What we're about

We are a popular and well-established walking group based in Edinburgh, Scotland. We offer walks, for groups of up to twenty people, which mostly:

• are accessible by public transport, normally by bus rides of no more than an hour from the centre of Edinburgh

• start after 10 a.m. or later

• are dog-friendly

• end in a pub or café

The group is non-competitive, with the emphasis being on visiting beautiful and interesting places, at a pace with which everybody is comfortable, and meeting people and making friends.

Our walks range from gentle seaside strolls of two or three miles to fairly strenuous ten-mile walks in the Pentland Hills, with everything in between. Most walks include a picnic break around halfway. In addition, we sometimes arrange social events, such as cinema or pub evenings, and Christmas or summer parties.

The group is totally non-commercial, but occasionally seeks to raise small amounts of money from members purely to cover the cost of using the meetup.com (http://meetup.com/) web site.

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you come suitably prepared for your walk. This is especially true on hillwalks, where you must have proper walking boots, and clothing suitable for the changeable Scottish weather. In addition, you should bring food and water, and possibly a hot drink.

Members come on walks at their own risk. The group has no liability insurance, so members must make their own decisions about whether to go on a walk. The organiser can advise about the terrain, but cannot be held responsible in the event of any mishap.

Dogs are very welcome, unless the details of a specific walk specify otherwise, but we rely on members to keep their dogs under appropriate control. This is especially true in the hills where there may be sheep and lambs.

Because many of our events are oversubscribed and have waiting lists, we ask that if you sign up for an event, you do in fact attend it. If you have to change your mind for any reason, please don’t forget to change your status to ‘not going’ on the event’s web page. If you are unable to make an event at the last minute, for whatever reason, please contact the organiser of the event as soon as possible.

Please read our list of frequently asked questions (http://www.meetup.com/edinburgh-walking/pages/Frequently_asked_questions/).

Although the group is informal, its sheer size has necessitated the creation of a constitution. You can find it under the ‘More’ menu, if you go to ‘Files’. By joining the group you are understood to have accepted the constitution, so please take the time to read the one-page document.

We hope to see you soon!

Upcoming events (2)

Two Waters, a Mural, a Campus and a Trainline

Water of Leith Conservation Trust and Visitor Centre

We strictly follow the actual rules set up by Scottish Government (FACTS!!) and SportScotland (https://sportscotland.org.uk/covid-19/latest-sport-and-physical-activity-guidance/ ) and therein following the latest guidelines for mountaineering and rambling: Before you sign up you have to be able to anwer these three questions with three clear "no" In the previous 14 days, have you: • Had any COVID-19 symptoms? • Been in contact with any confirmed/suspected COVID-19 case? • Travelled internationally? At the same time you sign up you have to send me in a personal message- if you have not done so in the last few weeks- your full name, e-mail address, phone number, emergency contact and its phone number to complete the compulsory attendance register for track and tracing if necessary (what we all don't hope we need it). My target is, that I can come with the complete list to the walk and leave the "office" at home! You're off the list when I don't have your data by Wednesday evening! .We meet at the Water of Leith Visitors Centre in Slateford and follow for a while the Union Canal in western direction. In Wester Hailes we leave the Canal to take a path above the trainline and below the Baberton Golf Course. We cross the trainline again and head towards Heriot Watt University Campus, where we take the woodland path surrounding the campus and leave near the Curriehill Station, just to cross the trainline again. we gain then a little bit of height up to Currie where we join Water of Leith Walkway downstreams. On the way down to our origin we go through the Colinton Tunnel with its now finished (as it looks) murals. Requirements: a substantial good level of fitness is required for this 17 km/10.5 mi walk . Distance: ca 17 km /10.5 mi Route: can be found here (https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7533944) Total time: ca 3.5 to 4.5 hours plus breaks (or as long as it takes ) Terrain: tarmac , gravel paths, grass paths, muddy paths, Clothing: walking boots with good grip, all weather clothing, waterproofs, Food /drink: bring a packed lunch and sufficient water to avoid dehydration, Dogs: well behaved dogs are welcome, but bring a short lead with you, we share our path on some parts with bikers, joggers, students, mothers with strollers, trains and cars (don't expect too much wildlife) Getting there Lothian Buses No 34, 36, and 44, will bring you to the Visitor's Centre or you may walk there... Coming back: just reverse how you got to the starting point... Tickets : Bus ticket £1.80 single, Boring but Important: Please note Signing up for this event confirms you agree to, and understand the following terms. I reserve the right to enquire regarding, and decide on the suitability of guests for this event changing RSVPs if necessary, especially when yo do not deliver the required data for the Attendance Register. Check back after 8PM on the evening before to make sure you're still on the list. It is not acceptable to turn up for this event without a confirmed place. Walkers are responsible for their own safety, and no member or organizer from the group can be held responsible in case of any mishap. Out of courtesy, if you change your mind, please don't forget to update your RSVP immediately. PLease watch this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWO4fEcbEKQ) to see what impact it has if you fail to do so

Arthur's on Thursday - from St Margaret's Loch

St. Margarets Loch, Queens Drive

Join us for a walk up Arthur's Seat.. We'll follow the Covid 19 rules set up by Scottish Government for organised outdoor activities - we keep social distancing within the group and to fellow walkers we meet en route. -we don't meet when we feel unwell. - we record names and numbers of all participants. ---------- Another vigorous walk up Edinburgh's wee and (sometimes) windy mountain . A reasonably good level of fitness is required. Be prepared for some steep sections and step climbing. You'll need decent boots or shoes as it can be slippery (and muddy), as well as warm & weather- and windproof clothing and some water, not only on warm days (!) Walk Details (approx) Distance: up to 5 miles Cumulative ascent: up to 300 metres Duration: 2 hours The route is decided on the day and we'll walk for up to two hours and return to the start point. Weather permitting, we'll take in great views across Edinburgh, the Lothians and beyond. Usually, treats at the top are always welcome if anyone fancies bringing some to share , but for the time being, we all should keep it to ourselves, no sharing, as hard as it might be. the only thing you can share is a hand disinfection gel or treats that are individually wrapped. Dogs: You're very welcome to bring your dog on this walk, provided you also bring a short lead. Getting there: It's about 10 minutes walk from London Road at Meadowbank. Free parking sometimes available in adjacent carpark (if you are feeling lucky) Walkers are responsible for their own safety, and no member or organiser from the group can be held responsible in case of any mishap. Please update your RSVP if you can't make it (a decent length of time in advance especially if the meetup is full - ideally the day before - to give others a chance to take your spot). Thanks! ------ Hope to see you there :)

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