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 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 and return 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 35 stops at the foot of the Royal Mile near the Parliament and Palace, round the corner from the start point. 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 :)

Connect the "Lintons": Innerleithens 2nd Bonus Walk to... Innerleithen!

For this summer I have prepared some connected walks which should bring us from West Linton to East Linton. As a "bonus" I will organise some additional walks on the places we visit "en route". Innerleithen's second Bonus walk leads from Innerleithen over to the southside of River Tweed to the car park for the mountainbike paradise. We ascend from there towards Minchmoor, first through woodland, then through heather just about to be in bloom and ripe blaeberries on good and relatively dry paths. On top of Minchmoor we will enjoy (weather permitting) a fantastic round view in all directions. We descend then towards the track of the Southern Upland Way (SUW), which we follow eastwards for a little while before we turn left (N) to further descend through partially cut and reforested woodland towards Glenmead and Glenbenna to finally hit River Tweed again in Walkerburn. Along the northshore of River Tweed we walk back to Innerleithen for a possible pint in one of the pubs and/or for the bus back towards Edinburgh Requirements: a substantial good level of fitness and a healthy portion of stamina is required for this 18 km walk . Distance: ca 18 km /11.2 mi (+490m/-490m) Route: can be found here: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7391742 Total time: ca 5 hours plus breaks (or as long as it takes ) Terrain: tarmac , gravel paths, grass paths, muddy paths, with some boggy spots, overgrown in some parts, through heather; grass is high and depending on possible previous rainfalls very wet, Clothing: walking boots with good grip, all weather clothing, waterproofs, be aware of tics since we are walking through heather, insect repellend might be advisable Food /drink: bring a packed lunch and sufficient water to avoid dehydration, Dogs: sheepland and cattle pasture, minor roads, well behaved dogs with no interest in chasing hares and sheep are welcome, provided you also bring a short lead with you. Getting there :I will take the Borders Bus X62 bus leaving Edinburgh Bus Station at 08.20 (I join the bus at Southbridge or even later ) arriving in Innerleithen at 09.56, . Let me know if you make other travel arrangements, but our plan is to leave after the bus has arrived (usually a bit delayed, but don't count on it!), but once the bus has arrived in Innerleithen, we leave. Coming back: Borders Bus X62 brings us back from Innerleithen to Edinburgh in 30 min intervals, Tickets : Edinburgh-Innerleithen: single £7.70, day return £13.90 The cheapest variant is the Borders day pass, available only via the App for £ 8.40, If you need a day pass but you don't own a smartphone, team up with someone who has a smartphone and needs a daypass too, you can buy day passes for two or four people , use the board on this page to find your companion if you need one 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. 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

ST. CUTHBERT'S WAY 65 miles trail between Melrose and Holy Island of Lindisfarne

St Cuthbert's Way is a 65 miles long-distance trail between the Scottish Borders town of Melrose and Lindisfarne off the coast of Northumberland, England. The walk is named after Cuthbert, a 7th-century saint, a native of the Borders who spent his life in the service of the church. The group will walk the route over 4 days - 15 miles, 18 miles, 13.5 miles and 18.5 miles. Bridging the national border between Scotland and England, this inspiring cross-border route links Melrose in the Scottish Borders, where St. Cuthbert started his religious life in 650AD, with Holy Island off the Northumberland Coast, his eventual resting place and his original pilgrimage shrine. Although inspired by St. Cuthbert, this is far more than a pilgrimage route. This route offers an ever changing variety of scenery and spectacular views; a unique and truly memorable finish along a causeway exposed only at low tide; something of interest for everyone, including a wealth of historical and cultural interest; and a route which can easily be completed in 4-6 days without requiring extreme training or high fitness levels. The final section of your walk is one of the most spectacular and unusual. The scenery is unique and although you follow the road for most of the way to Holy Island, the changing vistas and abundant birdlife will keep you occupied. Holy Island is one of Europe’s most famous Christian places and it has a wealth of sites that relate to its eventful history. St Cuthbert’s name and life inspired the building of the Lindisfarne Priory which began in about 1120. There is also a castle which was ordered to be built by Henry VIII as Holy Island held great strategic importance centuries ago. START - MEET AT MELROSE ABBEY SATURDAY FOR 10.30 AM. It is open to travel to Melrose on the Friday evening and stay overnight or on Saturday morning - the choice is yours but you must be at Melrose Abbey for 10.30 am. DAY 1 - SATURDAY 27 JULY 2019: Melrose to Jedburgh = 15 miles. Morning meet 10.30 am at main entrance of Melrose Abbey, Abbey Street, Melrose TD69LG. [OVERNIGHT STAY (ONE) - JEDBURGH]. DAY 2 - SUNDAY 28 JULY 2019: Jedburgh to Town Yetholm/Kirk Yetholm = 18 miles. Morning meet 10.00 am outside Jedburgh Abbey, Abbey Bridge End, JedburghTD8 6JQ. [OVERNIGHT STAY (TWO) - TOWN YETHOLM/ KIRK YETHOLM]. DAY 3 - MONDAY 29 JULY 2019: Kirk Yetholm to Wooler =l 13.5 miles. Meet 10.00 am outside Border Hotel, The Green, Kirk Yetholm. [OVERNIGHT STAY (THREE) - WOOLER]. DAY 4 - TUESDAY 30 JULY 2019: Wooler to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne = 18.5 miles. Meet 10.30 am outside Black Bull, High Street, Wooler. OVERNIGHT STAY (FOUR) - HOLY ISLAND. Please note that Mark G (Socialising Group) has kindly organised a celebration meal for the finish of St Cuthbert's Way (as notified by post on both groups) for those previously confirming a place. Safe Tide for arrival 17.25 hrs to midnight. DAY 5 - WEDNESDAY 31 JULY: return to Edinburgh. LUGGAGE TRANSFER - for those that have confirmed luggage transfer then please bring your bag on the Saturday morning to Melrose Abbey for the first collection thereafter your bag will collected/dropped off at your selected bnb. Please ensure that you label up your bag with the booking surname, collection points and drop of points (give the name of your bnb) for each day (so the operator knows exactly where to drop/collect); the charge is £5 a day (£20 total to be paid at the first collection at Melrose Abbey) with a 20 kilo maximum weight. {Anne and Kyla, I will pay £5 for each of you on the Saturday morning to cover luggage transfer from Wooler to Lindisfarne]. RETURN TRANSPORT - for those that have confirmed a place on the minibus from Holy Island to Berwick on Tweed then meet at midday (outside the Crown and Anchor).The midday collection will afford folks the opportunity to spend a few hours on the island to visit the castle, priory, cafes or shops before return. Your place must be confirmed! Contact number;-[masked]

JEREMIAH'S TAPROOM - after work drinks from 6.30 pm

Jeremiah's Taproom

Jeremiah's Taproom (back area reserved)) informal afterwork drinks - 6.30pm onwards. A chance to celebrate a successful week, suggest future walks or simply ponder the wonders of the world over a drink. This is a shared event with Edinburgh Walks and Random Events group.

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