Winter 2014/15

The Monklands Ramblers gratefully acknowledge the support of
North Lanarkshire Community Grants for our hillwalking programme.
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 2014
Falkirk Wheel 16Km / 10Miles C+ David Dunn 01236 434706 65 Coatbridge at 8.30am
18 October 2014
Newbiggin Walls to Lauder (via Bermuda) 17Km / 10.5Miles B Steve Shaw 01698 301980 73 Coatbridge at 8.30am
2 November 2014
Laminton Circular (via Ewe Hill and Hardrig Head) 12Km / 7.5Miles B Gordon Wilson01236 606669 72 Airdrie at 8.30am
15 November 2014
Bishop Hill and Glen Vale 14.5Km / 9.5Miles B Alex Paterson 01236 756994 58 Coatbridge at 8.30am
30 November 2014
Strathyre to Callander 15Km / 9Miles C+ Liz Cushley 01236 762001 57 Coatbridge at 8.30am
As Above Ben Ledi 8Km / 5Miles A David Dunn As Above As Above As Above
10 January 2015
West Linton to Ballingill (with meal afterwards Adobe Reader) (previously to Carlops) 8.9Km / 5.5Miles C+ Bernadette Boulton 01236 843022 65 Coatbridge at 09.30am
18 January 2015
Pentlands circular (formally Hill of Stake; Misty Law) 13Km / 8 Miles BKen Paton01236 434706 (David Dunn) Airdrie at 8.30am
31 January 2015
Kirkton Glen and Lochan an Eireannaich 11Km / 7Miles BKen Paton01236 769567 57/51 Coatbridge at 8.30am
15 February 2015
The Hillfoots Way Logie to Dollar 16Km / 10Miles C+ Kenny Higgins 01236 604512 58Coatbridge at 8.30am
28 February 2015
Beinn Narnain 12Km / 7.5Miles A+ Allan Ward 01236 75433956Airdrie at 8.30am
As Above Glen Loin Circular 16Km / 10MilesB Frank McNuttAs Above56As Above
15 March 2015
Stoneypath Circular 16Km / 10Miles B Douglas Bryson 0141 7784892 66 Coatbridge at 8:30am
28 March 2015
Mystery Walks 16Km / 10MilesC+Bernadette Boulton01236 622088 (Liz Hunt)69Airdrie at 8:30am