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 2015
MIBC: Midlothian Indoor Bowling Club Car Park

Sunday 5 April  B Walk  10 miles
Gorebridge circular. Farmland, woodland and riverbank. Some splendid views en route. Passing Crichton & Borthwick castles. 1200 feet of ascent. OS66. Start GR NT339621. Gore Glen car park, off Engine Road, Gorebridge. Meet MIBC Dalkeith 09.00

Sunday 12 April   C+ Walk   7 miles
Earlston. Circular 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 Dalkeith 09.00

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

Sunday 3 May  B Walk 12km
Duchess Drive – Selkirk. Short, steady climb on tracks. Pleasant views of Ettrick valley. Circular. OS 73 Start GR - NT425279. Meet MIBC Dalkeith 09.00

Sunday 3 May  C+ Walk 7 miles
Ravensheugh Sands, East Lothian. Woodland paths, beach/ rock walk, minor roads & tracks. Circular. OS 67 Start GR - NT627809. Meet MIBC Dalkeith 09.30

Sunday 10 May  B+ Walk  21km
Minch Moor from Traquair. Minch Moor, Broadmeadows, Brown Knowe, return to Traquair. Moorland tracks with some moderate climbs. Circular. OS 73 Start GR - NT331346. Meet MIBC Dalkeith 09.00

Sunday 10 May  C+ Walk  9 miles
Fife Coastal Path from Wormit to Birkhill via Balmerino Abbey with views over Firth of Tay. Fairly good paths, minimal ascents. Circular. OS 59 Start GR - NO395262. Meet MIBC Dalkeith 09.30

Sunday 17 May  B Walk 9 miles
Cauldshiels Loch and the river Tweed, Melrose. A varied walk starting from Melrose and climbing through woodland and farmland to tranquil Cauldshiels Loch before descending to the River Tweed which is followed back to Melrose. The route passes Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott, which could be visited as a detour. Some town streets, minor roads no pavements, riverside paths. Circular. OS Explorer 338 Start GR - NT548342. Meet MIBC Dalkeith 09.00

Sunday 17 May  C Walk  6 miles
Aberlady to Gullane. Coastal walk, ascent minimal, return on same route. OS 66/351 Start GR - NT471805. Meet MIBC Dalkeith 10.00

Sunday 24 May  A Walk  15 miles
St Abbs to Berwick upon Tweed. Coastal walk with great views passing through Eyemouth on good paths. Return by bus to St Abbs. Linear. OS Explorer 346 Start GR - NT913674. Meet MIBC Dalkeith 08.30

Sunday 24 May  C Walk  5 miles
Tyninghame circular, via Knowles Farm, railway footbridge, Beesknowe, Bielhill, North Lodge and Tynefield. Good tracks with negligible inclines. Circular. OS 67 Start GR - NT614780. Meet MIBC Dalkeith 09.30

Saturday 6 June  A Walk
Beinn Eunaich. Celebrate the final Munro for Toots Burnett & Linda Thomson. All welcome. Circular. Contact leaders asap for further details

Sunday 7 June  C+ Walk  8 miles
Pentland Hills – Carlops. Carlops circular via Stoneypath and Wakefield crossing Lyne Water. Mostly farm tracks, some gentle inclines. OS 72 Start GR - NT161558. Meet MIBC Dalkeith 09.30

Sunday 14 June  B Walk  7.5 miles
The Campsie Fells, Stirlingshire. Circular in peaceful countryside around the Glengoyne Distillery, near Glasgow. Hill paths, moorland, single track road and a short section of pavement. One very steep ascent and descent, some stiles and low fences to negotiate. OS Explorer 348 Start GR - NS526827. Meet MIBC Dalkeith 09.00

Sunday 14 June  C Walk  7 miles
Balgone Estate. North Berwick to Balgone estate circular, via part of the John Muir Way and around the two lakes in the estate. Mainly on level tracks/paths. OS Explorer 351 Start GR - NT552843. Meet MIBC Dalkeith 09.30

Saturday 20 June A+ Walk LONG WALK WEEKEND 21 miles
The Midlothian Group traditional Long Walk Weekend. Based this year in Braemar for 2 nights. Linear. Enochdhu to Inverey.
OS43 Start GR - NO062628. Booking advisable asap.
C walkers are also welcome as a variety of walks are available in the area

Saturday 27 June  B Walk  10 miles
Romanno Bridge to Peebles via the Cross Borders Drove Road. Bus from Peebles. Ascent 370m (1210ft). Linear. OS72/73 Start GR - NT251401. Meet MIBC Dalkeith 08.45

Sunday 28 June  C Walk  6 miles
Aberdour to Kinghorn. Easy walk on good paths. Return from Kinghorn to Aberdour by train. Linear. OS Explorer 350 or 367 Start GR - NT190854. Meet MIBC Dalkeith 09.30

Sunday 5 July  B+ Walk  10.5 miles
Yarrow and Ettrick Valleys from Tibbie Shiels. Please contact leader for further detailed information. Circular. OS 73/330. Meet MIBC Dalkeith 09.00

Sunday 5 July  C+ Walk  8 miles
Circular from West Linton Golf Club to North Slipperfield, Garvald, Ingraston and return. Tracks and moor - may be muddy in places dependent on weather. 60m ascent. OS72 Start GR - NS139518. Meet MIBC Dalkeith 09.00

Sunday 12 July  C+ Walk  6 miles
Roslin and the North Esk Valley. River/woodland walk, moderate with several long flights of steps. Circular. OS Explorer 344 Start GR - NT274635. Meet MIBC Dalkeith 09.30

Sunday 19 July  B+ Walk 12 miles
Nine Mile Burn to the Bore Stane, Bavelaw farm, Green Cleugh, Scald Law, East & West Kips back to Nine Mile Burn. Good tracks but may be muddy in places. Circular. OS Explorer 344 Start GR - NT176577. Meet MIBC Dalkeith 09.00

Sunday 19 July  B Walk  8 miles
Walk from Ormiston via Pencaitland and Winton Estate. Mostly tracks and woodland with short road section. Circular. OS Explorer 350 Start GR - NT413692. Meet MIBC Dalkeith 09.30

Sunday 26 July  B Walk  10 miles
Campsie Fells from Clachan of Campsie along part of JMW, Strathkelvin railway path and steepish climb to Cort-ma Law (531m). Circular. OS Explorer 348 Start GR - NS610795. Meet MIBC Dalkeith 09.00

Sunday 26 July  C Walk  6.5 miles
Almondell Country Park. Circular in Almondell Country Park. Starting from Mid Calder. Mostly woodland paths and minor roads. Meet MIBC Dalkeith 09.30

Saturday 1 August   A Walk  12 miles
Lochnagar. Munro with clear paths and mountain tracks. Circular. OS Explorer 388 Start GR - NO309851. Meet at Spittal of Glen Muick car park 09.15

Sunday 9 August   B+  Walk  7 miles
Ettrick Pen Horseshoe - Potburn, Over Phawhope, Ettrick Pen, Wind Fell and Capel Fell. Forest tracks at the start and finish. Faint paths on the tops but mostly sound going over grassy slopes and only a few softer sections. Circular. OS Explorer 330 Start GR - NT189092. Meet MIBC Dalkeith 09.00

Sunday 9 August   C+ Walk  7 miles
Dunbar to East Linton. Linear from Dunbar to East Linton via John Muir Way and cliff top trail. Good paths. Bring bus passes for bus from East Linton to start of walk. OS Explorer 351 Start GR - NT678791. Meet MIBC Dalkeith 09.00

Sunday 16 August   B+ Walk  9 miles
Melrose and Abbotsford circular. Please contact leader for further detailed information. OS 73/337. Meet MIBC Dalkeith 09.00

Sunday 16 August   C Walk  7 miles
Circular from Tranent via Seaton Mains, Port Seton. Mainly on paths and tracks with short section of road walking. Meet MIBC Dalkeith 09.30

Sunday 23 August   C Walk  7miles
Linlithgow Bridge Union Canal. Canal walk, tracks and Muiravonside Country Park. Circular. OS Explorer 349 Start GR - NS987762. Meet MIBC Dalkeith 09.00

Sunday 23 August   B+ Walk  8 miles
Cheviot Hills circular from Cocklawfoot to Red Cribbs, College Burn, Hen Hole (easy scramble), Auchhope Cairn and return to Cocklawfoot via Cheviot Burn. Wide grassy tracks and rough open fell walking. Short scramble sections. OS 74 & 80 Start GR – NT854186. Meet MIBC Dalkeith 09.00

Sunday 30 August   B+ Walk  13.5miles
Haddington to Dunbar. Linear from Haddington to Dunbar via the scenic River Tyne to East Linton, and the beautiful Belhaven Bay, culminating along the clifftop trail. Return to Haddington by bus. Ascent negligible. OS Explorer 351. Meet MIBC Dalkeith 09.00

Sunday 30 August   C Walk  7 miles
Innerleithen-Walkerburn area. Circular in the Innerleithen area. Paths may be muddy. Meet MIBC Dalkeith 09.30

Sunday 6 September   A Walk  16 miles
A round of hills in the Ochils from Glendevon. Black Hill, Innerdownie, Whitewhisp Hill, Tarmangie Hill, King's Seat Hill and Andrew Gannel Hill with an extension out to Ben Cleuch. The return from Andrew Gannel Hill is via Maddy Moss, Scad Hill and Ben Shee. Back through the forest to the car park. Mixture of terrain from forest tracks to footpaths. Some steep ascents and descents. Can be muddy in places. OS58 Start GR - NN972051. Meet MIBC Dalkeith 09.00

Sunday 13 September   A Walk  7 miles
The Cobbler. Clear paths with some steep rocky sections. Circular. OS Explorer 364 start GR - NN294048. Meet MIBC Dalkeith 08.00

Friday 18 – Sunday 20 September B+ and C walks WEEKEND AWAY
Proposed weekend away in the Callander area. More details to follow

Sunday 27 September   B+ Walk  9.5 miles
Ben Ledi from Bochastle. Starting from the Bochastle Forestry Commission car park we take some forest tracks before meeting up with the "usual" route up Ben Ledi. Returning via the Stank Glen. Ben Ledi (879m) is a popular Corbett to the north of Callander. Terrain is variable with forest tracks and mountain paths. Some sections can be very boggy. Circular. OS Explorer 365 Start GR - NN607081. Meet MIBC Dalkeith 08.30

Sunday 27 September   C+ Walk  7.5 miles
River Tweed walk from Peebles. Starting from Kingsmeadows car park in Peebles. Walking along the river bank and disused railway walk with one short ascent. Circular. OS 73 Start GR - NT252401. Meet MIBC Dalkeith 09.30

Sunday 4 October   B+ Walk  12 miles
Ballencleuch Law from Overfingland (Lowther Hills, near Elvanfoot). Start on the S.U.W. then over Comb Law, Hirstane Rig, Ballencleuch Law, Roger Law, alongside Daer Reservoir, then meet the S.U.W. returning to Overfingland. Rough moorland with some pathway/tracks. Circular. OS Explorer 329 Start GR - NS931100. Meet MIBC Dalkeith 08.00

Sunday 4 October   C Walk  7 miles
Nethan Gorge Clyde valley nature reserve. Flight of steps at start of walk otherwise fairly level on track along river gorge. Linear. OS 72 Start GR - NS828464. Meet MIBC Dalkeith 09.00

Sunday 11 October   B+ Walk  7 miles
Leithen Lodge (Innerleithen). Williamslee, Middle Hill, Whitehope Law and return to Leithen Lodge. Good track for the ascent, then narrow paths following fenceposts to Middle Hill. Finally fainter hill paths. The cols between the hills are boggy but the rest of the going is good. Circular. OS Explorer 337 Start GR - NT319427. Meet MIBC Dalkeith 09.00

Sunday 11 October   C Walk  7 miles
Blackness and Abercorn. Woodland tracks with sea views. Circular. OS Explorer 349 Start GR - NT052801. Meet MIBC Dalkeith 09.00

Sunday 18 October   C+ Walk  7 miles
Peebles area. Please contact leader for further detailed information. Circular. OS 73/337. Meet MIBC Dalkeith 09.00

Sunday 25 October   C+ Walk  7 miles
Rosewell to Polton then through Roslin glen along railway back to Rosewell. Some ascents and descents, rough paths and some tarmac walking. Circular. OS 66 Start GR - NT285629. Meet MIBC Dalkeith 09.00