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 – April to October 2016

Sunday 17 April C walk 10k (6m) Exp 351
Park in Tyninghame village and take the 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 Gabher (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 £13.50

Sunday 1 May B+ walk 14.5k (9m) OS 73
Yarrowford along Minchmoor road then on to the Southern Upland Way, Brown Knowe (Old Drove Road) to Three Brethren. Retrace steps to paths junction above Youth Hostel, then descend to Yarrowford. Steep 300m ascent from Yarrowford. Dep NB 08.30, Hadd 08.45. Cost by car £6.00

Sunday 8 May C walk 8k (5m) OS 66
Circular walk to Yester Castle and its “spooky” Goblin Ha’. Bring a torch if you have one. Negligible hills. Dep 09.15, Hadd 09.30. Cost by car £1.00

Sunday 15 May A walk 18k (11m) OS 51
Circular in Glen Artney and the foothills of Ben Vorlich. Start Point NN 711161. Continue along single track road and cross Water of Ruchill, follow track up Gleannan Dubh Choirein to Dubh Choirein. Cross bealach between Meall na h-Iolaire and SE ridge of Stuc a’ Chroin, descending the slopes of Meall Odhar to Arivurichardich to meet track back to start. 488m ascent. Contact leader for start times. Cost by car £11.00

Sunday 22 May B+ walk 19k (12m) OS 72/73
Circular from Baddinsgill Reservoir via Cauldstane Slap, East Cairn Hill, Borestane and North Esk reservoir. 561m ascent. Dep NB 08.30, Hadd 08.45. Cost by car £3.50

Sunday 29 May C+ walk 12k (7.5m) OS 73
Circular from Lauder to Blackchester Fort via Blackchester, Trabrown and Whitlaw. 180m ascent. Dep NB 09.15, Hadd 09.30. Cost by car £3.00

Bowling & supper evening at North Berwick Bowling Club
on Thursday 28 July.
Names to M Allan 01620 824938 by Thursday 30 June

Sunday 5 June A walk 16k (10m) OS 43
Circular from Auchavan (Glen Isla) to Monega Hill via Tulchan Lodge and Bessie’s Cairn returning by Little Glas Maol, Shanovan Hill and Tulchan Lodge. 580m ascent. Contact leader for start times. Cost by car £12.00

Sunday 12 June B walk 13k (8m) OS 80
Circular from Cocklawfoot (NT 853186) via Auchope and The Schil. 385mtrs ascent. Dep NB 08.15, Hadd 08.30. Cost by car £7.00

Sunday 19 June C walk 9k (5.5m) OS 66
Circular around Gladhouse Reservoir on the edge of the Moorfoot Hills. Negligible ascent. Dep NB 09.15, Hadd 09.30. Cost by car £3.50

Sunday 26 June A walk 16k (10m) OS 41
Circular from Kings House Hotel to Beinn a’ Chrulaiste via Meall Bhalach and returning via Altnafeadh and Old Military Road. 600m ascent. Contact leader for start times. Cost by car £15.00

Saturday 2 July C walk 10k (6m) OS 73
Easy linear riverside walk from Innerleithen to Peebles on good paths. Park in Peebles and take the 10.14 X62 “First” Melrose bus to Innerleithen to start walk back to Peebles. Negligible hills. Dep NB 09.15, Hadd 09.30. Cost by car £4.50

Monday 4 to Thursday 7 July OS 53
staying at the Gulabin Outdoor Centre, Glenshee. (3 nights)
Leader: C George 01368 862847
Names & cheques (made out to NBRA) for £70.00 by 15 May. Cost by car £12.00

Sunday 10 July B walk 15k (9.5m) OS 75
Circular from Belford via Swinhoe Farm, West Hall, St Cuthbert’s Cave, Ravens Crag, Greensheen Hill and Craggy Hall. 150m ascent. Dep NB 08.30, Hadd 08.30 Cost by car £7.00

Sunday 17 July A walk 19k (12m) OS 65/66
Circular from Threipmuir reservoir to Listonshiels, Borestane, Kitchen Moss, West & East Kip descending to The Howe, then through Green Cleugh to Threipmuir. 650m ascent. Contact leader for start times. Cost by car £3.00

Sunday 24 July B+ walk 13k (8m) OS 78/79
Gameshope Glen & Firthy Brig Ridge. Gameshope Glen to Great Hill then along the ridge to Molls Cleuch Dod. Descend between the burns Molls Cleuch and Talla Water. 784m ascent. Dep NB 08.30, Hadd 08.45. Cost by car £6.00

Sunday 31 July C walk 10k (6m) OS 67
Circular on edge of Lammermuir Hills from Woodend via Deuchrie, Rammer Wood, Halls and Pressmennan Lake. 100m ascent. Dep NB 09.15, Hadd 09.30. Cost by car £2.00

Sunday 7 August B walk 16k (10m) OS 75
Circular walk to explore Holy Island. Negligible ascent. Dep NB & Hadd, both 08.30. Cost by car £6.50

Sunday 14 August A walk (slow Munro) 14k (8.5m) OS 56
Circular from Succoth to Beinn Narnain via Creag an Fhithich, descending to Lochan a’Chlaidheimh. Then ascending The Cobbler (optional) and returning via Narnain Boulders to Succoth. 930m ascent. Cost by car £13.00

Saturday 20 August C walk 10k (6m) OS 66
Linear from Fala to Pathhead. Park cars at Dalkeith (Midlothian Indoor Bowling Club) and take Perrymans 09.40 Kelso service bus 52 to Fala village. Then walk approx NW via Fala Dam, Salter’s Road, Whitburgh House, Dodridge Law, moor road & farm tracks to Pathhead. Return via 15.18 bus from Pathhead to Dalkeith. Easy ascents. Dep NB 08.45, Hadd 09.15 to suit 09.40 Fala bus. Cost by car (to Dalkeith) £2.00. Note Saturday, and earlier times than usual – bring bus pass if you have one.

Sunday 28 August A walk 24k (15m) OS 73/74
Linear along St Cuthbert’s Way from Melrose to Harestanes. 450m ascent. Car shuttle. Dep NB 08.00, Hadd 08.00. Cost by car £4.50

Sunday 4 September B walk 16k (10m) OS 66
Linear from Hardengreen to Penicuik House via railway walks and River Esk, returning to Hardengreen by bus. Nil ascent. Dep NB 08.30, Hadd 08.45. Cost by car £2.00

Sunday 11 September C + walk 10k (6.5m) OS 73
Circular from Earlston via Summerfield, Carolside Wood, Kirkwood Heugh, Deer Park, Clackmea Bridge, Mill Bank and riverbank. 200m ascent. Dep NB 09.15, Hadd 09.30. Cost by car £4.00

Sunday 18 September A walk 18k (11.5m) OS 50
Circular from Dalrigh via Ben Oss & Beinn Dubhcraig. 1250m ascent. Contact leader for start times. Cost by car £13.00

Friday to Sunday 23-25 September Weekend at The Smugglers Hostel in Tomintoul OS 28/36
01368 862847. A&B Walks.
Names with cheques (made out to NBRA) for £34 by 14 August.

Saturday A Walk. The Speyside Spur 26k (16m) and 865m ascent.
Saturday B Walk. To be decided on arrival.
Sunday Group Walk. Circular from Tomintoul via Tom na Bat to Monagh Fergie returning via Birchfield, River Avon and Queens View. 14k (8.5m) 500m ascent. Cost by car £21.00

Saturday 1 October B walk 18k (11m) OS 73
Take the Borders train from Waverley to Tweedbank. Walk along the River Tweed to suspension bridge and then follow the Southern Upland Way to Lauder. Catch the service bus back to Edinburgh. Remember bus pass. 100m ascent. Contact leader for start times and transport arrangements. Cost by car (to Edinburgh) £2.50

Sunday 9 October C+ walk 10k (6.5m) OS 73
Circular from Earlston following the Jubilee Path mostly through woodland along the River Leader. 90m ascent. Dep NB 09.15, Hadd 09.30. Cost by car £4.00

Sunday 16 October A walk 19k (12m) OS 72
Circular from Lamington via Bent Rig, Ewe Hill, Hardrig Head, Deil’s Barn Door, Whitelaw Brae returning via Cowgill Loch. Start point NS979309. 800m ascent. Contact leader for start times. Cost by car £6.00

Sunday 23 October B walk 16k (10m) OS 75
Circular from Spittal near (Berwick upon Tweed), along the Northumberland Coastal Path via Seaview Farm, Cocklawburn Beach, Cheswick, Scremerston Town Farm, Borewell to Spittal. Negligible ascent. Dep NB 08.15, Hadd 08.30. Cost by car £5.00

Saturday 29 October C walk 8k (5m) OS 65
Linear from West Linton to Garvald via Slipperfield, Garvald Burn & village. Return to start by Stagecoach 15.08 service 101 bus on A702. Dep NB 09.15, Hadd 09.30. Cost by car to West Linton £4.00