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 – October 2014 to April 2015
DIBC: Dalkeith Indoor Bowling Club Car Park

Sunday 5 October B+ Walk 8 miles
Walk in the Ochils from Woodland Park, Alva. Ben Ever, Ben Cleuch, Andrew Gannel returning via Tillicoultry. OS58. Start GR898975. Meet MIBC 9.00am

Sunday 5 October C+ Walk 6 miles
Starting from Scots Pine to Boreland round Portmore Loch and return. Ascent 120m. OS73. Start GR243480. Meet MIBC 10.00am

Sunday 12 October B+ Walk 9 miles
Walk from Nine Mile Burn. A circular walk 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 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

Thursday 23 October AGM
The AGM will be held at Woodburn Miners Club, Woodburn, Dalkeith. Please submit any motions for the meeting to Lee Oates (0131 663 7178 or loates77@gmail.com) by 10/10/2014 at the latest.
The AGM starts at 7.30 pm. All welcome.

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

Sunday 2 November  A Walk  14 miles
Circular walk from Carlops to West Cairn Hill via Stonypath, Baddinsgill, Byrehope Mount and Wolf Craigs. Returning by the Thieves Road. Varied walking conditions including farm tracks, paths and rough ground. Highest point is West Cairn Hill at 562m. OS65. Start GR NT161558. Meet MIBC 9.00am

Sunday 2 November  C+ Walk  8 miles
Roseburn – Leith – Roseburn. Along old railway line to Newhaven, on to Leith, return by Water of Leith walkway. OS Explorer 350. Start GR232733. Meet MIBC 9.00am

Sunday 9 November  C Walk  8 miles
Pencaitland Railway Walk. Easy ramble through farmland, woodland, riverbank & disused railway, plus some road walking. Mainly dry, dependent on weather conditions. The pub in Pencaitland does coffees. Ascent 150m. OS66. Start GR NT441689. Park in street - Wester Pencaitland. Meet MIBC 9.30am

Sunday 9 November  B Walk  7.5 miles
Scald Law and Carnethy Hill from Flotterstone. Hill paths and some road walking. Ascent 609m. OS Explorer 344. Start GR NT232630. Meet MIBC 9.00am

Sunday 16 November  B Walk   8 miles
Priestlaw Hill circular from Whiteadder Reservoir. Good hill tracks but some rough ground. The first part of the route follows the line of The Herring Road. Ascent 250m. Start GR NT643642. Meet MIBC 9.00am

Sunday 23 November   C+ Walk  6.5 miles
Kelpie Tour, Falkirk. Tour of the Kelpies approx 45 mins (£2.95) followed by walk around Helix Park and canal. Minimum of 15 required for tour, please phone leader to book your place before 1 November. Flat walk. OS65. Start GR NS904814. Meet MIBC 9.00am

Sunday 23 November  B walk  10.5 miles
Selkirk to Melrose section of the Borders Abbeys Way. Good paths over open countryside and some sections on quiet roads. Ascent 278m. OS73. Start GR NT469284. Park in Selkirk market place. Car shuffle or bus to return (bring bus passes). Meet MIBC 9.00am

Sunday 30 November  C+ Walk  6 miles
Eddleston, Barony Castle circular. Barony Castle to Nether Stewarton, Cloich Farm and return. Footpaths and forest tracks. OS Explorer 337. Start GR NT234473. Meet MIBC 9.00am

Sunday 7 December  C+ Walk  8 miles
Dalkeith Campus to Musselburgh Harbour, circular. Railway walk from Dalkeith Campus to Whitecraigs; River Esk pathway to Musselburgh. Possibility of some muddy patches, dependent on weather. Mainly flat, paved tracks. Minimal ascent. OS66. Walk starts from Dalkeith High School campus car park. Meet MIBC 9.30am

Sunday 14 December  C+ walk around 8 miles
Christmas walk in the Peebles area. A walk suitable for all, followed by afternoon tea in a local venue. Please contact leader for further information. Minimal ascent. Meet MIBC 9.30am

Sunday 4 January  C Walk  6.5 miles
Dalkeith/Old Craighall/River Esk walkway circular. A circular walk through Dalkeith Country Park/Old Craighall/River Esk/Cowpits and return through Dalkeith Country Park. Good paths but could be muddy in places. Starting from MIBC. Meet MIBC 9.30am

Sunday 11 January  B Walk  7 miles
Peel & Yair, starting in Galashiels. Field and woodland paths, tracks, and some road walking. Some steep hills. OS Explorer 338. Start GR NT 438349 at Glenkinnon Community Woodland car park. Meet MIBC 9.00am

Sunday 11 January   C Walk  5 miles
Haddington, River Tyne and Lennoxlove Estate circular. East Lothian. Parking in Tesco's long-stay car park. Flat walk, some muddy patches by river. Mainly tracks and road walking. Ascent 130ft. OS66. Start GR NT515739. Meet MIBC 9.30am

Sunday 18 January  C+ Walk  7 miles
Whitecraig. Circular walk from Whitecraig via Carberry, Fa'side Castle, Inveresk. May be muddy in Carberry area. Minimal ascent. OS66. Start GR NT354704. Meet MIBC 9.30am

Sunday 25 January  C Walk  5.5 miles
Newbattle Woods, Dalkeith Cycle Path, Dalkeith Country Park. Low level walk on good paths. Meet MIBC 10.00am

Sunday 1 February B Walk  6 miles
Eddleston circular. Stewarton to Harehope, Upper Stewarton, and return. Footpaths and forest tracks. OS Explorer 337. Start GR NT217436. Meet MIBC 9.00am

Sunday 8 February  B Walk  9 miles
Lammer Law and Hopes Reservoir. Good hill tracks and minor roads. Possibility of boggy areas around the summit of Lammer Law. Ascent 352m. Start GR NT541642. Meet MIBC 9.00am

Sunday 15 February  B Walk  8 miles
Cademuir Hill and River Tweed at Peebles. Up to Cademuir and hill forts. Descend to valley. Walk along country road for about a mile. Walk back alongside the River Tweed. Ascent 659ft. OS73. Start from Kingsmeadows car park Peebles. Meet MIBC 9.00am

Sunday 22 February B+ Walk  9 miles
Romannobridge area. Newlands Kirk to Wether Law and return via Drum Maw and White Knowe. Tracks and footpaths. OS72. Start GR NT161468. Meet MIBC 9.00am

Sunday 1 March  C Walk  6 miles
Water of Leith Walkway. From Leith to Slateford Road. Return by bus. "From Leith to the Visitor Centre on Slateford Road. The river winds its way through the heart of the capital and is home to a range of plants and animals. A pleasant, interesting walk on good paths”. Starting from Leith. Meet MIBC 9.30am

Sunday 8 March  C+ Walk  8 miles
Peebles to Lyne along the River Tweed and back. Walk along the south bank of the River Tweed mostly on tracks with one short ascent and return along the north bank. OS 73. Start GR 252401 Kingsmeadows car park, Peebles. Meet MIBC 9.00am

Sunday 8 March B+ Walk  8 miles
Hundleshope Heights via Newby Kipps, Preston Law and return. OS73. Start GR NT 260392. Meet MIBC 9.00am

Sunday 15 March  C Walk  5 miles
Gladhouse Reservoir circuit. Quiet roads and farm tracks. Meet MIBC 9.30am

Sunday 15 March B+ Walk  8 miles
Moffat Hills circular. Starting at the Megget Stone. Track onto Molls Cleuch Dod, Firthybrig Head, Lochcraig Head, return by Talla East Side and Nickies Knowe on rough tracks which can be muddy. Ascent 572m. OS 72/79. Start GR NT150203. Meet MIBC 9.00am

Sunday 22 March  B Walk  8 miles
Peebles circular. The Meldons. Rosetta, White Meldon, Black Meldon, Lyne station, Peebles. Roads, paths and disused railway. Two small easy hills. OS73. Start GR 251402 Kingsmeadows car park, Peebles. Meet MIBC 9.00am

Sunday 22 March C+ Walk 6 miles
Musselburgh – Newhailes – Inveresk circular. Meet MIBC 9.30am

Sunday 29 March  C Walk  6 miles
Prestongrange to Port Seton along the John Muir Way. Low level walk. Meet MIBC 10.00am

Sunday 5 April  B Walk  10 miles
Gorebridge circular. Farmland, woodland and riverbank. Some splendid views en route. Passing Crichton & Borthwick castles. Ascent 1200 ft. OS66. Start GR NT339621. Gore Glen car park, off Engine Road, Gorebridge. Meet MIBC 9.00am

Sunday 12 April   C+ Walk   7 miles
Earlston. Circular walk from Earlston down side of River Leader to Leaderfoot and return by the Jubilee Walk. Some steps involved but will be taken slowly. OS Explorer 338. Start GR NT575386. Meet MIBC 9.00am

Sunday 19 April  B Walk  5.5 miles
Ben A'an & Meal Gainmheich from Loch Achray, near Callander. A short distance, but a wee toughie to climb a “Donald”. Ascent 645m. OS Explorer 365. Start GR NN510071. Meet MIBC 9.00am

Friday 24 – Sunday 26 April WEEKEND AWAY
Weekend away at Brampton, Cumbria. Various levels of walks throughout the weekend. Staying at Gilsland Spa Hotel Contact leader for more information