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RANGER ADULT EVENTS AND HIKES PROGRAMME 2018 EVENTS Cost: £6 per person per event. Events are open to anyone over the age of 16.


CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERS Our volunteers come from all walks of life and volunteer for many reasons – to learn about the countryside, to meet like-minded people and to get some fresh air and exercise.

Cost: £8 per person per hike.

East Lothian Countryside Ranger Service

Please Note: These hikes are not suitable for children or for people with restricted mobility. Booking is essential. To book, go to the following web address and click on the ‘Ranger events homepage’ link and follow the instructions. Details of where to meet will be sent out with the booking confirmation. Please note that confirmation e-mails may go to your spam folder. Walking boots are recommended for all hikes, as well as waterproofs, hats and gloves. Routes may be varied depending on the weather conditions. Remember we can only proceed at the pace of the slowest person. Please bring along a packed lunch. Sorry, but no dogs are permitted on any of these hikes. Emergency contact details and any relevant medical information will be required from all participants before undertaking these hikes. This information will be treated in the strictest confidence and will be destroyed after the walk. A home or personal contact number will also be required in the event of a hike cancellation.

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If you would like to join our merry band, or just find out more, please contact our Countryside Officer, Duncan Priddle at or telephone 01620 827459

WILDLIFE ACTIVITIES for ADULTS & HIKES Programme 2018 Spring & Summer




January Mills and Hills • Sunday 28th • 10:00

January No events planned for January.

A 10-mile (16km) circular walk from Haddington, making our way along the river, through farmland and past ancient hill forts in the Garleton Hills.

February Waders and Wildfowl Saturday 17th • 13:30-15:30 • Musselburgh The East Lothian coastline is an internationally important wintering ground for many species of waders and wildfowl. Learn how to identify the different species that overwinter along our coastline. Bring warm waterproof clothing, sturdy footwear and binoculars.

February High Hopes • Sunday 25th • 10:00 Perfect for beginners to hill walking with a good level of fitness. Our 6.5 mile (10km) circular walk mainly uses estate tracks to take us around Hopes Reservoir and up to Lammer Law summit.


River Tyne path.


Law to Law • Sunday 25th • 10:00

Fossils for Beginners Saturday 3rd • 10:00-12:00 • Barns Ness

A 9 mile (14.5km) walk appreciating two of East Lothian’s most iconic landmarks. The walk will start with a climb to the top of Traprain Law before following the John Muir Way to North Berwick Law for our final ascent to enjoy its impressive vistas. A moderate walk with steep ascents at the beginning and end. Remember the clocks go forward! Return transport will be provided.

Walk along the foreshore with the Ranger to discover the amazing variety of fossils along this stretch of coast, from creatures that lived 350 million years ago! See the remains of an ancient forest and the subsequent changes in landscape all preserved within a small section of cliff. We will be walking on uneven surfaces so please wear sturdy footwear.

April April

Esk and Tyne Valleys • Sunday 29th • 10:00 A circular 10 mile walk from Inveresk to Ormiston, with excellent views of both East and Midlothian landscapes. Moderate walking with some steeper climbs, muddy in places.




Carfraemill via Lammer Law • Sunday 27th • 10:00


The Early Bird • Saturday 12th 07:00-09:00 • Gullane Ever wondered how to tell a chiffchaff from a willow warbler; a song thrush from a blackbird? The secret lies in the wonderful world of birdsong, and this walk around Gullane will provide a taster for the rich and varied sounds produced by our native birds.

Coastal Safari Sunday 24th 10:00 Join the ranger for an 8-Mile walk along the coast, taking in seabirds, marine life and coastal plants of East Lothian. Finish with an ice-cream in Gullane!

Mindfulness in Nature Sunday 22nd • 13:30-16:00 • Humbie Introduction to experiencing nature through meditation skills, bringing attention to breath and body during stillness and movement. Wear suitable outdoor clothing.

A 10.5 mile (17km) walk over the Lammermuir Hills to Carfraemill, finishing with a pint in the Carfraemill Inn! A moderate hill walk mostly along well-defined tracks, but with some open hill walking. Return transport will be provided.



June Grey seal pup.

This and other moth myths dispelled as we open up the moth trap to discover a world of colour and wonder before releasing them unharmed. Then, after breakfast (included) there will be a 45-minute talk about the fascinating world of moths, including an introduction on how to spot and identify them.

Saltoun Circuit • Sunday 29th • 10:00 A circular 9 mile walk taking in the Pencaitland Railway Walk, Saltoun Big Wood and the Birns and Tyne waters.

Moths Are Brown and Boring!?! Sunday 24th • 08:00-10:00 • Aberlady


Wildflower Wander Wednesday 18th • 19:00-20:30 • Dunbar Learn about the folklore and old uses of local flora. Discover how to prevent snake bites, heal wounds and stop hay fever using the Doctrine of Signatures!

Large emerald moth.

East Lothian Countryside Rangers Wildlife Activities for Adults & Hikes Programme  

Join us for wildlife activities ranging from bird song ID to wildflower folklore; or come on one of our monthly long distance walks taking i...

East Lothian Countryside Rangers Wildlife Activities for Adults & Hikes Programme  

Join us for wildlife activities ranging from bird song ID to wildflower folklore; or come on one of our monthly long distance walks taking i...