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.

If you would like to go on one or more of our walks or other events please contact us identifying the event(s) and we'll email you back with details of how to contact the Walk Leader. Please allow a couple of days for us to reply.

WALKS PROGRAMME – April to October 2016
MIBC: Midlothian Indoor Bowling Club Car Park

Sunday 3 April  B+ Walk  12 miles
Herring Road and Clints Dod, nr Stenton. An enjoyable circuit over the open heathery moors of the eastern Lammermuirs, giving fine views towards the North Sea. The Herring Road – used on the return – is an ancient route once used by the folk from the hills to carry herring back from Dunbar for use during the winter; it passes through an area occupied by a windfarm. Open moorland tracks and minor roads for much of the distance; some sections of the old routes have become much rougher underfoot. OS346 Start GR: NT620725. Approx arrival at start 09:30. Meet MIBC 09:00

Sunday 10 April  C+ Walk  7 miles
Eddleston to Peebles linear. OS73 Start GR: NT242472. Approx arrival at start 10:07. Meet MIBC 09:30

Sunday 17 April  C Walk  7 miles
Melrose, Trimontium and River Tweed circular. OS73 Start GR: NT546341. Approx arrival at start 10:00. Meet MIBC 09:00

Sunday 17 April  B+ Walk  10 miles
toots.burnett59@gmail.com Pentland Hills circular. Old Kirk Road, The Howe, Hare Hill, West Kip, East Kip, Scald Law. OS66 Start GR: NN211608. Approx arrival at start 09:30. Meet MIBC 09:00

Friday 29 April – Sunday 1 May WEEKEND AWAY
eader: G Aitken (0131 663 9444)
Staying at the Angus Hotel, Blairgowrie, Perthshire.
Various levels of walks throughout the weekend.
Contact leader for more information

Sunday 1 May  B Walk 14 km / 9.5miles
West Linton circular. West Linton, Garvald, Covenanter’s Grave, North Slipperfield, West Linton. Mostly tracks with a short section over moorland, easy pace. OS344, NT142522 Meet MIBC 09:00

Sunday 8 May  C+ Walk 8miles
Roseburn – Leith – Roseburn. Along old railway line to Newhaven, on to Leith, return by Water of Leith walkway. Circular OS350, NT232733 Meet MIBC 09:00

Sunday 15 May  B Walk 10miles
Leader: J Gilhooly (0131 660 4800) john.gil@hotmail.co.uk Lammermuirs, Dye Cottage to Wedderlairs return, paths and heather. Circular OS67, NT649580 Meet MIBC 09:30

Sunday 22 May  C+ Walk 11km
Leader: Margaret Robertson (0131 663 3904) Flemington + Drove Road start & finish – Newlands Kirk, on B7059 near Romannobridge, climb at start of walk then following contours of hill, then through valley before slight ascent walking between hills before descending down to main road back toward Romannobridge. Circular, OS72, NT161466 Meet MIBC 09:30

Saturday 28 May  A Walk 5miles / 8km
Leader: I Burnett (07933 184396) Buachaille Etive Beag, two Munros on well-constructed path to bealach, then rocky ridge walking. Ascent 900m. Circular reverse route back to start. OS41, NN188563 Meet MIBC 07:30

Sunday 29 May  B Walk 10miles
Leader: P Hathaway/J Gillespie (0131 660 1657) hathawaypat@btinternet.com. Loch Leven, Kinross, Fife. Walking along the Loch Leven Heritage Trail. Mostly level – easy walking around Loch Leven on paths and tracks. Panoramic views across the loch and home to a large number of breeding ducks. Starting point RSPB Loch Leven. Circular, OS369, NT160990. Meet MIBC 09:00

Sunday 5 June  B+ Walk 14km
Leader: Lee Oates (0131 663 7178) Auchnafree Hill (Corbett) from Loch Turret, Comrie, near Creiff. Good tracks for most of the route. Descent route is on fainter and rougher heather paths. Circular, OS379 & OL47, NN820264. Meet MIBC 09:30

Sunday 5 June  C Walk 13km
Leader: G Aitken (0131 663 9444) Ravensheugh Sands East Lothian, woodland and beach paths with some country lanes. Circular, OS67, NT627809. Meet MIBC 09:00

Sunday 12 June  B Walk 10km
Leader: Terry Turbitt (07989 167315) Broughton Heights, moorland paths with some steep sections over Broomyside and Greenlaw. Circular, OS72, NT118374. Meet MIBC 09:00

Sunday 12 June  C Walk 7miles
Leader: C Prior (0131 663 1029) Walkerburn to Peebles, easy linear walk following riverside path from Walkerburn and then on to the Tweed Valley Railway path into Peebles. Return by bus (remember your bus pass). Linear, OS73, NT361369.Meet MIBC 09:30

Sunday 19 June B Walk 11km
Peebles to Manor Sware, along Tweed, back to Kirkton and around Cademuir up to iron-age fort and down to Peebles. Minor roads, farm tracks and riverside walk with some ascent to be taken slowly - may be muddy in places. Start Kingsmeadows car park OS73, NT251402 Meet MIBC 09:30

Sunday 26 June C Walk 7miles
Linlithgow, walk round Linlithgow Loch and Parkley Craigs. Includes some short road sections, canal and loch side. Circular, OS65, NT 006772. Meet MIBC 09:30

Sunday 3 July C+ Walk 7miles
Varied terrain from riverside to conifer forest and deciduous woodland. Circular OS73, NT250403 Meet MIBC 09:30

Sunday 10 July C Walk 12km / 8miles
isabelwils@btinternet.com Belford/St Cuthbert`s Cave Swinhoe lakes, good paths, farmland figure-of-eight circular OS75, NT106338 Meet MIBC 09:00

 Sunday 17 July C Walk 4.5 miles
astri.boyd@outlook.com Darnick and Gattonside circular, Melrose. Roads & mostly good paths. Muddy in places. Mostly flat or gently sloping. Circular, through urban area and back by river tweed path. Circular OS73, NT553345 Meet MIBC 09:00

Sunday 24 July B+ Walk 9.5km / 6miles
Ben Vrackie from Moulin, Corbett following good paths through woodland, open moorland and past picturesque Loch a' Choire. Reverse route back to start, OS Map 43 and 52, NN944597 Meet MIBC 09:00

Sunday 31 July C Walk 10km / 6.5miles
Circular from Pencaitland via railway walk. Glenkinchie, Miltonbridge, West Saltoun and Saltoun folly. Return to start via the Glebe. OS66, Exp 345. Meet MIBC 09:30

Sunday 7 August C+ Walk 11km / 6miles
Stobo, Narrowhope and Westonburn. Farmland & rough pasture giving way to moorland. Return by track via Weston Burn & Stobo Castle. OS72, NT179369. Meet MIBC 09:30

Sunday 14 August C Walk 6miles
Prestongrange to Port Seton, low level walk along the John Muir Way. Circular. Meet MIBC 10:00

Sunday 21 August C Walk 9km / 6miles
Pencaitland/Winton House circular. Varied walk via railway walk, Pencaitland village, Winton House policies and woodland. No appreciable hills. Circular, OS66 & 351, NT697417. Meet MIBC 09:30

Sunday 21 August B+ Walk 7miles
Moorfoots, Peebles to Eddleston  via Whitfield Hill, Whiteside Edge, Cardon Law, Hog Knows, Dundreich. Heather and grass linear, OS73, NT250415. Meet MIBC 09:30

Sunday 28 August C+ Walk 15.3km / 9.5miles
Falkirk to Linlithgow, the John Muir Way, generally flat mostly canal towpath. Train journey at start, Linlithgow to Falkirk. Linear, OS65, NT007773. Meet MIBC 09:00

Friday 2/ Saturday 3 September WEEKEND AWAY
Staying at Gilsland Spa Hotel, Cumbria.
Various levels of walks throughout the weekend.
Dinner, bed & breakfast £45 per person sharing. £50 single room. £10 deposit.
To book contact Dorothy McKeane 01875 822899
or e-mail dorothymckeane@yahoo.co.uk

Sunday 11 September C+ Walk 6miles
hathawaypat@btinternet.com Dunbar coastal walk, circular walk through the town of Dunbar and along the coast to John Muir Country Park.  Taking in the clifftop trail to Belhaven Bay and returning to Dunbar. Minimal ascent. Circular, OS Explorer 351, NT680788. Meet MIBC 09:00

Sunday 18 September C Walk 5miles
Gladhouse Reservoir, Mostly level walk on minor roads and farm tracks. Circular, OS73, NT291528. Meet MIBC 09:30

Sunday 25 September B+ Walk 10miles
linda.mckie@btopenworld.com A walk in the Ochils. Starting from Woodland Park, Alva, this takes in Ben Buck, Ben Cleuch, Andrew Gannel Hill, Tarmangie Hill, King's Seat Hill and returns to the start via Tillicoutry. There is a steep descent and ascent between Tarmangie Hill and King's Seat Hill. Can be very boggy in some places. Total ascent 3895 feet. Circular, OS58, NS898975. Meet MIBC 09:00

Sunday 2 October C+ Walk 7miles
Cardrona via Innerleithen on railway path and farm tracks. Some ascent taken slowly. Circular, OS73, NT301390. Meet MIBC 09:30

Sunday 2 October B+ Walk 12km
Hopes Reservoir and then Harestone Hill, East Lothian. Mostly on paths. Circular, OS345, NT558637. Meet MIBC 09:00

Sunday 9 October C Walk 9km
Baddinsgill. Starting & finishing in West Linton. A walk into the Pentlands without the pain of climbing. Almost all on good farm tracks. Return on quiet country road. Circular, OS72, NT150520. Meet MIBC 09:30

Sunday 9 October B Walk 8miles
Cousland village, walk on tracks and some country roads from Cousland via Ormiston and return to start. View the Ormiston Yew. Circular, OS66, NT381686. Meet MIBC 09:00

Saturday 15 October B+ Walk 7km / 4.5 miles
Pap of Glencoe, steep climb to ridge, then final ascent is rocky. Total ascent 716m. Reverse route back to start, OS41, NN107587. Meet MIBC 07:30

Sunday 16 October C Walk 9.5km / 6miles
Gifford/Bolton, a very attractive walk linking two lovely villages. Ascent minimal. Circular, OS351, NT534681. Meet MIBC 09:30