Winter 2016-17

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 50 seater coach to all walks. The usual bus fare is £12.00 but may be higher depending on the distance travelled and size of group. £15 is the highest fare currently charged but there can occasionally be additional costs such as ferry fares and local buses – these would be indicated in the email newsletter. 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
  • Download Our Winter 2016-17 walking programme (.PDF) Adobe Reader (Updated: 3 Feburary 2017)

    Minor updates:
    1. 5 February - Change of phone number - Alan Russell's home number to mobile
    2. 5 March - Change of walking leader - Walking leader from Gavin McMoneagle to Christine McMahon
Key colour codes:
    Two walks on this day

Booking No.
Departure Point
1 October 2016
Lochlyoch Hill and Tinto Hill 10Km / 6 Miles B Christine McMahon 01698 833983 Coatbridge at 8.30am
16 October 2016
The Whangie to Milton 14.5Km / 9 Miles B Gavin McMoneagle 01236 764058 Airdrie at 8.30am (Change from printed programme)
29 October 2016
Ben Vane (Strathyre) 14.5Km / 9 Miles A Allan Ward 01236 754339 Coatbridge at 8.30am
As above Three Glens Walk 14.5Km / 9 Miles B Pat Rawlinson As above As above
13 November 2016
Wester Glensherrup to Dollar
Lomond Hills (from Gateside)
12 Kms / 7.5 Miles B John McNulty 0141 7730409 Airdrie Coatbridge at 8.30am
26 November 2016
Pentland Hills 14.5Km / 8 Miles B Liz Hunt 01236 622088 Coatbridge at 8.30am
8 January 2017
Moffat Circular and Meal 8Km / 5 Miles C+ Bernadette Boulton 07771 773264 Airdrie at 09.30am
21 January 2017
Drymen Circular via Garadhban Forest 13Km / 8.5 Miles B Liz Cushley 01236 762001 Airdrie at 8.30am
5 February 2017
Dowally to Dunkeld via Mill Dam 12.5Km / 8 Miles B Alan Russell 07766 225903 Coatbridge at 8.30am
18 February 2017
Loch Leven Full Circuit 18Km / 11.8 Miles B Gary McLean 07782 504482 Coatbridge at 8.30am
As above Loch Leven Part Circuit 13Km / 8 Miles C+ Michael McGinley As above As above
5 March 2017
Leven to Elie Fife Coastal Path 14Km / 9 Miles C+ Christine McMahon 01698 833983 Coatbridge at 8.30am
18 March 2017 
Romanno Bridge to Peebles 16Km / 10 Miles B Douglas Bryson 0141 7784892 Coatbridge at 8.30am
2 April 2017
Amulree Circular (by Glen Fender and Loch Freuchie) 14Km / 9 Miles B Alan Russel 07766 225903 Coatbridge at 8.30am
8 April 2017
Beinn Narnain (Easy Pace) 12Km / 7.5 Miles A Ken Paton 01236 769567 Airdrie at 8:30am
As above Arrochar Circular 16Km / 10Miles B David Dunn As above As above