasionally muddy. Meet Sainsbury’s car park 10.00am.