These are the archived events for the Linlithgow Group, from the start of the current programme (TRAIL Issue 74, Winter 2019-20).
Wednesday 2 October B walk 13.5km/8½ miles
Lauder Common. Circular route from Lauder. Starting from car park beside Primary School. Follows some of the route of the Lauder Common Riding. Fine views. Varied terrain, some rough ground. Wet/muddy sections after rain. Mostly moorland, paths, tracks, drove road and minor roads. One steep descent. Ascent 263m (862ft). OS 73. Dep. WP 09:30 Contact: Sarah Perkins 07768 490134 (Walk rescheduled from 31st July)
Wednesday 2 October C+ walk 10.5km/6½ miles WALK CANCELLED
Blairadam Forest. A circular walk around the north east corner of Blairadam Forest. Not just walking within the forest but passing Blairadam House and crossing open farmland with views across to Loch Leven and Benarty Hill. Mainly tracks and paths with one stile to cross. Ascent 210m (690ft). OS 58/367, NT129946. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: Rod Aird 07955651145 (Walk cancelled by the leader due to difficulties encountered on the recce with flooding and farm animals)
Wednesday 2 October C walk 8km/5 miles
Muiravonside and Maddiston. A circular walk starting from Muiravonside Country Park, north along the canal then overland via public rights of way and the occasional quiet road. There will be 2 steep sets of steps on the walk. Ascent 40m (130ft). OS 65/349, NS963755. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: Moira 01506 834030
Friday 4 – Monday 7 October
Autumn Weekend Away – Caledonian Hotel, Fort William
Contact the Away Weekends Convenor for details and booking
Wednesday 9 October B walk 15km/9½ miles
Muthill Circular. Starting from the centre of Muthill we head for the golf course, which is the highest point of the day, then through the grounds of Drummond Castle. From there to Bennybeg garden centre, the river Earn and follow the path along the river and old railwayline, Sallyardoch wood and back to Muthill. Ascent 150m (490ft). OS 58, NN865169. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: Neil & Alison Wallis 01786 850863 (Walk swapped from 30 October at the request of the walk leader)
Wednesday 9 October C+ walk 10.5km/6½ miles
A walk round Arthur’s Seat Edinburgh. Train into Waverley then walk down the Royal Mile to Holyrood. From there walk around Holyrood Park including up Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags. Ascent 300m (1000ft). OS 345, NT270737. Meet at Linlithgow Railway Station 09:50 for the 10:12 train (Note slightly later train departure time and greater ascent and walk length compared with that shown in TRAIL)
Wednesday 9 October D walk 3km/2 miles
Red Squirrel Walk, Devilla Forest. A pleasant short walk in the forest. A red squirrel might be spotted. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. WP 10:30.
Saturday 12 October Slow A walk 22km/13½ miles
The Pentland Five. This walk in the Pentland Hills Regional Park takes in Turnhouse Hill, Carnethy Hill, Scald Law, East Kip & West Kip. We will then follow the low level paths around Threipmur Reservoir, through Maiden’s Cleugh and around the Glen Corse Reservoir back to Flotterstone. Ascent 942m (3090ft). OS 66/344, NT232630. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: Sue Lloyd 07787367912
Saturday 12 October C walk 9km/5½ miles
Devilla Forest. Walk from the car park up to Peppermill Dam and round Moor Loch and through the forest back to the car park. A circular walk. Some ascent. OS 65. Dep. WP 09:45.
Sunday 13 October B+ walk 9.5km/6 miles
Sron a Chlachain and Meall Clachach from Killin. A short but quite strenuous climb with great views down Loch Tay. Ascent 535m (1750ft). OS 51/378, NN573331. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893/07526 544800
Wednesday 16 October B walk 13.5km/8½ miles
Brig O’Turk Loch Drunkie Circular. Walk on tracks from Brig O’Turk along the shores of Loch Venacher via forest paths to Loch Drunkie. Some short steepish ascents. Could be muddy in places. Good views of the lochs and mountains in the Trossachs park. Ascent 115m (380ft). OS 57, NN537066. Dep. WP 08:30.
Wednesday 16 October C walk 10km/6 miles
Kilsyth to Twechar by the River Kelvin and return along the Forth and Clyde Canal. Ascent minimal. OS 64, NS727784. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: Malcolm Duncan 01324 625496