North Berwick and District Group

We are a medium sized amiable group whose membership is mostly drawn from North Berwick and Haddington and the surrounding villages. We do the usual range of A, B and C walks each weekend throughout the year, and in addition usually arrange about 3 social events and 3 walking weekends every year. We have a good relationship with the East Lothian County Rangers and many of our members help as Path Wardens and on working parties to repair the area’s footpaths.

Most of our members prefer Sunday walks, but Saturday bus services are usually so much better that we often use Saturday if bus transport forms part of the walk. Our two meeting points are (1) North Berwick Station car park (NT546851) and (2) outside the Council Offices in Court Street Haddington (NT510738).

Buses run between Edinburgh and Dunbar to these two meeting points but for most walks they don’t start early enough to be useful. Most people either walk the short distances to the meeting points or take cars to assist with transport from these two locations to the start of the walk. Free weekend parking is available, at or close to both meeting points.

Where transport is shared we normally make a contribution towards the drivers’ fuel costs. The suggested contribution per passenger is indicated as “Cost by car” in the programme. If petrol prices change suddenly, leaders will be advised if a different rate should be applied.

Anyone wishing to bring a dog on a walk must consult the leader in advance. Where permitted, they are the responsibility of the owner and must be kept under strict control to avoid nuisance to farm stock and other walkers. If cars are being used for transport, out of consideration, dogs should be carried in their owner’s car.

General enquiries should be made to our Secretary, Mrs M.Allan 01620 824938. WALKS PROGRAMME – October 2014 to April 2015

Sunday 5 October B   12k (7miles) OS 66
Circular from NT514574 Tollishill, Lammer Law and return via Widows Knowe. 366m ascent. Dep NB 0830, Hadd 0845. Cost by car £3.50

Sunday 12 October C 10k (6m) OS73
Circular from Peebles via Hay Lodge Park, Jedderfield Plantation, Roman Road, Edston, River Tweed and Neidpath Castle. Depart NB 0900, Hadd 0915 Cost by car £5

Sunday 19 October A  OS56
Ben Lomond “by the back door”. Circular from Loch Dhu via Comer and returning either over the Graham Cruinn a’Bheinn, or via the Moin Eich. 13mls & 1000m ascent or 12mls & 900m ascent depending on route taken. Contact leader for start times. Cost by car £12

Sunday 26 October B 14.5k (9m) OS74
Circular in Halterburn Valley, from NT 840277, walk starts at grassed area just up from Kirk Yetholm on the Pennine Way, via Wideopen Head, Trowupburn, return via Elsdonburn on St Cuthbert’s Way. Depart NB 0815, Hadd 0830. Cost by car £9

Sunday 2 November C+ 11k (7m) OS66
Circular from Bonaly Country Park via Torduff, Clubbiedean and Glencorse reservoirs. Mostly on tracks. Minimal ascent. Depart NB 0900, Hadd 0915. Cost by car £4

Sunday 9 November A 21k (13m) OS73
Linear from West Linton to Peebles following the Cross Border Drove Road. 500m ascent. Car shuttle. Contact leader for start times. Cost by car £5

Wednesday 12 November Group AGM in Trinity Hall, Haddington at 7pm

Sunday 16 November C 9k (5.5m) OS66
Circular from Gifford via Clacherdean Wood, Bolton, Eaglescarnie and Fawn Wood. Good paths, negligible hills. Depart NB 0900, Hadd 0915. Cost by car £1.50

Sunday 23 November B 16k (10m) OS73
Circular from Peebles via Tantah House, Cademuir Hill and on to the three Iron Age forts, Kirkton Manor, back by River Tweed and Neidpath Castle. 400m ascent. Park in car park over the Tweed Bridge. Depart NB 0815, Hadd 0830. Cost by car £6

Sunday 30 November. A 24k (15m) OS73/74
Linear walk along St Cuthbert’s Way from Melrose to Harestanes. 450m ascent. Car shuttle. Contact leader for start times. Cost by car £6

Friday 5 December Christmas Dinner in Athelstaneford Village Hall.
Names to organiser by Sunday 23 November

Sunday 7 December C 10k (6m) OS66
Circular walk from King’s Park, Dalkeith via Newbattle Woods/Golf Course to Lothian Bridge. Continue, with views of Dalhousie Castle, and return via Newbattle Abbey and River South Esk. Good paths, moderate gradients. Depart NB 0900, Hadd 0915. Cost by car £2.50

Sunday 14 December A, B & C Annual Mince Pie & Mulled Wine Walk OS67
A&B walkers leave from Dunbar Leisure Centre and follow John Muir Way to East Linton (7.5m). C walkers join us here and we follow the river Tyne path to Hailes Castle, then on up to Traprain Law (optional climb of 220m) and return to East Linton (6m). A & B walkers return to Dunbar by bus. Contact leaders for start times. Cost by car £1.50

Sunday 28 December B 12.5k (8m) OS73
Linear from Dalkeith to Penicuik taking in old railway path. Negligible ascent. Depart NB 0830, Hadd 0845 Cost by car £2.50

Sunday 4 January C 8k (5m) OS66
Linear from Macmerry to Haddington via Butterdean Wood, Lamlair Wood and Letham Mains. Depart NB 0900, Hadd 0915 for 0920 service 106 bus from Haddington to Macmerry. Negligible ascent. Cost by car (from NB) £1.50

Saturday 10 January AREA AGM AT BALERNO

Sunday 11 January A 23k (14.5m) OS65
Linear along the new section of the John Muir Way from South Queensferry along the coast to Bo’ness. Car shuttle. Negligible ascent. Contact leader for start times. Cost by car £5.50

Sunday 18 January B 12.5k (8m) OS66
Circular from Cottyburn via Longniddry, Gosford Estate and Spittal Right of Way. Negligible ascent. Depart NB 0830, Hadd 0845. Cost by car £1

Saturday 24 January C 7k (4m) OS67
Take 0900 service 120 bus from North Berwick to Whitekirk. Walk back to NB via Becky’s Strip, Gleghornie, Halfland Barns, woodland strips and field paths, entering NB via the Heugh and the Glen. Good paths, no hills. Meet NB (Imperial car park, Quality Street) at 0845 & Hadd (usual place) at 0830. (Note unusual day, location & times to suit bus; remember to bring bus passes). Cost by car (from Hadd) £1.50

Sunday 1 February A 20k (12.5m) OS73
Circular from Peebles, via Gypsy Glen, Kailzie Hill, Birkscairn Hill, Dun Rig (Graham), Hundleshope Heights. 800m ascent. Contact leader for start times. Cost by car £6

Sunday 8 February B 17k (11m) OS74
Circular from Coldstream via River Tweed and the Hirsel. Negligible ascent. Depart NB 0815, Hadd 0830. Cost by car £7

Saturday 14 February B 12.5k (8m) OS73/74
The Borders Abbeys Way. Linear from Melrose to St Boswells via St Cuthbert’s Way, Bowden, Clintmains, Dryburgh Abbey & St Boswells. Leave cars at St Boswells, take bus to Melrose and walk back. 320m ascent. Depart NB 0815, Hadd 0830. Cost by car £6

Sunday 15 February C 8k (5m) OS67
Circular from Tyninghame via Knowes Farm, railway footbridge, Beesknowe, Bielhill, North Lodge and Tynefield. Good tracks with negligible hills. Depart NB 0900, Hadd 0915. Cost by car £1.50

Friday 20 February Beetle Drive & Supper at The West Barns Inn.
Names to organiser by 13 February.

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Sunday 22 February A 21k (13m) OS65/66
Circular from Harlaw Reservoir Visitor Centre via Threipmuir, Bavelaw, Borestane, Kitchen Moss, West & East Kip, The Howe and back to Harlaw. 650m ascent. Contact leader for start times. Cost by car £4.50

Saturday 28 February B 16k (10m) OS65
Polmont station to The Helix Park with a visit to The Kelpies. Take 0821 train from North Berwick to Waverley then 0915 to Polmont. Negligible ascent. Cost by car from Hadd to North Berwick £1.50. Contact leader for start times.

Sunday 8 March C 10k (6m) OS66
Circular from Gifford via old railway, Broadwoodside and Newall Wood. Return via Bankwood, Bolton Muir Wood, Inglisfield & Fawn Wood. Negligible hills. Depart NB 0900, Hadd 0915. Cost by car £1.50

Sunday 15 March A 16k (10m) OS45
Duchary Hill and Monamenach from Glen Isla. 1000m ascent. Contact leader for start times. Cost by car £16

Sunday 22 March B 16k (10m) OS65/66
Circular from Red Moss Nature Reserve via Threipmuir Reservoir, Black Hill, Loganlea Reservoir, The Howe, returning to Nature Reserve by Nine Mile Burn footpath. 400m ascent. Depart NB 0830, Hadd 0845. Cost by car £4

Sunday 29 March C 10k (6m) OS66
Circular from Vogrie Park to Roman Camp via Newlandsburn, Southside, Windmill Wood, D’Arcy and Camp Wood. Good tracks with easy ascents. Depart NB 0900, Hadd 0915. Cost by car £3

Sunday 5 April A 21k (13m) OS58
Circular around Loch Leven Nature Reserve from Kirkgate Park car park in Kinross. Good paths through varied woods and marshland. Negligible ascent. Contact leader for start times. Cost by car £8

Friday 10 April to Sunday 12 April Weekend at Wooler Youth Hostel. OS75
Set in the outskirts of the beautiful Northumberland National Park.
A, B and C Walks. Bookings with cheque for £31 (made payable to NBRA) by 20 February.
Cost by car £9.50

Sunday 19 April B 19k (12m) OS57
Circular level walk from NS578939 Buchlyvie, Flanders Moss, Nether Easter Offerance and Gartentruach. Depart NB 0830, Hadd 0845. Cost by car £11.50

Sunday 26 April C 9k (6m) OS66
Linear walk from Roslin to Lasswade. Park cars in Musselburgh (GR344727) and walk to bus stop opposite Musselburgh Police Station for 1015 service 40 bus to Roslin. From Roslin, walk via Killgore Wood, Dryden Tower, Bilston Wood & viaduct, Polton, Mavisbank House and riverside path to Lasswade (Laird & Dog). Good paths, easy ascents. Then take service 40 bus back to Musselburgh. Depart NB 0915, Hadd 0915. Cost by car £2