Winter Programme 2013/14

The Monklands Ramblers gratefully acknowledge the support of
North Lanarkshire Community Grants for our Winter Programme 2013/14
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
5 October 2013
Walkerburn to Traquair 11Kms / 7Mls BFrank McNutt01236 76446373Coatbridge at 8.30am
13 October 2013
Newton Bridge to Amulree 17.4Kms / 11MlsBSam Rankin01236 76476552Coatbridge at 8.30am
19 October 2013
Craig Rossie to Corb Bridge 10Kms / 7MlsB+Gordon Wilson01236 60666958Coatbridge at 8.30am
27 October 2013
Blairlogie Kirk to Dunblane 12.5Kms / 8MlsBSam Rankin01236 76476557/58Coatbridge at 8.30am
17 November 2013
Doughnut Hill & Lang Crags 12Kms / 8MlsBDavid Dunn01236 43470664Airdrie at 8.30am
30 November 2013
Almondell & Lins Mill Aqueduc 10.7Kms / 7MlsC+Liz Cushley01236 76200165Airdrie at 8.30am
11 January 2014
Flotterston to Hillend. (Allermuir Hill as an extra) 8.8Km / 5.5Mls (277 feet extra)BKen Paton01236 76956766Coatbridge at 10.00am
26 January 2014
Tinto Hill via Lochlyock Hill 8.6Kms / 5.5MlsBChristine McMahon01698 83398372Coatbridge at 8.30am
8 February 2014
The Greenock Cut & Sheilhill Glen 12Kms / 8MlsC+Douglas Bryson0141 778 489263Airdrie at 8.30am
23 February 2014
Aberfoyle Circular12Kms / 8MlsBKen Paton01236 76956752 Airdrie at 8.30am
8 March 2014
Glen Artney Circular 14Kms / 9MlsBAllan Ward01236 75433957Coatbridge at 8.30am
23 March 2014
The Cobbler 11Km / 7MlsALiz Hunt01236 622088
(Liz Hunt)
56Airdrie at 8.30am
As AboveArdvorlich to Arrochar10.6Kms/7MlsBBernadette BoultonAs Above56As Above
5 April 2014
Ben Venue 11Kms / 7MlsAAlec Paterson01236 75699457Airdrie at 8:30am
As Above Kinlochard & the Crannog 12Kms / 8MlsBJohn McNultyAs Above57Airdrie at 8.30am