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 2014

Sunday 6 April B 16k (10miles) OS 67
Circular from Lauder, Wanton Walls, Braidshawrig, Dabshead Hill, Edgarhope Wood & SUW. 200m ascent. Dep NB 0815, Hadd 0830. Cost by car £4.00

Friday 11 to Sunday 13 April Lake District Weekend at Buttermere Youth Hostel OS 90
A & B Walks in this lovely Lakeland area. Contact leader for travel and walk details. Bookings to leader by 1 March, (contact leader for amended YH costs) for 2 nights accommodation in hostel. Cost by car £23.00

Sunday 13 April C 12k (7.5miles) OS 67
Circular from Cockburnspath via Dunglass Church, Belvedere Wood and Oldhamstocks. Mostly on tracks. Negligible ascent. Dep NB 0900, Hadd 0915. Cost by car £3.00

Sunday 20 April B 16k (10miles) OS 73
Circular from Melrose via Gattonside Chain Bridge, Wester Housebyres Easter Hill, Mosshouses, SUW & Camp Plantations. 200m ascent. Cost by car £5.50

Monday 21 April A, B & C walks
In conjunction with the new John Muir Way from Dunbar to Helensburgh being launched during the week 21 to 26 April, Ramblers Scotland has asked us to organise a walk between Dunbar and North Berwick on Monday 21 April. Scottish Ramblers Groups will be doing the other stages. A&B Walkers will start from Dunbar Swimming Pool (12mls) at 9.30am and C walkers from East Linton at 12.30pm (6mls). Return by bus. To register for this walk please contact M Allan on 01620 824938 by 18 April. Cost by car £1.50

Sunday 27 April C 11k (7miles) OS 66
The “Knights Templar Walk” from Gorebridge via Gore Water, river S. Esk, Arniston, Carrington Mill and Deadman Lies. Mostly good paths with brief ascents. Dep NB 0900, Hadd 0915. Cost by car £3.00

Saturday 3 May A 23k (14.5miles) OS 73
Linear from Galashiels to Innerleithen on the Southern Upland Way. 525m ascent. Bus service 062 from Innerleithen to Galashiels at 0928. Contact leader for start times. Cost by car £5.50

Sunday 11 May B 18k (11miles) OS 65 or 72
Circular from West Linton via Baddingsgill, Faw Mount, Mount Maw, Carlops and return by the Pentland Trekking Centre. 354m ascent. Dep NB 0830, Hadd 0845. Cost by car £4.50

.....HAVE YOU BOOKED FOR THE TREASURE HUNT.....

Sunday 18 May C  7k (4.5miles) OS 60
Circular from Hillend westwards along the foot of the Pentlands, returning by Swanston village. Short steepish climb at start, otherwise little ascent. Dep NB 0900, Hadd 0915. Cost by car £3.00

Tuesday 20 May
Combined walk with Aberystwyth Ramblers – details in Edinburgh Group Walks.

.....HAVE YOU BOOKED FOR SPEYSIDE WAY.....

Sunday 25 May  A  26k (16 miles) OS 43
Circular from Blair Atholl. Old Blair, Banvie Burn, Allt an t'Seapail, Allt Sheicheachan, Beinn a' Chait and Allt Diridh. Paths and tracks. 750m ascent. Contact leader for more walk details and start times. Cost by car £16.00

Friday 30 May Treasure Hunt
Compete in teams to explore central Edinburgh hunting for answers to treasure hunt clues, then supper at Cafe Andaluz afterwards to announce winning team. Names to G Yarwood by 16 May

Sunday 1 June  B  14k (9miles)  OS 58
Linear from Blackford to Tillicoultry via Glendevon & the Ochils. Meeting in the car park of the Eaglesgate Retail Centre (NN893085) 420m ascent. Contact leaders for start times. Cost by car £10.50

Sunday 8 June C+ 10k (6.5miles) OS 73
Circular from Earlston along banks of the river Leader. Impressive views of bluebells (if we are lucky with the timing). Ascent approx 90m. Dep NB 0900, Hadd 0915. Cost by car £5.00

Saturday 14 June C 7k (4miles) OS 67
Circular walk from Northfield Visitor Centre to St Abbs Head with good views of cliffs and seabirds, returning via Mire Loch. Easy 60m ascent. Dep NB 0900, Hadd 0915. Cost by car £5.00

Sunday 15 June A 18k (11.5miles) OS 43/44
The 4 Glenshee Munros. Starting from the bridge over the Cairnwell Burn on A93, up to Carn an Tuirc, Cairn of Claise, Tolmount, Tom Buidhe, east over Ca Whims and returning by Sron na Gaoithe. 930m ascent. Contact leader for start times. Cost by car £15.50

Sunday 22 June B  14k (9miles)  OS 74 or 80
Circular from Jedburgh via Howden, Hunthill, the Sandy Road, Dere Street, Mount Ulston and Hartrigge. 100m ascent. Dep NB 0830, Hadd 0845. Cost by car £7.00
Circular from Melrose via Newstead, Rhymer’s Stone, Eildon Hills, Hall and village. Return by old railway, viaduct and Roman camp. 200m of gentle ascent. Dep NB 0900, Hadd 0915. Cost by car £6.00

Sunday 6 July to Wednesday 9 July
The Speyside Way OS 36
Staying at Ardenbeg Hostel, Grantown on Spey. 1st stage 13 mls, 2nd stage 15 mls. Negligible ascent. Bookings to leader with cheque for 3 nights accommodation (£63 payable to NBRA) by 21 May. Car shuffle & bus travel. Cost by car £23.50

Sunday 13 July B   17k (10.8miles) OS 75
Circular from Wooler via Waud House, Wooler Common, Broadstruthers burn, Commonburn House, Tom Tallon’s Crag. 500m ascent. Dep NB 0815, Hadd 0830. Cost by car £9.00

Sunday 20 July C 11k (7miles) OS 67
Circular from Abbey St Bathans to Ellemford Bridge via Roughside Wood, return by Greenhope Wood, Dipper Wood, Barnside Hill and Square Wood. Easy ascents. Dep NB 0900, Hadd 0915. Cost by car £4.50

Sunday 27 July A 24k (15miles) OS 57
The Mell Trail, circular from Glen Finglas past Glen Finglas reservoir, Lag a’ Phuil and return by Finglas water. All on tracks. 500m ascent. Contact leader for start times. Cost by car £11.50

.....HAVE YOU BOOKED FOR TROSSACHS TRIP.....

Sunday 3 August C 9k (5.5miles) OS 67
Circular in Lammermuir Hills with good views of Whiteadder Reservoir. From Little Crow Cleugh via Chapel Stone and Penshiel, round Priestlaw Hill and return by minor road. Good tracks and paths. 200m easy ascent. Dep NB 0900, Hadd 0915. Cost by car £3.00

Sunday 10 August B   19.5k (12miles) OS 73/74
Clintmains road end (NT612326), to Kelso along the Borders Abbeys Way. Dep NB 0830, Hadd 0845. Cost by car £6.00

.....HAVE YOU BOOKED FOR WOOLER WEEKEND.....

Sunday 17 August A 23k (14miles) OS 72
From the Crook Inn – Broad Law, Cramalt Craig, Dun Law, Fifescar Knowe, Dollar Law and returning by the Stanhope Valley. 850m ascent. Contact leader for start times. Cost by car £7.50

Sunday 24 August B   14.5k (9miles) OS 73/74
Circular from Melrose via Rhymer’s Glen, Cauldshiels Loch and returning by riverside path. Walk starts from Abbey Car park next to Youth Hostel. 200m ascent. Dep NB 0830, Hadd 0845. Cost by car £6.00

Saturday 30 August C+ 11k (6.5miles) OS 73
Linear walk along old railway from Cortleferry (on A7) to Oxton (on A68). Park in Dalkeith at Midlothian Indoor Bowling Club car park (NT135775) and walk to Eskbank for 0933 bus service X95 to Fountainhall. Walk along old railway to Oxton and return journey to Dalkeith on bus service 52 at 1500. Good paths and easy ascents. Dep NB 0830, Hadd 0845. (Note unusual times). Cost by car £2.50

Sunday 31 August Day out in The Trossachs
Sail up Loch Katrine on the SS Walter Scott from the Trossachs Pier at Stronachlacher and cycle back. Sail £15 and cycle hire approx £12. Names to leader by 1 August. Cost by car £13.00

Sunday 7 September A 12k (7.5miles) OS 79
Ettrick Pen circular from Potburn, Ettrick Pen, Hopetoun Craig, Wind Fell, Capel Fell, White Shank, Longhope Burn and Potburn. 694m ascent. Contact Leader for start times. Cost by car £9.00

Sunday 14 September B 17k (11miles) OS 67
Circular from Dunbar Swimming Pool car park via Cliff Top Trail, Belhaven, Wester Broomhouse, Spott House, Doon Hill, The Brunt, Pinkerton Hill, Meikle Pinkerton, Broxburn & John Muir Way back to Dunbar. 225m ascent. Dep NB 0830, Hadd 0830. Cost by car £1.50

Sunday 21 September C 8k (5miles) OS 67
Circular from Cockburnspath to St Helen’s Church (ruin) and Siccar Point. Dep NB 0900, Hadd 0915. Cost by car £3.00

Friday 26 to Sunday 28 September
Weekend at Wooler Youth Hostel OS 75
Set in the outskirts of the beautiful Northumberland National Park. A, B & C Walks. Bookings with cheques for £36 (payable to NBRA) by 16 August. Cost by car £9.00

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 (6miles) OS 73
Circular from Peebles via Hay Lodge Park, Jedderfield Plantation, Roman Road, Edston, river Tweed and Neidpath Castle. Dep NB 0900, Hadd 0915. Cost by car £5.00

Sunday 19 October A OS 56
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 and 900m ascent depending on route taken. Contact leader for start times. Cost by car £12.00

Sunday 26 October B 14.5k (9miles) OS 66
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 and return via Elsdonburn on St Cuthbert’s Way. Dep NB 0815, Hadd 0830. Cost by car £9.00