Scheduled Events

These are the scheduled events for the Linlithgow Group, from today until the end of the current programme (TRAIL Issue 74, Winter 2019-20).

Departure point is normally the West Port (WP), meet in the car park behind the West Port Hotel. Some walks may have other departure points, please be sure to read the walk description. For a description of walk grades, car sharing etc., please click here.

Wednesday 11 December  B walk   9.7km/6 miles
Three Easy Ochils. This is a circular walk starting at Castlehill reservoir and walking round Auchlinsky Hill, over Common Edge Hill and over Seamab Hill. Good paths and tracks. (Source: Fife Walking.) Ascent 370m (1214ft) OS 58, NN997 032. Dep. WP 09:30 Contact: Rod Aird 07955 651145 (This walk replaces the Old North Road and Cullaloe walk)

Wednesday 11 December   C walk   9km/5½ miles
New Lanark and Lanark Loch. This walk takes us into Lanark Moor Country park, around Lanark Loch and past the racecourse. Some ascent, but mainly via steps. Ascent 100m (330ft). OS 72/335, NS882425. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893/07526 544800

Wednesday 11 December   D walk   6.5km/4 miles
Canal towpath. 11:10am bus to Philpstoun returning to Linlithgow via the canal towpath. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. WP 11:00.

Saturday 14 December   C walk   8km/5 miles
Canal towpath west. Walk up Preston Road to the canal and walk west over the aqueduct to the road that goes down to the bus stop at Lathallan for the bus back to Linlithgow. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. WP 09:45.

Sunday 15 December   B walk   17.5km/11 miles
Culross – Low Valleyfield Woods – Blairhall – Devilla Forest circular. This walk uses part of the former Dunfermline to Alloa railway track. Ascent 180m (590ft). OS 65/366/367, NS983858. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893/07526 544800

Wednesday 18 December   B walk   14.5km/9 miles
Muiravonside circular. Circular from the West Port to Avon Valley, onwards to Muiravonside, Maddiston and the Haining. Back to Linlithgow by the canal. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. WP 09:45.

Saturday 28 December   C walk   12km/7½ miles
Tillicoultry and Alva. Stretch your legs between Christmas and New Year. Following paths and tracks through the Ochil Hills Woodland Park, and returning by an alternative track. Ascent 150m (500ft). OS 56, NS920965. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: Bob Beattie 07973 439516

January 2020

Saturday 4 January  New Year Lunch walk
Walk will be followed by lunch at the Richmond Park Hotel, Bo'ness, 12:30 for 13:00. For lunch booking contact: S McGowan (01324 717904). Walk details to be confirmed. Dep. WP 10.00

Sunday 5 January   C walk   8km/5 miles
Little Mill. Circular by the river Avon starting from Linlithgow. Mainly minor roads, gravel paths and parkland. Ascent minimal. OS 65, NT002771. Dep. LC 13:00.

Wednesday 8 January   B+ walk   23.5km/14½ miles
Dun Rig Horseshoe. From Peebles, four peaks surrounding Glensax with extensive views in all directions. Peat bogs in places. Ascent 941m (3085ft). OS 73, NT259392. Dep. WP 07:30. Contact: 07710766119

Wednesday 8 January   C walk   9.5km/6 miles
Livingston circular. Some paths through Livingston you may not be aware of. Includes a walk along Murieston Water, through Bellsquarry and past Livingston Village, starting behind the Almondvale Centre. Ascent minimal. OS 65/349, NT056666. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893/07526 544800

Saturday 11 January   C walk   7km/4½ miles
Blackness to Abercorn. Walk from Blackness past the castle and by Wester Shore Wood to Abercorn Church. Back by the top path to Blackness. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. WP 09:45.

Sunday 12 January   B walk   16km/10 miles
Beecraigs circuit from Linlithgow. This walk will start from the West Port. The outward route will follow the canal and go up past the golf club to climb Cockleroi Hill. We will then descend to Beecraigs country park and go anticlockwise via Guthrie’s path, the loch and the deer park. The return to Linlithgow will be via Hillhouse woods and Preston Road. Ascent 350m (1150ft). OS 65, NS995771. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: D Pirrie 07903584606

Wednesday 15 January   B walk   11.5km/7 miles
Janet’s Brae, Glentress, Eshiels wood. Climb Janet’s Brae, follow path up past Buzzard’s Nest car park. Then take Red Squirrel trail down to Glentress visitors centre. Enter Eshiels woodland and follow track by river back to cars. Ascent 150m (500ft). OS 73, NT269401. Dep. WP 09:30.

Wednesday 15 January   C walk   10km/6¼ miles
Water of Leith and Union Canal Circular from Haymarket Station. Ascent 50m (165ft). OS 66. Meet at Linlithgow Railway Station 09:30 for the 9.46 train to Edinburgh.. Contact: Malcolm Duncan 01324 625496

Wednesday 15 January   D walk   5km/3 miles
Blackness to Carriden. Walk from Blackness to Carriden and back on the same way by the shore. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. WP 10:30.

Saturday 18 January AREA AGM
Hosted by Linlithgow Group
ALL MEMBERS WELCOME
Queen Margaret Hall, Blackness Road, Linlithgow
See Page 4 of TRAIL for more details.

Sunday 19 January   A walk   11km/6¾ miles
Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas. Ben Lawers is the highest mountain in the Southern Highlands and one of Scotland’s most popular peaks. Rising high above Loch Tay, it is also renowned for its arctic-alpine flora, and is a National Nature Reserve. The mountain is owned by the National Trust for Scotland. This little circuit also takes in the neighbouring munro, Beinn Ghlas. Ascent 942m (3090ft). OS 51, NN608377. Dep. WP 07:00. Contact: Derek Lawson 07905706495 01506840446

Wednesday 22 January   B walk   13km/8 miles
Torlum path from Auchingarrich near Comrie. Woodland walk overlooking Strathearn. Ascent 200m (655ft). OS 57, NN788196. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: doug crockford/moira stewart 01313313707/07835738618

Wednesday 22 January   C walk   9km/5½ miles
Silverknowes Esplanade. Walk from Cramond Village Car Park along Silverknowes Esplanade to Granton and return by Forthquarter Park and Esplanade. An easy seaside walk with minimal ascent. Ascent minimal. OS 66/350, NT190770. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: I & E Barclay 01506 843558/07709620046

Saturday 25 January   B walk   11.5km/7 miles
Traprain Law & Hailes Castle. A pleasant winters walk starting in East Linton heading up to Traprain Law including a visit to Hailes Castle. Ascent 200m (660ft). OS 67, NT589775. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: William Lindsay & John McCreaddie 07950707204/07757211592

Sunday 26 January   B walk   12km/7½ miles
Peebles Kailzie Hill circular. Follows the Cross Borders Drove Road, returning via Glen Sax and Haystoun. Ascent 380m (1250ft). OS 73/337, NT259392. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893/07526 544800

Wednesday 29 January   B+ walk   16km/10 miles
Glen Sherup horseshoe, Glen Devon. A circular tour of the hills on both sides of Glen Sherup including Innerdownie & Tarmangie, which are both Donalds, & Ben Shee. Ascent 601m (1970ft). OS 58, NN971051. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: D Pirrie 07903584606

Wednesday 29 January   C+ walk   10.5km/6½ miles
Auchinstarry Circular. From Auchinstarry Farm to Twechar returning to the canal via Castle and Croy hills.Walking on tow paths, good hill paths past Roman forts and the Antonine Wall. Nice views of the Campsies and central region. Ascent 200m (650ft). OS 64/349, NS720768. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Jane Tingle 07742447160

February 2020

Saturday 1 February   A walk   10km/6¼ miles
Ben Ledi (Corbett). This ever popular hillwalk gives a relatively short day with potential for excellent views on a clear day. Return will be made by the route of ascent or via Stank Glen depending on conditions on the day. Ice axe and crampons may be required. Ascent 760m (2495ft). OS 57, NN587091. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: D Pirrie 07903584606

Sunday 2 February   C walk   8km/5 miles
Fishers Brae. From the Cross, ascend Fishers Brae to the ‘flints’, returning via The Grange, the golf course and Linlithgow Loch. Ascent 150m (500ft). OS 65, NT002771. Dep. LC 13:00.

Wednesday 5 February  B walk   14.5km/9 miles
Traquair Minchmoor circular. From Traquair village hall follow Southern Upland Way. Detour up to summit of Minchmoor. Continue on SUW before descending through Elibank down to Bold Burn. Return by River Tweed. Ascent 450m (1475ft). OS 73, NT338353. Dep. WP 09:00. (Rescheduled from 13 November 2019)

Wednesday 5 February   C walk   9.5km/6 miles
Cramond to Cammo Estate. From Cramond village up the River Almond Walkway to Cammo house and stables, and Cammo Tower, returning down the other side of the river. Some steps to be negotiated, and can be muddy in places in winter. Ascent 60m (200ft). OS 66, NT190770. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893/07526 544800

Saturday 8 February   C walk   8km/5 miles
Beecraigs and Cockleroi. Walk from the visitor centre round Beecraigs Loch then through the woods to Cockleroi (climb optional) returning to the visitor centre by another path. Some ascent. OS 65. Dep. WP 09:45.

Sunday 9 February   B+ walk   9.5km/6 miles
Ben Cleuch. A justifiably popular walk. The route ascends the Law to the top with the descent via Ben Ever and avoiding the steep descent into Mill glen by going down via the Silver Glen and the Ochil hills woodland park. Ascent 731m (2400ft). OS 57. Dep. WP 09:00.

Wednesday 12 February   B walk   12km/7½ miles
Rumbling Bridge and Crook of Devon. Circular walk from Rumbling Bridge to Crook of Devon and return. Exploring some of the lesser known stretches of the river Devon, including its gorge, with views of the Ochil Hills. Ascent 120m (395ft). OS 58, NN999006. Dep. WP 09:00.

Wednesday 12 February   C walk   10.25km/6¼ miles
Circular walk at Culross. Culross/Preston Island and Bluther Burn to High Valleyfield and back via upper Culross. Ascent 80m (260ft). OS 65/367, NS983859. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: I & E Barclay 01506 843558/07709620046

Wednesday 12 February   D walk   5km/3 miles
Beecraigs Country Park. A winter walk round Beecraigs Loch and through the woods. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. WP 10:30.

Saturday 15 February   B walk   13km/8 miles
Kilconquhar circular. From Kilconquhar Church out to St Monans, along coastal path to Elie, then back through grounds of Elie House. Ascent minimal. OS 59, NO486020. Dep. WP 09:00.

Sunday 16 February   A walk   13km/8 miles
Tarmachan Ridge. The full ridge ending on the munro of Meall nan Tarmachan. Direction may change due to weather. Ascent 783m (2570ft). OS 51, NN608377. Dep. WP 07:30. Contact: 07710766119

Wednesday 19 February   B walk   16km/10 miles
Cademuir Forest to Cademuir Hill. Through forest to ascend Cademuir hill and Forts. Descend to follow Manor water then the river Tweed back to Peebles. Ascent 245m (800ft). OS 73, NT251401. Dep. WP 09:00.

Wednesday 19 February   C+ walk   11.5km/7 miles
Kirkintilloch Circular. This walk starts at the Stables, Kirkintilloch and takes in Torrance, Hayston and the canal. There are a mixture of surfaces and it may be muddy in places. Ascent 30m (100ft). OS 64, NS634729. Dep. WP 10:00.

Saturday 22 February   B walk   17.5km/11 miles
4 Lochs Heart of Central Belt Circular Walk. From Hillend Reservoir Fishing Lodge Car Park (SE end of Reservoir) at Caldercruix – Lilly Loch – Alice Hill Blackhill TV Masts – Roughrigg Reservoir – road to Forresthill on A89 & joining National Cycle Route 75 West to Hillend Reservoir Car Park. Ascent 300m (980ft). OS 65, NS843672. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: William Lindsay & J McCreaddie 07950707204/07757211592

Sunday 23 February   B walk   13.5km/8½ miles
Plean, Denny Circular. Plean CP, Tappoch Broch, Torwood Castle, The Blue Pool and Denovan Mains. Ascent 200m (655ft). OS 57, NS828868. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Malcolm Duncan 01324 625496

Wednesday 26 February   A walk   7km/4¼ miles
Beinn Each (Corbett). A short but steep hillwalk from Loch Lubnaig. The return will be via the route of ascent giving fine views across to Ben Ledi (hopefully). Ice axe and crampons may be required. Ascent 693m (2275ft). OS 57, NN588143. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: D Pirrie 07903584606

Wednesday 26 February   B walk   16km/10 miles
Glengaber Hill and Welshie Law. Circular walk starting at Traquair Village Hall then by the Fingland Burn to Camp Shiel and through Elibank and Traquair Forest. Once clear of the trees, gentle grassy slopes lead to both of the hills. Return north to the start via the ruins of Hannel. Ascent 500m (1640ft). OS 73, NT332346. Dep. WP 09:00.

Saturday 29 February   A walk   17km/10½ miles
Ben Oss and Beinn Dubhchraig from Dalrigh. These Munros are satellites of mighty Ben Lui. The approach walk leads through natural pine and birch forest and is very picturesque, though also very wet so best undertaken as a winter walk when the ground may be frozen. Beinn Dubhcraig offers a fine view down Loch Lomond, whilst the Ben Lui looks simply magnificent from Ben Oss. Ascent 1230m (4035ft). OS 50, NN343291. Dep. WP 07:00. Contact: Derek Lawson 07905706495 01506840446

March 2020

Sunday 1 March   B walk   14.5km/9 miles
Clyde Walkway from Rosebank to New Lanark. Starts with a 1 mile Walk from New Lanark car park to Lanark bus station, where we catch the 11:15 bus to Rosebank. Bring bus passes where applicable. Ascent 200m (650ft). OS 72/343/335, NS882425. Dep. WP 09:15. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893/07526 544800

Wednesday 4 March   B walk   9km/5½ miles
Carnethy and Scald Law. Carnethy and Scald Law from Silverburn on the A702. Relatively short walk over two highest points in Pentlands. Grass and gravel paths with fairly steep ascents/descents. Ascent 430m (1410ft). OS 66, NT211608. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: 01506 844482/07703 417398

Wednesday 4 March   C walk   10km/6¼ miles
River Carron Loop. Using new footpaths and a new bridge the route joins the communities of Larbert and Bainsford with a small nature reserve in between. Ascent minimal. OS 65, NS875807. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: Malcolm Duncan 01324 625496

Saturday 7 March   B+ walk   16km/10 miles
Lammermuir Circuit. Carfraemill, East to Addinston, North via the ridge to Dodcleugh and Kelphope then return alongside Hillhouse Burn, Ditcher Law and Hillhouse. Ascent 500m (1640ft). OS 73, NT508534. Dep. WP 08:30.

Sunday 8 March   C walk   9.5km/6 miles
Ecclesmachan and Binny Craig circular. Ascent 120m (400ft). OS 65, NT002771. Dep. LC 13:00.

Wednesday 11 March   A walk   12km/7½ miles
Ben Venue. A classic hill walk in the Trossachs. Good path to the top. Start of walk is at the East Ben Venue car park on A821 2 miles west of Brig o’ Turk. Ascent 640m (2100ft). OS O/57, NS505069. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: 07939 201649

Wednesday 11 March   C+ walk   10.5km/6½ miles
Low Valleyfield to Oakley Circular. This walk starts in Low Valleyfield and heads up towards Blairhall, then swings round towards Oakley. It is a pleasant walk through woodland and open countryside with a mixture of surfaces and it may be muddy in places. Ascent 215m (709ft). OS 65, NT008863. Dep. WP 10:00.

Wednesday 11 March   D walk   5km/3 miles
Kelpies and Helix Park. Walk from Falkirk Stadium by Helix Park and the Kelpies and the canal. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. WP 10:30.

Saturday 14 March   C walk   8km/5 miles
Back of Loch, Grange & Fishers Brae. Walk from West Port by the back of the Loch up to the Grange along a quiet road returning by Fishers Brae and Bo’ness Road to West Port. Some ascent. OS 65. Dep. WP 09:45.

Sunday 15 March   B walk   13km/8 miles
Ormiston Circular. An 8 mile walk on quiet roads tracks and paths. The route starts and finishes in Ormiston Village and takes you through rich farm land and wooded estates passing recent and ancient reminders of the area’s rural wartime and industrial history. Ascent 100m (330ft). OS 345, NT414693. Dep. WP 09:00.

Wednesday 18 March   B walk   14km/8¾ miles
West Linton, Garvald Circular. Ascent 150m (490ft). OS 72, NT141521. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Malcolm Duncan 01324 625496

Wednesday 18 March   C+ walk   12km/7½ miles
Redding to California Circular. Start at Tesco carpark, Redding, east along Union Canal, south to the Haining, then up through Maddiston and California along former railway track, returning via Wallacestone. Fine view on way down. Not onerous; hence C+ grading. Ascent 135m (450ft). OS 349, NS917782. Dep. WP 10:00.

Saturday 21 March   B walk   13.5km/8¼ miles
Glenquey and Seamab Hill. This walk follows an old drove road beside the Glenquey Reservoir and burn, before climbing up to the ridge from Commonedge Hill to Seamab Hill. Ascent 465m (1525ft). OS 58/366, NN996032. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893/07526 544800

Sunday 22 March   A walk   21km/13 miles
Pentland Tops circuit. Hillwalk from Flotterstone incorporating a good number of the main summits in the northern area of the Pentlands. Turnhouse Hill, Carnethy Hill, Scald Law, the Kips, Hare Hill, Black Hill, Harbour Hill, Capelaw Hill & Castlelaw Hill. Ascent 1210m (3970ft). OS 66, NT232631. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: D Pirrie 07903584606

Wednesday 25 March   B walk   13km/8 miles
Tyninghame Links. A circular walk which goes through woodland and along one of the finest beaches on the east coast. Ascent 50m (165ft). OS 67, NT611796. Dep. WP 09:00.

Wednesday 25 March   C+ walk   9.5km/6 miles
Polmont to Linlithgow. Bus to Polmont then linear walk to Linlithgow via Union Canal towpath and Muiravonside Country Park. Flight of steps included. Ascent minimal. OS 65/349, NS936788. Dep. WP 09:45 for 09:59 bus.

Saturday 28 March   C walk   10.5km/6½ miles
Devilla forest circular. Starting from main car park going via red squirrel trail, Curling pond, Danish camp,Moor Loch and over to Peppermill Dam and back by Praybrae woods. Ascent 92m (300ft). OS 65. Dep. WP 09:30.

Sunday 29 March   B walk   13km/8 miles
Auchtermuchty Common & Weddersbie Hill. On Rights of Way, minor road and forest tracks. Ascent 200m (655ft). OS 58/59, NO237117. Dep. WP 09:30 BST. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893/07526 544800

April 2020

Wednesday 1 April   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: 01324 551982

Wednesday 1 April   B+ walk   9.5km/6 miles
Ben Cleuch, Ochil Hills. Ben Cleuch (a Graham) is the highest of the Ochil hills. Walk starts at Alva and progresses up through Silver Glen and over Ben Ever. Good path most of the way. Ascent 685m (2250ft). OS 58, NS884974. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: 07939 201649

Saturday 4 April   B+ walk   17km/10¾ miles
Deuchary Hill – Dunkeld. A lovely walk with good views through the forests North of Dunkeld on generally good paths, though there are a few steep sections. Ascent 613m (2010ft). OS 52. Dep. WP 08:30.

Saturday 4 April   C walk   8km/5 miles
Abercorn to Society circular. Walk from Abercorn Church to Society by grassy paths and tracks returning by quiet country road to Abercorn. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. WP 09:45.

Sunday 5 April   A walk   10km/6¼ miles
Sron Na Lairig & Beinn Fhada. A grade 2 scramble which also takes in the munro of Stob Coire Sgreamhach. Ascent 800m (2625ft). OS 41, NN187562. Dep. WP 07:30. Contact: 07710766119

Sunday 5 April   C walk   8km/5 miles
The Preacher’s Stone including the Korean War Memorial, Cairnpapple and ‘The Knock’ circular. Ascent 100m (330ft). OS 65, NT002771. Dep. LC 13:00.

Wednesday 8 April   B walk   12.5km/7¾ miles
Kilmahog to Stank Glen Circular. Start at car park next to former railway line, up into Bochastle Hill woods and up the valley to Stank Glen, returning along railway line through Pass of Leny. Ascent 355m (1160ft). OS 365, NN608082. Dep. WP 09:30.

Wednesday 8 April   C walk   9.5km/6 miles
Tillicoultry to Dollar circular. Starting from the Sterling Mills Outlet Shopping Village, we follow the old Drove Road to Dollar, returning via the Devon Way, which follows the old railway track. Ascent 25m (80ft). OS 58/366, NS918964. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893/07526 544800

Wednesday 8 April   D walk   5km/3 miles
Almondell Country Park. A spring walk in Almondell beside the River Almond. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. WP 10:30.

Saturday 11 April   B walk   14.5km/9 miles
Seven Lochs Wetland Park Trail. Urban country paths linking Hogganfield Loch with Drumpellier Country Park from Stepps Station. Ascent minimal. OS 64, NS662683. Meet at Linlithgow Railway Station 08:00. Contact: William Lindsay & John McCreaddie 07950707204/07757211592

Sunday 12 April   B walk   13.5km/8½ miles
Lauder circular via Chester Hill and Blackchester Fort. Starting in Lauder we ascend a gentle climb to Chester Hill and through the village to join the Lauder Light Railway track and walk along to Blackchester Fort Pilmuir and Whitlaw Farms back into Lauder. This walk is mainly on good farm tracks with only gradual ascents. Ascent 200m (655ft). OS 73, NT530476. Dep. WP 09:00.

Wednesday 15 April   B+ walk   14.5km/9 miles
The Glen, Drove Road Circular. Drove road past Birks farm, Orchard Rig ascend Birkscairn Hill and Stake Law. Descend to Glensheil Bank. Return by Loch Eddy and Larch wood. Ascent 490m (1600ft). OS 73, NT297331. Dep. WP 09:00.

Wednesday 15 April   C+ walk   10.5km/6½ miles
Auchtertool Circular. This pleasant circular walk around rolling countryside makes use of core paths in the Auchtertool area near Kirkcaldy. Most of the route is over farmland on tracks and quiet roads however a few sections are on rougher ground. There are some gates which need to be climbed. We may pass through fields where water buffalo graze. (Source: Fife Walking). Ascent 245m (800ft). OS 58/367. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Rod Aird 07955 651145

Saturday 18 April   B walk   9km/5½ miles
Menstrie Glen circular. Starting from Menstrie a steep climb up to the main Glen track on the west side and then walk towards Lossburn reservoir past the ruins of Jerah, circling back on the east side of the Glen and a steep zig zag back down. Ascent 391m (1285ft). OS 58. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: L Ramsay

Sunday 19 April   A walk   12km/7½ miles
Ben Lomond. One of the most popular Munros, rewarding people who climb it with fantastic views of the length of Loch Lomond and far into the hills to the north and the Trossachs to the east. The route has been well made on a clear path. However, if there is snow on the route ice axe and crampons may be needed. Ascent 990m (3250ft). OS OL39, NS359986. Dep. WP 07:45. Contact: 07428 500524

Wednesday 22 April   B walk   13km/8 miles
Cardrona to Peebles via Cross Border Drove Road. Bus to Cardrona then ascend through the Cardrona forest to reach the cross border drove road back to Peebles. Ascent 400m (1310ft). OS 73, NT301390. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: doug crockford/moira stewart 01313313707/07835738618

Wednesday 22 April   B walk   12km/7½ miles
Hawes Inn, S. Queensferry to Eagle Rock and return. A walk along the shore giving lovely views acros the Forth. Ascent minimal. OS 65, NT138784. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: A. Barclay

Friday 24 – Monday 27 April
Spring Weekend Away – Aviemore

Contact D McLaren 01324 714759 for details and booking

Wednesday 29 April   B walk   12km/7½ miles
Tarbrax – Woolfords – Cobbinshaw Hill circular. Industrial archeology interest (shale mining). Likely to be boggy in places. Ascent 100m (330ft). OS 65/344, NT026552. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893/07526 544800

Wednesday 29 April   C+ walk   11.5km/7 miles
Penicuik Estate. A circular walk around a countryside estate, along the river, through the woods and along a ridge above the river giving lovely views north and south. Good tracks, one long gradual ascent, two very short steep ascents, short tarmac sections. Ascent 220m (720ft). OS 66, NT214592. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: 07398165881/01313348953