This page gives details about upcoming walks in the Guided Walks Programme. See the About the Walks page for general information. Please do let me know if you are coming on a walk, so that I can keep you informed about any changes to these arrangements.
Sunday 30 September 2018, 10am Vogrie, Midlothian
A varied walk from Vogrie Country Park to Gorebridge, exploring river valleys, abandoned limestone quarries, castles and glacial drainage channels. Day walk, 5 hours, £14.
THE ROCKS: we will be skirting the edge of the Midlothian coal basin, seeing some of the typical sedimentary rocks formed during the middle part of the Carboniferous Period, including thick limestone and sandstone layers that have been quarried for lime and building stone. Part of the route will follow an impressive glacial drainage channel.
THE WALK: from Vogrie Country Park we will follow the Tyne Water upstream to Crichton Castle, on paths that skirt the edge of extensive limestone quarries and are rough in places. From Crichton Castle the route takes us over the Edinburgh-Tweedbank railway line to Borthwick Castle and north to Gorebridge, mostly on good paths that can be wet in places. Total distance 10 km. I have classified this as a Moderate walk: not always on paths, it may be rough or slippery underfoot at times. It may be wet, windy or cold. Come equipped with strong footwear and waterproof clothing.
MEET: Car Park for Gorebridge Train Station (9:11 train from Edinburgh Waverley arrives 09:37). From here we will share cars for the short distance to Vogrie Country Park. Route map: www.plotaroute.com/route/537123
Saturday 10 November 2018, 10am Barns Ness to Skateraw, East Lothian
A flat coastal walk across sedimentary rocks rich in fossil corals, crinoids and shells and a glimpse into the hot, changeable conditions of Carboniferous Scotland on the Equator. Day walk, 5 hours, £14.
THE ROCKS: At times during the Carboniferous Period, the Lothian area was covered in warm, shallow seas where life thrived and layers of carbonate-rich muds formed. These layers form the famous limestones of Barns Ness, rich in fossils and evidence of changeable environmental conditions on the Equator hundreds of millions of years ago.
THE WALK: From Barns Ness we will work our way south-east along the coast to Skateraw, walking on sand, rocky beaches and occasional sections of exposed rock. We'll return by the coastal path. Total distance 9 km. I have classified this as a Moderate walk: not always on paths, it may be rough or slippery underfoot at times. It may be wet, windy or cold. Come equipped with strong footwear and waterproof clothing.
MEET: At the White Sands car park, accessed from the A1087 south of Dunbar. Grid reference NT 714 772. Route map: www.plotaroute.com/route/692922