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 – October 2015 to April 2016
MIBC: Midlothian Indoor Bowling Club Car Park

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 329 Start GR - NS931100. Meet MIBC 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 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 337 Start GR - NT319427. Meet MIBC 09.00

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

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

Thursday 22 October AGM
The AGM will be held at Woodburn Miners Club, Woodburn, Dalkeith,
starting at 7.30 pm. All welcome

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 09.00

Friday 30 October - 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Please come along to Newbattle Golf Club and join us in celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Midlothian Group. Tickets are priced at £5.50 per person and includes a finger buffet.
Event starts at 7pm. Tickets available from Committee members

Sunday 1 November  B Walk  19km
Linlithgow circular. Linlithgow, Union Canal, Muiravonside, Cockleroy Hill, Beecraigs Country Park. OS 65 Start GR - NT004770. Approx arrival time at start 10.00. Meet MIBC 09.00

Sunday 8 November   B+ Walk  14km
Northumberland - Pennine Way Circular walk from Byrness via Pennine Way, Windy Crag(491m), Ravens Knowe (527m), Ogre Hill (516m) towards Chew Green Roman Camp, returning by The Hearts Toe. Good paths but some parts muddy if wet. Approx 450m climbing. OS 80 Start GR - NT765027. Approx arrival at start 10.30. Meet MIBC 09.00

Sunday 8 November  C+ Walk  7 miles
Cardrona circular via Innerleithen, on railway path and farm tracks. Some ascent to be taken slowly. OS 73 Start GR - NT30139. Approx arrival time at start 10.00. Meet MIBC 09.30

Sunday 15 November  B Walk  7 miles
Circular. OS 67 Start GR - NT744706. Approx arrival at start 10.00. Meet MIBC 09.00

Sunday 15 November  C+ Walk  6.5 miles
Dalmeny Estate, Queensferry to Cramond Brig. A linear walk from the harbour town of South Queensferry through the wooded seaside estates of Dalmeny House. Accessible by public transport. Start GR - NT178755. Approx arrival time at start 10.00. Meet MIBC 09.30

Sunday 22 November  B+ Walk  10 miles
Linear walk. Peebles to Cardrona. Walk up to Gypsy Glen, Kailzie Hill, Kirkhope Law, Little Craigieside, Beardshill, Cardrona Forest car park back to village for bus back to Peebles. 480m ascent. Good paths though can be muddy in parts. Through forest on tracks. Road back to village about a mile. OS 73 Start GR - NT251401. Approx arrival at Kingsmeadows car park 10.00. Meet MIBC 09.00

Sunday 6 December  B Walk  11 miles
Pentland Hills circular. Loganlea Reservoir, The Howe, Black Springs, Harlaw Ranger Centre & Maidens Cleugh, from Flotterstone. Multi surface paths. 300m of gradual ascent. OS 66 Start NT232630. Approx arrival at start 09.30. Meet MIBC 09.00

Sunday 13 December C Walk 7 miles
Xmas Walk and High Tea. Circular walk around Roslin,
Milton Bridge and The Bush estate followed by 2-course meal and coffee at Cibo Italian Restaurant.
Cost £10pp. Names and deposit to leader by 1 Dec please.
Meet MIBC 10.30

Sunday 10 January  B Walk  7 miles
Peel & Yair, departing from Glenkinnon Community Wood car park, Ashiestiel Bridge. Paths and road. Circular. OS 73 Start GR - NT437349. Approx arrival at start 09.45. Meet MIBC 09.00

Sunday 10 January  C Walk  7.5 miles
Glen Farg, Perthshire - Pitmedden Forest. Circular walk in the Pitmedden Forest and round Pitcarlie Hill. Good tracks with views over River Tay and River Earn. 200m ascent. OS 58 Start GR - NO188141. Approx arrival at start 10.30. Meet MIBC 09.30

Sunday 17 January  C+ Walk  6 miles
A low level circular walk in the Pentland Hills. Around (not over) the Pentlands on paths, tracks and roads. Starting at Flotterstone car park. OS66 Start GR - NT232630. Approx arrival at start 09.30. Meet MIBC 09.00

Sunday 24 January  B Walk  9 miles
Open moorland tracks and minor roads for much of the distance; some sections of the old routes have become much rougher underfoot. OS 73 Start GR - NT522524. Approx arrival at start 09.45. Meet MIBC 09.00

Sunday 24 January  C Walk  approx 5-6 miles
Dalkeith. Short local winter walk around the Dalkeith area. Circular walk starting from MIBC. Meet 10.00

Sunday 31 January  C Walk  6 miles
Vogrie Country Park, Dewarton, Ford, Pathhead area. Pleasant local circular walk. Could be muddy in places. Start GR - NT375631. Approx arrival at start 10.00. Meet MIBC 09.30

Sunday 7 February  B Walk  8 miles
Mount Maw - a circular walk in the Pentland Hills from West Linton. Starting from the golf course to Baddinsgill Farm to Faw Mount, Mount Maw, Carlops Hill to Carlops. Returning via Windy Gowl Farm and Stoneypath. Terrain is a mixture of very quiet roads, farm tracks and hill paths. Total ascent 387m. OS 72 Start GR - NT139519. Approx arrival at start 09.30. Meet MIBC 09.00

Sunday 21 February  B Walk  9 miles
Heriot - Shoestanes Farm, Heriot Cleugh, Heriot Mill, Corsehope Farm, Haltree and disused railway. Circular walk. Contact leader for further information. OS 73 Start GR - NT404545. Approx arrival at start 09.30. Meet MIBC 09.00

Sunday 21 February  C Walk  6 miles
Musselburgh - Newhailes - Inveresk circular. Flat walk in and around Musselburgh beginning at harbour. Start GR - NT334729. Approx arrival at start 10.00. Meet MIBC 09.30

Sunday 28 February  C  Walk  7 miles
Gosford Estate. Woodland and coastal tracks. See snowdrops in bloom. Circular walk. OS 351 Start GR - NT441774. Approx arrival at start 10.00. Meet MIBC 09.30

Sunday 6 March  C+ Walk  6.2 miles
Hailes Castle and Traprain Law circular from East Linton. Mostly easy riverside and country paths to Hailes Castle continuing to a stile at foot of Traprain Law hill fort. Ascent 265m. Some road walking on return to start. OS 351 Start GR - NT590770. Approx arrival at start 10.30. Meet MIBC 09.30

Sunday 13 March  C+ Walk  10 miles
John Muir Way. Edinburgh to Prestonpans return by bus. A flat linear walk starting from The Meadows. OS 66 Start GR - NT261727. Approx arrival at start 09.30. Meet MIBC 09.00

Sunday 20 March  C+ Walk  7 miles
Circular walk from Aberlady via the Postman's Walk, Luffness Castle, Drem Ride, Coldhame Wood, Mungoswells Rough Strip and Luffness Mains. Paths & tracks may be muddy. Start GR - NT467798. Approx arrival at start 10.00. Meet MIBC 09.30

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. OS 346 Start GR - NT620725. Approx arrival at start 09.30. Meet MIBC 09.00

Sunday 10 April  C+ Walk  7 miles
Eddleston to Peebles. Linear walk. OS 73 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 walk. OS73 Start GR - NT546341. Approx arrival at start 10.00. Meet MIBC 09.00

Sunday 17 April  B+ Walk  10 miles
Pentland Hills circular. Old Kirk Road, The Howe, Hare Hill, West Kip, East Kip, Scald Law. OS 66 Start GR - NT211608. Approx arrival at start 09.30. Meet MIBC 09.00

Friday 29 April – Sunday 1 May WEEKEND AWAY
Weekend away at Blairgowrie, Perthshire.
Various levels of walks throughout the weekend.
Staying at the Angus Hotel. Contact leader for more information