Midlothian Group

The Midlothian Group is a friendly group with members from all over Midlothian.

We mainly meet on a Sunday and offer walks for all grades throughout the year. We usually have 2 weekends away during the year where all grades are catered for. An annual “long walk weekend” is also scheduled close to the Summer Solstice, where we undertake a long, linear/low level walk usually somewhere in the Highlands.

Prior to the Christmas break our traditional festive walk is followed by a high tea. This well-attended short walk is suitable for all grades of walkers. Members who are no longer able to walk with the group are invited to join us for the high tea.

Our regular meeting point is the car park at the Midlothian Indoor Bowling Club – MIBC – (NT329672) which allows all-day, free parking. It is located less than 5 minutes walk from the centre of Dalkeith, on Old Edinburgh Road, Dalkeith EH22 IJD. Dalkeith is well served by a number of bus routes. Buses from Bonnyrigg, Edinburgh, Musselburgh and other locations all
arrive in time to allow members to join us on our walks.

We rely on car sharing to reach the start of our walks and suggest a contribution of 35p per mile, per car. The total cost is
shared by the number of walkers.

We regret that no dogs are allowed on our walks.
WALKS PROGRAMME – April to October 2014
DIBC: Dalkeith Indoor Bowling Club Car Park

Sunday 6 April B+ Walk 9 miles
The Wiss. Tibbie Shiels Inn – The Wiss – Peat Law – Altrieve Rig – SUW – Tibbie Shiels Inn. OS73. Start GR 241206. Meet MIBC 9.00am.

Sunday 6 April C+ Walk
Gullane to Dirleton. A linear coastal walk mainly along the beach. Meet MIBC 9.30am.

Sunday 13 April B Walk 8 miles
Circular from Longniddry to Aberlady. Flat walk on tracks, woodland and coastal. OS Explorer 351. Meet MIBC 9.00am.

Sunday 20 April B Walk 9 miles
Circular walk from Gifford via Clacherdean Wood, Bolton, Eaglescairnie and Fawn Wood. OS66. Meet MIBC 9.30am.

Sunday 27 April B+ Walk 10 miles
Innerleithen Golf Course, Priesthope Hill, Glede Knowe, Middle Hill, Swad Law, Cairn Hill, Kirnie Law. OS Explorer 337. Start GR 335389. Meet MIBC 9.00 am.

Friday 2 May – Monday 5 May WEEKEND AWAY
Weekend away in Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway. Walks for all grades. Contact leader asap if interested

Sunday 11 May  B+ Walk  11.5 miles
Windlestraw Law (760m) circuit from Innerleithen. Highest point of the Moorfoots. Wood and moorland paths. Steep in places. OS73. Meet MIBC 9.00am.

Sunday 11 May C+ Walk 7 miles
Bonaly, Torduff, Clubbiedean circular walk in the heart of the Pentlands. Not too strenuous. Paths may be muddy in places. Excellent views. Meet MIBC 9.30am.

Saturday 24 May A Walk
Munros in the NW Highlands. Will involve overnight stays on Friday and Saturday evening. Contact leader for details. Arrange own accommodation

Sunday 25 May C Walk 7 miles
Linear walk Bilston to Dalkeith. Catching the No. 40 bus which leaves Dalkeith at 9.15am. Please be at bus stop in plenty of time to catch bus. Remember to bring your bus pass. Coffee at the Mayshade at end of walk.

Sunday 1 June B+ Walk 13 miles
Circular walk near Hawick. Barns, White Hill, Peelbraehope, Hawkhass, Stennishope, Penchrise Peel, Shankend Viaduct to start. Tracks and forest paths. Start GR 504095. Meet MIBC 9.00am.

Sunday 1 June B Walk 8 miles
Low level Pentland circular from Threipmuir. Road and tracks to Balerno via Glencorse and Harlaw reservoirs. Meet MIBC 9.00am.

Sunday 8 June B+ Walk 7miles
Ben Lomond – 974m. One of the easier Munros with extensive views of both the Highlands and the Lowlands. OS56. Start GR NS359986. Meet MIBC 8.30am.

Sunday 8 June C+ Walk 8 miles
Linear walk from Lochrin Basin along Union Canal towpath to Ratho. Returning by bus (bring bus passes). OS65/66. Start GR NT246728. Meet MIBC 9.00am.

Saturday 14 June A Walk 23.5 miles
The traditional Midlothian Walkers Annual Long Walk. This year we will be walking the Dava Way which runs from Forres to Grantown-on-Spey. Please make your own, or as a small group, accommodation arrangements, in Grantown. Almost all of the route follows the old Highland Railway line and is off road and safe from traffic. Along its length it passes through a pleasant mix of farmland, woodland and moorland. Contact leader for more details on walk and lodgings

Sunday 22 June B Walk 9 Miles
Circular from Eddleston. Eddleston to Shiplaw – Cloich Hills – Upper Stewarton – Eddleston. OS73. Start GR 242473. Meet MIBC 9.00am.

Sunday 29 June A Walk  8 miles
Munro. Stob Coire an Lochan – Stob Binnein (Munro) – Meall na Dige then south ridge to start. Starting from Inverlochlarig. OS51/57. Start GR 446185. Meet MIBC 8.00am.

Sunday 29 June C+ 8 miles
Dalkeith – Newbattle – Lady Lothian’s Plantation – Cockpen, Upper Dalhousie and return to Dalkeith. Meet MIBC 9.30am.

Sunday 6 July C Walk 7miles
Linear walk from Temple to Mayfield via Arniston and Gorebridge. OS66. Meet MIBC 9.30am.

Sunday 13 July B Walk 7.5 miles
Circular walk round St Mary’s Loch on tracks, paths and possibly through fields. Park at south end of loch at James Hogg monument. OS 73. Meet MIBC 9.30am.

Sunday 20 July C+ Walk 6 miles
Dunbar coastal walk along the John Muir Way. Meet MIBC 10.00am.

Sunday 27 July A Walk 13.5 miles
The Girthgate Walk. OS73. Start GR 490530. Meet MIBC 9.00am.

Sunday 27 July C Walk 7miles
Circular from Dalmeny via River Almond and Craigie Hill. OS65. Meet MIBC 9.30am.

Sunday 3 August C Walk 7 miles
Circular walk from Ladhope car park, Galashiels. Tracks, fields, woods and minor roads. Meet MIBC 9.30am.

Sunday 10 August C+ Walk 7 miles
Linear walk from East Linton to Dunbar via John Muir Way and cliff top trail. Good paths. Return to East Linton by bus. Bring bus passes. OS66. Meet MIBC 9.30am.

Sunday 17 August B+ Walk 6 miles
Munro. An Caisteal, south of Crianlarich. Height gain of 860m. A fine ridge-walk on track, grassy hillsides and some easy scrambling. Start GR NN370240. Meet MIBC 8.00am.

Sunday 24 August B+ Walk 11 miles
Mount Maw from Carlops via West Linton. Height gain of 354m. Start GR NT161559. Meet MIBC 9.00am.

Sunday 24 August C+ Walk 5.5 miles
Vogrie – Blinkbonny circuit. £1 parking charge at Vogrie Country Park. Meet MIBC 10.00am.

Sunday 31 August A Walk
Munros in the Glen Shee area. Contact leader for more details. Meets MIBC 8.00am.

Sunday 31 August B Walk 8 miles
Circular from Newtown St Boswells, Dryburgh, Scotts View and Leaderfoot. OS Explorer 338. Meet MIBC 9.30am.

Sunday 7 September A Walk 15 miles
Loch Venachar (near Callander) to Aberfoyle by forest tracks returning along the Rob Roy Way. The Rob Roy Way section can be boggy. Start GR NN592056. Meet MIBC 8.00am.

Sunday 14 September WEEKEND AWAY
A weekend in Pitlochry. Walks for all grades. Arrange own accommodation. Contact leader to express interest

Sunday 21 September B+ Walk 9 miles
Blackhope Scar from Gladhouse Reservoir. Moorfoot Farm – The Kipps – Blackhope Scar – Bowbeat Hill – Jeffries Corse and return to Moorfoot Farm. Can be very wet underfoot. OS73. Start GR NT291528. Meet MIBC 9.00am.

Sunday 21 September C Walk 7 miles
River Almond, Cammo Estate. Starting from Cramond village. Flat walk with an option of walking across to Cramond Island. Meet MIBC 9.30am.

Sunday 28 September C Walk 5 miles
A walk around Pencaitland/Winton House. Meet MIBC 9.30am.

Sunday 5 October B+ Walk 8 miles
A walk in the Ochils from Woodland Park, Alva. Ben Ever, Ben Cleuch, Andrew Gannel returning via Tillicoultry. OS58. Start GR 898975. Meet MIBC 9.00am.

Sunday 5 October C+ Walk 6 miles
Starting from Scots Pine to Boreland round Portmore Loch and return. Ascent of 120m. OS73. Start GR 243480. Meet MIBC 10.00am.

Sunday 12 October B+ Walk 9 miles
A circular walk from Nine Mile Burn across high moorland that connects two trans-Pentland footpaths, with fine views to Edinburgh, the bridges, Fife and beyond, as well as views of the Pentlands ridge that cannot be seen from anywhere else. Taking in the North Esk reservoir, crossing Kitchen Moss onto the Red Path track, passing just below West Kip, onto Monks Rig and returning to Nine Mile Burn. Start GR NT176577. Meet MIBC 9.00am.

Sunday 12 October C Walk 6 miles
Circular walk in the Penicuik area taking in Penicuik House Estate. Meet MIBC 9.30am.

Sunday 19 October B Walk 10 miles
Circular walk. Polton – Rosewell – Roslin and return. OS66. Meet MIBC 9.00am.

Sunday 19 October C Walk 6 miles
Circular walk near Penicuik. Lowrie's Den – Cuiken Glen – North Esk. Meet MIBC 9.30am.

Sunday 26 October B+ Walk 12 miles
Circular from Haddington. Haddington – Athelstaneford – East Linton and return to Haddington. Meet MIBC 9.00am.