Walking Group

We organise walks on the first Thursday and the third Saturday of each month. Anyone is very welcome to come along on any walk whether or not they are a member of the church. On the third Saturday in December the walk is followed by a festive lunch in a pub or restaurant.

Details and meeting arrangements are posted on the notice boards in the church porch and hall about two weeks before the day of the walk, or can be emailed to you. If you would like to come please let the walk leader know at least two days before the day of the walk. You can contact the walk leader via walking@stjohns-edinburgh.org.uk or office@stjohns-edinburgh.org.uk.

Some walks are suitable for well-behaved dogs. If you would like to bring your dog please consult the walk leader. Unless otherwise specified, bring a picnic lunch and plenty to drink, waterproof clothing and walking boots or heavy shoes.

This not a formal walking club and is not covered by insurance.

Saturday walks vary in length (usually between 7 and 14 miles) and terrain (from coastal trails to mountains) but no special skill is required and they are suitable for anyone who is reasonably fit. Where the walk is high-level we may offer a low-level alternative, either near the high level walk or elsewhere. We often finish at a tearoom or with a bar meal.

Thursday walks are shorter (4-6 miles) and are always on good paths. They are often fairly close to Edinburgh, take a leisurely pace and may include sights of historical or cultural interest. Sometimes we take a picnic lunch and sometimes eat in a pub or café.

We travel by public transport or by car, and there is always space for those who require a lift. A contribution to the cost of petrol is appreciated. We suggest £20 (divided between the number of people in the car) for a long drive (over an hour) and £12 for the car for a shorter drive.

These walks are an opportunity to get to know the surrounding countryside and, at the same time, to meet other people. We look forward to seeing you!


Walking Group report for annual report year ended 31 October 2016

Each month we organise two walks - a shorter walk on the first Thursday, and a longer day out on the third Saturday. Usually between about 6 and 15 people come along, the exception being Christmas when 40 or so walkers get together. This year this our Christmas walk was in the Braid Hills and this was followed by lunch at the Braid Hills Hotel.

The walk leader chooses, plans and rehearses the walk, coordinates transport, meeting arrangements and any café stops, and ensures that everyone is comfortable.  My thanks, as ever, go to all the walk leaders who work hard to ensure that their walk is interesting and that everyone enjoys themselves.

We have a core of regular walkers who know each other well but we are a loose-knit group and anyone is welcome to come along.  Occasionally visitors to Scotland who have read the details n the church porch come along too. It is an opportunity to get to know some of the Scottish countryside  and meet like-minded people.

Here are a selection of last year's walks. Three walks took advantage of the new Borders railway: a riverbank walk from Tweedbank, an ascent of the Eildon Hills near Melrose, and a walk along the Southern Upland Way from Lauder to Tweedbank. Hill ascents included Stobinian and Ben Venue in the Trossachs and Benarty Hill in Fife and a walk in the Pentland hills.  We had a variety of lower level walks: in the Borders - Gore Glen, a circuit from Biggar to Broughton, a walk from West Linton to Baddingsgill; in East Lothian we walked from Haddington to East Linton, in West Lothian we visited Almondell Country Park, and we also walked from Falkirk along the canal to the Falkirk Wheel and the Kelpies.  We walked along the Tay at Dunkeld, and along the Garry and the Tummel at Killiekrankie, and of course had a variety of walks around and in Edinburgh.

If you are interested in joining us on a walk please look at the church notice boards or the pew notes, or speak to Veronica Harris or one of the walk leaders. You don't need to be exceptionally fit, and don't worry if you don't have a car; several of us have cars and are happy to take passengers. Many of the walks can be accessed by public transport.

Veronica Harris  walking@stjohns-edinburgh.org.uk