Livingston

Group name: Livingston

This group is a part of Lothian & Borders Area.

Telephone:
01506 438706
Our activities include:
Path maintenance

Formed in 1980, to provide walking and social activities for Ramblers in the southern part of West Lothian, most of our members come from around Livingston, including Bathgate, Blackburn, East, West and Mid Calder, Uphall and Broxburn. We are a friendly and sociable group and our aim is to provide a full and varied walk schedule that can be enjoyed by all. To this end we have a walk programme on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. 

The Thursday group meets on alternate Thursdays starting at 10am throughout the year, with most walks between 5 and 8 miles. The Saturday group concentrates on more challenging routes often to Munros and Corbetts, with other, closer hills included, especially in winter. The Sunday group, usually starting at 8am, offers a wide range of walks both low and high level with an aim of providing a variety of walking along river banks, glens or forests, hill climbs and coastal rambles. In addition weekends away to more distant hills are arranged several times a year.

Walks are often followed by a visit to a local hostelry or tearoom for a meal or snack. Most walk destinations are reached by car, and car-sharing is common. A standard mileage charge is applied per car and the cost is split equally between all participants including drivers.

The Thursday group meets at Livingston Football Car Park (LFCP), Alderstone Road, Livingston (NT047670). Both the Saturday & Sunday groups meet at Livingston North Railway Station, Carmondean Centre South, Deans (LNRS) NT036687, located behind the Carmondean petrol garage and the Arnold Clark car dealership across the road from Morrisons. Parking is normally available free of charge at both meeting points.

We regret no dogs are allowed on our walks where livestock may be encountered. On other walks, dogs may be allowed at the discretion of the walk leader.

Livingston walk leaders can borrow group OS maps from V McGowan and a list of maps and books are also available from John Dawson.

We have a mailing list which you are welcome to join by clicking here to send an email to register on the list. You will then receive emails with information on forthcoming walks and other appropriate issues.

NOTES: 

  • Details of Weekends available from J Dawson 01506 630376 after programme meetings.
  • Our new Chairperson, Lillias Kelly, leads The Community Inclusion Team hillwalkers and has a range of low, moderate and high level walks planned, ending with Ben Lomond in August. Anyone wishing to walk and travel with them please contact Lillias.

For walk enquiries please contact us or telephone Petra on 0131 313 1646 for more details.

Walks Programme July to October 2016

Saturday 2 July, B walk 7.2km Explorer 347
 Conic Hill from Balmaha Visitor Centre with good views over Loch Lomond. Meet LNRS 07:30.

Sunday 3 July A walk 17.5km OS72
 Culter watershed. A long walk on which some stretches cross difficult, untracked grouse moors. 700m ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Thursday 7 July C walk 10.5km OS59
Crail circular, beach walking & good tracks. 100m Ascent. Meet LFCP 10:00.

Saturday 9 July B+ walk 19.5km OS77
The Minnigaff Hills, Larg Hill, Lamachan Hill and Curleywee (3 Donalds) starting from Auchinleck. 850m ascent. Meet LNRS 07:00.

Friday 15 - Monday 18 July Weekend at Ratagan SYHA
1506 630376
Make own hostel booking, walks to be discussed.
Contact leader for further information and transport details

Sunday 17 July B walk 17km OS52
Glen Turret circular. Glen Turret dam to Choinneachan Hill and Tom Eich on mountain tracks & paths. 600m ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Thursday 21 July C walk 12km OS66
Athelstaneford and Hopetoun Memorial circular from Athelstaneford to the ridge of the Garlton Hills on grassy field margins, footpaths & farm tracks. 125m ascent. Meet LFCP 10:00.

Sunday 24 July B walk 16.5km OS59
Elie circular. Walk from coast and returning inland. Coastal, farm & estate tracks. Minimal ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Saturday 30 July A walk 14km OS50
Beinn a’ Chochuill / Beinn Eunaich. (2 Munros). 930m ascent. Meet LNRS 07:00.

Sunday 31 July B walk 21km OS66
Edinburgh green circular from Water of Leith via Blackford Hill and Craiglockhart Glen. 200m ascent Meet LNRS 08:00.

Thursday 4 August C walk 10km OS58
Falkland circular. Falkland to Maspie Den and Lomond Hills, returning on tracks and grassy paths. 200m ascent. Meet LFCP 10:00.

WALKS PROGRAMME – July to October 2016

Saturday 6 August A walk 12km OS42
Meall na Leitreach & The Sow of Atholl (2 Corbetts). 800m ascent. Meet LNRS 07:00.

Friday 12 – Monday 15 August Weekend at Grasmere YHA
1506 630376
Make own hostel booking, walks to be discussed.
Contact leader for further information and transport details

Sunday 14 August B walk 7km OS 57
 Beinn Each. The ascent is via a steep hill path and return descending the same path. 693m ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Thursday 18 August C walk 12.5km Explorer 337
Cademuir Hill Fort and the Tweed from Peebles. 250m ascent. Meet LFCP 10:00.

Sunday 21 August B walk 18km OS67
St. Abbs to Burnmouth. By bus from St. Abbs to Burnmouth and walking back via Eyemouth along cliff top path and some roads. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Saturday 27 August A walk 15km OS41/50
Beinn Fhionnlaidh (Appin). 960m ascent. Meet LNRS 07:00.

Sunday 28 August B+ walk 17km  OS43/52
Ben Vrackie (841m) & Killiecrankie circular starting from Moulin; optional as bealach walk without climb of Ben Vrackie. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Thursday 1 September B+ walk 9km OS67
Traprain Law from East Linton. Good tracks, can be muddy, with historic sites and ascent of the Law which is short if steep in places, return by the river. 220m ascent. Meet LFCP 10:00.

Saturday 10 September B walk 5km OS64
The Whangie from Queen’s View car park. 200m ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Sunday 11 September B+ walk 13km OS58
Ben Cleuch circular from Tillicoultry. Ben Cleuch via Andrew Gannel Hill, Ben Ever, Silver Glen and park. Good tracks & paths. 750m ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Thursday 15 September C walk 11km OS66
Corstorphine Hill to Cramond. Exploring Corstorphine Hill and down to the sea. Paths with steps & tracks, some road walking. 125m ascent. Meet Waverley Steps, Edinburgh 10:00.

Saturday 17 September A walk 20km OS41
Fraochaidh (Corbett) 1020m ascent. Meet LNRS 07:00.

Sunday 18 September C+ walk 12km OS52
Crieff circular from Macrosty Park returning by River Earn. Minimal ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Saturday 24 September B+ walk 18km OS77
Tarfessock and Kirriereoch Hill (2 Donalds). Return by Carnirock Stone. 700m ascent. Meet LNRS 07:00.

Sunday 25 September C walk 8km OS66
Falaknowe and Castlelaw circuit from Flotterstone Visitor Centre. Possible visit to Castlelaw Hill Fort and Woodhouse Lee Memorial. 488m ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Thursday 29 September C walk 4km OS66
Vogrie Country Park. Vogrie to Blinkbonnie Farm circular. Minimal ascent on good tracks & paths. Meet LFCP 10:00.

Tuesday 4 October Programme Meeting
Time to work out our walking programme for Summer 2017
Carmondean Community Centre, Nether Dechmont Farm from 7pm.
If you would like a special walk included, please come along and let us know

Saturday 8 October C walk 12.5km OS64
Lochgoin Reservoir circuit at Whitelee wind farm. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Sunday 9 October B+ walk 12km OS73
 Circular route taking in Dead Side, Hundleshope and Preston Law. Good tracks & paths. 600m ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Thursday 13 October B+ walk 9km OS65
Corston Hill ridge walk through Selm Wood.  A local ridge walk with fine views. Forestry & hill tracks and some rough walking, muddy at times. 340m ascent. Meet LFCP 10:00.

Saturday 15 October A walk 13km OS51
Ben Chonzie (Munro) by Glen Lednock route. 700m ascent.

Sunday 16 October B walk 17km OS52
Birnam, Rumbling Bridge circular. Birnam, Hermitage, Rumbling Bridge, Inver on forest tracks with minimal ascent. Meet LNRS 08:00.

Sunday 23 October B + walk 15km OS58
Glen Sherup circular. A hill & ridge walk via Innerdownie, Whitewisp and Tarmangie hills, by good tracks. Muddy in places. 500m ascent. Meet LNRS 8:00.

Thursday 27 October C walk 11km Explorer 367
Burntisland to Ravenscraig Castle, Kirkcaldy. Varied walk along part of the Fife Coastal Path. Return to Burntisland by public transport. Walking mainly on coastal path & pavements 100m ascent. Meet LFCP 10:00.