Wardie Walkers is an informal group who go out once a month on a Wednesday. We have walks of different lengths, with a variety of leaders, sometimes a visit as to the Forth Bridges Visitor Centre, and sometimes ending up in a teashop. A great chance to get to know people. No need to book, just come.
Wardie Walkers Programme
Jan. 17th Cammo Estate – Fiona Campbell
Feb. 14th Vogrie Estate – Douglas and Linda
Mar. 14th Royal Mile – Linda Coghill
Apr. 11th Musselburgh Circular – Douglas and Linda
May 16th Loch Leven Vane Farm – Fiona Campbell
Jun. 13th Dunkeld – Margaret
Jul. 11th Beecraigs Country Park – Heather
Aug 8th Smeaton (East Linton) – Brian and Fiona
Sep. 12th Dalmeny Estate – Richard
Oct. 17th North Berwick to Whitekirk – Chris and Linda
Oct. 31st Balerno – Rosemary and Richard
Nov. 14th The Braids – Richard
All walks start at Clark Road cycle path entrance at 10.00am. No need to book, just come. Transport by walking, car-share, bus or train. Wear warm clothing, stout shoes and bring lunch. Often conclude at a coffee shop.
General information: Linda and Douglas Coghill. Email email@example.com
Report on January 2018 walk – Cammo Estate
Thirteen people and two dogs joined our January walk round the Cammo Estate in sparkling snow, blue skies and brilliant sunshine. The forecast of more snow came to nothing and a very relaxed and happy time was had by all. This was a shorter walk ending with coffee, great chat and lots of laughter round a roaring fire at a nearby restaurant.
Report on 9th August walk – Haddington
Ten walkers met for coffee at The Loft in Haddington before setting off on a jaunt along the River Tyne. Our walk took us past Poldrate Mill and on to St Mary’s Pleasance, a lovely garden next to St Mary’s Church. After lunch we walked through Haddington Golf Club to Amisfield Walled Garden, the largest walled garden in Scotland, where we met up with Alistair, the Volunteer Coordinator, who told us the history of the garden and the work being done by volunteers. It was most impressive to see the garden which now has extensive herbaceous borders, fruit and vegetable beds, a wildflower meadow, orchard and woodland plantings.
Report on 12th July walk – Penicuik Estate
On Wednesday 12th July 10 people and one dog travelled to Penicuik House and Estate on what was a lovely day for a walk. We were met by a ranger who guided us round the estate. We were first shown the Knight’s Law Tower which is currently undergoing restoration. This was originally designed to provide a beautiful view and a working dovecot. We then walked over the Knight’s Law Bridge and by a grassy landscape to Penicuik House. It is one of the finest Palladian buildings in Scotland. However, the house was destroyed by fire in 1895 when only the walls were left standing. From there we walked down to the River Esk passing a walled garden and the “low pond” on the way. After crossing a bridge over the river we followed a path that afforded some wonderful views of the Pentland Hills and Penicuik House. We also saw a view of the house with a “Chinese Gate” framing an avenue and a monument built to honour Alan Ramsay the painter. We returned to see the house which has had extensive works done over a number of years to preserve the structure. We looked round the interior which is open to the public. We could appreciate the renovations that had been made and could imagine what a splendid house it had been before the fire. From there we visited the “high pond” which is situated in a beautiful and serene setting with the background of the Pentland Hills.
We spent a while in the “lost garden” which had suffered from years of neglect. It must have been so magnificent in its heyday. It had replaced the walled garden down by the river which proved to be poorly situated. The “lost garden” is now being used for growing flowers, fruit and vegetables. We made our way home after spending what was an informative and interesting day.