Archived events

These are the archived events for the Linlithgow Group, from the start of the current programme (TRAIL Issue 72, Winter 2018-19).

October 2018

Wednesday 3 October   B+ walk   11.5km/7 miles
Grey Mare’s Tail and Loch Skeen. Up past the Grey Mare’s Tail and a circuit of Loch Skeen. Ascent 620m (2030ft). OS 79, NT187145. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: doug crockford/ken bain 01313313707/01313311334

Wednesday 3 October   C walk   8km/5 miles
Parkley Craigs. Local circular from West Port to Parkley Craigs returning via Park Farm Bistro and Canal towpath. Ascent 200m (650ft). OS 65/349, NS995770. Dep. WP 10:00

Friday 5 – Monday 8 October
Autumn Weekend Away – Waverley Castle Hotel, Melrose
Contact the Away Weekends Convenor for details and booking

Saturday 6 October   A walk   21km/13 miles
Gulvain via Gleann Fionlighe. Hidden from the roads Gulvian is the highest of the munros in the area and offers some stunning views if the weather is right. The approach will be made on bikes along a good landrover track before the main ascent on well trodden paths. Booking ahead for this trip will be essential as we will have to arrange bike transport. Please contact the walk leader by 1st October. You should also be aware that the cycling part of this event is undertaken at your own risk. Ascent 1228m (4030ft). OS 41, NM960794. Dep. WP 06:00. Contact: Derek Lawson 01506840446/07905706495

Wednesday 10 October   B walk   16km/10 miles
The Glen, near Traquair. A walk along The Glen, good tracks in forest to open hillside, traverse to valley side and return on tracks. Ascent 350m (1150ft). OS 73, NT320334. Dep. WP 09:00

Wednesday 10 October  B walk   12km/7½ miles
Bishop Hill circular from Holl Reservoir. Circular walk up Bishop Hill, Fife, from Holl Reservoir car park via Harperleas Reservoir. Ascent 273m (900ft). OS 370, NO224035. Dep. WP 09:30 (Note revised grade)

Wednesday 10 October   D walk   5km/3 miles
Almondell Country Park. A pleasant walk by the River Almond. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. WP 10:30

Saturday 13 October   C+ walk   7 – 8km/4.5 – 5 miles
Beecraigs and Cockleroy. Walk from the visitor centre car park round the loch, through the woods & up Cockleroy. Ascent 120m (400ft). OS 65. Dep. WP 09:30

Sunday 14 October  Slow A walk   15km/9½ miles
Benvane (Corbett) from Brig o’ Turk. Ascending via Gleann Casaig. Ascent 670m (2200ft). OS 51/365, NN546065. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893

Wednesday 17 October   Slow A walk   12km/7½ miles
Ben Lomond. Ben Lomond, 974 metres, is a distinctive mountain in the Scottish Highlands. Situated on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond, it is the most southerly of the Munros. Descent will be via the Ptarmigan Ridge. Ascent 990m (3250ft). OS 56, NS359986. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: 07710766119

Wednesday 17 October  C+ walk   12km/7½  miles
Kinghorn Kirkcaldy Circular. Starting at Kinghorn, this walk follows the coastal path to Kirkcaldy before heading inland and back to Kinghorn across farmland and passing Kinghorn Loch. Good paths and tracks. Ascent 450m (800ft). OS 367, NT269866. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: 07955651145 (Note change of walk length and grade)

Saturday 20 October  B walk   14km/8 miles [WALK CHANGE]
Penicuik House Country Estate Circular Walk. Start Point Penicuik Country Park car park. Autumnal woodland Circuit following track through designed landscape - Penicuik House - South Bank Wood - Ramsay's Monument - Penicuik Church - North Esk Riverside Path - Penicuik House - car park. Ascent 150 metre/ 500ft. OS 66 Grid Ref NT 220599. Depart West Port 08.30. For further information contact Bill Lindsay 07950 707204 or John McCreaddie 07757 211592 (This replaces the Wiss Hill walk shown in TRAIL)

Sunday 21 October  B+ walk   11.5km/7 miles
Stuc Odhar Loop. A walk in the Glen Finglas area which is part of the Trossachs Forestry. Starting from Lendrick car park we head up Cnoc nan Sidheag. A steep climb takes us Lendrick Hill towards the summit the Stuc Odhar. The path continues past the reservoir and part of Glen Finglas Estate. Leaving the path we follow the waymarked post to the top of Stuc Odhar. A difficult and challenging walk consisting of paths, woodland and fabulous views. Ascent 638m (2098ft). OS 57, NN546065. Dep. WP 09:00

Wednesday 24 October  Slow A walk   14km/8½ miles
Ben Venue. Approach will be from Loch Achray. Ben Venue may be small in stature but it is a mountain of real character, the finest in the Trossachs when seen across Loch Venachar, Loch Achray or Loch Katrine. The ascent is a great walk with both boggy and rocky ground higher up, and stunning views from the summit. Ascent 725m (2380ft). OS 57, NN505068. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: 07710766119

Wednesday 24 October  B walk   13km/8 miles
Menteith Hills circular from Braeval. Starting from the Braeval car park, the route follows the ridge of the Menteith Hills northeast as far as Craig a’ Bhacain, returning via the Rob Roy Way footpath to the east of the ridge. Some quite steep ascents and descents, and some of the route is off paths. Ascent 385m (1260ft). OS 57/365, NN541006. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893

Wednesday 24 October
AGM at Linlithgow Rose Social Club 19:30
Followed by social evening (drinks available from the bar)

Saturday 27 October   B walk   11.25km/7 miles
Ben Gullipen, Callander. A lovely walk from Callander crossing the River Teith and up into the woods then onto open hillside, with good views throughout the route. Ascent 356m (1170ft). OS 57. Dep. WP 09:00

Sunday 28 October   B walk   14km/9 miles
Cupar, Cairngreen Wood and Duraden circular. Ascent 120m (390ft). OS 59, NO380136. Dep. WP 08:30 GMT

Wednesday 31 October   B walk   13km/8 miles
Cloich Circular. Starting at Eddleston near Peebles, this circular above Barony Hotel follows good forestry, woodland and grassy tracks (some boggy patches). Lovely views east and south and the chance to see the newly refurbished Great Polish Map of Scotland. Ascent minimal. OS 73. Dep. WP 09:30

Wednesday 31 October  C walk   8km/5 miles WALK CANCELLED
Kinghorn Loch and Rodanbraes. From Kinghorn to Kinghorn Loch and Craigencalt Farm then by tracks and minor roads to Rodanbraes. Ascent 200m (660ft). OS 66, NT266865. Dep. WP 10:00 (Walk cancelled at the request of the leader)

November 2018

Saturday 3 November   C+ walk   11km/7 miles
Devilla forest circular. A circular walk visiting the curling pond - Danish camp - Moor Loch - boat house - Peppermill dam - mausoleum and back via Praybrae wood. Mainly on good tracks and paths. Ascent 92m (301ft). OS 65, NS965871. Dep. WP 09:30

Sunday 4 November   B walk   13km/8 miles
Aberdour Circular. A pleasant walk on tracks, paths and minor roads from Aberdour railway station car park. Ascent 300m (980ft). Ascent 300m (980ft). OS 66, NT191854. Dep. WP 09:00

Wednesday 7 November   B walk   14.5km/9 miles
Dunslair Heights circular from Peebles. From car park go NE via Tower Rig onto Dunslair Heights. Return via good forest tracks. Ascent 550m (1800ft). OS 73, NT254406. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: A. Hood. A. Barclay

Wednesday 7 November   C+ walk   11.5km/7 miles
Tillicoultry Circular. A pleasant walk, taking in Tillicoultry, Fishcross, and Sauchie, then circling round towards Coalsnaughton and down towards the River Devon. May be muddy in places. Ascent 150m (500ft). OS 58, NS919966. Dep. WP 10:00

Saturday 10 November  A walk   16.5km/10.25 miles WALK CANCELLED
Meall Greigh, Meall Garbh & An Stuc. The eastern three Munros of the Lawers range give an excellent circuit of the corrie holding Lochan nan Cat, the finest feature of the range. The recently-promoted Munro of An Stuc involves a steep scramble and this route is much more challenging than the usual trade route to Ben Lawers itself. For anyone coming along, it is imperative that a head torch is carried as darkness may come down on the return to the car, also ice axe and crampons will be required. Ascent 1230m (4040ft). OS 51, NN651378. Dep. WP 07:30. Contact: 07710766119 Walk cancelled by leader due to poor weather forecast for the Lawers area

Saturday 10 November   C walk   8km/5 miles
The Grange and Fishers Brae. Starting from the West Port walk by the back of the loch, up to the Grange then along to Fishers Brae, returning to the West Port by the Bo'ness Road. Ascent minimal. OS 65, NS994770. Dep. WP 09:45

Sunday 11 November  C walk   8km/5 miles
Beecraigs Circular. We take the cars from The Cross to Beecraigs Visitor Centre car park. The walk is a circular of Beecraigs and Wairdlaw woodland. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. LC 13:00 (This walk has been swapped from 3rd February, due to an anticipated parking problem in Blackness)

Wednesday 14 November  B walk   14.5km/9 miles
St Ninians and Loch Fitty. A circular route taking in the former St Ninians opencast mine workings (now landscaped) and part of Loch Fitty, near Dunfermline. Ascent 150m (500ft). OS 58/367, NT125903. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893 (Note change of start point to Church Street, Kingseat)

Wednesday 14 November   C+ walk   10.5km/6.5 miles
Union Canal, Muiravonside Country Park Circular. Start from West Port go along Union Canal to aquaduct, around Muiravonside CP and return via River Avon. Ascent 100m (330ft). OS 349. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: David & Gillian McLaren 01324714759 07943987127

Wednesday 14 November   D walk   5km/3 miles
Beecraigs Wood. Walk from the visitor centre round the loch and through the woods. Ascent minimal. OS 65, NT004746. Dep. WP 10:30

Saturday 17 November   B walk   15.5km/10 miles
Pentlands: Little Vantage - East Cairn Hill - Bore Stane circular. This walk starts at Little Vantage car park. Mainly on waymarked paths including the Cross Borders Drove Road, but may be boggy in places. Ascent 400m (1300ft). OS 65/344, NT101628. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: S Lloyd 07787367912

Sunday 18 November   B walk   14km/8.5 miles
Carberry, Inveresk circular. Starting from Wallyford P & R so bit of urban, riverside, woodland and short road section walking. Possible short wettish, uneven descent near end. Ascent 170m (544ft). OS 66/351, NT368726. Dep. WP 09:00

Wednesday 21 November   B walk   15km/9.5 miles
Pentlands - the Kips and Scald Law. Start Red Moss car park, up beech avenue, under Hare hill, across to the Kips, Scald Law - option to go up South Black Hill, adds a kilometre and 30 metres of height, on to bealach, descend to the Howe, through Green Cleuch, detour right to skirt Black hill, back around Threipmuir Reservoir. Road then paths, some steep. Ascent 500m (1640ft). OS 66, NT166639. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Nicola Fryer 07748017097 or 0131 478 1295

Wednesday 21 November   C walk   11km/7 miles
Direct line from Dechmont. Bus 31 from West Port to Dechmont. Walk by Bangour Hospital site, Bangour Fishery, North Mains, footpaths through Beecraigs Country Park, passing or using the café, then down footpaths back to West Port. Ascent 120m (390ft). OS 65, NT039708. Dep. WP 9:55 for bus 31 at 10:10. Contact: Al Morrison 01506-670401

Saturday 24 November  B walk   20.5km/12.7 miles
John Muir Trail Section from North Berwick Station-Longniddry Station. From Longniddry Station car park we are aiming to depart on 9.30 train to North Berwick Station Service where walk starts. The John Muir Trail is joined at West Bay, North Berwick heading West along Broad Sands overlooking Fidra Island-Yellow Craigs-Dirleton-Archerfield Hotel-Gullane -Aberlady-Gosford Bay-Longniddry Station.
Please note that John Muir Trail is near or on a half hour bus route from North Berwick – Longniddry Station therefore useful to take entitlement card along just in case. Ascent 100m (330ft). OS 66, NT446762. Dep. WP 08:30 (This walk replaces the 4 Lochs walk shown in TRAIL)

Sunday 25 November   B walk   13km/8 miles
River Tay Walk, Perth. Walk on both sides of the Tay north to Woody Island and return. Ascent minimal. OS 58, NO119230. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Malcolm Duncan 01324 625496

Wednesday 28 November  B walk   14.5km/9 miles
River Avon Heritage Trail. A walk along the River Avon from Avonbridge to Linlithgow. Field and woodland paths with some short steep/step sections. Ascent 125m (410ft). OS 65, NS911727. Dep. WP 08:05 for No.38 bus opp. the Black Bitch to Falkirk which leaves Linlithgow Cross at 08:14 (Note slight change to departure time due to bus timetable changes)

Wednesday 28 November  C+ walk   11.5km/7 miles
Fallin Circular. A pleasant walk round the outskirts of Fallin and Throsk. May be muddy in places. Ascent 30m (100ft). OS 65, NS833913. Dep. WP 10:00 (Note revised start point GR)

December 2018

Saturday 1 December   B+ walk   10km/6 miles
King's Seat, Tarmangie and Whitewisp hills from Dollar. Ascent 760m (2500ft). OS 58, NS965984. Dep. WP 08:30

Sunday 2 December   A walk   12.5km/8 miles
Geal Charn, Monadhliath from Garva Bridge. This Geal Charn is the westernmost of the Monadhliath and so far from the other three Munros above Newtonmore that it is usually ascended on its own from Garva Bridge. The walk offers a real sense of remoteness on a winters day with herds of red deer seeking the shelter of the glen at the walks start point and the summit cairn is something to behold. Ascent 625m (2050ft). OS 55, NN521948. Dep. WP 06:30. Contact: Derek Lawson 07905706495 / 01506840446  

Sunday 2 December   C walk   8km/5 miles
Avon Valley. Starting from The Cross, around the loch, along Avon Valley back via Union Canal. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. LC 13:00

Wednesday 5 December  Christmas Lunch walk
Contact J Overton (01506 845205) for details and booking. Dep. WP 10:00

Saturday 8 December   C walk   8km/5 miles
Canal Towpath west. Walk from West Port up Preston Road, along the canal towpath over the aqueduct past Muiravonside then down a country road to Lathallan roundabout for the bus back. Ascent minimal. OS 65, NS994770. Dep. WP 09:45

Sunday 9 December   B+ walk   16km/10 miles
Pykestone Hill, Middle Hill and Drumelzier Law. 3 Donalds from Drumelzier. A mix of tracks and through the heather. Ascent 790m (2600ft). OS 72, NT136340. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: B Beattie (07973 439516)

Wednesday 12 December   B walk   13km/8 miles
Pitmedden Forest North. This is a circular walk straddling the Fife and Perth & Kinross border taking in Lumbennie and Pitcairlie Hills. The walk is through a mixture of forest and open countryside mainly on good paths and tracks. The most challenging part of the walk is the short stretch getting to the top of (and getting down from) Lumbennie Hill. There is no path, so if you are not surefooted then this is probably not the walk for you. Please also note that the return leg is through fields of cows and sheep. Ascent 365m (1200ft). OS 58. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Rod Aird 07955651145

Wednesday 12 December   C walk   11.5km/7 miles
Ramble around Ratho. From the Climbing Centre via Norton House Hotel, towards Ratho Station and to Ratho Byres returning along the canal tow path. Mainly on good paths. Ascent 100m (330ft). OS 65, NT127709. Dep. WP 09:45

Wednesday 12 December   D walk   5km/3 miles
Blackness. Walk from Blackness to Carriden and back, by the shore. Ascent minimal. OS 65, NT051799. Dep. WP 10:30

Saturday 15 December   B+ walk   13.5km/8.5 miles
King's Seat from Tillicoultry. Circular, returning via Bank Hill and Dollar. Ascent 685m (2250ft). OS 58/366, NS914974. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893

Sunday 16 December   B walk   15km/9.5 miles
Carron Valley Walk. A walk from the car park at the east end of the reservoir with a loop at the far end. Ascent 150m (490ft). OS 57/64, NS721837. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Malcolm Duncan 01324 625496

Wednesday 19 December  B walk   10.5km/6.5 miles
East Lomond from Glenrothes. A different way to ascend East Lomond. Good paths for the ascent with generally mild gradients. The descent route is initially steep and has some rough, pathless sections. Ascent 330m (1080ft). OS 58/59/370, NO266034. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893

Wednesday 19 December  C+ walk   11.25km/7 miles
Circular from Sterling Mills Retail Outlet car park, Tillicoultry. Ascent 120m (390ft). OS 366, NS920964. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: David & Gillian McLaren 01324714759 07943987127 Note change of start location

January 2019

Friday 4 January  New Year Lunch walk
The walk will be a 4.5 mile circular walk from the Canada Woods Car Park, Falkirk, which will go via Rough Castle Community Woodland and the Rough Castle Roman Fort. It will have approx. 80 metres of ascent. Walkers should meet at the West Port Linlithgow at 10.00am or at the start of the walk at 10.20am. For lunch booking contact: J Overton (01506 845205)

Sunday 6 January   C walk   8km/5 miles
Fishers' Brae. Starting from The Cross, up Fishers' Brae, returning via the Grange and the loch. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. LC 13:00

Wednesday 9 January   C walk   11.5km/7 miles
Alloa, River Forth and Cambus Pools. Some pavement walking in Alloa, then a pleasant walk by the River Forth to Cambus Pools Nature Reserve. Ascent minimal. OS 58/366, NS888929. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893

Wednesday 9 January  C+ walk   11.5km/7 miles
We start at Currie Kirk (NT183677), walking up Poet's Glen to Kinleith Farm. From there we head west to Clubbiedean Reservoir, then up to the woods at Bonaly before dropping down to Torduff, round Warklaw Hill back to the farm. We'll go back down Poet's Glen and walk the Water of Leith Walkway to Juniper Green for tea, before returning to Currie. The walk starts at 140m and climbs to 260m but with several short ascents and descents along the way. Length approx 7 miles. Grassy paths and pebbly tracks and a very muddy farmyard to cross. OS 65/344. Dep. WP 10:00 (This walk replaces the Balerno Wester Bavelaw Circular walk)

Wednesday 9 January   D walk   5 - 6.5km/3 - 4 miles
Blackness. Walk from Blackness to Abercorn Church and back by the shore and Westershore Wood. Ascent minimal. OS 65, NT051799. Dep. WP 10:30

Saturday 12 January   C walk   9.5km/6 miles
Canal Towpath east. 10 o'clock bus to Winchburgh then walk along the canal towpath back to Linlithgow. Ascent minimal. OS 65, NS994770. Dep. WP 09:45

Sunday 13 January   B walk   10km/6 miles
Arthur's Seat circular then Calton Hill (optional). Suggesting travel by train but option to meet in car park opposite Salisbury Crags around 10:45. Ascent 300m (975ft). OS 66/350. Meet at Linlithgow Railway Station 09:30

Wednesday 16 January   B walk   14.5km/9 miles
South Queensferry to Eagle Rock and back again. From the Hawes Inn take the track by the shore going east. Walk as far as Eagle Rock and return. Ascent 10m (40ft). OS 65, NT136783. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: A. Hood A. Barclay

Wednesday 16 January   C walk   10km/6 miles
River Avon and Muiravonside Country Park. Start from West Port car park, then Linlithgow Bridge, River Avon to Muiravonside Country Park returning along Union Canal tow path and Preston Road. Ascent minimal. OS 65, NS995771. Dep. WP 10:00

Saturday 19 January   B walk   15km/9.5 miles
Duncolm & The Slack Hill Circuit Kilpatrick Hills. A walk from Kilpatrick Station following track up Kilpatrick Braes to Loch Humphrey & muirland path to Duncolm 401 metres Marilyn summit with superb views on the right day & back via The Slacks Hill to Kilpatrick Station. Ascent 490m (1610ft). OS 64, NS470727. Meet at Linlithgow Railway Station 08:30

Sunday 20 January  B+ walk   14.5km/9 miles
Sidlaw Hills. A walk including two hills, Auchterhouse Hill and Craigowl Hill skirting by Balluderon Hills taking in views of Tayside and the mountains of the Angus Glens. Starting point will be Balkello Community Woodland car park. Anyone wishing to meet at the start point, we are hoping to start 09:45-10:00. Ascent 447m (1467ft). OS 380, NO365385. Dep. WP 08:30 (Note that this walk has been upgraded by the leader to a B+ following a recce. The reason for the walk becoming B+ is steep ascents also muddy in places.)

Wednesday 23 January   B walk   17km/10.5 miles
Brox Burn Path, Binny Craig circular. Circular walk from Broxburn along the Brox Burn path, up Binny Craig from Hangingside wood (top optional), Oatridge demo path and back through Broxburn Community Woodland. A mix of tarmac, gravel paths and grass. Great views if we get the weather for it. Ascent 245m (800ft). OS 65, NT085725. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: B Beattie 07973439516

Wednesday 23 January   C walk   10km/6 miles
Circular walk from Canada Woods Car Park. This walk will include recently signposted Jacobite Trail and also details of various wildlife to be seen in the woods. Ascent 100m (330ft). OS 65, NS859785. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: Malcolm Duncan 01324 625496

Saturday 26 January  B walk   14.5km/9 miles
River Avon Heritage Trail. The route follows the River Avon from Avonbridge to Linlithgow. Field and woodland paths with some shortsteep/step sections. Ascent 125m (410ft). OS 65, NS911727. Dep. West Port 08:30 – note change of departure time, this walk will now involve a car shuttle.

Sunday 27 January  B walk   16km/10 miles WALK CANCELLED
Circular walk from Quarrymill (near Perth). The walk goes via Den of Scone, McDuff's Monument, Lynedoch Obelisk, Murrayshall and Perth Aerodrome. Ascent 280m (920ft). OS 58, NO120252. Dep. WP 09:00. (Walk cancelled as the leader will be unavailable)

Wednesday 30 January   B walk   13km/8 miles
Blairadam Estate and Forest. This circular walk takes in the open parkland of Blairadam Estate and farmland to the north as well as Blairadam Forest itself. The walk has been planned to minimise the amount of time spent walking amongst dense conifers. Some of the walking is on forest track but this walk also makes use of rougher paths. Ascent 350m (1150ft). OS 58, NT129946. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893

Wednesday 30 January  C+ walk   9.5km/6 miles
Aberdour Coast and Woods. A circular walk from Aberdour to Humbie Wood, returning via The Heughs, Silversand Bay and Hawkcraig Point. Ascent 150m (490ft). OS 66. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: Roderick Aird 07955651145 (Note that this walk has been upgraded from C to C+ following a recce by the walk leader)

February 2019

Saturday 2 February   B walk   9.5km/6 miles
Pentlands circular from Boghall. Via Windy Door Nick, Allermuir, Fala Knowe and Castlelaw Souterrain. Route may vary depending on conditions. Mainly on good paths. Ascent 425m (1400ft). OS 344/66, NT244651. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893

Sunday 3 February  C walk   8km/5 miles
Blackness and Wester Shore Wood. Meeting at The Cross and driving to Blackness Castle for the start of the walk. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. LC 13:00 (This walk has been swapped from 11th November, due to an anticipated parking problem in Blackness on that day.)

Wednesday 6 February   B walk   9km/5.5 miles
Beinn an t-Sithein. Circular from Strathyre. Ascent 500m (1640ft). OS 57, NN561168. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: doug crockford 01313313707

Wednesday 6 February   C+ walk   10.5km/6.5 miles
Bannockburn Circular. This walk starts in car park at Home Bargains in Whins of Milton, and circles towards Bannockburn, then round to St Ninians and return. Some steep steps to negotiate. Ascent 55m (182ft). OS 57, NS801897. Dep. WP 10:00

Saturday 9 February   C+ walk   8km/5 miles
Beecraigs and Cockleroy. Walking from the Visitor Centre through the woods and up Cockleroy (optional) returning through the woods. Ascent minimal. OS 65, NT004746. Dep. WP 09:45

Sunday 10 February   B walk   17km/10.5 miles
The Four Lochs Devilla Forest. A circular walk on woodland paths. Starting at the forestry commission car park we follow the way markers of the Red Squirrel trail. This trail takes us to Brodie Loch, Moor Loch, Peppermill Dam and Keir Dam and on a cold winters day the one of loch sings, very unique. Anyone wishing to meet at the start point, time of starting between 09:30-09:45. Ascent 123m (400ft). OS 366, NS964870. Dep. WP 09:00

Wednesday 13 February   C+ walk   11.5km/7 miles
Glasgow city centre walkabout. Murals, monuments, mosaics, Merchant City, medieval areas and much more! Join me in pounding the pavements of this fascinating city and see things you have probably never noticed before. Due to the city centre location, numbers are limited on this walk and booking is essential. Please contact leader to book your place and for details of departure from Linlithgow railway station as well as the meeting place in Glasgow and walk start time. Ascent minimal. OS 64. Meet at Linlithgow Railway Station. Contact leader for details. Contact: 01324 551982

Wednesday 13 February   B walk   14.5km/9 miles
Gartmorn Dam Circular. From the former Visitor Centre (now a café) at Gartmorn, the walk reaches Forest Mill, joins the old Dunfermline/Alloa railway line at Slack Cottage and returns to Gartmorn via Hillend Farm; a succession of woodland, 'walking-friendly' minor road, walking/cycle path, farm track and more woodland to finish. Ascent minimal. OS 58, NS911940. Dep. WP 09:30

Wednesday 13 February   D walk   5km/3 miles
Williamscraig. Walk from the Leisure Centre along the canal towpath then up the road past Williamscraig House and round by the Golf Course back to the canal and the Leisure Centre. Some ascent. OS 65, NS986762. Dep. WP 10:30

Saturday 16 February   B walk   11km/7 miles
Invertrossachs & Loch Drunkie circular, Callander. Starting at East Lodge - Loch Venachar - Loch Drunkie back to Loch Venachar - East Lodge. On good tracks and paths. Ascent 219m (718ft). OS 57, NN593056. Dep. WP 09:00

Sunday 17 February   A walk   14km/8.5 miles
Meall Chuaich, Drumochter. A shorter Munro walk for a winters day. From the summit, Meall Chuaich offers fine views over upper Badenoch and Strathspey. Ascent 614m (2010ft). OS 51, NN654867. Dep. WP 07:00. Contact: Derek Lawson 07905706495 / 01506840446 

Wednesday 20 February  C+ walk   10km/6 miles
Pentlands - Threipmuir circuit. From Red Moss car park, road up, through beech avenue, past Bavelaw Castle, then path through part of Green Cleuch, skirt Black Hill, cross east end of Threipmuir Reservoir, return on paths round edge of reservoir. Some paths a bit rough. (Option to continue around Harlaw reservoir, adds 3km.) Ascent 100m (330ft). OS 66, NT166639. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Nicola Fryer 07748017097 or 0131 478 1295 (Note change of grade to C+, as some of the path is rough and difficult)

Wednesday 20 February   C walk   8km/5 miles
Falkirk Wheel and Rough Castle. Start at Falkirk Wheel north car park (access from A803/A883 at the roundabout by "The Boardwalk") then Forth and Clyde Canal tow path to Bonnybridge, Antonine Wall and Rough Castle, and then back to the Falkirk Wheel. Ascent 50m (160ft). OS 65, NS854805. Dep. WP 10:00