Summer Programme 2013

The Monklands Ramblers gratefully acknowledge the support of
North Lanarkshire Community Grants for our Summer Programme 2013
Distance and Height Conversion
  • Height: Metres x 3.3inch = Feet (150 Metres = 500 Feet Approx.)
  • Distance: Kilometres x ⅝ mile = Miles (16 Kilometres = 10 Miles Approx.)
Transport and Booking On A Walk
We run a 29 seater minibus which occasionally is increased to a bigger bus depending on numbers. The bus fare is £12.00 but may be slightly higher depending on the distance travelled, size of party and size of bus (£15 is usually the highest) . Please ask when booking if you wish to know the cost in advance. Bookings are taken on a "First Come - First Served" basis.

Places can be booked on the previous walk when the sheet goes round the bus at the end of the day or by telephoning the leader, whose number appears next to each walk. When 'phoning to book a place on a walk please try and do so between 6pm and 7pm during the week prior to the walk, and book early as buses have to be confirmed two days prior to the walk. Please also state your telephone number and pick-up point if leaving a message on an answering machine so that the leader can call you back and confirm your place on the bus.

Please note it is also important to cancel if you are unable to attend a walk and to phone the leader as soon as possible (or any committee member if you are unable to contact the leader). This is important as it saves time waiting on anyone who has failed to cancel and also gives someone else a chance to book that seat. You may be charged the full fare if you fail to cancel and someone else had their booking request declined.

Mobile numbers are also on the programme for emergency use only ie if running late or having to cancel on morning of the walk.

Buses leave from behind Coatbridge Time Capsule and at Airdrie Indoor Bowling Club (across from Airdrie railway station), at the times stated in the programme.
Walking Information
When walking with the club adequate footwear and clothing are essential. Be prepared for adverse weather conditions. Carry a packed lunch. Boots are essential on "A" and "B" grade walks and are recommended on "C" grade walks. The Ramblers Association cannot take responsibility for damages or loss incurred on a ramble or other club activity.

Follow the Country Code:
  • Close gates
  • Take litter home
  • face oncoming traffic etc
Please do NOT walk in front of the leader or leave a ramble without informing the leader. Children under 16 years of age should be accompanied by an adult. Holidays and social events are offered to club members. All those interested in walking are welcome to join the group. After participating in two walks with the group we would expect you to join the Ramblers Association, otherwise you may not be accepted on a walk. Membership forms are available from the Group Secretary. Joining the Ramblers Association gives automatic membership of your local group and the right to walk and socialise with any other groups UK-wide. Walks are subject to change at the Leader's discretion. Please inform the leader of any medical condition which you have which he / she should be aware of - thanks.

The O.S. column below indicates the Ordnance Survey Landranger map number as well as giving a general indication of the area covered by the map - you can buy any of these maps, or general hill-walking gear, at discounted rates from The Monklands Ramblers Shop. Clicking on the walk description will provide a detailed map of the area of the walk. Distances are approximate and may vary. Walks may be subject to change on the day - notice will be given where possible via the "Latest News" banner below. Note also that pronunciations below are courtesy of Munro Magic.
A booking and information sheet will be circulated around the bus for any social events being held during the Winter months, and advertisements will be placed in the "Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser" for the same. Also, the Committee welcomes any suggestions for walks which anyone would like to see on either the Summer or Winter programmes, or suggestions for social events.

Please contact any Committee member with regard to this and we will endeavour to include these walks or events at the earliest possible opportunity. Note to Leaders : it would be helpful if leaders of joint walks could do their reccies at the same time as this would assist with determining the timing of the two walks and would also save on reccie expenses.
Walking Grades
Ascent (Metres)
Distance (Km)
C Nil 9-14 Easy
C+ 150 14-16 Easy/Moderate
B 150-450 16-19 Moderate
B+ 450-760 16-22 Moderate/Strenuous
A 760-914 9-14 Strenuous
A+ 914+ 9-19 Very Strenuous
Current Walks
Booking No.
Departure Point
6 April 2013
Aberlady to North Berwick
Reccie Report
14 KmC+Christine McMahon01698-83398366Coatbridge at 8.30am
14 April 2013
Glen Banvie and Bruar Circuit
Reccie Report
16.5 KmBBernadette Boulton01236-84302243Coatbridge at 8.30am
20 April 2013
Hundleshope Heights13 KmB+Frank McNutt01236-76446373Coatbridge at 8.30am
(as above)Peebles Area WalkTBA KmC+Liz Cushley(as above)73(as above)
28 April 2013
Irvine Valley and Loudoun Hill12.5 KmC+Steve Shaw01698-30198070/71Airdrie at 9.00am
4 May 2013
Ben Challum
Reccie Report
11.5 KmAAllan Ward01236-75433950Coatbridge at 8.30am
(as above) Crianlarich to Tyndrum via The West Highland Way13 KmBKenny Higgins(as above)50(as above)
12 May 2013
Blairlogie to Dunblane via Dumyat and The Gathering Stone
*** Cancelled ***
12.5 KmB+Sam Rankin01236-76476557/58Coatbridge at 8.30am
18 May 2013
Meall a'Choire Bhuidhe Ridge
Reccie Report
13 KmADavid Dunn01236-43470643Coatbridge at 8.00am
(as above) Blairgowrie to Ballintuim via The Cateran Trail
Reccie Report
18 KmB+Bernadette Boulton(as above)53(as above)
26 May 2013
Traquair to Yair via The Southern Upland Way
Reccie Report

*** Cancelled ***
15.5 KmB
Linda Muir01324-71275273Coatbridge at 8.30am
1 June 2013
Rannoch Station to Kingshouse Hotel19 KmBKen Paton01236-76956750Coatbridge at 8.00am
16 June 2013
Dumgoyne and Earl's Seat10.5 KmBJohn McNulty0141-773-040964Airdrie at 8.30am
29 June 2013
Kinlochleven to Fort William via The West Highland Way (Stage 8 of the West Highland Way)24.5 KmB+Liz Hunt01236-62208841Coatbridge at 7.00am
14 July 2013
Aberfeldy Circular
Reccie Report
21 KmB+Liz Hunt01236 6008852Coatbridge at 8.30am
27 July 2013
Lake District - Glaramara
Reccie Report
12.5 KmAKen Paton01236-76956790Airdrie at 8.00am
(as above)Lake District - Seatoller to Keswick (Part Allerdale Ramble & Part Cumbria Way)14.5 Km B(as above)(as above)90(as above)
11 August 2013
Elie to Crail
(Fife Coastal Path)
16 KmC+Christine McMahon01698-83398359Coatbridge at 8.30am
24 August 2013
The Merrick
*** Cancelled ***
13 KmAFrank McNutt01236-76446377Airdrie at 8.00am
(as above)Glentrool Circular
*** Cancelled ***
15 Km BJohn McNulty(as above)77(as above)
1 September 2013
Ben Gullipen and Coilhallan Woods13 KmBDavid Dunn01236-43470657Coatbridge at 8.30am
7 September 2013
Ben Lui from Dalrigh
19 KmA+Alec Paterson01236-75699450Coatbridge at 8.00am
(as above)Dalmally to Inverarnan
20 Km BSam Rankin(as above)50(as above)
15 September 2013
Pentlands - Marchbank to Nine Mile Burn13 KmBKen Paton01236-76956766Coatbridge at 8.30am
21 September 2013
Forth and Clyde Canal & the Antonine wall (via Croy & Barr Hill)13 KmBDouglas Bryson0141-778489264Coatbridge at 8.30am