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 – April to October 2015

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 £6.50

Friday 10 April to Sunday 12 April Weekend at Wooler Youth Hostel. OS 75
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 £7.50

Sunday 19 April B 19k (12m) OS 57
Circular level walk from (NS578939) Buchlyvie, Flanders Moss, Nether Easter Offerance and Gartentruach. Dep NB 0830, Hadd 0845. Cost by car £9.50

Sunday 26 April C 9k (6m) OS 66
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. Dep NB 0915, Hadd 0915. Cost by car £1.50

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Sunday 3 May A 24k (15m) OS 73/74
Linear walk along St Cuthbert’s Way from Melrose to Harestanes (rescheduled from previous programme). Car shuttle. 450m ascent. Contact leader for start times. Cost by car £5.00

Sunday 10 May B 19.5k (12m) OS 73/74
Clintmains road end (NT612326) to Kelso along the Borders Abbeys Way. Dep NB 0815, Hadd 0830. Cost by car £5.00

Saturday 16 May C 6.5k (4m) OS 66
Circular from Slateford including Water of Leith and Colinton Dell. Return via old railway track (and tunnel) and Union Canal. Ascent 60m. Dep NB 0915, Hadd 0930. Cost by car £2.50

Friday 22 & Saturday 23 May A 28k (17m) OS 34
The Corrieyairack Pass. Linear from Fort Augustus to Garva Bridge. Friday, drive to Fort William, take bus to Fort Augustus. Overnight on Friday at Morag’s Lodge Hostel, Fort Augustus. Saturday walk over pass and collect cars. Car shuttle required. Names and cheques for £25 made payable to NBRA by 12 April. Contact leader for more info if required.
Ascent 650m. Cost by car £19.00

Sunday 31 May B 17.5k (10m) OS 67
Circular from Lauder via Wanton Walls, SUW, Braidshawrig, Edgerhope Law, Dabshead Hill and Edgerhope Wood. Ascent 350m. Dep NB 0815, Hadd 0830. Cost by car £3.00

Sunday 7 June C 10k (6.5m) OS 67
Circular from Tyninghame village via footbridge, Buist’s Embankment, Foxlake, Ninewar Wood and Knowes. Negligible ascent. Dep NB 0915, Hadd 0930. Cost by car £1.00

Sunday 14 June A 23k (14m) OS 73
Linear from Innerleithen to Galashiels along SUW, return by bus. Ascent 525m. Contact leader for start times. Cost by car £4.00

Friday 19 June Visit to Mary King’s Close, Royal Mile, Edinburgh
(Tour lasts 1 hour) Cost per person, Adult £13.25, Senior £11.75. Maximum 20 people.
Option to go for a meal afterwards. Names to leader by 1 May

Sunday 21 June B+ 22k (13m) OS 52
Circular from the Birks of Aberfeldy on tracks (a section of the Rob Roy Way), over moorland, through pastures and forest. Ascent 600m. Dep NB 0730, Hadd 0745. Cost by car £12.00

Sunday 28 June C 9k (5.5m) OS 65
Circular in Almondell Country Park (North car park) following the River Almond and feeder aqueduct for Union Canal. Return via spectacular Lin’s Mill Aqueduct and Lookabootye Farm. Easy ascents. Dep NB 0915, Hadd 0930. Cost by car £3.50

Saturday 4 July C 10k (6m) OS 66
Longniddry to Drem via Railway Walk, Cottyburn and Kilduff. Return to start by half-hourly train from Drem. Negligible ascents. Dep NB 0915, Hadd 0930. Cost by car £1.00

Sunday 5 to Thursday 9 July A The Speyside Way OS 28
The last 3 sections of The Speyside Way. Staying at The Gordon Arms Hotel in Fochabers (3 nights), for hotel costs and more info please call leader. Names by 29 May please. Variable ascent. Cost by car £25.00
The last 3 sections of The Speyside Way. Staying at The Gordon Arms Hotel in Fochabers (3 nights), for hotel costs and more info please call leader. Names by 29 May please. Variable ascent. Cost by car £25.00

Sunday 12 July B 15k (9m) OS 73
Circular from the Yarrowford Valley, taking in The Three Brethren. Ascent 400 m. Dep NB 0815, Hadd 0830. Cost by car £6.00

Saturday 18 July C 10/12k (6/7m) OS 65
Coastal walk from Abercorn (or Hopetoun) to Blackness Castle and return. Negligible ascent. Dep NB 0915, Hadd 0930. Cost by car £3.50

Sunday 26 July A 12.8k (8m) OS 43
Circular from Spittal of Glenshee via Coire Lairige to Creag an Dubh Shluic, over to Ben Earb then crossing the Lairig Charnach to Meall a’Choire Bhuidhe and returning by the north east shoulder to Spittal of Glenshee. Ascent 780m. Contact leader for start times. Cost by car £10.50

Sunday 2 August B+ 17.5k (10m) OS 73
Linear from Innerleithen, Lee Pen, north to Kirklands Hill and Black Law (trig point), Caresman Hill and turn right to the antenna at Dunslair. Then downhill to the Sheildgreen Outdoor Centre, Kittlegairy Hill and the Soonhope Burn. Ascent 700m. Start from Hall Street car park and finish Peebles Hydro. Dep NB 0830, Hadd 0845. Cost by car £5.00

Sunday 9 August C 11k (6.5m) OS 66
Circular from Edinburgh Observatory via Blackford Hill, Hermitage of Braid, Braidburn Valley, Mortonhall and Blackford Glen. Ascent 130m. Dep NB 0915, Hadd 0930. Cost by car £2.50

Sunday 16 August A 16k (10m) OS 56
Circular from Glen Clova via Ben Tirran, Loch Wharral and Loch Brandy. Ascent 800m. Contact leader for start times. Cost by car £14.50

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Sunday 23 August B 17k (10m) OS 67
Circular from Foxlake via Tynefield, John Muir Country Park, Hedderwick Hill, Beltonford, North Belton, Biel and Beesknowe. Negligible ascent. Foxfall ropes assault course activity after the walk, wetsuits provided but please bring your own training shoes. Boardside Café and lookout shelter for observers. Cost £16 per hour. Names to leader by 2 August if you are interested in taking part. Contact leader for start times. Cost by car £1.00

Sunday 30 August C + 12k (7.5m) OS 66
Circular from West Hopes, including Hopes Reservoir and Lammer Law. Ascent 300m. Dep NB 0915, Hadd 0930. Cost by car £2.50

Saturday 5 September C 8k (5m) OS 66
Circular to Corsehope Rings in Heriot area. Ascent 200m. Dep NB 0915, Hadd 0930. Cost by car £3.50

Sunday 6 September A 22k (13.5m) OS 59
Linear from Keltybridge to Falkland along the St Andrews Way. Car shuttle. Ascent 450m. Contact leader for start times. Cost by car £6.00

Sunday 13 September B+ 20k (12m) OS 72
Drumelzier to Pykestone Hill, Long Grain Knowe, Lairdside Knowe and return to Drumelzier via Stanhope and River Tweed. Ascent 500m. Dep NB 0815, Hadd 0830. Cost by car £5.50

Sunday 20 September C+ 11k (7m) OS 66
“The Drem Ride”. Circular from Aberlady (NT467798) via Postman’s Walk, Luffness Castle, Drem Ride, Coldhame Wood, Mungoswell Rough Strip and Luffness Mains. Negligible ascent. Dep NB 0915, Hadd 0930. Cost by car £1.00

Sunday 27 September B 15.5k (9m) OS 73
Circular from Shiplaw (NT234494) via Cloich Forest, Wether Law, Courhope, Stewarton and Old Post road. Ascent 450m. Dep NB 0830, Hadd 0845. Cost by car £4.00

Friday 2 to Sunday 4 October OS 89
Weekend at Ennerdale Youth Hostel in the Lake District National Park
A & B walks available. Names & cheques (made out to NBRA) for £41 by 31 July. Supper Club 3 course meal also available at £8.50.
Let leader know if you require evening meal when booking. Cost by car £18.50

Sunday 11 October C 8k (5m) OS 66
Smeaton circular via Drylaw, Kamehill, Newbyth and Binning Wood. Hope to have a mycologist for fungus search in Binning Wood. Dep NB 0915, Hadd 0915. Park in East Linton library for preliminary meet at 0930. Negligible ascent. Cost by car £1.00

Sunday 18 October A 21k (13m) OS 65
Linear along the new section of the John Muir Way starting from Hopetoun House, along coast to Kinneil House then inland to Linlithgow Bridge. (Rescheduled from previous programme). Minimal ascent. Car shuttle. Contact leader for start times. Cost by car £5.00

Saturday 24 October B 17k (10.5m) OS 72
Circular from Broughton, Skirling, turn SW and skirt around Biggar picking up the old railway track back to Broughton. Ascent 100m. Dep NB 0830, Hadd 0845. Cost by car £5.00

Saturday 31 October C 9k (5.5m) OS 67
Take bus from Haddington to Pencraig, then linear walk to Beanston and Sandy’s Mill. Explore the environs of the 12th century Abbey and return to Haddington along river Tyne. Negligible ascent. Dep NB 0915, Hadd 0930. Cost by car (to Hadd) £1.00