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 (5+)

Arthur's on Tuesday afternoon

Information Kiosk, Holyrood Car Park

Join us for a walk up Arthur's Seat! Another vigorous walk up Edinburgh's wee 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, as well as a warm & weatherproof clothing, and some water on warm days. Walk Details (approx) Distance: 4-5 miles Cumulative ascent: up to 400 metres Duration: 2 hours Meet us at the the black information kiosk (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@55.9510091,-3.1695431,3a,75y,336.01h,98.08t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s34zLH2xjH0EEZ42stRoa3g!2e0!7i13312!8i6656) in the Holyrood carpark (between the Palace and the crags). The route is decided on the day and we'll walk for up to two hours returning to the start point. Weather permitting, we'll take in great views across Edinburgh, the Lothians and beyond. Treats at the top are always welcome if anyone fancies bringing some to share :) Anything really, we're always grateful. Hemma-time. Then Hemma Cafe/Bar afterwards for refreshments. Dogs You're very welcome to bring your dug on this walk, provided you also bring a short lead. Getting there It's about a 15-20 minute walk from North Bridge. Also, Lothian bus 300 stops at the foot of the Royal Mile near the Parliament and Palace, round the corner from the start point. You can usually park at this Historic Scotland car park (£1/hour weekdays) - but throughout the year there are events that close the car park, so we advise you to check ahead. 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 if the meetup is full - ideally the day before - to give others a chance to take your spot). Thanks! ------ Hope to see you there :)

Wednesday Wander - City Centre Evening Walk

Charlotte Square

Another instalment of my regular midweek walk. We cover around 8km (5 miles) in 90 mins walking a circuit around the city centre in a mixture of flat, gentle gradients and some stairs. The route is decided on the day, but will be mostly pavement underfoot so comfortable walking shoes or trainers will be fine. Dress appropriately for the weather and bring a small torch. Optionally after the walk, refreshments at The Alexander Graham Bell (Wetherspoons). RSVP’s Open at 8PM a week before the event to avoid any confusion with the previous weeks walk. Close at 6PM the day before the event. Only those marked as ‘Going’ should come along. Don’t ask for a place after RSVP’s are closed or turn up for this walk without a confirmed place. Signing up for this event or to the waitlist confirms you understand and agree to the following terms: Walkers are responsible for their own safety, and no member or organiser from the group can be held responsible in case of any mishap. Event hosts have the right to enquire regarding and decide on the suitability of guests for each event. This includes changing RSVP's to 'No' if deemed necessary. Waitlisted guests may be added in non-chronological order. Please double check the event is still scheduled and that you remain on the guest list from 6PM on the evening prior to the event. Not suitable for dog walking, so no dogs please.

Westwater Reservoir, Medwin Water, Garvald: A West Linton Circular

Join me for this circular walk in the remote Southern Pentlands with smooth and minor ascents, great views towars the Borders hills and chances to spot some wildlife ( birds (geese, birds of prey, pheasants, grouse etc) , deers) and prehistoric burial cairns. We first ascend along Lyne Water, pass by at Lynedale House and take a farm track above the Golf course towards North Slipperfield, then up to and over the dam of Westwater Reservoir to spot some pink footed geese - if we are lucky- before we take a track westwards towards Medwin Water , but before we hit the water we turn southwards through the moorland to gain another farmtrack towards Garvald. Once at the pond we follow the track along the woodland eastwards, the Garvald Burn to our right hand -but in a distance. Very soon we see to our left the Nether Cairn (https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2569690 and https://www.eyeofthepsychic.com/log_art4/) and 800 m later Upper Cairn, believed to be 4000 years old burial cairns. Very soon, after crossing some smaller burns or puddles, we reach the West Linton Golf course which we carefully cross to catch the Roman Road coming from the south until we hit the road coming down from Baddinsgill towards West Linton which we take downwards to the village, for the busstop at A702 and for the non-compulsory refreshment at the Gordon Arms. Requirements: a substantial good level of fitness is required for this 16 km/10 mi walk with minor ups and downs . Distance: ca 16 km /10 mi Route: can be found here : https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7332799 Total time: ca 4 to 5 hours plus breaks (or as long as it takes ) Terrain: tarmac , gravel paths, grass paths, farm tracks, muddy paths, over moorland and yes, we may also cross some stiles or fences and go through gates Clothing: walking boots with good grip, all weather clothing, waterproofs, Food /drink: bring a packed lunch and sufficient water to avoid dehydration Dogs: dogs are welcome on this route, however we may share our way with livestock (horses, cattle, sheep ) , as long as you have a short lead with you. Getting there: Stagecoach bus 101A will bring us to West Linton, leaving 09.20 Gate E at the Edinburgh Bus Station (lothian road 09.28, Tollcross 09.34, Morningside 09.42 ,Fairmilehead 09.51) arriving 10.12. Adult single £ 3.50, adult day return £ 6.40. When you come by car, let me know and please make sure you are there before the bus arrives, once the bus has arrived, we leave. Coming back: Stagecoach buses 101/102 bring us back to town at 14.11, 15.05, 16.11, 17.15 Boring but Important: Please note: I reserve the right to enquire regarding, and decide on the suitability of guests for this event changing RSVPs if necessary. Check back after 9PM 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 on your reputation it has if you fail to do so

East Lomond Circle + Pillars of Hercules

Bruce Fountain, centre of Falkland

9 Miles Circular Walk with ascent up East Lomond. This superb walk has a bit of everything; a start in beautiful, historic Falkland, a challenging climb to a windswept summit, extensive views and a descent down a fascinating ravine. The end route will include a visit to the organic shop/tearoom Pillars of Herculean and return to Falklands. We will meet outside Bruce's Fountain just next to Campbell Cafe, Falkland.

Past events (2,546)

Arthur's Seat Fitness Monday

St. Margarets Loch, Queens Drive

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