North Berwick and District Group

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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.

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

Friday 2 to Sunday 4 October Weekend A,B,C walks OS 89
Weekend at Ennerdale Youth Hostel in the Lake District.
A, B & C walks available. Names with cheque (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 available for fungus search in Binning Wood. Dep NB 09:15, Hadd 09:15, park at East Linton library for preliminary meet at 09:30. Negligible ascent. Cost by car £1.

Sunday 18 October  A  21k (13m)  OS 65
Linear along the new section of John Muir Way starting from Hopetoun House, along coast to Kinneil House then inland to Linlithgow Bridge. 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 round Biggar picking up the old railway track back to Broughton. 100m ascent. Dep NB 08:30, Hadd 08:45. 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 12thC Abbey and return to Haddington along river Tyne. Negligible ascent. Dep NB 09:15, Hadd 09:30. Cost by car (to Hadd) £1.

Sunday 8 November A walk  20k (12m)  OS 65/66
Circular from Threipmuir reservoir via Bavelaw, Bore Stane, Kitchen Moss, West & East Kip, The Howe. 650m ascent. Contact leader for start times. Cost by car £3.50.

Sunday 15 November  B walk   13k (8m)  OS 73
Melrose to Eildon Mid Hill, Eildon Hill North, Eildon West Hill and Newstead village. Return by river Tweed. (Parking at Melrose near YH). Dep NB 08:15, Hadd 08:30. Cost by car £4.50.

Wednesday 18 November Group AGM in Trinity Hall, Haddington at 7pm

Sunday 22 November  C walk   8k (5m)  OS 67, Exp 351
Circular from Stenton via Meiklerig Wood, Pitcox, Biel, and Ginglet Hill. Dep NB 09:15, Hadd 09:30. Cost by car £1.50.

Sunday 29 November  A walk   12k (8m) OS 72/73
Circular from NT217438 via Harehope Hill and Cloich Forest. 400m ascent. Contact leader for start times. Cost by car £3.50.

Sunday 6 December  B walk  13k (8m)  OS 66
Circular in the Pentlands: Scald Law, Carnethy Hill and Turnhouse. 500m ascent. Dep NB 08:15, Hadd 08:30. Cost by car £3.
Circular in the Pentlands: Scald Law, Carnethy Hill and Turnhouse. 500m ascent. Dep NB 08:15, Hadd 08:30. Cost by car £3.

Saturday 12 December. Christmas Meal at Nether Abbey Hotel NB. 7.15pm. Cost £25pp.
Names to G.Yarwood 01620 826928 by Sat 14 November

Sunday 13 December C walk  10k (6m)  OS 67, Exp 346
Circular from Cove car park, via Dunglass Estate, beach, Bilsdean Fort & Gowdies Well, Laurie’s Leap and return by Cockburnspath. 250m ascent with one short steep section. Dep NB 09:15, Hadd 09:30. Cost by car £2.50.

Sunday 20 December  A, B &C Annual Mince Pie & Mulled Wine walk
Circular Hadd-Gifford-Hadd combining all 3 walk grades.
A&B walkers dep Hadd from car park adjacent to Maitlandfield Hotel at 09:30 and follow R Tyne to Bolton, Eaglescairnie and Gifford (6 mls).
C walkers dep NB 11:45, Hadd 12:15, and park in Gifford. Meet A&B party outside Goblin Ha’ Hotel at 12:30. Lunch in Gifford area, then all walk back together via Colston Mill and Bolton to Haddington (5.5mls) where C drivers will be driven to Gifford to retrieve cars.
Walk distances - A&B walkers 11.5mls, C walkers 5.5mls. Cost by car for C walkers £1.

Tuesday 29 December  C walk  8k (5m)  OS 66, Exp 351
Circular from Dirleton via Archerfield, farm tracks to Cudgel Bridge and East Fenton. Negligible ascent. Dep NB 09:30, Hadd 09:30 (note unusual time). Cost by car £1.

Sunday 10 January  A walk  20k (12m)  OS 65/66
Linear along Cross Borders Drove Road from West Linton to Balerno via Carlops, Pentlands & North Esk reservoir. 260m ascent. Car shuffle. Contact leader for start times. Cost by car £4.

Saturday 16 January L&B Area AGM at John McIntyre Conference Centre
(Prestonfield Room), adjacent to Pollock Halls. Details on p6 of TRAIL

Sunday 17 January  B walk  17k (10.5m)  OS 74
Circular from Kelso to Roxburgh via river Teviot. Negligible ascent. GR of start NT724355. Dep NB 08:15, Hadd 08:30. Cost by car £5.

Sunday 24 January C walk  8k (5m)  OS 67, Exp 351
Circular from Garvald, via Tanderlane, West Mains, Blaikie Heugh, Papple Bridge & Garvald Grange. Easy ascents. Dep NB 09:15, Hadd 09:30. Cost by car £1.50.

Sunday 31 January  A walk 19k (12m)  OS 66
Circular from Haddington via Bolton, Myreside, Morham Bank, Morham, Northrigg & Seggarsdean. Negligible ascent. Contact leader for start times. Cost by car £1.

Sunday 7 February  B walk  16k (10m)  OS 67
Linear walk from Burnmouth to St Abbs, along the Berwickshire coastal path. Car shuffle, negligible ascent. Dep NB 08:15, Hadd 08:30. Cost by car £3.50.

Sunday 14 February C walk  10k (6.5m) OS 66, Exp 345
Circular from Pencaitland via railway walk, Glenkinchie, Milton Bridge, W.Saltoun and Saltoun Folly. Return to start via the Glebe. Dep NB 09:15, Hadd 09:30. Cost by car £1.50.

Friday 19 February “Twilight Spa” evening at Marine Hotel N.Berwick.
Put a spring in your step with a fun evening in the Marine Hotel’s celebrated health club –
use of the “outdoor/indoor” pool, gym, sauna & jacuzzi and including a 25 minute treatment
and a one-course meal. Price £39. Bookings by 30 Jan to H.McLeod 01620 894954

Sunday 21 February  A walk  16k (10m) OS 58/66
Circular in the Cullaloe Hills, Aberdour, Stenhouse reservoir, to the outskirts of Burntisland and returning to Aberdour by the Fife Coastal Path. Mainly on paths and forest tracks. 200m ascent. Contact leader for start times. Cost by car £5.

Sunday 21 February  C walk  6.5k (4m) OS 66, Exp 351
Circular from Balgone Estate via E.Lodge, Redside and Maggie’s Strip. Negligible ascent. Dep NB 09:30, Hadd 09:30 (Note unusual time). Cost by car £1.

Sunday 28 February  B walk  19k (12m) OS 65/66
Linear walk taking the coastal path from Burntisland to North Queensferry. 240m ascent. Dep NB 08:15, Hadd 08:30. Cost by car £5.

Sunday 6 March  C walk   8k (5m)  OS 65, Exp 350
Circular from Winchburgh along Union Canal and woodlands. 40m ascent. Dep NB 09:15, Hadd 09:30. Cost by car £3.50.

Sunday 13 March  A walk 19k (12m)  OS 72
Circular from Drumelzier on B712 (NT135342) via Den Knowes Head, Pykestone Hill, Long Grain Knowe, Stanhope Burn, Hobcarton Head and R. Tweed. Mainly on paths and hill tracks. 800m ascent. Contact leader for start times. Cost by car £6.

Sunday 13 March  C walk  8k (5m)  OS 66, Exp 345
Circular from Ormiston old station around Winton Estate via Pencaitland, Redmains, Old Dean Bridge and Walk Plantation. Negligible ascent. Dep NB 09:15, Hadd 09:30. Cost by car £1.50.

Sunday 20 March  B walk  14-16k (8-9m)  OS 73
Eddleston walk via Nether Kidston, Upper Kidston, Meldon Burn and Stewarton, with option of climbing White or Black Meldon (or both). Ascent either 140 or 400m (depending on optional hill). Dep NB 08:15, Hadd 08:30. Cost by car £3.50.

Sunday 27 March  C walk  8k (5m) OS 65, Exp 344
Circular from Carlops via Fairliehope to N.Esk reservoir and Spittal & Amazondean farms. Return to Carlops by Kitleyknowe. 120m of easy ascent. Dep NB 09:15, Hadd 09:30. Cost by car £3.50.

Sunday 3 April B walk 16k (10m)  OS 66
Local circular from Ormiston Station car park, via Wolfstar, Pencaitland and Winton House, taking in the Great Ormiston Yew. Negligible ascent. Dep NB 0915, Hadd 09.30. Cost by car £1.50.

Friday 8 to Monday 11 April. 3 day weekend at Osmotherley, N.Yorks. OS 93, 94, 100
Leaders: B.Leslie 01620 824041& S.Pain 01620 892194.
YH costs: £20 per night, also available breakfast £5.50, packed lunch, and evening meal £9.30.
Bookings with cheque for accommodation (payable to NBRA) by 5 Feb. Cost by car £20

Sunday 17 April C walk  10k (6m) OS 67, Exp 351
Park in Tyninghame village and take 10:58 service 120 bus to Auldhame. Walk back to start via The Gegan, Seacliff, Scoughall, Ravensheugh Sands and the Tyninghame Estate. Good tracks, easy ascents. Dep NB & Hadd, both 09:30. Cost by car £1.

Sunday 24 April A walk 19k (12m) OS 43
Corbett, Creag nan Gabhar (Hill of the Goats). Circular from Auchallater on the A93, climb over Sron Dubh and Sron Nan Gabhar to summit. Return by Bealach Buidhe to Loch Callater Lodge and Auchallater. Contact leader for start times. Cost by car £14.