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Wardie Walkers

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 with a visit such as Stirling Castle. We often end up at a teashop after our walks. A great chance to get to know people. No need to book, just come. All walks start at the Clark Road cycle entrance at 10am. Transport by walking, car share, bus or train.

General information: Linda and Douglas Coghill. Email dwcoghill@aol.com

Walk reports

January 2018

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.

February 2018

Our Vogrie walk was cancelled due to the weather forecast of high winds and sleet. However, we met at Clark Road and decided to walk up to the Portrait Gallery in Queen Street to view the ‘When We Were Young’ exhibition. After enjoying a coffee we browsed around the exhibition and the BP Portrait Award Competition. Some of us then strolled to the Royal Mile and had lunch before walking back home to Trinity via Scotland Yard.

March 2018

Royal Mile Walk

A dozen Wardie Walkers met our guide Ron on the Castle Esplanade. He was most informative on the history of the castle, the buildings and the closes on the Mile. We were told of the devious exploits of Deacon Brodie and the story of the young boy who was rescued from a collapsed tenement when he shouted ‘Heave awa’ lads am no deid yet!’ Our walk concluded with lunch at Carrubbers Café.

April 2018

Musselburgh Circular Walk

Ten people went by bus to Fisherrow Harbour where we met up with two more of our walking group and their dog. Fortunately for us the weather was dry and not too dull. We did see glimpses of the sun. We set off along the Promenade towards the mouth of the River Esk. We walked by the side of the river, crossed the ‘Roman Bridge’ passing by Eskmills and Inveresk. Near Monktonhall Golf Course we stopped for a short picnic break.  Then headed towards Newhailes House Estate Café where we had another stop. At Eastfield we caught the bus back to Edinburgh.

October 2018

Eleven Wardie Walkers enjoyed a lovely walk in lovely weather recently. We walked the first stage of the Forth to Farne Way. We set out from the original St Andrews Kirk in North Berwick and walked along quiet roads and across fields to St Mary’s church at Whitekirk. Progressing faster than anticipated, we walked back rather than wait for the local bus!
There are eleven stages in all and the end of the ‘pilgrimage’ is Holy Island, reached by walking across the sands at low tide. Maybe over the next couple of years we will tackle some of the other stages?

January 2019

Eighteen walkers and Maisie the dog met up at Clark Road to catch a bus to Princes Street where we boarded a tram for Haymarket Station. Adam Gillingham the walk leader informed us of the history of the station and a few other interesting facts along the route.

Following the tram lines we set off to join up with the railway footpath which runs parallel to the railway line. Joining the footpath at Roseburn we crossed the Water of Leith and wandered down past Ravelston and Craigleith whilst the Walkers tried to work out where they were.

At the back of Sainsbury’s at the Craigleith Shopping Centre, we stopped to view the exposed sedimentary rock from the Craigleith Quarry. This had supplied a lot of the stone for the New Town.

Returning to the footpath, we continued on to Davidsons Mains where most of the Walkers stopped for refreshments at the Olde Inn.

February 2019

Haddington to East Linton

We set off from Clark Road up to Princes Street where we caught the bus for Haddington. Our guide, Richard, took us along the Haddington High Street and then on to the Nungate Bridge. We crossed the River Tyne, enjoying the sunshine and tranquility as we walked. Lunch was had beside the river. Further on some of our group ventured into Hailes Castle and the rest continued on towards East Linton and the Votadini café. The group from the castle then met up at the café for a welcome cuppa.

March 2019

Vogrie Country Park

Our walking group set off in cars to travel to Vogrie. Rosemary then led us past the old walled garden where we admired the last of the snowdrops and journeyed on towards the house. Following the river we eventually arrived at Ford village. From there we walked on to Dewarton and thence back into the Vogrie estate and went to the cafe where we enjoyed a bite of lunch, a drink and chat.

April 2019

Stirling Castle

Our mode of transport for this outing was the train from Waverley to Stirling. Walking uphill to the castle we passed by interesting buildings. Once inside the castle, William related some historical facts, particularly about the caponnaire (the henhouse) which shielded the soldiers from enemy fire. The views from the castle gardens were excellent and the mountains could be seen in the distance. The Stirling heads were of special interest and well worth a visit. We spent a beautiful sunny day exploring the grounds. We then headed back downhill to catch the train for Edinburgh.

May 2019

Royal Mile Walk (from John Knox’s House to the Scottish Parliament Building)

Fifteen walkers turned out for our guided walk led by Ron Dingwall starting from John Knox’s House. We did the top section in 2018.

We stopped at the Scottish Storytelling Centre to look up at the bell which was once atop the Moray Knox Church which used to occupy the site. Across the road is the façade of the long closed New Palace Cinema. At ‘the World’s End’ we glanced down at the brass setts in the road which marked the Netherbow Port. This was once the main entrance to the city.

Further on Ron told us some interesting facts about some the names of the closes.

At the Canongate Church we saw the statue to Robert Fergusson, a poet (who died aged 24) admired by Burns.

We ventured into Dunbars Close where there is a Knot Garden. A sheltered and tranquil spot.

Our last stop before passing by the Scottish Parliament Building was at White Horse Close where once stood an old coaching inn.

The walk concluded with lunch at the Queen’s Gallery Café.