Thursday 23 November 2023

Ladyurd Horseshoe

 A group of 8 walkers from Biggar Ramblers braved extremely blustery weather to walk the 4 mile 'Ladyurd Horseshoe'. The walk started with a gradual ascent until it turned sharply just under Wether Law, where there was just enough shelter for a coffee break. Thanks to the strong wind, visibility was good and there were great views here right across to the Pentlands. The walk now continued down the other side of the valley, joining the outgoing path just before reaching the car park. Soup and paninis were then enjoyed at the Big Red Barn.

Sunday 19 November 2023

Cramond to South Queensferry

 A group of 9 walkers from Biggar Ramblers enjoyed an interesting and scenic 8 mile walk from the pretty village of Cramond, along the stunning southern shoreline of the Forth estuary towards the imposing Forth rail bridge at South Queensferry.  The weather was kind to us with great visibility, affording detailed views of the Fife shoreline all the way.



Thursday 26 October 2023

Innerleithen/Walkerburn via Priesthope and Pirn Law.

 On a rather dreich October Thursday morning, six members of Biggar Ramblers set off from Innerleithen following the path along the Tweed towards Walkerburn. With all the recent rain, the river was flowing fast, but that wasn't putting the fishermen off, seen up to their waists in the water, together with a heron hoping for a meal. After reaching Walkerburn, the group crossed the main road and climbed up beside the Walker Burn, first across fields, and then into the forest. By now it had started raining, so the trees provided a welcome dry spot for a coffee break. The route then carried on up towards Priesthope where, after a sharp left turn, it followed a main forest track heading back towards Innerleithen. On reaching an open turning area, a narrow path was taken leading down towards the Leithen Water. Along the way here, fine views of Innerleithen and the Tweed Valley opened up. The Leithen Water was reached by the ancient Cuddy Bridge, built in 1701 with funds from a vacant ministry in the area. It was then a short walk back to the car park where, despite being soaked through, it was agreed that it had been a good walk.


Sunday 22 October 2023

Mendick Hill, 22nd October


On a lovely sunny morning the Ramblers set out from the Golf Club to walk up Mendick Hill. The party walked along the track to the Old Roman Bridge and on to the Roman Road passing South Slipperfield. The views of the surrounding hills and countryside along this drove road were majestic. The walkers then turned right just passed Hardgatehead Cottage and with Mendick in front of them made their way to the top of the hill. There is a short but steepish climb to get to the top. The party were again rewarded with magnificent views as far as Berwick Law and the Bass Rock and of course Tinto. On either side of Mendick Hill is Ingraston Hill and Little Mendick Hill. The walkers then made their way carefully down the hill and enjoyed lunch in the sunshine before heading back along the Roman Road to the Golf Club where everyone enjoyed a well earned refreshment.

Wednesday 11 October 2023

Cloich Forest Loop October 11th


A Biggar Ramblers walk early in October was the Cloich Forest Loop. Six walkers started from
Eddleston. The route took them through the Barony Castle woods and out onto the Old Post Road at Swiss Cabin Cottage. Then it was north to a coffee stop in the wood, sheltered from the winds gusting 30 mph. At Shiplaw the route took them west to enter the Cloich Forest although enter was not the correct word as the route clung to the outside of the forest most of the way. With the remote cottage of Courhope in sight the group entered the forest properly to follow a pleasant path to Stewarton. Again on the Old Post Road they turned north crossing open fields to reach the woods at the Fairydean Burn. Coming through the woods and then entering the Barony Castle grounds again the group spent time visiting the Polish Map of Scotland before returning to the start point in Eddleston. Please see for more information.