Archived events

These are the archived events for the Linlithgow Group, from the start of the current programme (TRAIL Issue 74, Winter 2019-20).

October 2019

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 

Saturday 19 October   Slow A walk   8km/5 miles
Buachaille Etive Beag. Ascent of Buachaille Etive Beag will start along the Lairig Eilde. This walk takes in two munros: Stob Coire Raineach and Stob Dubh reached by traversing the Buachaille’s south-west ridge. Ascent 900m (2952ft). OS 41/384, NN187562. Dep. WP 07:00. Contact: Sue Lloyd 07787367912 

Sunday 20 October   B walk   14km/8½ miles
Circular north from Pitlochry. The walk goes through the Enchanted Forest venue, around Loch Faskally and returns to Pitlochry via the Linn of Tummel. Ascent 150m (490ft). OS 43/52, NN940578. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: Malcolm Duncan 01324 625496 

Wednesday 23 October  B+ walk   17.5km/11 miles
Earl’s Seat from Blanefield. A circular walk in the Campsie Fells from Blanefield and taking in Earl’s Seat, the highest point of the Campsie’s. Ascent 685m (2250ft). OS 64/348, NS556796. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Bob Beattie 07973 439516 (Note change of Grade and walk length. There is a fairly steep ascent in long grass. Also there are some boggy sections along the route.)

Wednesday 23 October  B walk   12km/7½ miles
Drymen to Milton of Buchanan circular. Start in Drymen and walk east to join West Highland Way north into Garadban Forest, westward and down to Milton of Buchanan and return. Ascent 180m (600ft). OS 348, NS474886. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: D & G McLaren 01324714759 07943987127 (The walk leader advises that it is a straightforward walk on paths and tracks with views of Loch Lomond which any C+ walker would be capable of.)

Wednesday 23 October
AGM at Linlithgow Rose Social Club 19:30
Followed by social evening (drinks available from the bar)

Saturday 26 October   B walk   9.5km/6 miles
Ben Shee circular. Ben Shee (Ochils) – various interlinking paths through woodland south west of Glen Devon. Lovely views from top of hill. Ascent 290m (950ft). OS 58, NN973053. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: 07939 201649 

Sunday 27 October  B walk   14.5km/9 miles
Culross to Devilla Forest and Return. A circular walk from Culross to Devilla Forest taking in Peppermill Dam and Moor Loch. Tracks, paths and short stretches of minor roads. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. WP 09:00 GMT. Contact: J Milloy 07340 370396 J Tingle 07742 447160

Wednesday 30 October  B walk   3.5km/2¼ miles
Ben A’an. In the Trossachs. Short walk but some steep ascents over rough ground. Exceptional views on a good day. Ascent 305m (1000ft). OS 57, NN509070. Dep. WP 09:30. (Walk swapped from 9 October)

Wednesday 30 October   C walk   10km/6 miles
Blackness to Abercorn. Blackness and Wester Shore Wood circular with loop to Midhope Castle and Abercorn. Ascent minimal. OS 65, NT051800. Dep. WP 10:00.

November 2019

Saturday 2 November   B walk   13km/8 miles
Cardrona Forest. A circular route through forest and open hillside with excellent views of the Tweed valley. Mainly on good surfaces. Starting from the Cardrona Forest car park off the B7062 east of Peebles. Parking charge applies. Ascent 350m (1150ft). OS 73/337, NT292384. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893/07526 544800

Sunday 3 November   A walk   11.5km/7¼ miles
White Coomb (Corbett & Donald). White Coomb is the highest of the Moffat hills. This walk heads up past the Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall and takes a circular route via Loch Skeen. It also incorporates a number of smaller summits including Lochcraig Head which is a Donald. Ascent 751m (2465ft). OS 79, NT186144. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: D Pirrie 07903584606

Sunday 3 November   C walk   8km/5 miles
Parkley Craigs. From Linlithgow Cross, Rosemount Park and Parkley Craigs returning via canal towpath. Ascent 90m (295ft). OS 65, NT002771. Dep. LC 13:00.

Wednesday 6 November  B+ walk   18.5km/11½ miles
Culter Fell Circular. A longer, rough round above the reservoir, passing over Gathersnow Hill and finally Hudderstone, before an easy descent. Ascent 923m (3030ft). OS 72, NT031310. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: 07919 210819 Note change of Grade to B+

Wednesday 6 November   C walk   11.5km/7 miles
Menstrie to Tullibody Circular. A pleasant walk in the country, mainly on good paths and tarmac surfaces, with good views of the surrounding Ochils. Ascent 75m (243ft). OS 57, NS850969. Dep. WP 10:00.

Saturday 9 November   C walk   8km/5 miles
River Avon Heritage Trail. Bus to Linlithgow Bridge. Walk up the river path to the canal, cross the aqueduct into the Country Park for a lunch stop then return by the canal towpath. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. WP 09:45.

Sunday 10 November   B walk   14.5km/9 miles
Beecraigs Country Park. Walking from the West Port to Beecraigs we will then follow one of the marked trails in the park. Ascent 225m (740ft). OS 65. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: Debbie Maternaghan 07963 395978 and Anne Mills 07557 690314

Wednesday 13 November  B+ walk   11.5km/7 miles
Dumyat and Menstrie Glen. Starting at Menstrie, heading up Dumyat and returning via Menstrie Glen. Mix of paths and off-path. Some steep ascent. Ascent 685m (2250ft). OS 57/58, NS850969. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Bob Beattie 07973 439516 (Rescheduled from 5 February 2020)

Wednesday 13 November   C walk   11.5km/7 miles
Tesco Bathgate to St. Johns Hospital. Linear walk starting at Tesco, Bathgate crosses Easter Inch Moss and Seafield and follows the River Almond to Livingston and St. Johns then bus back to Bathgate. Ascent 65m (215ft). OS 65/349, NS987678. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: I & E Barclay 01506 843558/07709620046

Wednesday 13 November   D walk   5km/3 miles
Kilmahog. A pleasant autumn walk beside the river. Ascent minimal. OS 57. Dep. WP 10:30.

Saturday 16 November   B walk   12km/7½ miles
Ben Gullipen linear, Callander. A lovely walk from Callander crossing the River Teith up through woods and out to open moor and onto the top. Ascent 350m (1150ft). OS 57. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: L Ramsay

Sunday 17 November   A walk   15.5km/9¾ miles
Meall Glas and Sgiath Chuil from Glen Dochart. Meall Glas and Sgiath Chuil attract little attention from Glen Dochart, being set well back from the road across moorland but can be stunning in winter. This circular walk visits both there is a fair amount of boggy ground on the lower slopes so they make good candidates for a winter outing when the ground may be frozen. The two hills are good viewpoints. Ascent 1182m (3880ft). OS 51, NN448275. Dep. WP 07:00. Contact: Derek Lawson 07905706495 01506840446

Wednesday 20 November   C walk   9km/5½ miles
Circular local walk from West Port. Circular walk from the West Port via the canal, Kettleston Mains quarry, river Avon and Williamscraig. Ascent 170m (560ft). OS 65, NS995771. Dep. WP 09:30.

Wednesday 20 November   B walk   10.5km/6½ miles
Common Hill and Wether Hill. This is a circular walk which starts near Glendevon reservoirs. It takes in Common Hill and Wether Hill and returns through Glen Eagles. (Source: Fife Walking). Ascent 395m (1295ft). OS 58, NN948051. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Rod Aird 07955 651145

Saturday 23 November   A walk   15.5km/9¾ miles
An Socach (Deeside) from A93, north of Cairnwell ski centre. An Socach is a rounded ridge between Glen Clunie and Glen Ey with two summits – the further western top being the true summit. There is a good track up to a (usually) straight forward stream crossing, leading to an, initially steep, pathless climb up rough grassy slopes. The gradient eases onto a broad stony ridge and there is a straightforward 2km walk along the ridge to the western summit. The return is via the same route. Ascent 645m (2115ft). OS 387, NO139832. Dep. WP 07:00. Contact: Deirdre Evans 07899 944179

Sunday 24 November  B walk   13km/8 miles
Gorebridge Trail. This walk includes Newlands, Vogrie Castle, Crichton Castle on rough ground, tracks & paths with some steep climbs. Muddy in places. Start point is Vogrie Country Park. £2 parking charge applies. Ascent 318m (1045ft). OS 66, NT375631. Dep. WP 08:30

Wednesday 27 November   B walk   13km/8 miles
Castlelaw, Allermuir and Caerketton hills from Boghall. Ascent 300m (985ft). OS 65, NT245652. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: doug crockford/moira stewart 01313313707/07835738618

Wednesday 27 November   C+ walk   11.5km/7 miles
Gillies Hill Circular. This walk starts at the Bannockburn Heritage Centre and takes in Gillies Hill, Murrayfield Quarries and Cultenhove Dam. It is on a mixture of surfaces, and can give good views towards Loch Lomond. Ascent 125m (410ft). OS 57, NS796905. Dep. WP 10:00.

Saturday 30 November   A walk   17.5km/10¾ miles
Mount Keen. Most easterly munro approaching from Glen Esk. Ascent 810m (2655ft). OS 44, NO446803. Dep. WP 07:00. Contact: 07710766119

December 2019

Sunday 1 December   C walk   8km/5 miles
Muiravonside Country Park. From the park, walk towards Maddiston and Bethankie Bridge returning by the canal towpath. Some muddy fields and minor roads. Ascent minimal. OS 65, NT002771. Dep. LC 13:00.

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to Walks Convenors by Monday 2 December please

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Wednesday 4 December  Christmas Lunch walk
There will be a pre-lunch walk of about 4½ miles, meet at West Port as usual, the walk will start from West Lothian Golf Club car park at about 10:20. Contact the Social Secretary for lunch details and booking, for walk details contact Sandy Janas (07526 544800). Dep. WP 10:00

Saturday 7 December   A walk   13.5km/8½ miles
Beinn Narnain and Beinn Ime. 2 munros with the approach directly up the spearhead of Beinn Narnain. Ascent 1325m (4345ft). OS 56, NN294048. Dep. WP 07:30. Contact: 07710766119

Sunday 8 December   B+ walk   13km/8 miles
Wood Hill, Ben Ever, Ben Cleuch and The Law. From Wood Hill Wood, Tillicoultry. A steep walk up Wood Hill, then round Ben Ever, Ben Cleuch and down via The Law to Tillicoultry. Ascent 760m (2500ft). OS 58, NS899975. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Bob Beattie 07973 439516