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Details of next walk: Plus Recce reports from present to Sept.2014.

 As the recce reports for the next walks become available, they will appear below:-

Long Walk: Strathclyde Park to Chatelherault


Date: 11th January 2019

Distance: 7 miles  Circular  Grade C+

Terrain: Tarmac paths

Boots required  Poles optional


Car Share (no bus)


Meet at 10:00 am, Strathclyde Park Watersports Centre.

 

Walk Leaders:D Swann, A Mochrie,  P Colligan,  P Clark

Date submitted: 11th December 2018


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Short Walk: Polkemmet Country Park


Date: 14th Dec 2018

Distance: 4 miles, Circular, Grade C,  Duration 1 ½ hours approx.


Terrain: Tarmac paths, woodland paths, wooden bridges (may be slippy, care req’d) wooden boardwalks (may be slippy, care required). muddy in places, some tree roots sticking above surface, some steps, med inclines (stop for rests).

Boots and poles required, (festive jumpers optional).


Meet at:

Chatelherault 9:30 am car share.

Polkemmet Country Park  EH47 0AD, 10:15am in court yard at the visitors centre.

Toilets available, still to find out if the Cafe will be open on Friday 14th Dec., if not, small cafes available in Whitburn, a short drive from the park.


Start walk 11;00am approx (based on above cafe options)

A leisurely walk around the various paths within the country park.


Rcce completed by: Hugh Atkinson/Robin Stewart, Wednesday 5 th Dec 2018


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Long Walk      Kirkintilloch to Lambhill Stables on Canal
Date.                 7th December, 2018
Distance.        6 miles C - Linear
Terrain.            Flat - mostly tarmac
Poles not necessary

For our Xmas walk we are walking along the Forth and Clyde Canal.
We start for our toilet/coffee stop at Caulders Garden Centre, 
Kilsyth Road and then continue to Kirkintilloch centre where our walk
starts by the canal.  This is a flat walk, passing Cadder Wharf and 
Cadder Church,  Bishopbriggs Leisure Centre before we reach
Lambhill Stables where we will enjoy our Xmas treats.
If you have a Xmas jumper, please wear it and let’s celebrate our
SLOW Xmas walk in style!

Recce done by:Kathleen Hunter/ Pamela Colligan/ Elinor Bones /David Swann, Saturday 1st Dec 2018.


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Short Walk: Greenhead Moss Nature Park, Wishaw


Date: Friday 16th November 2018


Distance: 3 miles,  circular, grade C


Duration: 11/2 hours Approx.


Terrain: tarmac, gravel paths, muddy in places, one med incline.

Boots required, poles optional.

Meet at:

Chatelherault 9:30am, car share, Tesco Extra, Bellhaven Road, Wishaw, 10am, (toilets and coffee). Leave Tesco’s 10:30am, start walk at Greenhead Moss nature park, Creamery Road, Wishaw, 10:45am approx.


Leisurely walk around various paths within the nature park.


Recce completed by: Hugh Atkinson/Walter Purdom, Wednesday 07th Nov. 2018.

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Long Walk : Friday 9th November 2018

 

Distance: 8 Miles C + Linear

 

Terrain : Tarmac Path  Walking boots or Shoes - Poles optional

 

There is no toilet facilities at start of walk but we will be stopping at Tesco where facilities can be used.

 

The walk starts at the entrance to Milgarholm Park. From the far end of the car park turn left and follow the footpath, looking out for another track to the right shortly before reaching the bridge over the Annick water. This leads down to the riverside and onto the cycle track.

The route takes you across B7081 Annick Road,  past the Hallmark Hotel, before swinging round to the right. As you approach Greenwood Academy there are several paths tempting you left or right but continue straight on to stay on the Cycle Network 73 route. We will cross the Annick Water, then Station Road in Dreghorn. As you approach Springside the path zigzags a few times before crossing over Townlands Road, turn right here then it is a case of following the track where we will emerge onto Munro Avenue Kilmarnock, cross the road at the traffic lights and pick up the path on your right, go through an  industrial estate merging on to Hill Street where the new Ayrshire College is on your right which leads us into the centre of Kilmarnock where there is a variety of coffee shops and pubs.

 

This walk all be it a cycle route is surprisingly scenic.

 

 

Recce completed 27/10/18 by S. Strachan, G. Gentles , A. Mochrie, J. Strang,

 












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Short Walk: Fereneze Braes Barrhead

Date of walk: 26/10/2018

Distance/Grade: app. 3.5m. / Grade C+

Circular/Linear: Circular

Terrain: Hilly, Tarred paths, woodland/country paths, gradients and some steps, upward and downward


Walking Boots and Poles are essential

Meet: Chatelherault, 09:30 or Café 136, Barrhead, where there are coffee and toilet facilities.

In Barrhead at Iceland L.T. and the free car park is on your left, walk back to the main St. L.T. and the café is on your left.


Leaving the car park, continue to the end of main St., at the r/bout R.T. onto Paisley road, through the rail bridge, immediately L.T. into Graham St. Park at the beginning of  Gateside St.


The walk starts in Gateside St, where we walk uphill to Fereneze Braes, passing some beautiful homes, then we are rewarded for our effort on a clear day with magnificent views.

We continue on our right through the countryside till we return to Gateside St, and the end of the walk.


 Recce Completed: Tuesday 15th October 2018

 Walk leaders:                       Robin Stewart and Bob Fairfull

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LONG WALK AT CASTLE SEMPLE, LOCHWINNOCH.

Date:   Friday 19th October, 2018.
Distance/Grade:   6.5 miles - Grade C+
Terrain:  Lochside path, woodland paths and cycle track.
               May be muddy in places.
               Boots and poles recommended.


PLEASE NOTE:   This is not a recce report as we had to cancel the
                             planned recce due to adverse weather conditions.
                            Another recce is planned for Wednesday 17th Oct.
                            Meantime the following is a walk description.


The walk starts at the visitor centre where there are toilet facilities
and a tearoom for coffee/tea.   
We walk along the Lochside path for 1.2K then turn L into Parkhill
Wood.   Follow path to pond and Grotto.   Turn L and in 50M left again.
Take path over Park Hill where there are lovely views of 3 lochs -
Castle Semple Loch, Barr Loch and Kilbirnie Loch.   Follow path back
down into woods.   At fork go L uphill and follow path along top edge
of wood.   In about 500m take R fork downhill.   At T-junction go left
and follow path to cross footbridge.   Turn L at next T-junction and
follow path to a second footbridge.   After crossing this continue
straight ahead until we reach a kissing gate at the edge of the woods.
Go through this and carry on along the farm track which leads us to
the ruins of the Collegiate Church built by Lord Semple and dating back
to 1504.   Continue along the track towards an ornate former railway
bridge - do not pass under this, rather turn sharp R and proceed up a
Tarmac ramp to the cycle track.   Turn L and follow cycle track for
approx. 1/2 mile to view the Temple which was built on Kenmore Hill
to give the landowners a better view of the surrounding area.
At this point we turn around and walk back along the cycle track to
the visitor centre.

Walk Leaders:   M.Jaap, E.Bones, P.Colligan, K.Hunter.

Date 13/10/2018

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Short Walk:  Kelvin Walkway

Distance: 4 miles          Grade C

Walk Leaders:  Margaret Neil / Robin Stewart.

Date: Friday 12 October 2018.

Walking poles optional.

Terrain: Fairly flat with just a few gentle gradients, near the end of the the walk there is a flight of 48 steps with handrail.

Walk will start at Glasgow Buchanan Street Bus Station at 10:30 am.

We will walk through city, past Charing Cross and Park Circus, then enter Kelvingrove Park, from which we join the Kelvin Walkway. Continue along the walkway until we reach the Botanic Gardens. where the walk ends.

There is a pleasant tea room within the gardens and plenty of cafes on nearby Byers Road.

There is a regular bus service to take people back to the city centre, there is also the Underground station in Byres Road.


Recce completed by: M Neil / R Stewart on 25 September 2018


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Long Walk :- Bannockburn and St. Ninians.

Date of walk:- 5/10/18.

Distance/ Grade:- 7.4 miles / C+ circular.

Terrain:- woodland paths muddy in places, pavements and minor roads, short climbs.
Hazards:- Tree roots, stones and some fallen trees on woodland paths.
                Minor roads with no pavements. Boots and poles recommended.


We begin at Bannockburn Heritage Centre taking the path towards the flagpole and monument.
Just before reaching the big circle we take a small path on the left. This leads to a disused road where we turn left downhill to a minor road. Here we turn right and continue on this for 500m.
100m. after crossing the motorway we turn right, going through a farmyard and continuing on this main path until reaching another minor road. 
We turn left up this road and walk for 70m. before taking the track on the right. Past some rhododendron bushes, we take a small track which takes us downhill through woodland and past some dilapidated structures built for mountain bikers eventually reaching another minor road.
Here we turn left downhill and cross over the motorway once again.
After turning right we continue on this road for 350m. Before turning left into Torbrex.
The road narrows to a path which we walk along until we reach a small opening in the wall and make our way into Beechwood Park--lunch stop!
On leaving the park we cross a busy main road, turn left into Bellfield Road then first right going to the end of this road and reaching a dual carriageway. We cross and take the path into a small valley that rises sharply up again to a residential road. Where the road bends we take a footpath on the left eventually reaching the corner of an access road. Here we go left then right at the main road, crossing the road to pass a postbox before turning left. We pass the Post Office and take a tarmac footpath which we leave to take a muddy path through Balquidderock Wood.
At the information board we go left onto another tarmac path to reach playing fields. We take the path which zigzags out of the Valley and leads to a main road where we cross and descend a wooden staircase (numerous steps). We now pass a historic bridge then take a footbridge across the burn. Here we follow a path passing a weir before taking a metal footbridge and then a short but steep climb to a main road. After crossing this road we take the signposted route through the fields which brings us back to the Heritage Centre.
This is a walk with lovely views and lots of information boards along the way.

Recce completed 22/09/18 by Elinor Bones, Muriel Japan and Sheena Strachan.






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Short Walk: Uddingston to Blantyre via Redlees Park

Date of walk: 28/09/2018

Distance/Grade: app. 4m. / Grade C

Circular/Linear Linear

Time Approx. 2 hours


Terrain: Woodland Paths, can be muddy in places, some inclines and a few shallow steps.


Hazards: Crossing busy roads, short distance along a busy road with no pavements, Cyclists, look out for s/posts - cycle route.

Meet: 10am at Uddingston Station


From Hamilton by bus: Stance 5 No. 255 at 09:27. Glasgow or Powhill bus, both go to Uddingston


There are no toilet facilities, if you wish a cuppa, bring a flask. The station coffee shop is closed


Start: Uddingston Station bridge.

Walk down with the car park on your right, at the roundabout turn left and follow the path through the underpass, continue , leaving the school on your right, there are some works here taking place on the  Clyde bridge, cross the river Clyde by a metal foot bridge and continue, walking uphill to a T junction where we turn right and this leads to Blantyre Farm Road, after crossing with care we turn left and walk single file for a short distance against oncoming traffic, we take the 2nd R.T. into Redlees Park walking down and around the pond taking the uphill path on our left which leads to “The Battery”


The Battery, known as the “Whins” is the remains of the world war 2 military base which housed ant i- aircraft guns, Barrage balloons, shells ect. Personnel huts and concrete gun emplacements are all that remain, information tablets tell the story.


From here we take the red path back to the main road, after crossing the road we R.T. joining the pavement alongside the football field and walk to Coatshill.

At the end of the pavement railings, L.T. into Carlowrie Av., and make our way to Holmswood Av. Which we follow to Glasgow Rd. here we turn left to the traffic lights at Stonefield Rd. and the end of the walk.

Here, the choice is to return to Hamilton on Buses 267, 263 or 201.

Or light lunch and toilet facilities at “The Little Tearoom” or Asda Blantyre.

As the tearoom tends to be busy, I would advise giving me a call and I will book a table.


R.T. into Stonefield Rd.

2nd. L.T. into Calder St. The Tearoom is on the corner of Calder St. and Victoria St. and

Asda is almost across the road.


Recce Completed by:  Bob Fairfull and Walter Purdom


Date:                            17/09/2018



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Long Walk : Darvel Circle.

Date of Walk; 21 September 2018.

Recce Completed by:  Bob Fairfull and Walter Purdom


Date:                            17/09/2018


Distance /Grade: 6m Circular C+

Terrain -- Tarmac Paths, Rough Paths, Muddy Woodland Paths.  Steady 2 mile uphill climb.

Boots and Poles Recommended.


Toilets and take away coffee at the start will be at Galston Tesco and Co-op

Walk starts in Darvel bus will drop use on the main road we then walk down Randoldcoup Road .After crossing the River Irvine take the road on the left uphill signposted Long Cairn Walk ,follow this road then out on to open hillside .After crossing the humpbacked bridge over Logan's Burn turn right onto an earth track which runs alongside the burn to emerge at a minor road .Turn right and continue uphill on this road for 2 miles until you reach a crossroads at Kielands Farm .Turn right at the farm alone a gravel track towards an area of forestry , this will be the lunch stop.Then follow the road down hill you will reach the Lanfine Estate you walk through the estate following the sign post for Darvel at the end of the road you will go through a set of gates .Continue straight on this road which leads back to the Randoldcoup Bridge where the walk started we then walk back up the Randoldcoup Road to Darvel Main Street end of walk

Recce completed 16.09.2018 Grace Gentles,Joan Brown, Linda Christie, Jim McLaughlin.


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Short Walk:   Greenhall Estate Blantyre        

Date of walk:  14th September 2018                   

Distance:        4.5 miles & Grade ‘C’

Time:               Approx 2 hours

Circular/Linear: Circular             

Terrain:            Mainly good forest paths with some tarmac road & steps


Meet:    At Chatelherault Car Park 9.30am for car share or at the New Carrigans, Broompark Road, off Stonefield Road, Blantyre at 10am where Toilet facilities are available.

Tea & coffee can be had in Carrigans.

Walk will start at 10.30am

Poles are optional  


The walk in this wooded estate is on very good gravel paths of which there are many.


Leaving Carrigans turn R and walk to the end of the road then turn L onto Hunthill Road, cross over this road and go through a gate and into the estate.

Follow the gravel path down until we reach an opening on the L take this path and walk down path and at the end of this path turn L and follow this with the river on you R hand side for about half a mile.


We then come to 30 steps up (the steps are in very good condition with good handrails) and then take 50 steps down into the gorge.


Continue to follow the path until another set of 8 steps these take us up to a tarmac road turn L and follow this road to the main gate of the estate we turn R out of the estate and follow the road reaching another opening on the R to return back into Greenhall Estate.


Once back inside the estate follow the path and then cross over the grass area to a gravel path and walk down this path to reach the river, crossing the bridge, with the river on our R follow another path taking care with tree roots in places. We walk until we reach a metal gate and this is where we turn back to retrace most of our steps. Except as we turn back and at a fork on the path take the R path and walk under the Viaduct pillars and cross over the wooden bridge again and a second wooden bridge turn L and take path back up to grass area and at the top then turn L onto gravel path.


With the river on the L continue on gravel path, we come to the steps again which we climb up and then down (time will be taken to get up and down the steps).


Walk until we reach an area where trees have been felled and take a path to the L continue on path and at another junction take the path on the R and walk up to main path and gate out of the estate on Hunthill Road and back to Carrigans car park where walk will end.     


Recce completed by; Margaret Neil & Emily Ferguson 6/9/18


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Long Walk: Greenock Cut.

Date of Walk: 7th Sept.2018

Distance / Grade: 7.5m Circular. C+

Terrain: Rough paths. Boots and Poles recommended.

The walk starts at the visitor centre where toilets and take away coffee are available.
We start walk turning left  going through a gate and following  the path with Loch Thom on our right.
The path is quite rough in places.
 At the start of the walk there is a long gentle incline which soon becomes a level path. We carry on the well marked
path passing a fishing hut on our right.There are lovely views of the Firth of Clyde.
 At Overton cottage we turn left and follow path above the coast.
Gradually  the path cuts inland and we pass Shielhill farm on our way back to visitor centre.

Recce completed by : Betty Fraser, Janet Strang, David Swann, Linda Christie. 30/08/18



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Short Walk: Glasgow Murals, Town Walk.

Date of Walk: 24th Aug.2018

Grade: C

Time to Complete: 1.5 - 2 hours

Terrain: Tarmac Paths and Cobble Stones

Walk Leaders: Bob Fairfull & Walter Purdom

MEETING POINT: - Buchanan Street Bus Station Glasgow at 10:30 on Friday 24/08/2018.
Terrain: - Main Road Pavements and cobbled lanes
Footwear: Good Walking Shoes required. Walking Poles: Optional
Underfoot conditions are in the main good but this is dependent upon the weather. Risk of slipping and tripping
Weather Conditions on 16/08/2018:- The weather was very cold, sunny and dry
This is a Circular route using roads and public footpaths
Details of any features of the route that require any special caution (Busy Roads Slippery Surfaces etc)
GREAT CARE MUST BE TAKEN WHEN CROSSING ALL ROADS
There are some inclines to negotiate in order to view some of the murals.
THE PATHWAYS ARE OPEN TO BOTH PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS
Meeting Arrangements and the ROUTE
The initial meeting point is as stated on the published programme.
Following the recce it has been decided to restrict the walk to approx 3miles. The walk is advertised as a circular walk, however following the recce the walk will finish in Buchanan Street in the city centre. Anyone unsure of the route back to the Bus Station please see myself or Bob Fairfull
There will be no planned toilet stops during the walk. Please take advantage of the facilities within the bus station. To accommodate this, the walk will commence at 10.45.
Initially we will make our way to George Square, then to High Street. From High Street we go to the Clyde Walkway via various roads. From the Clyde walkway we return to the central part of Glasgow and finish in Buchanan Street.

Recce completed by Walter Purdom 16/8/2018


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Long Walk: Millport inner Circle.

Date of Walk:  17th August 2018.

Distance / Grade: 7.5 Miles. Grade C

Terrain: Tarmac paths throughout. Some gradual hills. 


**IMPORTANT NOTICE**

The cost of the ferry is £3.30 Adult. (There is no concession) To make it easier please bring the exact change. Please give it to Linda Christie at Elaine Ramage’s car at Chatelherault before you get on the bus. To save time we will pay the tickets all together at the ticket office.

Ferries run every 15 minutes. There are toilets at the ferry terminal. There are also toilets behind Wetherspoons in Largs and a couple on the boat.

Please bring your own coffee and you can drink it on the boat.

The walk starts at the ferry slip on the Isle of Cumbrae. We turn left passing the National Water Sports Centre. After the centre we pass a whitewashed house then turn right up the hill onto ferry Road. This was the original road to Millport before the shore road was built.


 We continue along for ¾ mile to a junction on our right signposted Millport via Glaid Stone Hill. We walk on uphill past Figgatosh farm on our right. Look out for a former mineral well on the left opposite the farm road end. The walk continues to the top of the hill where the Glaid Stone is situated.

On the stone there is an indicator helping to identify various landmarks. This is the highest point of the island with excellent 360* views on a clear day. There are plenty of benches here for a snack or lunch depending on our progress and the weather. From the viewpoint we return to the road turning right passing through Breakough Farm towards the bottom of the hill.

 Turn right and follow the road signposted Millport direct ½ mile. It is worth stopping to visit the Cathedral of the Isles, designed by William Butterfield (it is reputed to be the smallest cathedral in Britain and one of Scotland’s architectural gems) and it’s grounds, which we pass on our left. 

When we reach the seafront turn left and continue along until the road bends to the right, Kames Bay. Do not turn right but straight ahead into Ferry road. Continue on this road back to the ferry terminal.

This is a slightly hilly walk (worth it for the views) but we will take our time. Depending on the weather we will spend some time in Millport town.


Recce completed Wednesday 8th August by Joan Brown, I Fletcher, J McLaughlin and L Christie








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Short Walk Forth

Date: Friday 10 Aug 2018

Distance: 4 miles (grad C circular)

Terrain: pavements, grassy trails, stoney/gravel paths, some moderate inclines.

Hazards: tree roots, uneven surfaces, stepping stones across some muddy parts, at one point nettles close to the path, long trousers must be worn. Roads to cross, care required.

Boots and walking poles required.

Meet at Chatelherault 9:30 am, Forth Sport Centre, Main Street, 10:15 am, postcode ML11 8AW. Toilet facilities, coffee/cold drinks/snacks machines at  Sports Centre.

The Inns Restaurant  is at 50 Main Street, for lunch, after walk or morning coffee before the walk, if desired. (Car required between Inn & SC)

Main Street might be closed due to roadworks follow diversion signs.

Walk will start form the Sports Centre at 10:45 am,

(Refer to the map attachment on the e-mail)

Leave Sports Centre, go R and R again down the side of the SC, go down the steps and cross the playing field and exit through the gate to the road, go L, walk along the pavement until you reach the T junction, cross the road, with care, go R then next L onto a grassy path, follow map (e- mail attachment), The Glen/ Peat Pond/ Heathland Forest/ Wilsontown Ironworks, then retrace your step back to the Sports Centre.


Recce completed by: Hugh Atkinson / Robin Stewart / Walter Purdom

Date: 30 July 2018.

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Long Walk.    Strathyre to Kilmahog

Date:             03 Aug 2018

Distance.      8miles Linear C+

Terrain.         Mostly flat, tarmac roads, forest tracks

OS Map Ref.           OS46


We stop in Callander for toilet stop and then continue on to Strathyre.

We start our walk from the car park at the Broch Cafe, cross a

bridge over River Balvag and then turn left onto Cycle Route 7- a

tarmac road leads us up a slight incline giving us wonderful views

of Loch Lubnaig and the surrounding area. This path continues along the edge of the loch and we will stop for lunch on the shore-line.

After lunch we continue on the path passing Forest Enterprise

Log Cabins- this is now a tarmac road for vehicles going up and down

to the Cabins and can be quite a busy.  At the crossroad, we

continue straight on, now following the very picturesque River Leny,

now a narrower cycle path until we reach the main road-we cross over

to the Kilmahog car park where the bus will take us back to Callendar

for our coffee/tea stop.

This walk was done last Saturday by 4 stalwart Walk Leaders who

encountered some very challenging weather enroute!


Please note this walk now ends at Kilmahog not Callander as stated

in the brochure.

Walking sticks would be helpful in places.


Recce completed by:

Kathlèen Hunter

Sheena Strachan

Muriel Japp

David Swann

Date: 28 July 2018


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Short Walk:  Douglas                   

Date of walk:  27/07/2018           

Distance/Grade/Time:   4miles ‘C’. 2 hours.

Circular/Linear:   Circular

Terrain:    Estate roads, Forestry tracks which can be muddy and rutted in places                        

Walking Boots or Shoes required and Poles are optional.                               


Meet: Chatelherault Car Park at 9.30am for Car Share or 10.00am at Community Car Park, Braehead, Douglas which is adjacent to the Community Café.

On entering Douglas follow the ‘P’ sign and take immediate R turn, if you reach the Main Street you have gone too far.

The walk starts and finishes at the Community Café where there are toilet facilities.                             


We leave the Car park with St Bride’s Church straight ahead and take the road on our R

At the bottom of this road turn L follow this road for approx., 100 yards then take the steps down to the entrance and into the Douglas Policies with the West Lodge on our L and the Polish Soldiers Monument on our R.


Follow the unsurfaced estate road and at the end of Stable Loch we will see the Cameronian Monument on our L and a further 100 yards along the path is the remaining tower of Castle Douglas/Dangerous then retrace our steps from the Castle back to the path and take a R turn to cross the Blue Bridge over Douglas Water, follow the path up to Gardens House, the path veers R and we then go through a kissing gate on the L. do not pass the sheepfold.


The next part of the walk is a steady walk uphill through a conifer forest and at the next junction we take to the L and continue along a track (the German POW’s marched on this track from their camp to the pit head baths at Douglas West for their weekly bath.)


This track narrows through the forest which is rutted and can be muddy. We then reach another fork and take L turn down into another narrow track until it opens up into fields with wonderful views over the Douglas Valley.


We cross another bridge over Douglas Water and arrive at the rear of West Lodge and take to the R over grassy field with children’s play area on our R.  

Walk up to and through St Bride’s churchyard then turn L and walk into Douglas Village and return to the Community Car Park where walk finishes.


Recce completed by: Robin Stewart, Emily Ferguson and Margaret Neil. 19/07/2018.


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LONG WALK: LONGNIDDRY TO HADDINGTON


Walk date: 20th July 2018


Distance: 7 Miles "C" linear


Terrain well Surfaced paths and Pavements


Walking poles not essential



As there are no toilets in Longniddry the best place for a coffee and toilet stop is Dreghorn Services, which we will allow 30 minutes.


The walk starts at former Railway Line in Longniddry ( the line was opened in 1846 and carried passengers and farm produce to Edinburgh. The line closed in 1968). From the station car park head  over the railway bridge to start the 4 1/2 mile Railway Walk, you will find finger posts giving information on the surrounding area about Redhouse Castle, Hopetoun Monument. At the end you reach Alderston Road Haddington. From here turn right to descend to West Road (B6471) and cross straight over making for the path by the red letterbox. Follow this as it leads into Burnside  and then Clerkington Road, eventually leading to Pencaitland Road (A6093) . From here turn left and then immediate right across the road and down Long Cram. After approximately 200m , the path leading to the River Tyne is joined on the right hand side of the street. On reaching Haddington Town House ( built by William Adam in 1748) . Continue on the River Tyne to the town centre.

In Haddington high street  there are plenty of coffee shops and hotels to choose from .


Completed on 7th July by : E Bones, K Hunter, A Mochrie, S Strachan



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Long Walk: The Duchess Drive - Bowhill.

Date of Walk: 6th July 2018.

Distance / Grade:  7 Miles Circular  C+

Terrain:       Good tracks throughout, both in the forest and on the exposed moorland above, some uneven paths.

Boots and Poles recommended.

The start of this walk has a 2 mile uphill section. While the gradient is not steep, it is long and rises steadily. However the view are worth it.

We start the walk at the Bowhill estate car park.

The walk is waymarked with yellow arrows; begin by continuing up the tarmac lane that led to the car park, then forking right onto a track into the woods. Keep ahead at the next junction and then bear slightly right at the following fork. Soon the route passes a stone seat, carved with the letters BQ - which stand for the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensbury, owner of the estate.

Continue up the track through the plantation, going straight ahead at a crosstracks and leaving the forestry at a gate. The drive now continues onto the open moor. Carriage drives were intended for the estate owners and their guests to enjoy the views - a function that this one still provides today. Continue up the main track as it climbs up the moorland with an ever improving prospect when looking back - the triple summits of the Eildon Hillsbeing prominent. Look out also for the stone mile marker posts beside the track.

At a fork bear right to pass through a gate and continue on the now grassier track. The route climbs up to a saddle between Fauldshope Hill and Fastheugh Hill and reaches a line of well constructed grouse butts. Pass through the gate to continue on the main track which now curves to the right to pass around the northern side of Fastheugh Hill.

A stone seat gives the opportunity to enjoy the fine views northwards over the Yarrow valley. Continue on the main grassy route as it now heads northeast and passes through another gate. It rises slightly towards Newark Hill (note the prominent cairn further along the ridge - a good viewpoint) before bearing left - through yet another gate - and descending gently to reach the top of the plantation of Black Andrew Wood. Head into the trees and follow the track down to a t-junction; bear right here.

Keep straight ahead at another junction; the end of the drive is finally reached at a tarred estate road. Turn right and follow the road; at a junction it turns left to reach the imposing ruin of Newark Castle or tower. This imposing ruin was built in 1423 and belonged to the Douglas family, though it was later gifted to the Scotts. In 1645, following the Battle of Philliphaugh in the Covenanter's wars, 100 prisoners were slaughtered in the courtyard. Shortly after the castle there is the option to bear left downhill to a house before following the Yarrow downstream along the route of the Lady's Walk; however the quickest route is to stay on the estate lane.

Continue along the lane until it reaches a junction with another estate road. Turn left here past the cottages, and continue until the drive up to Bowhill House is reached. Turn right to head up this and keep straight on - passing the rear of the massive Bowhill House - to return to the car park.


Recce completed by: J.McLaughlin, P.Clark and J Strang. 29th June 2018




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                                                                Short Walk: Moffat

Walk Date: 13th July 2018

Distance: 4 miles - circular - grade C

Terrain: Pavements (where pavement ends, walk on right hand side of road, single file) , river paths (stoney, some large stones & tree roots sticking up) care required.

Boots required, poles optional.

Meet at: Hamilton Bus Station 9:30 am take the X74 bus to Moffat. Arrive Moffat at 10:45 am.


Start walk from outside the Rumbling Tum Cafe at 11:15 am.

Head up high street, at the junction turn right onto Academy road A701, when you reach the roundabout go right onto Beechgrove (old Academy build on you right). Continue for about ¾ mile until you see sign on you right `1 ¼  Moffat / waterside walk`.

Follow the track down, go through the `kissing gate` and turn left and follow the path back to Moffat. On reaching the road A701 cross, with care, into `Station Park`. Do a half circle of the park and come back out onto A701 road.

Turn left walk down to the controlled crossing, cross over and turn right then turn first left `The Glebe` walk on until you reach the small roundabout and on your right admire the `Spitfire plane in the house garden. Retrace your steps back to the A701 road, cross road, with care, and walk on past the ESSO station and take the next right into `The Woollen Mill`.

Walk ends here.


Plenty of places in Moffat for lunch, etc..

X74 bus leaves Moffat at 25 minutes past the hour.


RECCE completed by:  Robin Stewart / Hugh Atkinson     Date 29 June 2018


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Short walk : Baron`s Haugh

Date of walk:                       22/06/2018

Distance/Grade:                 app. 4m. / Grade C

Circular/Linear:                    Circular.

Terrain:                                Tarred paths, woodland paths, some gradients and 2 sets of 10 shallow stairs

Meet:                                      10am Baron’s Haugh Car park, off Airbles Rd.

 

There are no toilet facilities, if you wish a cuppa, bring a flask.

 

Leave the car park, heading West on the red Route, at the T junction RT onto the path where there are hides to observe the wildlife, continuing on this path LT and join the river Clyde path leaving the river Clyde on your right continue past the Dalziell burn outlet bear left at the junction of the Clyde walkway to New Lanark.

Walk uphill thro’ Adder’s Gill and at the junction bear right (red) leaving the railings on your left cross the Dalziell Burn bridge, with Lord Gavin’s Temple in front of you turn left, pass the water fountain, church and the Mausoleum, we then visit Lord Hamilton’s Dog’s graves.

Retrace our steps to the Dalziell Burn Bridge where we continue straight on with the railings and burn on our right, up the steps x the bridge to the road and the Japanese Garden, thro’ the garden, RT onto a path and a road past Dalziell House on our left past the

Covenanter’s Oak past the Japanese Garden, over the Sow bridge and back to the Car Park and the end of the walk.

 

Light lunch, coffee,toilets etc. can be had at the Strathclyde Park Café.

 

Recce completed by: Bob Fairfull and Emily Ferguson 11th June 2018



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Long Walk: South Queensferry to Dalgetty Bay

Date of Walk: 15th June 2018

Distance / Grade : 8 miles. C Linear. OS 65 & 66.

Terrain:  Tarmac, good flat coastal paths.

Walking poles not essential, but would be helpful in places.

Toilet Facilities:      Tesco, South Queensferry, Dobbies Garden
                                  Centre, Dalgetty Bay.


We travel to South Queensferry and visit Tesco for the toilet/coffee
stop.  The bus will drop us under the road bridge for the start of the
walk. We will walk the mile long bridge crossing together and then 
split into our groups for the remainder of the walk.
We proceed downhill into North Queensferry where we join the 
Fife Coastal Path at the Waterloo Monument. We then reach 
Carlingnose Point which is a wildlife nature reserve and gives us
excellent views over the Forth and the Bridges.  Walking on we pass 
some striking ‘grand design houses’, the start of many beautiful
houses we pass on the coastal path. We then reach the sandy bay at
Port Laing before heading inland around the Industrial inner bay at
Inverkeithing and then walking on through the town , passing the
Mercat Cross and then we reach playing fields close to the water
where we plan to have lunch.
After lunch we walk on to St David’s Bay where at the end of this Bay
we encounter a short diversion -the path is closed for remedial work,
however the diversion is only 500 metres and takes us back to re-join
the path taking us through Donibristle, a delightful area with a small
harbour, and a sailing club. 
 Walking on, we then reach the picturesque shore of Dalgetty Bay and 
at the end of the bay we turn left, ascending some steps taking us up to Frankfield Road
 where the bus will pick us up for a short drive to Dobbies Garden Centre.
Please note this walk has been shortened -we felt 8 miles was long enough!




Recci completed by:  Kathlèen Hunter  Joan Brown  Betty Fraser Muriel Jaap.


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Short Walk: Glasgow to Lambhill Stables & Marshes

                   

Date of walk:  8/6/18

      

Distance/Grade/Time: 4 miles ‘C’ & Linear


Terrain:    Tow Paths & Dirt Track Paths


Meet:   Buchanan Street Bus Station @ 10.30am.


The walk starts at Buchanan Street Bus Station; from there we walk out the back of the Bus Station cross the main road with care and walk up onto the Forth & Clyde Canal path.


We walk along the canal path until we reach the Lambhill Stables where we can have a toilet stop. Following this stop we then walk round the Lambhill Marshes finishing back at the Stables. This is where we end our walk.


At the Stables refreshments can be had before we return to Glasgow City Centre via the No. 7 Bus.


The Stables is a local community project & run by volunteers, it also has lovely gardens to have a walk round on completion of the walk.


This is a flat walk and poles are optional especially for walking around the Marshes, walking shoes necessary. Walking time is approximately 2 hours.



Recce completed by: Margaret Neil & Robin Stewart on 21/05/18



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Long Walk : GULLANE TO DIRLETON 

Date of Walk: 1stJune 2018

Distance / Grade: 6Miles. Grade C Linear.

Terrain:  Walking Poles advisable as walking on sand, pebbly beach and uneven ground.  The paths are up and down only a couple a bit steep.  Beautiful views and varied scenery.

The walk starts from the toilets in Gullane and from there to the Gullane Bents.  Walk east across the grassy area and continue on a gravel track which comes down from the road, following signs to ‘overflow car park’.  The track narrows to a path which swings left around a plantation.  Turn right at a white arrow.  The path is now very sandy in parts and passes between high gorse bushes.  At a fork, go right and reach a fence along the edge of the famous Miurfield Golf Course.

Pass a large green hut, continue on a grassy path, and turn left on a clear track beside the links.  When it swings sharply back left, go straight ahead on a rougher path to reach the dunes.  Join a track coming up

from the shore, and at the edge of the wood, do not go into the trees but go left on a narrow path, briefly following the edge of the wood before striking across open ground. 

By the small islet of Eyebroughty, go down to the shore and walk along the beach or shoreline, with the island of Fidra clear ahead and sandstone cliffs to your right.  At the end of the cliffs and sandy beach, go up a clear path, and continue around the fence of Marine Villa.  There is a superb view of Craigleith and Bass Rock ahead, and Fidra is just offshore.  Continue on the path and across a sandy beach, rounding a point to pick up the path again.  At a fork go left to keep close to the shore.  Rocks here make a good observation point for the birds, especially if you have binoculars with you.  Reach an open area. Head right, towards the trees, to pick up the track from the Yellowlees car park: there are toilets here.

Walk beside the road for 1.5km to reach Dirleton.  At the junction, turn right to reach the centre of one of the most attractive villages in Scotland with its large green.  On the left is the impressive ruin of Dirleton Castle.  


Recce completed by -  Pamela Colligan/Grace Gentles/Elinor Bones/Robin Stewart

 



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Short Walk; Palacerigg Country Park / Glencryan Woods

(**Please note: this is a substitute walk for Roslyn Glen**)


Walk Date: 25th May 2018

Distance:   4 miles,  Grade C, Circular.

Terrain:     Woodland paths, could be muddy in places, includes slopes (will take short rests on the way up).

Hazards:    The path takes us across the golf course, care must be taken for golfers/ golf balls.

Boots and poles required.


Meet at Chatelherault car park at 9:30 am.

Palacerigg Visitors Centre at 10:15 am, start walk at 10:45 am.

Coffee, tea & toilets at Visitors Centre.

Depending how busy the park is on the day of the walk, cafe might be busy, at lunch time, seats may be limited.


Start Walk:

Leave Visitors Centre by main exit and turn right and right again, walk up towards the childrens play area and turn left (Red Arrow indicated route). Continue on this route and take the first right (Red Arrow) follow this path until you come to the path on your right marked with the Blue Arrow, take this path and keep following the Blue Arrows until you reach the Model Flying club then turn right (Blue Arrow). Continue on this route until you reach the main road turn right (Blue Arrow) the path follows parallel to the road. Keep following the Blue Arrows route until you reach the junction with the Red Arrow route, turn left and follow the path, take the next turning on your right and this will take you back to the Visitors Centre.


Recce Completed By: Walter Purdom & Hugh Atkinson on 10th May 2018


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Long Walk: Doonhill & Lochan Spling Aberfoyle


Walk Date: 18th May 2018


Distance: 6 miles Grade C+ Circular.

Terrain: Tarmac paths, farm tracks & forest paths, muddy in places.

Boots & poles required.


Toilets, tea and coffee available in the Woollen Mill at the beginning and end of walk


Walk starts in Aberfoyle car park, we go to the west end and turn left over a small stone bridge. Carry on along this road until we see a sign for Doonhill Fairy Trail, passing Kirkton cemetery we turn left onto a farm track to bottom of Doonhill Fairy Trail. This is quite steep (but children climb it). On the way up lookout for the fairy houses, we soon reach the top and the Minister’s Pine of Rev. Kirk fame. From the large pine retrace our steps for about 20 yards, go right, back past the cemetery to a red letter box where we turn left onto a forest track, after about  ¾ mile, the Lochan Spling comes into view through the trees on you right. At the other end we turn right along a small path and follow it around the loch. At the end of the loch there is a great view over the Lochan and the loch Ard forest.

Follow the track to the end of Lochan, turn left and retrace our steps back to Aberfoyle car park.


Recce completed by : D Swann, J Strang & S Strachan       Date: 17th April 2018


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Short Walk: The Kelpies, Falkirk

Date of walk: 11/05/2018

Distance/Grade: 4miles/C

Circular/Linear Circular, Approx. 2 hours

Terrain: Tarmac, hard core, pavement, river and woodland paths, fairly flat, can be muddy in places, 1 short flight of steps

Meet: Chatelerhaut car park, 09:30 car share.

Hazards Crossing a busy road, Canal and the River Carron


Start and Finish at Falkirk Football Stadium car park,

At the start of the walk there will be time for a quick coffee or tea, and at the end for a light lunch. There are toilet facilities here and at the visitor centre.


Start:

We cross the main road at the traffic lights and enter the Helix park, heading north, following signs for the Kelpies hub past the lagoon and the great lawn, through the wetland area past the two 30 metre high Kelpies sculptures.

We cross the canal past the colourful boating huts and the marina, RT alongside a fence and continue along the path with the river Carron on our right heading for Langley woods and come upon the Roman sun clock. There is workmen here building a new footbridge over the river.

A tarmac path leads straight on to the love and kisses monument(this will test the imagination) we retrace our steps to the sun clock, RT  onto a broad path which comes out at an access road we cross straight onto a core path and follow this to the main road we continue on the pavement and cross the Blue Bridge then LT onto a descent through the car park back into the helix park, keeping the large walls and lagoon on our left return directly to the stadium car park which is the end of the walk.


Date; 30/04/2018


Recce completed by; Bob Fairfull and Walter Purdom


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LONG WALK:      LOCH LEVEN HERITAGE TRAIL

Distance:                      8 MILES GRADE “C” LINEAR

TERRAIN:                     A good level path around Loch Leven

MAP REF:                     O.S LANDRANGER 58

 We start the walk at Kinross Pier. We turn left at the loch side and follow the path, passing a swing park on our left and then Kinross House comes into view also on our left. We leave the loch side and continue along the path between fields and trees. At the junction we keep right and then on our left we pass a habitat hedge which is made out of twisted willow. We cross Pow Burn and then back to the loch side where the path veers left over a board walk and we then follow the path to the right through some trees. At Loch Leven Larder sign we keep to the right. Again we walk through some trees and a gliding airfield comes into view. If we are lucky we may see gliders taking off. We continue along the path and cross a metal bridge over the River Leven Cut where, we were told,   when the water is clear it is possible to see oyster and muscle beds. We follow the road and just before Sluice House we turn left and then sharp right and continue with the loch on our right ending our walk at Vane Farm RSPB.

This walk has tranquil woodlands, lush farmland and panoramic views across the loch to the hills beyond. There’s also a wide variety of birds to spot.

The terrain is very flat so no poles are required.

Please note there will be toilets shortly before the beginning of the walk but no tea or coffee available. We finish the walk at Vane Farm RSPB where there are toilets and a café.  

Recce done on 16th April 2018 by:  Patricia Clark Joan Brown Linda Christie Robin Stewart

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Short Walk: CHATELHERAULT COUNTRY PARK, FERNIEGAIR.

Date of WALK:  27Tth April 2018.

Distance: 5 Miles - Circular

Terrain: Woodland Paths

There are a few muddy sections. Walking Boots and Poles recommended.

The walk starts and finishes st the visitor centre. We follow along the golf course. We then go down quite a lot of steps.
( down hill on the steps only, we don't have to climb steps on the way back to the visitor centre)
We cross the bridge and go up a slight incline past the old oaks, before making our way back to the visitor centre.

Recce completed by: Margaret Neil.  



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Long Walk: The Tweed Walk to Lyne Station.

Date of Walk : 20th April 2018.

Distance: 7miles  Os 73.

Start and Finish :Greenside Car Park Peebles

Terrain :Mostly good paths .Some stretches are muddy due to wet weather .

Boots and poles recommended.

As the Greenside Car Park has no toilets and no parking for a coach we will go to the Car Park in Peebles over the bridge where their are toilets however their is a charge for the toilets  of 30 pence no change given they take 20 and 10 pences.
No Coffee available .

The walk starts at the car park we will take the steps at the side of the bridge cross the road carefully and go down to the Greenside Car Park where we join the riverside path through Hay Lodge Park .Continue past Neidpath Castle you will come to a bridge go up the steps at the side of the bridge this takes you on to the former railway line .
Go alone the railway line to the Manor Valley Road. Cross the road and take the stile and steps opposite to gain access to the former railway line.
Cross the bridge over the Lyne water this will be the lunch stop.
Go down the steps on the left hand side ,then right alone the lane.
Continue past the houses and on a path to the footbridge over the Tweed .
At the far side of the bridge turn left and follow the path through the wood to Millbraehead. Then join the driveway leading to Barns Tower  ,continue past the tower and after 350 m turn left along a path returning you to the riverside .Follow this path until you reach Manor Bridge ascend the steps go over the stile turn left and follow the signs marked The Tweed Walk this will return to the river path which leads use back to Peebles alone the river .


Recce Date 10th April by Grace Gentles ,Pamela Colligan,Elinor Bones ,David Swann.


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Short Walk: Spectacle E’e Falls, Strathaven

Date of walk: 13 April 2018
Distance/Grade: 4 miles ‘C’ 
Circular/Linear: Circular
Terrain: Pavements, muddy fields, uneven ground and steps.

Walking boots/shoes and poles are required for this walk.

Time for walk : 2 hours.

Meet: Chatelherault at 9.30am for Car share or Station Road Car Park, Strathaven at 
10.00am. 

There are no toilet facilities at the start of the walk.

Leaving the Station Road Car Park we turn L into Todshill Street and at the junction
cross over onto Lesmahagow Road and walk along this broad pavement until we reach
a wooden style.
Cross the style and keeping to the right side walk down the field until a wooden bridge
comes into sight, cross this bridge and turn R. Follow this path keeping the river Avon
on your R side taking great care as we walk by the river, this is a very uneven path with
lots of tree roots and uneven stepping stones. Steps have to be climbed to get to the
Spectacle E’e Falls and the old mill.
After viewing the mill and Falls, climb more steps and then go through a wooden gate
into a field and walk to the other side of the field, we then go through a metal gate turn
R to arrive down at the Kype Water.
 Follow this narrow road into Sandford and turn L walk up towards Sandford P.S. and walk
 around the village before walking down out of the village and crossing a green metal bridge to
 arrive back onto the Lesmahagow Road and as we walk along this road and come to an old
 bridge on our R we pass the Strathaven Brewery and then return to Station Road Car Park in Strathaven.

When this recce was done the conditions underfoot were not good and if the weather
conditions remain the same at the date of the walk then an alternative walk around
Strathaven will be done.
At the end of the walk refreshments can be had either in the many coffee shops in
Strathaven or at the Rural Centre on the Hamilton Road.

Recce completed by; E. Ferguson & R. Stewart
Date; 27/03/18.


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Long Walk: Whinney Hill Woods Balloch.

Date of Walk: 6th April 2018.

Distance / Grade: 7 miles. Grade C. Linear.

This is a moderate walk of 7 miles.
There are a few slightly steeper sections and a flight of 11 steps.
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There are a few muddy sections so boots and poles are advised.


The walk starts at Balloch Castle, we follow a path left of the front of the castle, northwards till we reach a T junction.
Turn left and continue to reach a small gravel area. Turn right to follow path out of the woods and along a grassy way
through a small meadow. Bend gradually left to reach Balloch Burn and a T- juction with the burnside path.

Turn right uphill on the uneven path through the woodland of Fairy Glen, with the burn on your left.
Duck under a fallen tree and go up some steps to emerge through a gate onto a minor road.
This is the area which can be very muddy and slippery.

Cross the road  and go through another gate opposite ,onto a stony path.Follow this as it winds uphill.There is a wall on our right hand side.
The path bends left away from the wall and drops slightly down to meet a forestry track.

Turn left along the forestry track and follow the only obvious route along a track which brings to you a gate.

Go through gate and walk along a stony vehicle track.

Turn left and follow track towards the distant loch.turning left to walk parallel with the shore.passing the driveway into Lorn.
The track  becomes a metalled road at Boturich Castle..We then continue to the gated crossing at the top of Fairy Glen.
Turn right here back down into the glen following the path back past our original joining point.sticking beside the burn
as it makes its way downwards to Loch Lomond.

Continue past the castle and head towards Balloch.We will cross River Leven at road bridge and head towards
Lomond Shores where walk will finish.

At the start of walk there at toilets at Balloch Bus Station. You are advised to bring own tea or coffee is desired.

Recce completed by Betty Fraser, Patricia Clark, Muriel Jaap, AlisonMochrie

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Short Walk  to Pollok Country Park

Date: 16/03/2018

Distance: 5 miles circular grade C

Car share: Chatelherault 9:30 am

Pollok Country Park: 10:15 am, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G48 1AT

(Use car park to the side of Pollok House, coffee and toilets available.)

Boots recommended, poles optional


Walk leaders: Margaret Neil/Robin Stewart


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Long Walk : Irvine to Kilmarnock.- Cancelled.    

Date of Walk: Friday 2nd March

Distance: 8 Miles C + Linear

Terrain : Tarmac Paths

 

Boots required muddy in places, Poles optional

 

There is no toilet facilities at start of walk but we will be stopping at Sainsbury's where facilities can be used.

 

The walk starts at the entrance to Milgarholm Park. From the far end of the car park turn left and follow the footpath, looking out for another track to the right shortly before reaching the bridge over the Annick water. This leads down to the riverside and onto the cycle track.

The route takes you across B7081 Annick Road,  past the Hallmark Hotel, before swinging round to the right. As you approach Greenwood Academy there are several paths tempting you left or right but continue straight on to stay on the Cycle Network 73 route. We will cross the Annick Water, then Station Road in Dreghorn. As you approach Springside the path zigzags a few times before crossing over Townlands Road, turn right here then it is a case of following the track where we will emerge onto Munro Avenue Kilmarnock, we pass the new Ayrshire College which leads us into the centre of Kilmarnock where there is a variety of coffee shops and pubs.

 

This walk all be it a cycle route is surprisingly scenic.

 

 

Recce completed 17/02/18 by S. Strachan, P. Colligan, A. Mochrie, J. Strang, 


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Short Walk:            Museum of Country Life, East Kilbride

Date of walk:                  16/02/18

Distance/Grade/Time:    5 Miles / C / 2.5 hours approx.

Circular/Linear:              Circular

Terrain: Farm tracks which can be very muddy and country roads.

Map:                                OS 64


Meet:                               Chatelherault Car Park at 9.30am  -- Car Share.


The walk starts and finishes at The Museum of Scottish Country Life, where there is car parking, toilet and coffee facilities.

We will start the walk at the Museum at 10.30am

Walking shoes and poles are recommended.


There are some gentle inclines and some fine views, walking poles are recommended.

When Robin and I did the recce there was flooding near to High Flat Farm and when I did a further recce the road was open, it is hoped that the road will be fine when we do our walk.


We leave the Museum, cross the road bearing left and take a R turn through a gate onto a farm track, continue along this and turn L through a gate onto a path, then through another gate, crossing farm road then through another gate towards the woods bearing L. We go through a gate and turn L onto a quiet road past some of the fields of West Kittochside Farm, then the fields of more modern farms and finally into the village of Carmunnock. The road ends at a T junction, take a R turn then after a short distance take a R turn into Cathkin Road


We cross Cathkin Road taking great care as we do so and then go through a gate; we follow this path, which can be muddy, until we come back onto a minor road. Follow this road as it twists and turns for about 0.5 miles until we reach High Flat Farm after a further 0.5 miles to end at a T-junction opposite the road leading to West Rogerton Farm.


R turn then continue through Kittochside, pass the drive to Kittochside House on the R and reach another T-junction, L turn and follow the road back to the Museum and the end of the walk.  


Recce completed by; Emily Ferguson and Robin Stewart

Date; 26/01/18


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LONG WALK : CALDERGLEN AND AULDHOUSE

Date of walk: 2nd February 2018.

Distance/ Grade : 8 miles circular/ C+.

Terrain : Woodland paths, Tarmac roads and paths. Some moderate inclines and some steps.

Very muddy in places. Boots and poles required.

From the Courtyard we head for the Nature Trail and go Right to join the high path above the river. This path we follow for about 2km passing under two road bridges before reaching a road.
The views along the river  gorge are particularly nice.

We then cross the road and take the path for Langlands Moss. Unfortunately, we will not be able to cross the Moss as the boardwalk has been destroyed by vandals. Luckily a local resident showed us an alternative way through woods. 
The path here goes alongside a burn. It is very muddy here and there are many tree roots to watch out for.
When we come to a clearing, we go left and in a short distance join a forestry path then go through a gate onto a country road which leads to Auldhouse. Lunch break at Auldhouse.
The return route takes us on a road which turns right after Auldhouse passing Langlands Golf Course. We stay on the road until the sign for the Visitor Centre and continue on this path with the river on our right .In a short distance this path links up with our outward route and takes us back to Calderglen.

Recce completed 26/01/18 by: Elinor Bones, Linda Christie, Patricia Clark and Betty Fraser.



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Long Walk: Skelmorlie to Largs.

Date of Walk: 5th January 2018.

Distance / Grade:  7 miles Linear.  Grade C+

Terrain: Tarmac Roads and Paths.

Boots and Poles Recommended.

There are two reasonably long gradual uphill sections and one Steep short section towards Meigle.

The walk starts at Wemyss Bay Railway Station where there are a few public toilets. On leaving the station turn right and go along the road a short distance before turning left to go up Station Road. There is a short sharp ascent up this road to Skelmorlie. Along the route is a board erected to illustrate the Ayrshire Coastal Path which we are following and which will help us to pick out landmarks later in the walk. About 300 yards up the hill we turn left then come quickly to Skelmorlie library. We head south. The road continues on pavements through the village. When coming to a 3 way junction (the Red Road) we take the middle road. Care has to be taken from here on as there are no pavements. If the main A78 coast road is blocked, the Red Road can become busy with diverted traffic.

We pass Skelmorlie Caravan  Site and enjoy magnificent views over the Cowal Peninsula. From here we descend past Skelmorlie Castle to the shore. Care has to be taken crossing the busy A78 as there is no pavement for about for 150 yards. On the shore is a good place to have lunch. From here after crossing back over we turn left and walk up into the hamlet of Meigle. This section is quite steep. After climbing back up to enjoy the views over the Firth of Clyde we walk for a further 3 miles. At a sign post we took the Low Road. The road gradually descends as we pass the golf course on our right. We go along Routenburn Road to go back down to the shoreline where we turn left and make our way back along pavements to Largs.

There are some beautiful views over the Firth of Clyde and to islands beyond.  A lovely walk, not difficult and the views are spectacular.

In Largs there are various cafes in which to enjoy a cuppa.

 Recce completed by: Kathleen Hunter, Sheena Strachan, Linda Christie and J.McLaughlin. 28th Dec.2017.

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Short Walk: Palacerigg Country Park


Walk Date: 12th January 2018 (note date changed from 19th)


Distance: 4.5 miles     Grade: C      Duration: 2 hours approx.


Terrain: Tarmac / gravel / stoney / dirt paths, muddy in places,

some steps and moderate inclines.


Boots required, Poles Optional.


Meet at: Buchanan St Bus Station at 10:20am to take the 10:30  X25 bus (Stance 2) to Abronhill. Get off  at the Woodcutters Pub, Hazel Road, Abronhill.  When you alight from bus go right and the pub is a few yards along road on your left.

If going direct by car, the postcode for the pub is G67 3BT (car park at pub).


Coffee and toilets available at the pub which opens at 11:00am, also serves meals from 12:00 to 2:30pm.


Start walk from the Woodcutter at 11:15/1130am approx.

Exit pub at back door turn right and follow the tarmac path through the wooded area.

When you come to the T junction, turn left and through the underpass, turn right and follow the green arrow markers along the front of the housing blocks, continue on until you reach steps, go down, turn right and go through under pass up the steps onto the approach path (Purple Route) to Palacerigg Country park (approx 1 mile), when you reach the T junction, turn right (Red Route). Continue on and at the first road turn left, this will take you past the visitors centre, car park, golf club building, Fannyside Loch and eventually back to the Purple Route, turn right and retrace you steps back to the Woodcutter Pub.


Recce completed by: Margaret Neil / Hugh Atkinson              Date: 20th Dec. 2017


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Short walk :Buchanan Street Bus Station to Govan Stones

Date of Walk: 15th Dec. 2017

Distance: 3miles

Grade:  C - Circular. Time taken to complete 1.5-2 Hours

General Information

MEETING POINT: - Buchanan Street Bus Station Glasgow at 10:30 on Friday 15/12/2017.

Terrain: - Main Road Pavements and Clyde Riverside Walkways

Footwear: Good Walking Shoes required.

Weather Conditions on 08/12/2017:- The weather was very cold, sunny and dry

This is a Circular route using Riverside paths and public footpaths

Details of any features of the route that require any special caution (Busy Roads Slippery Surfaces etc)

GREAT CARE MUST BE TAKEN WHEN CROSSING ALL ROADS

There are several inclines to negotiate in order to cross the footbridges/ road bridges.

THE PATHWAYS ARE OPEN TO BOTH PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS

Meeting Arrangements and the ROUTE

The initial meeting point is as stated on the published programme.

The initial route was to start from Buchanan Street Bus Station and walk to Govan, however this has changed and now we will be walking from Govan to Glasgow Centre. Having had discussions with the people from Govan Stones they are prepared to allow us to visit the Govan Stones, on the inside of the church, for a short period on Friday. N.B the church is normally closed during the winter. Therefore I would appreciate that our visit is confined to a maximum of half to three quarters of an hour.

In order to meet the Govan Stones arrangements we will require to take the subway from Buchan Street Subway Station to Govan as an initial part of the walk. The cost of a single concession ticket is £1 and the Journey time is approximately 12-16 minutes. On arrival at Govan Subway station we turn left and cross Govan Road and continue along it. On passing the Pierce Institute we turn right and enter Govan Old Church. Following the visit there are several small cafes adjacent to the Govan Shopping Centre if a coffee etc is required.  At approximately 12:15/12:30 we will start our walk back towards Glasgow along Govan Road. On reaching the access road to the Glasgow Science Centre we make our way onto the Clyde Walkway. We follow this back into the Centre of Glasgow.

Underfoot conditions are in the main good but this is dependent upon the weather.

The walk will finish when we reach the centre of Glasgow, thus giving those that are in need of any last minute Christmas shopping an opportunity to do so.



   Recce completed by: Walter Purdom and Bob Fairfull. Date: 08/12/2017

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Long Walk: Bowling to Maryhill.

Date of Walk: 25th Nov.2017.

Terrain: Canal paths and level walkways.

Distance: 8 Miles linear. OS ref 342.

This is a lovely, level, winter walk along the Forth and Clyde Canal. The walk starts from the Bowling Basin which is well signposted in Bowling and is signposted ‘National Cycle Route 7’.

It is easy to follow and as long as you keep the canal on your left as you walk towards Glasgow you never need to cross the canal at any point.

Lunch will be at the Clydebank Shopping Centre where there is ample seating (on a dry day) and there are toilet facilities.

On the day we walked it had been raining heavily and there were some VERY large puddles. So do make sure you wear you waterproof boots but sticks are only necessary for those walkers who like them in all conditions.

The walk ends at Lock27 where the bus will pick us up.

The bus will take us to the large Tesco in Maryhill at both ends of the walk. Walkers who like a coffee at the beginning can get a Takeaway one in Greggs on the ground floor. The toilets are upstairs in Tesco. They have a café there too for our tea/coffee at the end.


Recce completed: Tuesday 21st Nov by Joan Brown, Grace Gentles, Muriel Jaap and Robin Stewart






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Short Walk: New Lanark to Falls of Clyde.

Date of Walk: 17th Nov 2017.

Distance: 4 Miles circular. Grade C.

Terrain: Firm walk way and woodland paths.

Walking boots and poles recommended.


Car share from Chatelherault 09:30 / Meet at top car park New Lanark.

Outward - Follow the Clyde Walkway from New Lanark visitor centre to Falls of Clyde.
Return - Woodland walk back to New Lanark.

There are several sections with steps particularly on the outward journey. Please note there are no handrails on any of the stepped sections. There are some inclines and the woodland section may be quite muddy.

Recce: completed by Robin Stewart. 9th Nov.2017






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 Long Walk: ABERFOYLE TO LOCH ARD

Distance:     7  MILES GRADE C CIRCULAR

Terrain:        GOOD FOREST PATHS

MAP REF:    OS  57


The walk starts and finishes at Aberfoyle where toilets and cafes are available.

We turn left on leaving carpark and continue along the road in direction of Kinlochard.
at Milton turn left at SP for Loch And and Car Park.Continue along narrow road  to a car park
and turn right at SP to Kinlochard following red marker post.

After going up a gentle hill the path splits, follow the route to the right and the red marker post.
continue along the path till we reach  a picnic table and a small loch  Lochan Spling.We follow red marker
posts and continue downhill  till we reach Loch Ard and some lovely views.  At T junction it is worth a few moments to  find the red
squirrels.
Turn right and follow path  keeping Loch on left side.
We return to starting point and path back to Aberfoyle.

There are a few gentle hills, paths are hard core and generally not muddy.

Recce done on  25th October 2017 by


David Swann

Alison Mochrie


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Long Walk: Clyde Walkway Cambuslang to Bothwell.

Date of Walk: 20 October 2017

Distance:
  7.5 Miles 

Grade: c+ Linear

Terrain: Footpaths and various surfaces.Care is also needed at several busy roads.
Very muddy waterproof trousers and poles recommended.
One very steep hill .


Bus will leave at 9.15 as usual.

We will go to Cambuslang Morrisons for toilet and coffee stop.

Walk starts Bridge Street Cambuslang at Morrisons car park cross the road and take the path
On the left towards Cambuslang footbridge .Do not cross but instead turn right along the cycle path along the south bank of the Clyde .Go left at a fork(note the heron sculpture) to pass under Clydeford Bridge.The cycle path leads past a weir and approaches the Carmlye Viaduct,fork left off the cyclepath onto a grassy path (signed) to continue close to the Clyde and pass under the viaduct.
The next stretch feels much more rural with swans on the river though it is also rougher underfoot .At the path junction take the path to the left alone the side of the River it should be on your left .This can be muddy in places you will also see construction work on your right housing development  at Newton.

The path goes alone the river then goes slightly up hill this will be lunch stop .

The path then reaches a steep hill skirting another new development of houses on your right.
The path then descends care is needed as with the falling leaves and mud the path is very slippy .We then reach a bridge over the Rotten Calder -a tributary of the Clyde .

Cross the footbridge and head uphill on the far side ,untill a right turn leads under a railway bridge.Keep ahead when the track is reached and follow this to the main road .Cross this carefully ,then follow the path directly across the main road to the right ,this runs parallel to the road but just inside the woods .
You will reach two paths the first is to a garage we take the second sign posted Clyde walk way care is needed on small bridge as you reach this path as very slippy.
Follow the path which leads back to the Clyde by a rail bridge ,and then curves right,crossing the river on a footbridge. On the far side turn right to head upriver once more keeping right at several path junctions to remain on a woodland path beside the Clyde.Eventually the route passes below the ruins of Bothwell Castle .The path then descends through the woods back down to river level.Follow the path and you will reach a wall go through the exit the David Livingstone Memorial Bridge will be on your right.
Turn left and head into Bothwell where the walk ends

Recce completed 13 October by Muriel Jaap, Kathleen Hunter,Grace Gentles.


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SHORT​ ​WALK​:  ​DENNY​ ​(Chacefield​ ​Wood) 

 Walk​ ​Date​:​ ​27th​ ​October​ ​2017

 Distance​:​ ​3.5​ ​miles​ ​-​ ​circular      
Grade:​​
 ​C

 Terrain:​
 ​​Farm​ ​tracks​ ​(muddy​ ​in​ ​places),​ ​surfaced​ ​paths,​ ​Tarmac. Moderate​ ​inclines​ ​(will​ ​stop​ ​for​ ​rests)

 Boots​ ​required,​ ​poles​ ​optional.

Meet​ ​at​:​ ​Chatelherault​ ​9:30am

​ ​Parking​ ​and​ ​toilets​ ​at​ ​Sports​ ​Centre. Coffee​:​ ​Cafe​ ​Anton​ ​/​ ​Greggs​ ​bakery,​ ​Glasgow​ ​Road,​ ​Denny

 Lunch​ ​suggestions​:​ ​at​ ​above​ ​or​ ​Tesco’s​ ​Superstore​ ​in​ ​Camelon, Falkirk​ ​(FK1​ ​4JB,​ ​4​ ​miles​ ​from​ ​Denny.) 

 Start​ ​from​ ​car​ ​park​ ​at​ ​sports​ ​centre,​ ​take​ ​the​ ​path​ ​to​ ​the​ ​right​ ​of​ ​the​ ​sports​ ​centre and​ ​follow​ ​this​ ​all​ ​the​ ​way​ ​towards​ ​the​ ​grass​ ​playing​ ​fields​ ​behind​ ​the​ ​school.
 Carry​ ​on​ ​straight​ ​past​ ​the​ ​new​ ​school,​ ​keeping​ ​the​ ​playing​ ​fields​ ​on​ ​your​ ​right.
 Near​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​the​ ​playing​ ​fields​ ​there​ ​is​ ​a​ ​signposted​ ​path​ ​to​ ​Chacefield​ ​Wood, on​ ​the​ ​right,​ ​going​ ​into​ ​a​ ​small​ ​wood.​
 ​Follow​ ​this​ ​path​ ​and​ ​cross​ ​over​ ​a​ ​small wooden​ ​bridge,​ ​continue​ ​until​ ​you​ ​come​ ​to​ ​a​ ​self​ ​closing​ ​gate​ ​onto​ ​a​ ​farm​ ​track.
 Turn​ ​right,​ ​and​ ​follow​ ​the​ ​track​ ​for​ ​100m​ ​until​ ​a​ ​track​ ​appears​ ​uphill​ ​on​ ​your​ ​left. Take​ ​this​ ​track​ ​and​ ​follow​ ​it​ ​up​ ​towards​ ​the​ ​woodlands, pass​ ​through​ ​a​ ​couple​ ​of​ ​self​ ​closing​ ​gates​ ​and​ ​once​ ​you​ ​reach​ ​the​ ​end​ ​you​ ​are in​ ​Chacefield​ ​Wood. 
Go​ ​left​ ​and​ ​follow​ ​the​ ​track​ ​through​ ​the​ ​woods​ ​and​ ​you​ ​will​ ​come​ ​to​ ​the​ ​M876 motorway,​ ​go​ ​left​ ​through​ ​a​ ​self​ ​closing​ ​gate​ ​and​ ​follow​ ​the​ ​path​ ​down​ ​the​ ​side​ ​of the​ ​field​ ​(M876​ ​on​ ​right).​
​Once​ ​at​ ​the​ ​bottom​ ​of​ ​the​ ​path​ ​go​ ​left​ ​and​ ​​ ​follow​ ​the disused​ ​railway​ ​path​ ​past​ ​Leslie​ ​Park​ ​farm​ ​until​ ​you​ ​come​ ​to​ ​the​ ​main​ ​farm​ ​road leading​ ​to​ ​Cuthelton​ ​farm​ ​an​ ​Mydub​ ​farm.​ 
​Take​ ​care​ ​when​ ​entering​ ​the​ ​farm​ ​close all​ ​gates​ ​behind​ ​you.​

 ​Continue​ ​on​ ​farm​ ​track​ ​(100m)​ ​until​ ​you​ ​come​ ​to​ ​a​ ​self closing​ ​wooden​ ​gate​ ​on​ ​your​ ​left​ ​which​ ​is​ ​sign​ ​posted​ ​Herbertshire​ ​playing​ ​fields,
 Take​ ​this​ ​path​ ​and​ ​cross​ ​over​ ​the​ ​original​ ​wooden​ ​bridge​ ​and​ ​retrace​ ​your​ ​steps back​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Sports​ ​Centre. 

 Recce​ ​completed​ ​by:​ ​Hugh​ ​Atkinson​ ​and​ ​Walter​ ​Purdom​ ​on​ ​Date:​ ​4/10/2017 





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Short Walk:  Eddlewood to Bothwell   

Date of walk: 13/10/17

Distance/Grade: 5 miles ‘C’ Linear

Terrain: Tarmac, Dirt Tracks and Woodland Paths and some steps.

 

Meet: Carrigans Eddlewood at 9.30am.                                  

 

Walking Poles are recommended.

Remember to bring your BUS PASSES. 

There are no toilet facilities at the start of the walk but we will be stopping at a supermarket where these facilities can be used.

Leaving Carrigans we turn L into Meikle Earnock Road and walk uphill until we reach the path on the righthand side of the road which takes us onto the Neilsland Trail.

We walk the length of this woodland trail, which is an old disused railway line, this can be a bit muddy in places, until we come out at Lady Watson Gardens on Woodfoot Road.

We cross this road and continue until we reach Wellhall Road, cross over this road and walk down towards the Aldi Store and immediately before this store we take L and follow the path around a small estate until we reach the ‘OLD PIT ROW’ walk down this road until we reach another disused railway line on our R follow this path until we reach Peacock Cross. 

We cross this very busy road by using the pedestrian crossing and walk down towards the Retail Shopping Park and Supermarkets where we will have a short stop. 

Following our short break we will walk down into Whitehill and immediately after Beckford Street Primary School we turn R onto a path which takes us into the Whitehill Woods.

Follow the path through the woods, cross over a small wooden bridge, take the path towards houses and at the top turn R crossing over a green bridge and once over the bridge turn sharp R to return back into the Woods. We follow the woodland path until we reach Bothwell Bridge. 

We walk up into Bothwell where our walk will be finished, we can have a coffee stop and then get the bus back into Hamilton; please remember your bus passes.

 

Recce completed by: E. Ferguson & W. Purdom 9/10/17.



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Long Walk: Alloa to Dollar.

Date of Walk: 6th October 2017
Distance: 6.5 Miles -  Linear
Grade: C+

Terrain: Tarmac and Hard Core Paths.

The walk starts at Alloa Railway Station.   There is an Asda Supermarket
beside the station with toilets and a cafe.
We leave the station and cross the railway bridge to join Cycle Route 767
which is known as the Devon Way and follows the old line of the Devon
Valley Railway which was closed in 1964.  
 We follow this path, passing through part of Sauchie, and then entering a lovely tree lined path out into
the country.  
 After passing under two bridges we reach a junction where
the left hand turn leads to an Equestrian Centre while the Devon Way
continues straight ahead with the southern face of the Ochil Hills now
dominating the skyline and we can enjoy lovely views as we walk along.

After a few miles we reach Tillicoultry, one of the six hillfoot towns
which are strung along the southern edge of the Ochil Hills. 
  
 We will have a lunch break here.

After lunch we rejoin the cycle path which is tree lined with the hills on our
left and the River Devon on our right.   After 3 miles we reach the outskirts
of Dollar and we continue until we reach the old station platform.   After this
the path leads us up to the town centre where the walk ends.

We will have a break in Dollar for tea/coffee before returning home.       

Recce Completed By:  M. Jaap, E.Bones, J. Strang. 23/09/2017.

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Short Walk: Rouken Glen

Distance: 4 miles

 Grade: C - Circular

Terrain:

Pavements, Tarmac and riverside paths (muddy in places). May need to alter route if weather is very wet to avoid the mud.

Moderate inclines (will stop for rests).

Various sets of steps around walk (totalling 150 up, 100 down approx).

 

Boots and poles required..

Meet/start walk at Rouken Glen Visitors Centre (Restaurant and Toilets inside).

Exit garden centre and turn right, walk straight ahead to the T junction and you will see the Visitors Centre and children’s play area straight ahead, take the path on the left and walk between the Centre and play area. Turn next left and walk through the East Lodge gate onto the main road. Turn right and walk along to the traffic lights, go left and cross the road to the other side, turn right then left into Woodfarm Road, when you come to a white building on your right (Glen Family Centre) take the next right turning into Eastwood Park, do the circular of the park  returning to this start point (Glen Family Centre) and retrace your steps back to Rouken Glen entering through the East Lodge gate. Go straight ahead and when you reach the boating pond go clockwise round the pond and at the far side take the left path and pass waterfall, continue straight ahead and do the riverside walk back to the Garden Centre.

 

Recce completed by: Robin Stewart and Hugh Atkinson

 Date: 13/09/2017



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Long Walk: Sanquhar via Euchan Water

Date of Walk: 15th September 2017
Distance: 7.5 miles - Circular
Grade: Moderate 
Terrain: Muddy Paths, Roadway and Pavement

Walking boots and Poles recommended.

From the toilets at the Toolbooth walk along the main street to the eastern end of Sanquhar to join the Southern Upland Way. At the waymarker go right towards the ruined castle and follow the SUW to Blackaddie Bridge, cross and turn left along minor road to Euchan Water. Poles will be useful to make your way down a slope.

Go through the gate at the cottage and follow woodland path. It is an attractive but muddy glen, passing Euchan Well (the water tastes horrible!) and Euchan Falls.

At Old Barr Farm follow the minor road and at approximately 300 metres past Euchan Cottage take the track on the left to cross the bridge. At Glenmaddie Ford cross the bridge to rejoin the road.

Turn right and walk on the minor road back towards Sanquhar with its impressive backdrop of hills over towards the Green Lowther and the “golfball”. At Old Barr rejoin the woodland and follow it back to Blackaddie Bridge and the direct road back to the Toolbooth.


Recce completed by Linda Christie 5th September 2017

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Short Walk: The Differick.

Date of Walk: 8th September 2017

Distance: 4 Miles – Circular

Grade: Moderate.

Terrain: Farm tracks and Tarmac.

Hazzards: Tracktors

Walking boots and poles  recommended

Meet at Chatelheraut Car Park 09:15am for car share or Greenrig 10:00am.

There is no public transport.

The Walk starts at Greenrig, where  there are approx. 5 houses. Please park considerately.

We follow a gently rising track between the houses uphill. The whole of the Clyde Valley is on view and the hills of Argyll and the Trossachs are easily picked out, until we reach Boreland Wood. The Differick ends at Low Boreland Farm passing Beeches Nursery.

At the crossroads turn left and follow the road all the way to Hawksland. Turn Left past the row of houses known as Dickland. About 100 yards beyond houses @ (rebuilt by John Frater) take the left fork and follow the road via Burnside nursery back to Greenrig.

At the far end of Kirkfieldbank (don’t cross the Clyde) turn right onto Riverside Road and continue up to Newhouse Farm on your right, just past the farm turn right. After a short distance turn right again into Greenrig Road, follow  this road into a dip and then to Greenrig at the top of the hill. Where the walk started.

 

Recce Completed by : Margaret Neil and Bill McCann.



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Long Walk: Kinghorn to Silver Sands.

Date of Walk: 1st September 2017

Distance: 6.5 Miles. Linear.

Boots and poles are definitely recommended.

There are several long uphill stretches on this walk .

Walk starts at Kinghorn where there are toilets, tea and coffee available.

We start walking up Castle Wind to reach a main road. We turn into a road
signposted Kinghorn Loch.We continue past the loch on our left hand side,
past Craiencalt Farm.This is uphill and becomes a rough track, we follow this track to the road
parts of this path are very muddy in places.
When we reach the main road, after a short distance we turn right on a path
signed The Binns.This becomes a rough track which is again muddy in places.
We follow a cycle track downhill to reach the road.

We cross at Golf Club and follow a path on left which drops through trees.
At its end go right  and follow road till we reach Greenmount Road South.
Cross Main Road and go down Lochlee road under the railway bridge. carry on
and reach the links at Burntisland.

We are then following Fife CP Sign.

There are public toilets at Burntisland for which there is a charge of 30p

After crossing the links we walk along Main Street till we follow sign up
Lothian Street.Go over the hill and down to go left at CP Sign along a tarmac path.
this soon runs beside the railway .We carry on along a path beside the Firth, we may see
the seals  which are quite common on this part of coast.

We cross under the railway again and follow path to Silver Sands.

We decided to finish walk here as the path round to Aberdour had a set
of very steep and unsafe steps, and there are very few cafes available there.


Recce completed by :  Betty Fraser, Joan Brown, Elinor Bones and David Swann.




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Short Walk:  River Ayr Walk at Craigie Estate.  

Date of walk: 25/08/2017

Distance/Grade: 4 miles ‘C’

Circular/Linear: Circular              

Terrain: Good Footpaths

 

Meet 9.30am at Hamilton Bus Station at Bus Stance 17 which is next to the Tour Bus Stance.                 

 The X16 bus stops outside the Ayrshire College/UWS.

 

We start our walk at the Weir on the River Ayr Walk and continue along this path passing the Athletic Club and the UWS building.

 Continue walking along this path and then into an avenue of trees, continue on this path with the river always on our R hand side until we reach a Y junction.

We take the path to the R crossing a small bridge and then walk along the edge of the Dalmilling Golf Course, continue on this path until we reach the A77 where we walk up onto the pavement, cross the bridge, then turn R and walk down some stairs to continue our walk along the path on the other side of River Ayr Walk.

 This path continues until we come to a Red Bridge which we cross and then walk until we reach the UWS building where our walk will be ended.

Those people who bring packed lunches can eat them on the seats outside of this building if they wish.

 Care must be taken as we walk along the edge of the golf course.

 We return on the X16 Bus the return times are 6 minutes past the hour and 36 minutes past the hour.

Remember to bring your Concessionary Travel Cards. 

Please use the under pass to get to the return journey home bus stop.

 

 Recce completed by A. Rankin & E. Ferguson on 17/08/17.


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Long Walk : Bo'ness to South Queensferry

Date of Walk : 18th August 2017

Terrain: Flat walk, only one slight incline going into South Queensferry

Distance : 8.5 miles.

Landranger : No. 65


We will have a coffee/toilet stop at Dobbies at Livingston and then continue to the start of
the walk at the foot of Carriden Brae on the outskirts of Bo'ness.

 The walk follows a Scottish Right of Way-Route 76- passing an industrial site leading to the foreshore.
This tarmac path curves eastward along the shore until we reach Blackness Castle.

This stop is a third into our walk but very suitable for our lunch stop in the grounds of the
Castle with a shop selling tea, coffee and ice-cream - with one toilet ( there are public
toilets in the village prior to reaching the Castle).

On leaving Blackness Castle we again follow Route 76 walking along a grassy area close to
the shore and then crossing a small bridge onto a woodland path leading to the grounds of
Hopetoun House.
 Here we walk around the grounds giving us lovely views of the House and
Gardens.  We leave this area through large gates and head down to join  a narrow road for use
by traffic going and coming from Hopetoun  and here it is advisable to walk in single file.

The only slight incline is ahead of us as we walk towards South Queensferry- we walk under
the new Queen Elizabeth Bridge and with the other two bridges in view, is quite a spectacle!
On reaching South Queensferry there are a number of coffee shops - and pubs - and we will
meet the bus at the parking area for buses at the end of the promenade.

Recce completed by: Kathleen Hunter, Pamela Colligan, Elinor Bones, David Swann


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Short Walk:  Garrion to Cambusnethan Priory   

Date of walk: 11 August 2017

Distance/Grade: 4.5 miles Circular                   

Terrain: Tarmac Roads and good footpaths 

 

Meet: At Garrion Bridge Garden Centre Car Park at 10.am.

 

After a comfort stop at the above garden centre we walk out of the garden centre turn R, and with great care being taken we cross the busy road and then walk up to the Brownlee Road footpath turn L and walk along this path and then into Cambusnethan Woods. 

We stay on this woodland path until we reach Cambusnethan Priory, we walk past the Priory and then a farm comes into view we then turn L and walk down into the farm passing allotments by the side of the path and then pass a smelly pig sty before turning R and continue to follow the path round until we reach and go through the kissing gate.

Once through this gate we are once again in woodlands and continue walking until we reach a small wooden bridge which we cross and turn R to return to the path that takes us up and along to the Brownlee Road Path. At the top the path we turn R and walk back down the busy road to the Garrion Bridge Garden Centre.                                

Recce completed by: E. Ferguson and A.Rankin on 31/7/17.

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Long Walk: Whitelees Wind Farm Eaglesham Moors.

Date of Walk: 4th Aug. 2017.

Distance: 8 miles circular.

Terrain:  Good paths on firm surface. Poles optional


The walk starts and finishes at Visitor centre and we are doing Lochgoin Circuit.
We start at Turbine 40 turn left at signpost for Lochgoin.We can enjoy views over
Eaglesham Moor to Ayrshire and Galloway on a clear day.
We pass T41 and continue along track turning right before T54.
We cross a cattle grid with Lochgoin on the right. continue below the slopes of Blackwood
Hill.We continue into the heart of the moors.

The track makes the way past Dunwan Dam then swings  right passing T87.
Continue over a cattle grid pass a conifer plantation and T88 to reach a sign for Lochgoin
Circuit.
We continue alongside Lochgoin to reach T27.We reach a grass embankment
and continue above the loch passing a fishing hut .
At this point we can see the Covenanters Monument in the distance but we do
not walk past it.
We reach main track at T11 follow track to T42..Bear left  past the turbine and follow  track
as it descends to reach the outward-bound track and retrace steps back to Visitor Centre.


This is a very easy walk with good paths, very slight inclines, no hills or steps.

Toilets, tea and coffee available at Visitor Centre.

Recce completed by: Betty Fraser,Grace Gentles and Elinor Bones

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Short Walk: Strathclyde Park to Bothwell via The Raith Interchange.

Date of Walk: 28th July 2017.

Distance / Grade: 4 Miles. C circular.

MEETING POINT: - Water Sports Building in Strathclyde Park at 10:00 on Friday 28/07/2017.

N.B the only public toilet facilities for this walk are within the Watersports building.

Terrain: - Pavements, Loch side and public footpaths

Footwear: Boots or Good Walking Shoes required. Walking poles are optional.

Weather Conditions on 24/07/2017:- The weather was very warm and sunny and dry

This is a Circular route from Strathclyde Park using loch side paths and public footpaths

Details of any features of the route that require any special caution (Busy Roads Slippery Surfaces etc)

GREAT CARE MUST BE TAKEN WHEN CROSSING ALL ROADS> In particular the CROSSING THE DUAL CARRIAGE WAY AT BOTHWELL both on the outward and return crossings.

There are several inclines to negotiate in order to cross the footbridges.

THE PATHWAYS ARE OPEN TO BOTH PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS

Meeting Arrangements and the ROUTE

The initial meeting point is as stated on the published programme. However due to alterations to the programme the walk will now be from Strathclyde Park to Bothwell via the Raith interchange.

From the meeting point walkers will be transported via car to the walk starting point. The starting point is at the entrance to the M&D car park in Strathclyde Park.

We cross the internal park road at the front of the Alona Hotel. Using the footpaths within the park we walk to the first controlled road crossing at the Bothwell end of the park. After crossing the road we follow the public footpath up and around the Raith interchange, including pedestrian footbridges and tunnel. We then arrive at the next controlled road crossing. After crossing we walk a short distance to the next controlled road crossing. THIS CROSSING REQUIRES A GREAT DEAL OF CARE DUE TO ITS ARRANGEMENT. (We will use this crossing on the way back.) Turning right we then walk past the construction compound and follow the public road up to the main Bothwell to Hamilton Road. At one location there is only one footpath. CARE Required.

It is not the intention to have a coffee break when we reach Bothwell.

At the main road we turn right and take the road adjacent to the China Cottage Restaurant to begin the return leg of the walk.

Underfoot conditions are in the main good but this is dependent upon the weather.

Recce complted by:  Walter Purdom.                  Date 24/07/2017

 





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Long Walk: Callander   

Date of Walk:  21st July 2017

Distance / Grade: 7.5miles.  Grade C. Map Ref OS 57

Terrain : Excellent forest paths, some muddy tracks and forestry commission tarred road.

Boots essential, sticks recommended.


TOILETS: Dobbies, Stirling at beginning and end.

The walk starts at the entrance to Keltie Bridge Caravan Park. From there we take the path heading north, parallel to the main road. After passing the pond, we turn right at the end. We continue on this path ignoring the various tracks around the farm. The first junction we come across is a Y junction. We take the path to the left. Here there is a gentle incline. We turn right up a short steep climb.

When we come to the fingerpost at the top of the hill we turn right towards the falls. We come to a junction. But we look for a post showing an arrow left. Follow this path and we walk downhill to the magnificent Bracklinn Falls. We will stop briefly to admire the scenery. We cross the falls by a magnificent modern wooden bridge. From here we turn left and follow the path along the river. It is here where it becomes quite muddy and quite steep. But please take your time.

We come to a long flat stretch. The next junction is another Y and we go left down towards Scout Pool and another bridge over Keltie Water. This is the best place to stop for lunch and seemed to be free from midgies!! (no guarantees!!)

Walking away from this low bridge we come across a tarred road. We turn left and follow this road. Please do take time to admire the wild flowers. There is a huge variety. Look out for Callander Crags car park on your right. Unfortunately all posts have writing on the opposite side and it is easy to miss. We turn right into the car park and after about 20 yards we take the small path to our left ignoring the track with the barrier. On this path we will need to walk in single file. After crossing a wooden bridge the path splits and we go left.

Continuing on this path we eventually come into Callander. Walking through the main car park (toilet available) we walk along the main street until we turn left and access the roads at the back of the town.  Craighard Road and Murdiston Avenue to name a few. Walking along here we pick up again on the footpath leading us to Keltie Bridge Caravan Park.

We will pick up the bus here and return to Dobbies for toilet and cup of tea.

Recce completed by: Joan Brown. 12/07/2017.

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Short Walk 14th July:-

PLEASE NOTE  This walk is changed to Chatelherault to Millheugh / Larkall.


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Long Walk:  Cramond and Almond River.

Date of Walk: 7th July 2017

Distance / Grade: 6 miles Circular Grade C

Terrain: Pavement, Tarmac and Grass Paths.

Walking Poles recommended.

Unfortunately the River Almond Circular Walk has had to be cancelled due to work being carried out to repair the steps on the walkway near the start of the walk.  The diversion would not be practical as it takes you through a housing area on a lot of pavements and roads.  So the following walk, still starting at Cramond, is the result.  This is still a circular walk with promenade, pavement and wooded paths with sea views and is approximately 6 miles.  Sticks will be required for part of the walk.

Arrive at Cramond sea front car park for toilet stop and tea/coffee break before we set off.  There is a café on the front or you can bring your own.

We start the walk from Cramond and in front of you is the causeway to Cramond Island, which is not always accessible due to the tides.  We walk along the promenade in an easterly direction with views of Dalgety Bay, Silversands Bay and Burntisland across the estuary.  You can also see North Berwick Law as we head towards Granton and looking back you can see the Forth Bridges in the distance.  The lunch stop will be at the end of the promenade where there is a small beach or you can sit on the sea wall. 

After lunch we retrace our steps for a short time along the promenade and take the first left up to blue signposts reading Haymarket etc.  We walk uphill along this road keeping to the pavement on the right until we reach Marine Drive at the top (on the left are the University Buildings) where we turn right along a grassy bank path on the right-hand side of the road.  Just before Almond House we take a small wooded path on the right which heads down towards the sea before retracing our steps back along the promenade to Cramond.

** To say that I’m disappointed is an understatement at the change of walk but please note that if the work on the steps has been completed we will attempt the original walk.  The above “scrambled together” walk is shorter than the original but has plenty of sea air and lovely views. Hope you enjoy it.

 

 Recce Completed by Pamela Colligan.

 



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Short Walk: Baron’s Haugh

Date of walk: 23/06/2017

Distance/Grade: 4 miles/C

Circular/Linear: Circular                      

Terrain: Woodland and river paths

Map: OS 64

Meet:  Strathclyde Park water sports centre at 10am, car share available if required


Note:   This is a change to the advertised programme.

The Carron Glen walk is cancelled for safety reasons.

 

Might be wise to bring a flask as the café may not be open at this time.

There is a slight incline otherwise this is not a difficult walk as most of it is beside the river.

            



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Long Walk : Friday 16th June, Pentlands
 
Distance: 7miles C + Linear
 
Terrain : Moorland, Tarmac Roads, Burn to cross on stepping stones
 
Ascent: 1 Gradual ascent 

Poles and Boots Advisable
 
The walk starts at Harlow House Visitors Centre. Beyond the cottage follow the path to the right at the head of Harlow Reservoir and after crossing a dam, follow the track around to the left and along the shore. 
After 1/2 mile turn right along the side of a concrete spillway and follow the path as it swings left by Threipmuir Reservoir. Veering from the bank, the path turns right just before a hut. 
Pass through a gate and continue along a cinder track, which after passing through another gate, look for finger post on your left (Nine Miles Burn and Glencorse .
 
Join footpath, after 1/4 mile cross a stile and turn left into Bavelaw. Cross over a bridge and pass through a white gate to go uphill through an avenue of trees. 
Turn left at the junction, then follow drive to right. As the drive turns into private grounds of Bavelaw Castle, go straight ahead to a gate out onto moorland.
 
Go over the stile by gate, then bear slightly left to follow markers posts across the open grassland until a path appears beside grassed old quarry scrolls. 
Follow the path up into the hills, crossing two stiles. After the second stile, bear right and continue up to the head of the valley, then descend to the burn. 
Continuing downhill, keep to right of the burn until it meets a larger one by waterfall.

Below the waterfall, cross the burn on stepping stones and follow right bank downstream. 
Cross a tributary and continue to the house, turn right down the lane, following the shore of Loganlea Reservoir and then Logan Burn down to Glencorse Reservoir. 
Continue along the lakeside, keeping the Reservoir on your right, pass Kirkton Farm look for cottage on your right, just beyond cottage look for fingerpost on right signposted Flotterston. Where the walk ends at Flotterston Visitors Centre.

Recce Conpleted 9/06/17 by M Japp ,B Fraser, K Hunter and S Strachan
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Short Walk:  Lady Mary’s Walk. Crieff     

Date of walk: 9th June 2017

Distance/Grade: 4 miles “C+ Circular                    

Terrain: Good Paths and country roads. Poles are recommended.       

Meet: Chatelherault Country Park at 9.30am for COACH.

 

We need a full coach for this walk and have ordered a 29 seater coach so please come along and join us for this lovely wa

 

We start our walk from the Car park in MacRosty Park.

 We turn Right crossing a stone bridge then take a Left turn following a signpost onto Lady Mary’s Walk.

We walk by the Turretbank Burn which flows into the River Earn and continue this path through a wooded area until we reach a “T” junction with a signpost for Crieff we turn Right and walk for 25 yards then turn Left going through a gate.

This path takes us onto Laggan Hill where there are beautiful views over Crieff.

This is a lovely wooded area; continue following the path until we reach the top of the hill when we turn Right a follow the path downhill reaching a narrow country road which we cross and return into Lady Mary’s Walk path and return by the River Earn and Turretbank Burn. 

At the end of the path we cross a road into Mungall Park crossing a wooden bridge back into MacRosty Park where the walk will end.

 

Recce completed by: Robin Stewart & Emily Ferguson 1/6/17




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Long Walk : Kelly Cut and Kelly Glen

Distance: 6 MILES  GRADE  “C+”  Linear

Terrain : Moorland Path and Tarmac Road 

Map Ref: O.S  63 

We start the walk at the Greenock Cut Visitor Centre. Cross back over the bridge and turn right at S P  Kelly Cut Walk. Continue along the well defined path, muddy in places, over open moorland. After 3 miles there is a large marker on the left showing Wemyss Bay 3 miles. Further along the path we come to a junction where we go sharp right at a SP pointing to Wemyss Bay 2miles.

 This part of the path is now Kelly Glen.

 Continue along the path which becomes a tarmac road and leads to a caravan site. As we approach the edge of the caravan site we turn left and continue downhill through trees and alongside a stream until we meet the main road and Wemyss Bay railway station to our right. This part of the route is a bit uneven in places going over large stones.

The walk is shorter than originally planned due to the fact the start was to be a nature walk which turned out to have many of steps and was over board walks which were not ideal for our group.

There are toilets and a café at the beginning of the walk. There is a café and toilets in Wemyss Bay Railway Station at the end of the walk.

Most of the walk is over exposed moorland so no shelter in bad weather. Poles recommended for last part of the walk.

 

Recce completed on 24th May 2017 by:Patricia Clark, Betty Fraser, Muriel Japp, David Swann

 

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Short Walk: Balloch Castle to Duck Bay 

Date of walk: 26th May 2017

Distance/Grade: 4 miles ‘C’

Circular/Linear: Circular              

Terrain: Road, Paths and grass

 

Meet: We meet at Hamilton Central Train Station at 9.30am for the 9.42 am train to Partick Train Station and then getting the 10.19am train to Balloch.

The train ticket price from Hamilton is £6.20 return with a concession card.

On arriving at Balloch Station we turn Right onto Balloch Road, crossing the bridge then take a left turn into Balloch Castle Country Park.

We follow the path by the River Leven until we reach the Slipway café and continue on this path before keeping taking the path to the right.

On this path there is a short steep hill to walk up to reach the Castle from where there are beautiful views and scenery and if we are lucky we may see the sea plane take off from Cameron House or Duck Bay hopefully.

Around the castle there are beautiful gardens with Azalea bushes and Monkey Trees.

We take the path down at the front of the castle and cross the grass until we are back down onto the path by the river where we saw swans and their cygnets, and return to Balloch Road and the tourist information centre by almost the same route completing a 4 mile walk. 

As we have used public transport to get to Balloch and have not started the walk at Balloch Castle Car Park as was first thought, we will have walked a total of 4 miles walking to and from the station to the castle and it is here that our walk will end. On our return to the the train station we can get the trains back home.

The remainder of the walk to Duck Bay and back to Balloch is approximately 2.5 to 3 miles and it would have increased the walk to around 6.5  to 7 miles a much longer walk than was anticipated. It may be possible if some walkers wish and weather permitting to continue with this walk onto Duck Bay via the river side and woodland or we can do this part of the walk another time                               

Recce completed by; Emily Ferguson and Margaret Neil                                  

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Long Walk: Mendick Hill Circular- West Linton.

Date of Walk: 19th May 2017

Distance: 8.8 miles approximately.

Terrain: Country paths and grassy paths with tarmac path at the end of the walk. Muddy paths if there has been rain.

Ascent: after lunch the ascent is no more than 200 feet and is gradual.

Equipment:  Poles would be useful for the second part of the walk after lunch.

 

We are going to Biggar for the toilet stop and it is 20p donation to the loos. They have been kept open and are maintained by volunteers so it would be a good idea to give them as many 20p’s as we can. There are many places for coffee if you want, as you probably know, so we can spend 20-30 minutes here.

 We drive on to West Linton about 15 minutes and the bus will stop at the sign for West Linton Golf Club. You will be reminded on the day to have your boots on and your rucksacks on the bus as it is a rather narrow road.

 We start the walk where the bus drops us off. We walk with the Golf Club on our right. We pass Muirfield on our left and head down a “potentially” muddy path on our left. There is a pond on our right and we will pass through many gates which will not all be closed.

 We continue till we reach a number of houses on our left which is the village of Dolphinton. We carry on left to a Karecone Farm for horses along the Pentland Way Path. We take right through gates and left at Tweeds Trail following the Pentland Way. The road leads us to Garvald where we have lunch. This is a centre for people with additional learning needs.

 We walk past the house on our left and pass a ramp sign, then see a sign West Linton 4miles. Turn right and at the pond turn left and follow the Pentland Way  on the right.  This takes us through quite a lot of moorland. Eventually we see the Golf Course and it is about a mile walking on tarmac to the Club but you could walk on the grass.

The staff at the Golf Club said we could use the toilets and have our refreshments there. There is a cafe and a bar. If you want to have a scone you could let them know before you start the walk. .. 

Bus could pick us up where it dropped us off.

 Recce completed: 13/ 5/17  Linda Christie and Janet Strang

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Short Walk: Moffat Riverside & Town Walk   

Date of walk: 12 May 2017

Distance/Grade:  Approx., 4 miles ‘C’ Circular:                   

Terrain: Path, rough path, minor road & pavement. Gates

 

Meet: Hamilton Bus Station Stance 13 at 9.30am for the 9.40am X74 Dumfries bus.

 

Those who are making their own way to Moffat meet the rest of the walkers at the RAM in the High Street at 10.50am approx.,

Start the walk by heading out of the town towards the Station Park; opposite the park we follow the sign for ‘Waterside Walks’. Follow the riverside path with views over the town to the Gallow Hill which we walked around last year. This river corridor is a wildlife haven for grey herons, dippers and ducks. Continue on this path until we reach a kissing gate set in the fence line once through follow the track alongside the power lines to reach the road through another kissing gate. 

This is the Old Edinburgh Road for centuries the route to the capital via Tweedsdale. Once inside the 30mph limit move to the pavement.

At the end of the Old Edinburgh Road turn left to Moffat High Street. You will pass Moffat’s famous Ram atop the Colvin Fountain gifted by a local industrialist. 

This is where we will end the walk. I will give walkers the times of the buses to return home once we have completed our walk.


There are numerous cafes/restaurants in Moffat where we can have coffee or lunch.

 

Recce completed on 4th May 2017 by Emily Ferguson & Ann Rankin.



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Long Walk:       Ayr to Troon

Date:                 Friday 5th May, 2017

Distance:          8 miles linear - Grade C+

Terrain:             Promenades, pavements, coastal paths, beach, flat.

The walk starts on the promenade near the children's play area.

There are toilets nearby.   Please note there is a charge of 30p at these.

We walk towards the harbour and turn right past the Leisure Centre and
along by the side of the river. 
After crossing the bridge we walk along the pavement for a short distance before turning left into an industrial
estate.   
 We follow this road and then turn left and cross the railway bridge.
This leads us to a promenade. 
At the end of this we continue on a track
beside St. Nicholas Golf Course which leads us to the start of the
promenade at Prestwick. 
 
 We will stop for lunch at some point here.

We continue to the end of the promenade and take a path to the right
which goes along the side of Old Prestwick Golf Course.   After following
this for 800m we take a path to the right which leads to a bridge over the
river.  
After crossing this we follow the path to the holiday park then a path
beside the wall and left as signed to reach the beach.
 
We then walk along the beach to Troon.

Recce completed by: M Jaap, E Bones, J Brown and S Strachan.








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Long Walk: Jacobite / Traquair.

Date of Walk: Friday 21st April 2017.

Distance/Grade: 6.5 miles C+ Circular.

Terrain: Hills, Woodland Paths, muddy in places. Tarmac Roads.

Walking Poles and Boots essential.

Walk starts at the Southern Upland Way car park in Traquair Village next to the village hall.  On leaving the car park turn left and continue ahead passing a house on your right called ‘The Riggs’ and join the gravel track going straight ahead signposted ‘Minch Moor’.  Follow the track and pass through a gate and the path now becomes grassier.  As you continue along the path, following the white arrows on blue background depicting the Southern Upland Way, passing through gates as you go until reaching a forest gravel track which crosses the path you are on.  There is a cycle route parallel to this forest gravel track.

 Cross the forest track heading upwards following the signs for the Southern Upland Way until you reach another forest gravel track once again crossing the path you are on.  Head straight across the forest track, and this time follow the yellow arrow on the signpost not the Southern Upland Way arrow, as this track is much easier to walk.  At the top of this path it opens out onto Black Grouse moorland and this will be the lunch stop.

 The views all around you are amazing as you climb the hills and look out for roe deer and black grouse. 

The walk up to this point has been all uphill with brief level parts and you will be able to stop on numerous occasions to get your breath back.  The good news is that it is all downhill from this point.

 After lunch we will head back down to the first forest gravel track, which crossed the path we were on and turn left downhill with pleasant open views of the valley and river.  When you reach the apex of a bend turn right along the grassy path, there is a small burn on your left this part of the walk can be muddy.  Follow this path downhill and go through a gate at the bottom and walk in front of Camp Shiel Cottage.

 Go through the next gate, cross the burn and follow the grassy track passing Damhead Shiel Cottage.  Go through another gate and follow the path over a wooden bridge (no handrails and there is a big hole on the left-hand side).  

Cross another bridge walk to the next gate and then pass Damhead Farm on your left.

 When you reach the main road turn right and cross the road bridge, at this point you will be walking on a fairly busy road.

  With that in mind the Groups will split into two making four Groups of approximately 10 in each Group to leave gaps big enough so that if car needs to it can draw into the side of the road to allow a car moving in the opposite direction room to do so.  There are bends on this road so you must walk in single file and if a car approaches you must stand against the hedge and stop walking.  This is only for a short time so please bear with us, THANKS. When reaching the war memorial in Traquair turn right and return to the Southern Upland Way car park to re-join the coach.

Hopefully, despite the climb, you will enjoy the walk as much as we did.

Recce Completed by:  David Swan, Linda Christie, Pamela Colligan and Sheena Strachan.

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Short Walk:  Mugdock Country Park        

Date of walk: Friday 14th April 2017

Distance/Grade:   5 miles > C+

Circular/Linear:   Circular approx. 2.5hrs.       

Terrain: Country, woodland, moorland and reservoir paths           

Map: OS Landranger 64

Meet: Tesco Milngavie @ 10:30hrs,


There are tea/coffee and toilet facilities here at Tesco

Following a short drive to Mugdock Country Park main visitor centre car park, north of Milngavie, the walk starts and finishes at the adjacent Caulders garden centre.

From the garden centre we follow the path round to Craigend Castle then to Khyber car park,

LT towards Mugdock Castle passing the old gun emplacements (1941) we then decide if we wish to explore the fort.

RT before the fort, continue on the path taking a right where the path divides following the sign for Mugdock woods this leads down through woods and a wall sculpture to sections of board walk (this descent requires care as the path is stony) continue past a ruined building to a junction, RT to the Khyber pass continue down to a main junction with the west highland way

LT to Milngavie and Drumclog Moor follow the Allander water past Milngavie golf course

LT and ascend onto Drumclog moor at the car park walk anti-clockwise round Mugdock reservoir crossing the causeway between Mugdock and Craigmadie reservoir. At the north end of the reservoir, cross the bridge and take the pavement north

LT onto a woodland path beside a burn into a pleasant little gorge continue at a t junction

LT with Mugdock loch on your left   and views across to Mugdock Castle back to Caulders and the end of the walk.

This is a pleasant and varied walk, walking boots and poles are required.

There are a number of ascents and descents, there are no steps. 

I have booked places at Caulders garden centre restaurant for a light lunch or tea and coffee as this will be a busy weekend, please advise Bob if you don’t require lunch, tea or coffee.


Recce completed by: Bob Fairfull and Robin Stewart.

Date:3rd April 2017. 






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Long Walk:      MASPIE GLEN  FALKLAND FIFE

Distance:  7 MILES 

GRADE  “C+” CIRCULAR

TERRAIN:  Minor Roads, Woodland Track, Muddy in Places, Hilly in Places plus Steps. Poles and gaiters/waterproof trousers          recommended.

MAP REF:  O.S LANDRANGER  59

 

We start at “Pillars of Hercules” on the A912 near Falkland. We walk along the access road until we reach a road on the left SP Chancefield. We turn left here following the track past the houses and go through a gate where the path splits.

 Shortly after this leave the track for a path to the right (SP orange arrow) and ascend steadily through mixed woodland. Further along following the orange arrow we turn left and descend to where the track curves left. Here on the right (ignoring the orange arrow for straight on) we take a track leading up to the Witches Cave—a small sandstone crag with a shallow cave at its base.

We go right here and on to a junction where another track leads right to the Tyndall Bruce Monument. We will find a dry path leading up to the Monument from where there are some wonderful views. Possible lunch stop.

We then retrace our route to the main junction, turning right at an orange arrow,  descending left at information board and  continuing on to go through a gate and turn right to follow the track.

 We continue along the track, which is very muddy in places, through a farm and straight on with Falkland House on our right. At cross roads go straight on through an opening in a wall and past playing fields on our right. 

At the end of the playing fields turn right, cross the bridge over the river and turn right again, Falkland House is now on our left. Just before the next bridge turn left at large stone SP to Maspie  Glen. Continue past steps to right and left and go left at junction. We go right over a bridge crossing Maspie Burn and then under a bridge following a path beside the burn.

 We come to a short tunnel, where a torch is needed, and continue untill we come to a small water fall. We turn back here through the tunnel again, past the House and fork right to go up some steps on the right. 

We turn left and follow the road downhill till we come to a path on the left which we take. At the crossroads go straight on,  SP Pillar of Hercules, go over the bridge , straight on at next  crossroads, SP Red Squirrel Trail, and follow the path over another bridge and then take the path to the right, the main road is on other side of wall on our right. At SP turn right to return to Pillars of Hercules.

Please note the first part of the walk to the Tyndall Bruce Monument is easy walking initially but then is uphill most of the way. Some paths throughout the walk are very muddy. 

Toilet stop and carry out coffee at Pillars of Hercules at start of walk.

Recce completed on 31st March 2017 by J Strang, G Gentles, A Mochrie and P Clark.

 



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Short Walk: Strathclyde Park to Orbiston.

Date of Walk: 10th March 2017.
Distance: 5 Miles.
Grade: C circular.
Terrain: Pavements, Loch side and parkland paths.

Boots or Good Walking Shoes required. Walking poles are optional.

N.B the only public toilet facilities for this walk are within the Watersports building.

Start / Finish will be from the Water Sports Building in Strathclyde Park at 09:30 on Friday 10/03/2017.

Weather Conditions on 22/02/2017:- The weather was cold and showery and sections of the pathways were covered with fallen leaves and very muddy.

This is a Circular route around Strathclyde Park using loch side paths and .parkland paths

Details of any features of the route that require any special caution (Busy Roads Slippery Surfaces etc)

On the return route there are :-( Optional need for walking poles)

Steps to Descend /ascend during the walk CARE Required

Tree Roots sticking above path surface CARE Required.

Fallen leaves on parts of the route could be slippery if wet CARE required.

There is a requirement to cross several busy roads throughout the walk Extra Care to be taken and PLEASE use road crossings if available.


Recce completed by : Walter Purdom and Hugh Aitkinson. 27/02/2017


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Long Walk: Croyhill and the Antonine Wall.

Date of Walk: 3rd March 2017.
Distance: 6.5 miles.
Grade: C+ Circular.
Terrain: Canal Paths, Tarmac, Grass Paths, Rocky Woodland Paths.

Boots and Poles essential.

We start at Auchinstarry Marina  just south of Kilsyth on the B802 - there is general car parking on the right side across the road from The Boathouse pub and restaurant.  Walk around the west side of the marina take the path up behind the toilets to go through a gate onto the road. Turn right to cross the bridge to take the path down to the canal on the right. At the canal turn right to go under the bridge and follow the canal path for a pleasant section to Twechar. 

Turn left over the canal at Twechar, cross the road to use the pavement and head up the hill for a short distance before crossing the road to take a lane immediately after the war memorial (signed Barhill Fort/Antonine Wall and John Muir Way). Follow the track uphill, keeping right where it forks and then turning left at a kissing gate just before the crest of the hill - with a John Muir Way sign.This section is steep uphill

 Go through the next gate and onto the site of Bar Hill Roman fort. Head diagonally uphill to reach the exposed remains of the fort which stood just south of the Antonine Wall was built around 142 AD and was once home to a garrison of 480 men from all parts of the Roman Empire.

This soon curves slightly right to pick up and runs along the edge of the ditch of the Antonine Wall with thick forestry on your right hand side. The path undulates until you turn right at a stone wall with a sign about the Antonine Wall which was built by the Romans as a northern replacement to Hadrian's Wall. A little further on join a track and turn left along it. Keep straight ahead at a gate and again at a later junction. Continue ahead to the B802 and cross. Go through the kissing gate next to a tree. From here follow the path straight ahead and turn right at a fenced enclosure to follow a surfaced track a short distance before turning left after a gate signed for Croy Hill.

Continue ahead to reach a path and then a gate marked Croy Hill, the ditch of the Antonine Wall is prominent on your left. Follow the main grassy path which follows the line of the Antonine Wall, keeping the ditch on your left, keep left when the path forks to climb a mound formed from the material dug from the ditch. This section is uphill and can be slippy underfoot.

Continue along the path on top of the ridge - with stunning views - and go straight ahead crossing a path (the site of the fort itself was just to the right here) towards a marker post ahead and soon pass a ground-level information board about Croy Hill. 

Continue gently downhill and pass under the electricity lines and turn left onto a path signed for Castlecary. Ignore the next turn right signed for Castlecary and instead go past the picnic benches to take the next path on the right which heads downhill, zig-zagging through trees with views of the canal to emerge on a minor road.

Turn left to cross the canal and then turn left onto the canal towpath to walk west back towards Auchinstarry. This is a relatively wild section where you can usually spot a number of birds before the canal boats at the marina come into view. Return to the start by crossing the road bridge over the canal.

Recce carried out : 24/02/2017 J.McLaughlin, L Christie, G Gentles & S Strchan.

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Short Walk: Lock 21 to Lock 27 and beyond.                       

Date of walk: 10/02/17

Distance/Grade: 4 miles C grade

Circular/Linear : Linear walk      

Terrain: Good Flat Tow paths    

Meet:  Buchanan Street Bus Station at 10.30am.

Walking Boots/shoes required.

Poles are not essential.  

We meet at Buchanan Street Bus Station and then make our way to Hope Street where we get the Number 60 bus to Tesco Extra on Maryhill Road. There we will have our toilet stop and a short coffee break

After leaving Tesco we turn right and make our way up to the pedestrian crossing where we cross the busy road, then turn right towards the Mackintosh Church and then onto the canal tow path.

 We continue on the path passing through Lock 21 and then walk until we reach Lock 27 which is at Anniesland, we will continue walking until we reach Westerton and then Lock 30 which is in Knightswood area this is where we will turn around and walk back to Lock 27 where we will finish our walk.

 Coffee and lunch can be taken at the Lock 27 Restaurant.

 To return to Glasgow City Centre we will walk down onto Great Western Road where there are a number of buses that can taken to return to the City Centre.

 Recce completed on 16th January 2017

Emily Ferguson & Robin Stewart.        

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Long walk : Luggiebank and Palacerigg.

Date of walk : 3rd February 2017.
Distance : 7.5 miles circular walk
Grade C +
Terrain : gravel paths, pavements, tarred lanes and rough tracks.


Boots and poles recommended.


The bus will take us first of all to Palacerigg Country Park Visitor Centre for toilets.
Please bring your own snacks and drinks as the cafe will not be open at this time.

The walk begins at Greenfaulds Railway Station from where we make our way along the main road to a point where we cross the road and enter Luggiebank Nature Reserve.
The path takes us through the woodland following Luggie Water upstream then climbs to a narrow lane which we follow until it reaches a main road.
We then take the road to Palacerigg Country Park which climbs gradually for about 1 mile.
At the road marked ' Service Vehicles ' we enter the Park where we follow several paths around the Visitor Centre and animal pens.
Leaving the Visitor Centre , the path takes us towards the Laverock Trail . We proceed along this trail to the easterly edge of the golf course and turn left to see Fannyside Loch on the right.
Further along this trail we turn left and should have good views of the Campsies, Southern Highlands and Moorland ( weather permitting ! )
We now make our way to Glencryan Woodland continuing through the woodland until the path descends to a main road. This is a VERY busy road and will have to be crossed with care.
The next part of the walk takes us past Cumbernauld Station after which we make our way back through Luggiebank Reserve and retrace our outbound route to Greenfaulds Station.


Recce completed 27/01/17 by Elinor Bones , David Swann and Kathleen Hunter.

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Short Walk: Dumbarton and Dumbarton Rock

Date of Walk: 13th January 2017
Distance:5 Miles
Grade: C Circular

Terrain:- Pavements, Riverside and parkland paths
Footwear: Boots or Good Walking Shoes required walking poles optional

Steps to Descend /ascend during the walk CARE Required

Tree Roots sticking above path surface CARE Required.

Fallen leaves on parts of the route could be slippery if wet CARE required.

There is a requirement to cross several busy roads throughout the walk Extra Care to be taken and PLEASE use road crossings if available. 

Recce completed by Walter Purdom 5th January 2017




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Long Walk:  Maudslie Bridge---Kirkfieldbank

Date of Walk 6th January 2017
Distance 7.5 Miles
Grade C+ Linear


Terrain Mix of Tracks and Paths some rougher by the river bank
Muddy in places some steps descending some ascending .
Poles recommended  


The coach will leave as usual at 9.15 as their are no toilets at the start or during or at the end of the walk  we will go to Dobbies for a toilet and coffee stop first.

The walk will start at about 10.15 for the people meeting use at Maudslie Bridge

The walk starts on the north side of the river at Maudslie Bridge head through the arch and across the bridge before turning right on the far side where the information board is .The path stays on the north bank of the river ,and their are views across to the villages by the A72 on the opposite bank.The route passes through the grounds of the former estate of Milton Lockhart and Maudslie Castle which was pulled down in 1970 .
Continue by the riverbank ,crossing a long boardwalk to reach a footbridge over Jocks Burn.Bear left to pass an old ruin and follow the path as it undulates through the parkland before reaching a kissing gate and going straight across the track to continue through the parkland following the marker posts .Eventually steps lead back to the river bank turn left here to follow the river bank soon climbing a long flight of wooden steps and passing Waygateshaw House on the left .After woodland the path skirts the edge of fields ,still following the riverbank to reach Crossford at the bridge carrying the B7056 over the river .
Cross the road to continue on the Clyde Walkway sign posted the Valley International Park
Immediately turn right onto the path which continues along the riverbank.
It passes by a suspension bridge and runs parallel to the miniature railway.Further on Hazelbank is the next village seen across the river .
The valley becomes narrower and more dramatic with steeper sides from here and passes behind the lower of the two hydro electric generating stations on the river .The waterfalls at Stonebyres LInn can be seen below .Cross the river at the power station weir and follow the lane until it joins the A72 and turn left along the pavement single file is recommended as the pavement is narrow this  leads to the village of Kirkfieldbank where the walk ends .
The bus will then takes use back to Doies for toilets and coffee .




Recce done on the 28 December by Grace Gentles ,Pamela Colligan,Elinor Bones


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Short Walk:   Partick to Glasgow Green.                                       
Date of Walk: 09/12/2016

Distance: 4miles (Grade C) along the Clyde Walkway. Linear.

Terrain: Paved throughout with one flight of steps

Poles are optional.

Meeting Points

1. Hamilton Central Station at 09:30.

Train to Partick at 09:42. Arriving at Partick at 10.14 Fares Concession £2.15 Normal £4.30

2. Partick Station at 10:30.

The walk will start from Partick Station at approximately 10:30.

It is intended that we stop at the Riverside Museum (10 Min walk away) for Coffee and a chance to visit the museum.

The walk will continue from the museum (at 11:45) along the Clyde Walkway to the People’ Palace Glasgow Green and arriving at approximately 13:00. Timing may well be dependent upon the weather.

The walk will finish at the People’s Palace. The nearest train station for returning to Hamilton is Argyle Street Station on Argyle Street.

The People’s Palace is currently undergoing renovation and the cafe may well be closed. However. There is a nearby alternative, namely the WEST Brewery and Restaurant adjacent to the Templetons Carpet Factory Building. Alternatively there are many coffee and food shops within the centre of Glasgow.

Recce completed by: Walter Purdom

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Long Walk:  Almondell and Calderwood

Date of Walk: Friday 2nd December, 2016.
Distance:       7 miles
Grade:           C+  Circular
Map Ref:        OS 65

Terrain: Tarmac paths, woodland and riverside paths, pavements.
               Mostly good, muddy in places.
               There are two lots of steps, one ascending and the
                other descending.       
               The upward steps are fairly steep
                 and larger than usual with no handrail.
                The downward steps are easier with a handrail.

                Walking boots and poles are required.

The walk starts in the North Car Park in Almondell.   
Follow the path to the road and walk down past the Visitor Centre.   Continue to the
Naysmith bridge and take the riverside path past an aqueduct and under
a railway viaduct .   Cross the river by the Pipe bridge and continue
on the far bank until a road is reached.   Turn left and at a road junction
cross and go right and then left into Calderwood. Cross the bridge and keep left following signs for Oakbank.  
At the far end of the wood turn left and then right up steps and left along the path
by the A71 to the Oakbank car park.   Continue along for 100m then turn
left on a path signed for East Calder.   Continue to a T-junction, turn left
and walk down to Main Street.   Turn right and after 400m turn left
through an archway to re-enter Almondell.  
 Where the path curves right at a seat and litter bin, go right on a path that stays high.   Follow it to eventually go down some steps and cross the Nelson Mandela Bridge.
Walk up to the road and turn right to the car park.


Recce completed on 21/11/16 by
M.Jaap, A.Falconer, J.Brown and B.Fraser.

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Short Walk: Darnley to Dams
Date of Walk:11th of November 2016.

Terrain: Tarmac roads and pathways
Grade/Distance:  Grade  C+ Linear.  4 miles approx

Meet:  09.30 at Chatelherault Car park - car share

10.30 at Rouken Glen Garden Centre Car Park. (For toilets and Coffee prior to walk) 11.00 Departure from Rouken Glen to start location.

The start and finish location of the walk is at Corselet Road

N.B Limited car parking at start of walk.

The initial part of the walk is over a formed pathway.
Due to ongoing works within the area of the walk and the underfoot conditions of the existing
pathway it will be necessary to divert onto the public access road to the dams. This road is used
construction traffic for the work sites.

There are no flights of stairs.

The road and path gradients are not steep with the exception of the immediate access to the dams.
Once up at the dams the path is relatively level. To get to the highest dam (Balgray Reservoir) the
route will cross a busy main road.

The return route is by the same route.

Poles are optional.

Coffee and lunch can be taken back at Rouken Glen if required.

Recce completed by :Walter Purdom.



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Long Walk: Cuiken Glen Penicuik

Date of Walk: Friday 4th November 2016

Distance: 6.75 Miles

Grade: Grade C+ Circular

Terrain: Tarmac, Woodland Paths, muddy in places, uneven stone paths.
                Boots and Walking Poles required. 


Due to the right of way being blocked by two of the residents of Penicuik there is a diversion which adds approximately 0.75 miles on to this walk. 
There is a small uphill section close to the beginning of the walk, a downhill section with 50 steps, and  due to the necessary diversion there is a fairly steep uphill section three quarters through the walk.

There are several points on the route for this walk at which it is convenient to start for those arriving either by car or by bus. However, as described, it starts at the walkers' car park at Tympany Gates by the A766, south-west of Penicuik.

From there it goes north along a well-signed estate path through the woods known locally as Lowrie's Den, with views to the left over to the Pentland Hills. After crossing a footbridge over the Loan Burn, the route climbs both the following bank and some steps on the other side of a farm road. It then proceeds further along the edge of the wood before turning to cross a minor road and continuing along a further narrow path that angles down through the woods to reach the valley of Lawhead Burn. The walk continues down the right bank of the small burn to emerge into a modern housing estate by a road with a bus route to and from Edinburgh. Crossing the road (see www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1225495), the route repeatedly crosses and recrosses the Cuiken Burn on a well-made path (see www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1225522) before emerging onto the main A701 at Cuiken Bridge, almost opposite a Tesco supermarket.

After going along the pavements beside this main road for about 300 yards, the route turns down a smaller road to reach the narrow entrance to Beeslack Woods. Taking the path into the woods, the route drops down to another footbridge across the Loan Burn (see www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1398777) and then runs on down the left bank of the burn through Lady Wood to reach the Dalkieth - Penicuik Walk and Cycleway. After crossing the Loan Burn for the last time, the walk follows the tarmac of the cycleway as it becomes, for a short distance, the feeder road for the local sewage works. This road goes through a tunnel under the road up Harper's Brae (see www.geograph.org.uk/photo/913330) to reach a small car park by Esk Bridge and the site of an old railway station. 

Continuing to follow the river and its parallel lade that once served the erstwhile paper mill at Esk Bridge, the route again crosses the river and runs alongside the previous site of Valleyfield Mill, the last of the paper mills in Penicuik, which is now occupied by a modern housing estate (see www.geograph.org.uk/photo/929905). Having again crossed the, by now, much smaller river, the route goes past Valleyfield Pond with its ducks and two duck-houses and emerges at the entrance to the housing estate. It then runs up the hill by the entrance road to the estate to reach the A701. On the other side of the estate road the school once associated with the mill still stands, complete with its bell, albeit after conversion into a dwelling-house (see www.geograph.org.uk/photo/911919). 

After crossing the main road, the route continues up the valley through the woods along the north bank of the North Esk until it reaches an old multi-arched stone bridge over the river, known locally but inaccurately as the 'Centurion Bridge' or 'Roman Bridge', built in 1738 (see www.geograph.org.uk/photo/982846). It then follows a path that angles up the northern side of the valley to reach and pass through the white 'Chinese' gates before going along the avenue of lime trees leading to the side of old Penicuik House. The remaining walls of the house, which was ruined by a fire in 1899, have recently been restored and the house is (or will shortly be) open to the public. Finally the route follows the tarmac estate road over Knightslaw Bridge, on the far side of which it runs uphill to reach its starting point by the A766 road.

Recce completed by: David Swan, Jim McLaughlin, Janet Strang.
                                      28th October 2016.                        

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Short Walk:                          Forth & Clyde Canal, Antonine Wall & Bar Hill

Date of walk:                       28/10/2016

Distance/Grade/Time:       4.5 mile/ C+ / 2.5 hours approx.

Circular/Linear                    Circular          

Terrain:                                 Tow Path, farm road, footpath, hillside, woodland and                                                         grassy bank

Gradient:                              105m 

Map                                        OS 64

Meet:                                      Chatelerhault Car Park, 09:30 Car Share.

 

Start; The walk starts and finishes at The Auchinstarry Boathouse where there are, car parking, toilet and coffee facilities.

We have a table booked for those who wish tea or coffee at the start of the walk.

There are some gentle inclines and some fine views, walking poles and boots are recommended.

We leave the car park, bear left onto The Scents and Sensitivities path, through a gate onto the road, RT across the bridge, cross the road and down onto the canal towpath towards Glasgow. 

Continue on the towpath until it rejoins the pavement on the main road. LT across the canal bridge and enter Twechar, continue uphill on this road, near the top LT onto an access road s/posted Antonine wall and Barhill.

Continue past some houses and onto a farm track through a gate and uphill looking back to a great view of the canal winding towards Glasgow.

Reach the entrance to the Antonine wall go left through a kissing gate and along a grassy lane through another kissing gate to access the Roman site. Veer left and uphill to the Bar Hill Fort, at the top of the Fort head for a gap in the woodland trees and onto a well-defined trail. 

Follow this trail through the trees and up to the summit of Castle Hill. From here head downhill with the remains of the Antonine wall on your left. RT when your path is blocked by a dry-stone dyke and follow it until you LT onto a farm track, after crossing a gate we reach the main road.

Cross the road through a gate and follow the path back to the boathouse and the end of the walk.

Hazards: Main roads and Grassy Banks

 Recce completed by Bob Fairfull and Hugh Atkinson 24/10/2016




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Long Walk: Stirling - The Wallace Monument.

Date of Walk: 21st October 2016

Distance: 7 Miles Linear Grade C

Terrain:  Pavements and some woodland paths.

We will stop for a comfort break at Stirling Services off the motorway for a short time.
This is mainly a town walk. Walking shoes, if you have them, will be adequate and sticks are recommended for the walk to Gowan Hill.

The bus will drop us in Stirling near the bus station. After crossing the road we will make our way up Station Road turning left onto  Murray Place then right onto King Street. From here we climb up towards the Esplanade, crossing Corn Exchange Rd, and continuing to walk via Spittal St, St John St and Mary Place passing the Old Town Jail, the Church of the Holy Rude and the cemetery.
From here we bear to our right and forward to follow Upper Castle Hill. We follow this for a short period then turn right onto Crofthead Rd . Turning left into the houses we pick up the path to the Beheading Stone. At the first set of finger posts we turn right to the viewing point on Mote Hill.
From the beheading stone on Mote Hill we leave, passing the canon. At the first fingerpost follow the sign for Ballengeich Road. At the fingerpost named GOWANHILL continue to follow footpath to Ballengeich Road. When we come across the tarred road leading up to Stirling Castle go straight across. Continue to follow the path ignoring all steps etc.
Back at the cemetery we follow The Back Walk down the back of the Church of the Holy Rude and the Old Jail. Coming to Corn Exchange Rd, we turn left and make our way back down to Burgh Muir Rd and the station. Keeping left we cross at the entrance to the station. Back on the pavement we turn first right to go over the road and rail bridge at Seaforth Rd. Crossing the road a bit further on we bear left towards Forth Crescent. At the time of the recce there were repair works going on in the park. This would be a better option another time walking parallel on Shore Rd and through the park. From here we keep on, passing shops on the left and crossing the road to the other side. Keep following the road and as it bears left we come across the footbridge to Cambuskenneth. We keep straight along South St. At the end we turn right into the small park where we see the remains of Cambuskenneth Abbey and the burial site of James III. Walking from the Abbey we walk straight on along Ladysneuk Rd for about 3/4mile. Shortly after crossing the railway crossing we come onto Alloa Rd A907. At the roundabout we turn right onto Logie Rd. Climbing up we take a shortcut up onto Hillfoots Rd. Walking on we come across the entrance to the Wallace Monument. At the monument there will be a choice. You can choose to climb up to take in the view from the top. Otherwise we will continue walking along the road. In a hundred yards or so we cross taking the road into Stirling University. Here we will enjoy a walk around the loch. At the end we will make our way into the MacRoberts centre for toilet and refreshments in the café. Those who choose to climb up to see the Wallace Monument will miss out the walk around the loch and go straight to the café.

Recce completed by:   Joan Brown,  Sheena Strachan,  Elinor Bones and Muriel Jaap.
                                        10th October 2016


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Short Walk: Colinton Village to Dean Village on the Water of Leith

Date of walk: 14/10/16

Distance/Grade: Due to the diversion on route this walk is now approx 5 ½ miles & C

Circular/Linear: Linear walk

Time: Approximately 2 ½ hours

Terrain: Paths but on road through the diversion.

Meet: Chatelherault Car Park for Coach leaving at 9.30am.

THIS WALK WILL ONLY TAKE PLACE IF WE HAVE ENOUGH WALKERS FOR THE
COACH, AT PRESENT WE REQUIRE ANOTHER 10 NAMES TO FILL THE COACH.
I WOULD ASK IF WALKERS ARE INTERESTED IN THIS WALK TO PLEASE CONTACT
ME BY THE 7 TH OCTOBER. PLEASE TELEPHONE ME ON 07887566766
IF THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH NAMES TO FILL A COACH THEN AN ALTERNATIVE
WALK WILL BE ARRANGED.

This walk starts at Colinton Village where coffee/tea is available and toilets.
We walk down from the village onto the walkway of the Water of Leith and then follow
the river as it meanders through the Craiglockart/Colinton Dells before it brings us out
at the Water of Leith visitor centre in Slateford.

We continue to follow the walkway until we near Murrayfield Stadium where there is a
long diversion through housing estates before eventually arriving at Roseburn where
we again able to rejoin the Water of Leith Walkway and follow it all the way to the
beautiful Dean Village.

We will walk back from Dean Village to the Gallery of Modern Art where we can have some
refreshments before catching the coach to return home.

Recce completed by Emily Ferguson and Robin Stewart
Date; 22 September 2016.


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Long Walk:  DOONFOOT - GREENAN- BELLEISLE PARK-  ROZELLE  PARK, ALLOWAY.

Date of the walk:   7th October 2016

 DISTANCE: 7 MILES GRADE "C" CIRCULAR
 
TERRAIN:     CYCLE PATH, TARMAC, MUDDY IN PARTS STICKS REQUIRED

 O.S:              NO. 70 AYR,KILMARNOCK, TROON

The walk starts in the village of Alloway, close to the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum . Leave the car park to walk along the quiet lane past the church hall to Alloway  Church and the  Auld Kirk.
 At the end of the lane the Auld Kirk , will be seen in front of you. Turn left to follow the road past the hotel to cross the River Doon. Continue a short distance to reach the next junction. 
Turn right onto Longhill Avenue. Walk along the pavement to reach the railway bridge. Use the small footpath to leave the road and climb down onto the route of the old railway line.
 Turn left to go under the bridge and follow the railway line till you reach the road. 
Cross the road and turn right along the cycle path and pavement back towards Ayr.
 Follow the road till you reach the second roundabout, turn left at roundabout and follow Earl's Way down to the coast. Upon reaching the shore road , look left and Greenan Castle can be seen and out to sea, the hills of Arran.Cross the road turn right and walk along the grassy path to reach the mouth of the River Doon.
 Heading back inshore cross over the bridge turn right with the Fishermans Bothy on the right, walking by the side of the river until we reach a main road (A719) . From here we cross the road turn left till we reach the gates of Bellisle Park. Just before the car park, branch to the left, towards the Belleisle House.
 Keep hard left to follow the path down a few steps to reach a T-junction of paths, with views of the golf course in front of you. Turn left passing in front of the house, then turn right to follow the public footpath between the two sides,of the golf course.turn right upon leaving the park , walking a short distance to reach the entrance to Rozelle Park.
 On reaching the park take the first on the left to reach the duck pond . Turn right to go around the edge of the pond and take the second footpath off to the right once you have reached  the top end of the pond . At this point we will visit Rozelle's Remembrance Woodland .Turn left at the fork and follow this woodland footpath around the circumference of Rozelle Estate . 
At the road turn left and re-entering the woodland at the other side. Continue on this track till you reach the football changing huts on your left, turn right to cross two bridleways, ahead is a narrow path leading through the estate to The Loaning, turn right till you reach the crossroads. Cross straight over into Upper Cross .
On the right is Alloway Primary School. Turn right after a short distance , keeping the school on your right, to walk towards the end of the road. Leave Upper Croft via the path at the end of the road to walk through the new estate. Keep straight ahead towards the cricket club. Turn left at T-junction to walk the short distance back to Burns Museum.

Recce done 30th October by: Sheena Strachan, Joan Brown and Alison Mochrie 
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Short Walk:          Museum of Country Life, East Kilbride           

Date of walk:                       23/09/2016

Distance/Grade/Time:       5 mile  / C / 2.5 hours approx.

Circular/Linear:                  Circular          

Terrain:                                Farm tracks and country roads

Gradient:                             80 metres      

Map:                                     OS 64

Meet:                                    Chatelerhault Car Park, 09:30 Car Share.

Start; The walk starts and finishes at The Museum of Scottish Country Life, where there are, car parking, toilet and coffee facilities.

We will start the walk at the Museum at 10:30 hours

There are some gentle inclines and some fine views, walking poles are recommended.

 We leave the Museum, cross the road bearing left, RT through a gate onto a farm track, continue along this then LT through a gate onto a path then through another gate crossing a farm road through another gate towards the woods bearing left we go through a gate and LT   onto a quiet road past some of the fields of West Kittochside farm, then the fields of more modern farms and finally into the village of Carmunnock. The road ends at a T-junction. RT then after a short distance take the next RT into Cathkin Road.

Continue on Cathkin Rd.for about 0.5 mile then when it bends sharply to the left, RT onto a minor road, follow this as it twists and turns for about 0.5 mile to reach Highflat farm, after another 0.5 mile to end at a T-junction opposite the road leading to West Rogerton Farm.

RT then continue on this road through Kittochside, pass the drive to Kittochside house on the right and reach another T-Junction, LT and follow the road back to the Museum and the end of the walk.

There is quite a bit of history attached to Kittochside farm, the land was bought by John Reid in 1567 and modern farming methods were eagerly embraced by his descendant, he built the steading that still stands, the farming methods used today are the same as they were in the 1950,s nothing has changed, there are various boards in the area indicating the methods used.


Recce completed by Bob Fairfull & Emily Ferguson

Date: 12/09/2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Long Walk: Castle Craig to West Linton

Date of Walk:       16/09/16

Distance:  6 miles linear

Map Ref:           OS 72

Grade:               C plus

Terrain:    Mainly flat along riverbank  path, fields and tarmac, there are  a few gentle inclines.


The first part of this walk is along a riverbank with long grass, waterproof trousers are advised. The walk starts between Blyth Bridge and
Drochil Castle .We continue along the riverbank with a fence on our left. We pass into another field and continue walking away from the A72
this time the fence will be on our right, heading towards a metal gate at the far end of the field. Pass through the gate to reach Tarth Water.
Turn left, heading upstream along the riverbank.

The path emerges on the A701, 100m south of Blyth B.Cross the A701 to access the new footbridge that crosses Tarth Water, heading into
Blyth Bridge and turning left by the phone box to head northwards up to the back of the village and up the farm track past Blyth farm.
This is the Old Coach Road between Blyth Bridge and West Linton.

Near the top of the rise beyond Blyth Farm turn right off the track and through a gate into the field, following the Tweed Trails signs.
the path is grassy for the first 2km or so before becoming firmer as you approach the various chicken sheds that adorn the countryside
The track continues north-east with views to your right across Longstruther Burn valley to Mountain Cross Steading farm and more
chicken sheds.

The track joins the minor road between Rommano Bridge to Bogsbank/West Linton just above Hamiltonhall.
Turn left here and follow the road into West Linton.

Poles and boots are advised, as are waterproof trousers.

We will have a toilet stop at Biggar at start of walk, 20p is required.

Recce by David Swann, Alison Mochrie, Betty Fraser, Joan Brown


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Long Walk:     Balerno to Lochrin Basin, Haymarket

Date of Walk: 2nd September 2016

Distance:               8 miles - linear 

Map Ref:               OS 66

Grade:                   C plus

Terrain:                  Good paths by river, canal path and very few steps but we require to be aware that this is also a cycle path. Walking Poles not necessary

Facilities:              There will be a short stop at Hermiston Gate Retail Park at beginning and there are toilets etc at Lochrin Basin at end of walk.


We start the walk on a signposted path to Water of Leith alongside Balerno High School
which is a picturesque flat walk through woodland, following the riverbank through Currie,
Juniper Green through to Kingsknowe where we join the Union Canal to Haymarket. This
route was formally the old Caledonian Railway line which served the once thriving
industrial mills, now replaced by new built flats and big houses!
We will stop at Spylaw Park for lunch - then continue on path reaching a well lit former
railway tunnel after which we soon turn right down some steps and across a footbridge into
Colinton Dell - this is a short diversion which is described as amongst Edinburgh' s best
kept secrets as it is sunken, swathed in trees and entirely hidden from the city above!
We then re-join the path and take the route signposted to Slateford and Union Canal.
We then follow the towpath to Lochrin Basin at Haymarket where we will have our coffee/tea
stop before boarding the bus for home.


Recci done by:
Kathleen Hunter
Pamela Colligan
Linda Christie
Muriel Jaap


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Long Walk:    Strathblane to Kirkintilloch

Date of walk: 19th August 2016

Distance:       7 miles, linear, grade C

Terrain: Mainly tarmac, no hills.

Map ref. OS 64

Poles are optional


The walk starts in Strathblane, we follow a narrow track down to the Strathkelvin Railway
Path. 
We pass the volcanic plug of Dunglass on its north side.At this point from the path
there are lovely views of the Campsie Fells. 
The track is 3-4 feet wide, it is bordered by willow and birch. It crosses the Pow burn several times where it is lined with hawthorn and dog rose.
 We pass the woods of Lennox Castle and the platforms of the former  Milton of Campsie rail station. 
The track continues to Kirkintilloch where we walk along the Forth and Clyde Canal for a short distance before reaching the town centre.


Recce done on 7/08/16

Walk Leaders: Betty Fraser, Grace Gentles, Linda Christie, Jim McLaughlin

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Short Walk: Inner Circle Walk -- Millport

Date of walk: 12 August 2016

Distance/Grade: 5 Miles “C”

Circular/Linear: Circular

Terrain: Narrow Roads

Meet: Chatelherault Car Park @ 9.30am for car share or Ferry Terminal @ Largs 10.30am.


Please remember to bring your travel pass for the return journey from Millport to the Ferry Terminal

Cost of Ferry to Millport is £3.20 return.

Cost of Car Park in Largs is £3.00 per stay.

Toilets are available at the Car Park in Largs.

There are plenty of coffee shops available near to the Ferry Terminal in Largs.


Following the Ferry crossing, the walk will commence at the Ferry slip on Cumbrae. We take a left towards the National Water Sports Centre after the centre we pass a whitewashed house, at which point the walk takes a R fork up the hill onto the Ferry Road. This road was the original connection to Millport before the construction of the Shore Road. On this narrow road care needs to be taken for approximately 1 mile before we turn R onto the Inner Circle Road.

Continue along past Figgatoch Farm and look out for the remains of a former mineral well opposite the farm road end. The walk continues to the top of the hill where the Glaid Stone is situated and on a clear day excellent views can be seen over Largs, Bute and Arran

We then descend towards Millport, passing Breakough Farm on the right which provides a pleasant detour downhill towards the housing estate, from where we turn R up Cow Lane to the Cathedral of the Isles which is reputed to be the smallest in Britain if not Europe.

It is worthwhile taking a look inside the Cathedral also within its grounds you will find The Cumbrae Labyrinth.

From the Cathedral, we descend down the steps out to College Street and on towards the seafront where the walk ends.


Lunch or coffee can be had in The Garrison Café on College Street.



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LONG WALK: St Monans to Crail
DISTANCE
DATE OF WALK: 05/08/16: 8 miles linear C+
TERRAIN:  Coastal paths, pavements, steps, at times rocky underfoot. 
                   Stone stiles in the latter part of the walk.
MAP REF. - OS 59

WALKING BOOTS and POLES recommended.

 Toilets in Anstruther cost 30p - no change given!

From car park in St Monans a path passes the historic windmill and continues along the coast to Pittenweem. We follow the coastal path signs to the east end of Pittenweem and along the edge of a field before descending stone steps back to the coastline. The path goes along the edge of the golf course to Anstruther. While facing the Scottish Fisheries Museum opposite the harbour we turn right and walk along the street staying parallel to the seafront. The route goes through Cellardyke and continues past the caravan park and a former pig farm to reach Caiplie Coves. Passing to the right of the pillars, the path goes between rocks. Shortly after this we meet two tricky stone styles and then continue along the path . Crail eventually comes into view and we climb some steps up to the High Street.

Recce done 29/07/16 by Elinor Bones, David Swann, Joan Brown and Sheena Strachan.
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Short Walk: St. Fillan’s Viewpoint, Perthshire
Date of walk: 22 nd July 2016
Distance/Grade: 4.25m/C+. Time approx. 2.5 hours
Circular/Linear Circular
Terrain: Forest paths and tracks, ascent/descent
Map OS 58
Meet: Chatelerhaut Coach Park 09:30hrs

Walking boots and poles are required.

Tea and Coffee, toilet facilities etc. are available at Arran’s Loch Earn Brewery Coffee shop.
The Walk starts and finishes at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Fillans
We head up the lane that climbs gently West from the hotel passing the entrance to the
Underground power station, water from Glen Lednock reservoir via St Fillans Viewpoint
passes vertically down to drive the underground turbines.

As we pass a picturesque house we come to a wooden garage and the lane doubles back to
the right to continue the ascent through birch and conifer woods, as it turns sharp left past a
waymarked gate on the right continue upwards past a gated track on the right, when the track
forks we pass through a forestry gate on our right to reach more open ground, with fine views
to Ben Vorlich across Loch Earn. At a flattened area the track forks again and we take the left
fork for the final part of the ascent, there are good views here down towards Strathearn, the
track ends at the aforementioned surge shaft where there are superb views from here along
the full length of Lochearn.

We will have a rest here, might be a good idea to bring along a drink and perhaps a biscuit
etc. before heading back downward to the start where we have arranged for those who wish
to have a light lunch at Arran’s Coffee shop.

The circular part of the walk has been deleted for safety reasons.

Recce Completed by ; Bob Fairfull and Emily Ferguson

Date: 18/07/2016




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Long Walk.           Portencross to Largs
Date of Walk.       15th July, 2016
Distance.              8 miles
Terrain.                 Paths, Cycle Paths, Beach, Tarmac
Map.                    OS 63


Please note this walk replaces Loch Dhu to Stronachler due
to closure of paths by the Forestry Commission.

Sticks are not essential on this walk - it is mostly flat and involves
walking on a number of tarmac paths and pavements.


We start the walk from the car park at Portencross and shortly
pass Portencross Castle built in 14th century.  A good farm track
then follows the shoreline past cottages and an old harbour giving
us wonderful views across the Hunterston Channel to the wee
Cumbrae, with it's own miniature castle and then to big Cumbrae
with excellent views of Millport. We then pass by a small disused
pier and the track curves round and we emerge through a gate
onto arable land on a raised beach.
As we continue on, Hunterston Power Station comes into view -
we walk through the complex with the huge nuclear Power Station,
now decommissioned, towering above us.  We then pass
Hunterston House built in 18th century and walk between metal
gates to join a quiet unused public road.  On reaching the A78
roundabout we follow the NCN cycle track to Fairlie - we veer left
to a picnic area at Burnfoot where we have our lunch stop.
Resuming our walk, the path continues along the beach to a jetty
below Bay Street where we leave the beach and continue along
Bay Street reaching the main road at the parish church. From here
we walk north on the east side of main road, then just before
Baillie Road on our right, we cross over to join the cycle track which
leads under the railway bridge to join an established public footpath
taking us past the Pencil and on to centre of Largs




Recci done by: Kathleen Hunter, Pamela Colligan, Alison Mochrie



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Short Walk: St Mary’s Church to Well Road

Date of walk: 8 July 2016

Distance/Grade: 41/2 miles “C”

Circular/Linear: Circular

Terrain: Pavement and woodland paths

Meet: Hamilton Bus Station at 9.15am

Walking Boots and Poles are required.

We take the X74 to Dumfries which leaves at
9.40am or if taking own transport meet on Moffat High Street at 10.45am.

The walk starts from Moffat High Street we walk north towards Edinburgh. Immediately past
St Mary’s Church turn R into Harthope Place and follow it as is veers L to go behind the
Academy and take the sign to Gallowhill Woods.

Walk slowly uphill into the woods then through a double Kissing Gate turn R onto forestry
path follow this uphill. There are beautiful views of Moffat, Annandale and surrounding hills.
The path dips gently and then rises equally gently we take the next double Kissing Gates into
Tank Wood and follow this forestry path right round until we reach a sign for Well Road.

We walk up steps (moderate) follow the wall on our R at end of the wall we turn R and take
the Heatheryhaugh path, follow this path until we reach a gate, go through the gate and follow
the edge of the field with the fence on R hand side until we reach water trough, this field has
sheep in it. Go through Kissing Gate onto a narrow path with bramble bushes until we reach a
wood shed turn R onto Well Road, follow this road to return to Moffat High Street where the
walk will end.

There are plenty of coffee shops on the High Street for a drink before we get the bus home.
The X74 buses leave the High Street at 25 minutes past the hour to return home.



Recce completed by: Ann Rankin, Emily Ferguson; Robin Stewart.
Date: 16 June 2016

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Short Walk: Canal and Kelvin Loop

Date of walk: 24 June 2016

Distance/Grade: 4miles “C”

Circular/Linear: Circular

Terrain: Pavement and mostly good surfaced paths.

Meet: Buchanan Bus Station at 10.30am.

We meet in Buchanan Bus Station next to the winching couple at 10.30am toilet facilities and
refreshments can be had here. We then walk to Hope Street where we catch a bus to the
White House on Maryhill Road.

The walk begins at the White House at lock 21 on the canal.

From the White House, cross the footbridge over the canal and turn R onto the towpath.
Walk past the 5 sets of locks and take the turning L just before we go onto the Kelvin
Aqueduct. (There is a stainless steel marker post). Follow this footpath down until we get onto
the Kelvin Walkway.

Turn L onto the Walkway (signed City Centre). Keeping the River Kelvin on our R we cross
over Kelvindale Road and walk along this path past the Botanic Gardens which is on the other
side of the river -- we do not cross the river. After approximately 1.5 miles the path takes us to
Belmont Bridge, there are steps leading up to the bridge once up turn Left.
Cross over the junction to Doune Gardens then when safe to do so cross over Belmont
Street. Keep on this path until we join Wilton Street stay on this path until we have passed
Wilton Gardens then cross over and turn L onto Kirkland Street.
Cross Kirkland Street and walk along until we come to Bonawe Street and then join Maryhill
Road turn L and use the pedestrian crossings to cross over Maryhill and Garscube Roads the
Church opposite is Queens Cross Church which has a Mackintosh tearoom (but not always
open).

Walk straight on to Springbank Street, walk the length of this until we get to Firhill Road.
Turn L and walk along this road until just before Nolly Brig which crosses the canal. Turn L
onto Northpark Street which takes us down onto the canal towpath.
Turn L onto the towpath, when we reach Stockingfield Junction stay on the path and keep
walking until we get to the footbridge which crosses over the canal at the White House.
Cross this bridge and we completed our walk.
There is one flight of stairs to climb.

Poles are optional.

Recce completed by: Emily Ferguson.

Date completed 31/5/16

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Long Walk: Musselburgh to Aberlady

Distance:7.5 Mile Linear Walk

Date of Walk: Friday 17th June 2016

Terrain: Paths and Tarmac.

Group 2 Eleanor Bones and Janet Strang.


*Walking Poles not essential.


The walk, part of the John Muir Way, meanders along a variety of paths which include tarmacadam, pavements, woodland paths and sandy paths.  The walk is relatively flat and easy to negotiate; the sea in all its glory is visible for the majority of the walk. There are a lot of information boards along the way and are well worth a read (I’ll pass a copy of the walk round the bus so that you can read all the history of the area before we arrive). 

We leave Musselburgh and pass through the following towns – the former harbour of Morrison’s Haven, Prestonpans, Cockenzie Power Station (closed in 2012), Port Seton, Seton Sands stretching for miles, Longniddry Bents (a 3km strip of coastal grassland), past the impressive entrance to Gosford House and finally reaching Aberlady. 

There are toilets at the beginning of the walk, at the lunch spot and at the end in the Duck Inn, Aberlady, where we will have our tea/coffee/beer break.  Don’t let the 7.5 miles put you off as we finished the recce by 2.30 in spite of some delays in searching for toilets and looking for signposts in the various car parks.  Hope you enjoy the walk and the weather is good to us.

Walk Leaders:

Group 1. - Pamela Colligan and Patricia Clark.

Group 2, -  Eleanor Bones and Janet Strang.

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LONG WALK:     SORN TO MAUCHLINE  

Date of Walk:      3rd June 2016.

DISTANCE:             6.5 MILES "C"  LINEAR

TERRAIN:               TRACKS, STEPS AND TARMAC 

MAP REF:               OS 70

The Sorn Inn at the west end of the village is a good place to begin this stage of the walk - head west and cross Sorn Old Bridge, a sandstone structure dating from the early 1700s and still in use by vehicles today. Turn right at the far side and head uphill along the quiet road, where you will eventually be offered views across the fields and river to Sorn Castle. A footpath leaves the road on the right through a kissing gate and follows the field boundary before heading down into the woodland alongside the river.

 

Continue along the south side of the river on a muddy footpath along wooded slopes. Eventually dropping slightly to follow the river closely the path skirts Daldorch House. Cross the river at a footbridge, bear left and and enter Catrine Voes (reservoirs) local nature reserve.Follow the path through the Voes to emerge at a road junction - head in either direction to decend to Laigh Road and, keep left, reach the main road through Catrine.

 

Turn right along St. Germain Street to reach Mill Square, then turn left along Bridge Street to cross the river at Timmer Bridge . Turn right and cross Bogend Burn by a footbridge to reach a surfaced minor road turn right past a row of bungalows. Remain on the road until it curves left towards the sewage works, when a footpath continues straight ahead to follow the river. A good footpath runs through woodland before heading up a flight of steps and continuing along the clifftop. The path slopes down a wooded valley before passing underneath Howford Bridge carrying  the A76. ignore a path heading left to Catrine House and drop down to cross the Old Howford Bridge, continue along the former main road past a sandstone abutment that once supported a footbridge in the policies of the former  Ballochmyle Estate..

 

Cross a style on the left a short distance later and bear left to enter the woodland beneath the road. Just after a footbridge is a vertical cliff-face bearing prehistoric cup and ring  markings. The path wanders through the wooded valley high above the river and pass underneath the immense Ballochmyle Railway Viaduct which incorporates the longest masonry railway arch ever built at 55.17 metres . From the viaduct follow the path until it emerges from the woods and leads through farmland to reach a minor road at Haugh Farm turn right and follow the road north towards Mauchline until Haughyett Farm. Continue up Haugh Road to reach Station Road which takes you on to Machline Main Street.

 

We go to a Garden Centre at the beginning for a comfort stop and a carry out coffee if you wish, we return to the Garden Centre at the end.

 

Recce done on Thursday 26th May 2016 by 

Joan Brown, Muriel Japp, Ann Falconer and Sheena Strachan

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Long Walk: INNERLEITHEN to PEEBLES.

Date of Walk: Friday 20th May.

Distance: 7 MILES GRADE “C” LINEAR.

TERRAIN: Tracks and Tarmac Paths.

MAP REF: O.S LANDRANGER 73

In Innerleithen go down Traquair Road (Right hand turn from Peebles) and just before
a bridge over the Tweed turn right and then immediate left along a path towards the river.
Cross a small footbridge, go through a gate and turn right to follow the path along the
river. Continue along the path with the River Tweed on your left hand side. Follow the
path until you come to a new footbridge where you cross the River Tweed and where you
are told pedestrians have priority over horse riders and S. P. Cardrona 1⁄2 mile. The path
takes a sharp turn right, then left and continues straight along through Cardrona
village. On reaching a roundabout go straight on and go behind Nashy’s Coffee Shop
which used to be the Cardrona Station Platform. A good stopping point for lunch.

Continue along the path to cross the River Tweed again by a bow­sided girder bridge and
on through Cardrona Golf Course. At a Y junction fork left to go through Eshiels
Community Woodland. On leaving the woodland to the left are sewage works and on the
right is the original site of the town’s gasworks. The path then goes through a short tunnel
under the road and then parallel to the A72 which is on your left. Look out for a wooden
S.P. across the road which leads down steps to the riverside pathway .Take care crossing
the busy A72, go down the steps and follow the path down towards the river and go
right to get into Peebles. Continue along the path with the river on your left and after
passing a footbridge over the river follow the path to the right to bring you up to the main
street in Peebles.

On the tarmac part of the route watch out for cyclists.

Please note there are toilets at the beginning of the walk but no places for tea or coffee,
however you can buy tea/.coffee at the lunch stop.

Recce done on Thursday 12th May 2016 by:

Patricia Clark

Janette Strang

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Short Walk: Provost’s and Oak walk. Auchterarder

Date of walk: 13th May 2016.

Distance/Grade: 4.5 miles/grade C Approx. 2.5 hours

Circular/Linear Circular

Terrain: Pavements, woodland and country paths, care required crossing busy
roads, 2 sets of steps, one downhill, one uphill, some muddy areas.

Walking boots and Poles required

Map OS 58

Meet: Chatelerhault coach park 09:30.

The walk starts and finishes at the Glendevon Hotel 196 High St. Where there are Coffee and
toilet facilities.
From here we head S.W. up the high St, passing St. Kessoc’s Episcopal Church
RT along Castleton Rd. downhill into the countryside, with fine views over the hills. At the
hamlet of Castleton we LT along a lane marked, (footpath to Oak Walk). There are often
horses and sheep grazing here, we pass Lower Borland farm and continue on the straight
track, passing a house on the left until we reach the house at the end. Here we keep left
(easily missed) and follow the footpath as it skirts the house, with a wire fence on your left
and a wooden fence on your right, soon to cross a small bridge, then a stile which brings us
into Oak Wood.
Bear left and follow the winding path up through the woods, care required crossing the mud,
(watch out for the various wood carvings and Minnie Mouse) we cross a small bridge and a
kissing gate.
The path emerges onto a road and we LT following Tullibardin Rd. until it reaches Orchil Rd.
Where the Jubilee Cairn sits at the entrance to The Cairn Hotel, LT again and reach Western
Rd. with the park opposite, we head left until we reach the end of the park, pause here for a
little history, cross the road and walk along Quarry Rd. towards the Recycling centre, at the
corner just before the entrance, go straight down a grassy path until a metal seat is reached,
here bear 2 nd left down a set of steps and follow the Jubilee path for some time as it passes a
housing development and fields, running parallel to the busy A9, eventually new housing is
reached we continue, leaving the housing on our left. Where the path reaches a larger track,
cross over and follow the narrow path leaving Ruthven water on our right we pass the weir
and fish ladder eventually reaching a minor road we continue straight ahead passing housing
on our left.
Go straight across a road, following the lane towards Glenruthven mill, now restored and
housing a number of businesses. Continue past the mill and up a moderate flight of steps to
farmland, looking back to open views of the Ochill hills. The path bears left between grazing
fields meeting the main rd. into Auchterarder. LT here and follow the main rd., uphill back to
The Glendevon Hotel and the finish of the walk.

Recce completed by; Bob Fairfull and Robin Stewart

Date; 29/04/2016

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Friday 6th May 2016

Long Walk - East Linton To Dunbar
Distance: 7.5 Miles Linear Grade C +

Terrain:    Moderate

The route does involve some steep slopes and quite a number of steps nearer Dunbar .It also runs close to the top of the cliffs in places ,so care must be taken.

Walk begins on Preston Road.Opposite the entrance to Smeaton Nursery you will see a sign pointing down a path .Follow the path ,across the mill lade and cross over the field towards the white bridge .You will see Preston Mill on your left.Once over the bridge turn left and follow the grass track along the side of the river .
The John Muir Way crosses another bridge over the river Tyne and continues along the grass track to Knowes Mill .Here follow the road for a short distance and cross over the footbridge at the ford .The route continues down stream along a whin dust path and underneath the A198. After going under the bridge turn right and follow the grass path along the field margin parallel to the road .This will bring you out at the end of the Ware Road.
Turn left and follow the track to the end of Buists Embankment and into John Muir Country Park.Follow the path along the edge of the Tyne Estuary ,over the  bridge across the Hedderwick Burn and then head straight along the edge of the Hedderwick Plantation.

The path continues past LInkfield Car Park ,past Belhaven Bay and over the Biel Burn .Continue alone the path past Seafield Pond and turn left on to Shore Road.This will take you past some wooden chalets .At the end of the of the road continue alone the grass path around the edge of the Winterfield Golf Course .Please take care here and try not to disturb the golfers.
Continue up some steps and onto the cliff top please take care as the path passes close to the top of the cliff.Continue on the path this leads into Dunbar past the Leisure centre and down into the town where the walk ends

Leaders: Grace Gentles, Kathleen Hunter, Linda Christie, Elinor Bones
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 LONG WALK  CRIANLARICH TO TYNDRUM

 FRIDAY 15th APRIL,2016.


Distance:   7 miles linear.  Grade C+.   Map OS 50

Terrain:      Rough stony tracks, uneven in places,
                   farm roads, riverside paths, muddy in places.
                   Walking boots and poles essential.


The first half of this walk is fairly strenuous, particularly at the
beginning, as there is quite a bit of climbing, but it is well worth
the effort for the lovely views.   The second half of the walk is
easier as it is low lying.

We begin the walk opposite Crianlarich Station and follow a
Forestry Commission sign to the West Highland Way.   This path
climbs fairly steeply, but we will take it slowly with plenty of
stops.   When we reach the WHW there is another climb to the
top of Glen Bogle where we will stop to admire the view.   We then
continue on our way and cross a footbridge over the Herive burn.
The way zigzags northwards through trees and descends into
the burn valley.   The path now drops down to the railway, passing
an attractive waterfall and under a viaduct, following the south side
of the A82 for a short distance before crossing it.   Great care should
be taken here as this is a busy road.   We will cross in small groups
for safety.   After crossing the road we cross the Kirkton Bridge over
the wide flowing Fillan River and follow the farm road to Kirkton.
Among the trees by Kirkton Farm are the ruins of St.Fillans Chapel
and it's graveyard.   We now follow the path to Auchtertyre Farm where
there is a campsite.   Turn L after the burn and go through the
underpass to follow the path along the River Connonish.   The WHW
turns R following a narrow path to Tyndrum Lower Station and we
then make our way to the Green Welly Stop for a well earned cup of
coffee/tea before returning home.   The bus will collect us here.


Recce completed on 7/4/16 by
M Jaap, A.Mochrie, P.Colligan, B.Fraser.


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Short Walk: Around Rouken Glen.

Date of walk: 08/04/2016.
Distance/Grade:  4.5 miles / C, < 2.5 hours.
Circular/Linear  -   Circular.

Terrain:  Mostly tarmac footpaths, some steady gradients on the way out, 1 set of
downward steps on the way back.

Hazards: Busy road traffic at crossings, walking shoes are advisable, I will not be
using a walking pole.

Meet: Chatelerhault Car park, for car share at 09:30hrs.
The walk starts at Rouken Glen Garden Centre at 10:30hrs.

The walk starts and finishes at Rouken Glen Garden Centre. Where there are toilets, tea and 
coffee facilities.
On leaving the garden centre we turn right and right again, with the children’s play area on 
our left.
R.T opposite the pavilion onto a tree lined pathway, continue up a fairly steep short slope to 
the boating lake,
R.T. leave the lake on our left, here we take a short detour to the right to have a look at the 
waterfall.
Continuing with the lake on our left we bear right at the fork follow the path on a slight 
gradient to Whitecraigs.

On leaving the park we cross the busy Ayr Rd. at the traffic lights.
R.T. until we take a left onto the Loaning (here it becomes obvious by the high standard of 
housing that the inhabitants are at the higher end of the social scale)

L.T. into Craignethan Rd. continue and bear right onto Burnside rd. uphill
L.T. onto Roddinghead rd.
Cross the busy Mearns Rd. onto a path on our left.
R.T. into Greenbank Gardens where we pass the garden centre on our left.

On leaving the gardens we take a left onto Flenders Rd.
R.T. onto Mearns Rd. where we cross to the far side then L.T. onto Lomondside Av., continue 
downward where we have views of the Campsies and Dumgoyne, we cross the road and 
follow the path downward on a set of steps.
L.T. onto Redburn Av. R.T. onto the grove then L.T. back onto Ayr road, we cross at the traffic 
lights back into the park where we return past the Pavilion to the Garden Centre leaving the 
lake on our left. The walk finishes here.
We can have a light lunch etc.

Recce: Carried out by Bob Fairfull and Robin Stewart.
Date: 31/03/2016

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Long Walk: Maybole to Kildoon 

Date of Walk: 1st. April 2016.

Distance: 7 Miles, Circular. Walking poles and gaiters are advised.

Terrain:  Quiet country lanes, old coach road, grassy paths, possible muddy areas depending on rainfall. Ascent: approximately 280 feet. The ascent is gradual with one area, about 45 minutes into the walk, of steady ascent for about 10 minutes. Grade C+ with stunning views over the Ayrshire countryside.

The walk starts at the unique Carrick Centre next to the railway station in Maybole. Here we have our tea and toilet stop. We can have our social hour here after the walk or there are several pubs in Maybole. The bus will pick us up at the Centre.

            From the Centre we cross the road and follow the path across the green and go down School Vennel to reach the High Street. Turn right along the pavement and pass the Town Hall built in 1887. Continue along High Street and fork left along Coral Glen.

            The road descends and curves to the church of Our Lady and St. Cuthbert where we turn right and go uphill gradually along Allan’s Hill. Pleasant pastoral views over the Ayrshire countryside emerge. The monument at the top of Kildoon Hill is obvious ahead and we continue then descend to a footbridge alongside a rough ford which we cross to join a minor road. The walking is easy with minimal changes in elevation bar a slight incline at the railway bridge.

            Look for an old coach road branching right after the bridge signposted Kildoon Hill half a mile.  Follow the well-made track to begin the ascent to a small lochan where we can have lunch. We can have plenty short stops to admire the views as we ascend.  We go through a kissing gate and make our way along the ridge along one of the many sheep tracks. We will keep right to climb over the grassy terrain leading to the monument. This area could be muddy so gaiters are advised. We can admire the stunning views at the monument to Sir Charles Fergusson of Kilkerran-5th baronet and lawyer who, at his own expense, built many schools and churches in his seat of the county of Ayr. We descend retracing our steps to the kissing gate keeping to our left to avoid areas of mud.

            We turn left to pass the lochan where we had lunch and follow the coach road straight ahead. We cross a stile and descend alongside the remains of a drystane dyke to a wooden footbridge which we cross to reach a rather large stile. After crossing this we turn left along the quiet surfaced road to pass Altiwan Farm at Lower Burncrooks on the left and ignore the minor road on the right signposted Kirkoswald 5.5 miles.

            We follow the road passing Spring Garden Farm before turning left at the next road junction. This road signposted Maybole 1.5 miles takes us to the old coach road to retrace our way back to Maybole.

Recce report completed by Linda Christie, Murial Japp, Sheena Strachan and Grace  Gentles. On 25th March 2016

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Short Walk: The Drumchapel Way 

Date of walk: 11/03/2016

Distance/Grade:  >4.5 miles / C+, 2.75 hours.

Circular/Linear Circular

Terrain: Tarmac footpaths, Forest tracks and Grass 

Map

Hazards Road traffic at crossings, boots and poles are advisable.

Meet: Hamilton central station 09:30

At Drumchapel station, cross the footbridge and proceed to Garscadden Rd. 

R.T. to Olivers Café on the right where there are toilets, tea and coffee facilities


The walk starts and finishes at Olivers Café.

Leave the café with a L.T. onto Garscadden Rd.

R.T. at the path alongside Donald Dewar leisure centre and into Garscadden Burn Park, 

gentle slopes and firm path. Up a few steps bear left onto a path crossing open ground then 

cross over Kinfauns drive and bear left onto a grassy path with Colquhoun Park on the right.

leave Drummore primary school on the left and enter Garscadden Wood (East) known locally 

as the bluebell woods. Smooth firm path, moderate steady short climb to level out in the 

woodlands.

We then cross Peel Glen Rd. into Garscadden Wood (West) again good paths and moderate 

steady short climb to level out in the woodlands. Downhill to leave the church on the right.

Then enter Cleddans Burn with the water tower on the left, on a smooth easy path follow the 

low burnside route. 

L.T. up to the Cleddans burn signpost. R.T. at R/bt onto Antonine Rd., then bear left before 

the next R/bt onto path, leave Drumchapel park on your left and thro’ the town centre to 

Olivers for the finish of the walk, where we can have a light lunch etc.

Recce completed by; Bob Fairfull and Emily Ferguson

Date; 07/03/2016







PROPOSED WALK:            THREE VALLEYS (Lanark to Kirkfieldbank)

DISTANCE:                          6.5 MILES  GRADE  “C”+  LINEAR

TERRAIN:                             Tarmac back roads and rights of way paths

MAP REF:                             O.S. LANDRANGER  72


We start at Tesco’s car park in Lanark. On leaving main exit turn left, then right and left  onto  Gallowhill Rd.  Follow Gallowhill Road to Hope Street and turn left (fire station on RH corner), continue alone Hope Street for about 100yds, cross the road and turn right into Waterloo Road. Continue along Waterloo Road until it becomes the Stey Brae. Go down the Stey Brae, which is steep and uneven, until you reach a minor road where you turn right and follow the road to cross a bridge and then continue fairly steeply uphill. At the junction at the top of the hill, turn left and follow the road into Cartland. Turn left in Cartland and follow road to A73. Turn right and after about 20yds. cross the A73 to take up the right of way sign. Care has to be taken crossing the busy A73. Follow right of way downhill. This part of the walk is muddy and slippery. At the bottom of the hill continue straight on across the valley floor. Go through the gate at the cottage and ascend out of the valley to a road where you turn left and walk a short distance to a junction. Turn right and then left onto Hall Rd. Take the first left and then keep right at next junction and past a row of houses. The road becomes a track which you follow till you reach a road. Turn right onto the road and descend steeply past Mousemill and a caravan park. You then reach the A72 in Kirkfieldbank.

Please note this is quite a strenuous walk which is muddy in places. Poles are required.  Recce done on 20th February 2016  by:

Patricia Clark

Linda Christie

David Swan

Janette Strang


Recce report for circular walk to Kippen 

 5th Feb. 2016

 

Terrain: Country lanes, grassy paths, farm tracks and minor roads. Muddy in parts, boots, gators and poles are recommended.Some gradual uphill sections, not too challenging.

 

Distance 7 miles.  OS Explorer 366. OS Landranger 57

 

Walk starts at War Memorial in Main Street, going down lane till a tarmac road is reached, where we head through gate. Toward the bottom of the lane, it swings to the left.

Follow it uphill to a farm and continue on a rough road to B8037

Turn left and follow B8037 for 150m. Cross road and take the driveway signed Public Footpath to Broich and Fintry Road. Follow driveway go left and continue through a gate.Follow the path along the right-hand edge of the field and into a cutting.

Continue on path uphill, till  Brioch Mill where we walk to junction with a minor road. Turn right and then first left onto a grassy lane. At Dighty, go straight ahead onto a tarmac drive and follow it to the B822.

Cross the road and follow driveway uphill. At the white lodge house for Gribloch House follow path to the left and through a gate and into some trees, keeping ahead to a gate. Go left then right down a rough lane. Just beyond a large house the track forks. Take left fork and follow farm track to a minor road, Keep left and follow road downhill for 1 ½ miles. Keep left at Myreton Hill farm and  at the bottom of the hill turn left over a stone bridge. At sandstone house go left through a gate to pick up a right-of-way. Follow this grassy lane and then the minor road into  Kippen.

 

 Walk leaders, Betty Fraser, Joan Brown, Anne Falconer

Jim  McLaughlin



Recce report for Carbeth to Drymen
Friday 8th January 2016

Distance : 8.5 miles linear walk
Total ascent : 271 m.
Terrain : mostly level walking to start with -some steep inclines near the end of the walk.
Paths are muddy in places and there are lots of puddles!!!
Poles recommended.

We start the walk in Carbeth and walk along a country road until we reach a Ramblers Gate on the left. Here we join the West Highland Way and will continue on this route all the way to Drymen.
Passing through the gate we enter Tinkers Loan , and proceed to the next gate.
The path continues north towards Dumgoyach, a tree-studded hill. It curves right round the hill and crosses Blane Water by a wooden bridge.
We then turn left to follow a disused railway line.
At Dumgoyne  the Way crosses the A81 then continues parallel to the A81 for about I.5 miles.
We then pass under the B834 and recross the A81.
Shortly after crossing the A81 we leave the old railway line climb up beside a bridge to turn left onto the minor road from Killearn to Drymen.
We continue on this road and it is along this road that we experience the steepest climbs.
The road descends past a disused sand quarry and further on bends left over a small bridge. Immediately before the bridge we turn right at the way marker and go down some steps onto a footpath,staying on the footpath until it meets the A811.
We turn left at the road then, almost immediately, turn right and follow the B858 into the village of Drymen.


Recce done 5th January 2016 by Elinor Bones, Grace Gentles and David Swann.

Recce Report for New Lanark and the Falls of Clyde

On Friday 4th December 2015
Distance-7MIles CIrcular
Terrain-Moderate ,Paths Muddy,A few hills in places .
Waterproof Trousers ,Poles Recommended.


Bus will leave Chatelerhault at 09:15.
 
Walk. Begins and Ends at the New Lanark visitors centre.

Walkers who will be traveling by car please meet at the visitors centre at 10.15

From the visitors centre walk straight ahead up a small flight of stairs and forward on to the road ahead turn left and climb the hill beside the row of houses untill you reach the finger post for the Clyde Walk Way.
Follow the path down steps then alone the gorge untill you reach the uphill path which leads you into Castlehill Park .
Turn  left and follow the path out of the park then turn left on to a single track road at the end of the road turn left down the hill to the Water Treatment Plant .
Turn right and follow tarmac path on to the KIrkfield bank brae, go down the brae and cross over the bridge ,then turn left and go up the hill ,on the left hand side of the road you will see open gates this will lead you into the Bonnington Estate .
Follow the path very muddy in places you will see the back of a housing estate on your right hand side ,this will then change to a field at the end of the field you will see a path on the left the path is a bit overgrown so please do not miss it this will soon lead on to a better path you should be able to see the New Lanark Hotel across the river .Follow this path is also very muddy you will see a few trees over the path but you can get under them with no problem  follow the path which  will lead down hill to the river then up hill again their are wonderful views of the falls on your left hand side .
Follow the path past Corra Castle then  go straight ahead follow this path untill you see a set of steps on your left go down the steps and alone the path this will provide  spectaculars views of Bonnington LInn .
At the end of the path turn left then cross the Power Station weir bridge. At the end of the bridge turn left onto the Clyde walk way .Follow the path, the gorge will now be on your left hand side. The path goes down hill then uphill with a few flight of steps it then goes down to the Bonnington Hydro-electric Power Station, then take the path on the left alone the boardwalk fringing the river.The path then goes past New Lanark Mill weir then back to the New Lanark visitors centre where the walk ends .


Leaders.     Grace Gentles ,Pamela Colligan,Jim McLaughlin ,Linda Christie 



Short Walk Recce Report

Short Walk:              Douglas and the Castle Policies

Date of walk:            23/10/2015

Distance/Grade:      3.5 miles, C, Time; < 2 hours

Circular/Linear        Circular         

Terrain:                     Footpaths, estate roads and forestry tracks, in places, muddy and rutted

Meet:           Chatelerhault car park 09:15 for car share and 10:00 at Douglas car park which is adjacent to the café.

 On entering Douglas follow the P sign and take an immediate R.T. if you reach main st. you have gone too far.

The walk starts and finishes at the café where there are toilet, food and tea and coffee facilities

 Start:  Leave the car park and enter Douglas, at the Douglas Arms, R.T. onto main St. straight past the newsagents and then old St. Bride’s church and the Sun Inn, L.T. downhill then R.T. and enter castle policies past the lodge. Keep to the broad track that skirts Stable loch.

 At the ruined Castle Dangerous go downhill and cross the iron bridge, at Gardens house R.T. then go through the double gate on the left and follow the track on a steady uphill path, at the top L.T. onto the forestry track (German P.O.W’s marched on this track from their camp to the pit head baths at Douglas West). The track narrows, squeeze through the trees and fork left, at the remains of the mine buildings keep left downhill through light woodland. Cross Douglas Water on the blue bridge, straight on along the edge of the playing fields and follow the lane to the road. R.T. and follow the road to the rear of St. Bride’s church, retrace the route to the start.

There are no steps on this walk.

 Walking boots and poles are required.

 Points of historical interest;

James Gavin memorial

St. Bride’s church

Sun Inn

Polish war monuments

Cameronian monument

Douglas Castle ruins

The angus monument.

 Recce completed by; Bob Fairfull and Gina Hassan

Date; 12/10/2015                                                                                                                                             

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PROPOSED WALK: GARTMORN DAM AND LINN MILL DISTANCE.
6.5 MILES "C" +. CIRCULAR
 TERRAIN.  WOODED WATERSIDE PATHS MUDDY IN PARTS.   

 POLES RECOMMENDED. 

MAP REF:OS 58

 Start at the school,walk up the avenue passing the Visitor Centre at GARTMORN Dam in Sauchie and proceed with the dam/loch on your left and after a short distance go down the steps on the right. At the bottom of the steps turn right along the Brothie Burn and follow the path, keeping left at the next Y-junction, to the crossroads. Turn left onto the Clackmannanshire to Fife Cycleway and continue straight along track and field on either side. Keep to the right at the next junction onto the Tarmac lane. Just before the Clackmannanshire bypass (A907), turn left along the minor road for about 400m passing 2 bungalows. As you approach the B910 road climb to your left onto the Cycleway ( a disused railway line) and turn right with good views of the Ochils. After 400m the path crosses the bridge over the river Black Devon where you immediately take steps down to the right, through a gate and turn right down more steps under the Cycleway and walk along the river. In 50m cross the river by a narrow bridge and continue into pinewoods until you come to a road (B910). Turn right along the road, just before the bridge follow the public path on your left (signed "GARTMORN Dam"). After 700m, at the gate, take the left path into the Community Woodland and walk straight along this path with fields on your left. At the Y- junction go left and continue straight on to the orientation table and viewpoint. Drop down to the south shore of Gartmorn Dam, turn right and continue along the paths with the Dam on your left hand side. On reaching a junction turn left  signposted Visitors Centre.


 Recce done on the 8th October by: Joan Brown, Patricia Clark, Betty Fraser, Sheena Strachan




RECCE REPORT FOR MUGDOCK COUNTRY PARK WALK
ON FRIDAY 2nd OCTOBER 2015..

Distance:    6 miles - circular
Terrain:        Woodland and riverside paths.
                    Poles recommended.


Mugdock Country Park covers a substantial area north of
Milngavie on the outskirts of Glasgow.   It offers an unexpected
variety of terrain with beautiful old woodland, riverside paths,
lochs, open moorland with great views and at its southern
edge, two large reservoirs.

The walk starts in Milngavie at the start of the West Highland
Way which we follow for 2.5km.   We then follow a path which
climbs through Mugdock Wood and leads us to the impressive
ruins of Mugdock Castle, once a Graham stronghold.   We will
take time to explore the castle before making our way to the
Visitor Centre where we will stop for lunch.   There are plenty of
picnic tables and benches here and also two cafes and toilets.

After lunch we will walk down to Craigend Pond.   Partway round
the pond we climb some steps to Pheasant Wood and turn right.
At the edge of the wood we take the path ahead across Peitches
Moor which offers great views of the Campsie Fells.   From the
moor we walk down to Mugdock Loch, a site of Special Scientific
Interest noted for its display of water lilies.   After following the
path by the loch we make our way to the reservoir which we cross
and then join a path beside the water.   After 1km we turn right to
go across the causeway between the two reservoirs.   These
Reservoirs receive water through tunnels which run for more than
40km from Loch Katrine.   After crossing the causeway we make
our way back to Milngavie where there are plenty of nice tearooms
for us to visit before returning home.

Hope you all enjoy the walk.


Walk Leaders:  M.Jaap, E.Bones, P.Colligan,J.Brown.
Recce done on 28/9/15.




Recce Report for Friday 18th September 2015

From Lower Largo to Elie 7.25 Miles Linear

 

WALK LEADERS:

PAMELA COLLIGAN/KATHLEEN HUNTER and LINDA CHRISTIE/ANN FALCONER

WALKING POLES ARE ESSENTIAL AS THERE ARE SOME STEPS BOTH UP AND DOWN THE CLIFFS APPROACHING EARLSFERRY AND ELIE

On the way to Lower Largo we stop at the Blacketyside Farm Shop for toilets and coffee/tea break.

 We set off through the village of Lower Largo passing the Alexander Selkirk Memorial (Robinson Crusoe) before joining the Fife Coastal Path along the old railway line.  At Carrick Villa we saw a film crew making a period drama about Tom Morris (a famous golfer) and at this point we take the dunes path, walking through Dumbarnie Links Wildlife Reserve, which runs parallel with the beach, we then move onto the beach for our lunch stop.  The views across the water are amazing and we saw lots of birds diving for fish so look out for them. 

After lunch we set off along the beach to Ruddons Point where we turn off into the dunes for a short time crossing two wooden bridges arriving at Shell Bay Caravan Park skirting the edge of the Park we cross over the wooden bridge (no handrails) onto the dirt path leading to Kincraig Point. So far the paths have been fairly flat but from this point we climb up and down and there are some steps both up and down, single file walking is necessary and you need to watch your feet as at some points we walk close to the edge and are quite high up.  (There is an alternative route via the ‘Chainwalk’ which is said to be an exciting and unique scramble along cliffs using chains for handrails for fit experienced walkers!!!! Needless to say we won’t be taking that route!!!)  After walking down the last set of steps we reach a golf course at West Bay and follow the dunes path once more then crossing the golf course and at the end of that path we continue round the coastal path, passing the ruins of Chapel Ness, from there we walk down onto Elie’s main beach.  Then proceed to the main street where we will be picked up by the bus which will take us back to the Blacketyside Farm Shop for tea etc.

The walk is varied, very peaceful and has amazing views hope you all enjoy the it and we’ll pray for the sun to shine.

Pamela Colligan.


River Tay - Perth to Luncarty--Friday 5th Sept. 2015.
 6.5 miles linear.

Terrain - Good paths, tarmac at beginning of walk mainly flat, then woodland paths and narrow paths along riverbank. Poles not absolutely necessary, but could be useful on narrow path section. Riverbank maybe muddy if it rains,
Toilets in main car park in Perth at beginning of walk have a 30p charge.

Start the walk in the centre of Perth by walking north along the town-side of the river Tay. Pass under the final bridge where the high water marks from various floods have been carved and continue along the tarmac cycle route with the park on the left and the river on the right. Follow the mixed cycle and pedestrian track through the parkland, where a couple of viewing platforms project out into the wide river, and across the golf course.

At the far end of the golf course follow the cycle track as it turns right to head back to the river and then continues upstream. When gateposts with a flood barrier is reached pass through the gateway and take the right hand fork to follow the tarmac track as it runs along, separated from the river by a stone wall. After the wall ends, take the right hand branch at the next fork, keeping on cycle track 77, part of the national Sustrans network. 

Follow the cycle track as it bends inland and goes under the railway and a bridge carrying the A9 and then takes the left hand fork uphill, passing a gate and then turning right to follow an old road over a bridge. After the bridge follow the road to the right, with a cottage straight ahead. Soon take the path to the right where there is an information board. The path now heads back down the other side of the River Almond, the reason for the diversion away from the Tay. Follow it back under the A9 and then under the railway. Here paths have been created by bikers and the route can be muddy, keep to the left in the trees and follow the main path.

Keep on the path as it heads through trees and then back to the bank of the river and continues upstream. For this first section the path is narrow and near the water's edge, however it soon widens and becomes flanked by mature trees on both sides. At one point a stone marker, showing the boundaries of fishing beats is passed. Continue upstream as the path widens to a track and passes some fishermens' huts. Turn left between two houses and then immediately right to pass inland of the smaller house skirting around the edge of a field on a path to return to the riverbank.

This section is overgrown with quite high wild flowers etc. 

The path now leaves the trees behind and is flanked by fields. Keep following the path which can be a little overgrown in parts and cross a wooden bridge and pass a grand stone built house on the right. Immediately after this house turn left just before an attractive green fishing hut. After the hut turn right along a short section of path. This path emerges at a modern housing estate. Follow the crescent of houses until you can take a turning on the right. This is Taypark Road, follow it all the way through the rabbit warren of the housing estate until you turn left at a t junction to reach a small roundabout. Bear right here uphill to pass a shop and soon the main road in Luncarty is reached.


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Fisherrow via Musselburgh --Friday 21 August 2015 -6 Miles circular 
 
Terrain --Good Paths and Fairly Flat


The  walk starts and finishes at the Harbour where their are toilet , food and coffee facilities
We walk east from the harbour along the Promenade and, when the buildings finish , continue with FIsherrow LInks to the right , until the path reaches the River Esk .
Turn right , along a path by the riverside .
Follow this past two bridges then cross the old footbridge and continue up the river . At the next road bridge , cross the road this leads to a path up the left hand side of the river through an industrial estate , and then on to the River Esk Walkway which leads through woodland  and farmland by the river . Leave the path after about two miles just after it is crossed by the bypass . A tarmac road heads left , leading to the A6124 .Turn left along this ,over the bypass and on to into the pleasant village of Inveresk the pavement here is narrow singe file is recommended .On reaching the village we will head into the park for lunch .
At the end of the village the road splits .Go left,down the road signposted as a dead -end .To the end of the road ,is St Michael's Church to the left a track leads back down to the path by the river
Retrace your steps along the path back into Musselburgh and walk down to the road bridge cross the bridge and go alone the left hand side of the river this will lead back to the Promenade then on to the Harbour where the walk ends.

Walk Leaders --- Grace Gentles Pamela Colligan  Linda Christie David Swann



Balloch to Croftamie - Friday 7th August 2015 - 8 Miles

Terrain - Mostly tarmac. Stone path at beginning of the walk ( first Km). Black ash path last mile and half. 
 
The walk begins in Balloch where we pick up the path on the RHS of the River Leven heading to the Castle. We walk along the side of the river then Loch Lomond itself. When we reach "the Slipway" we'll stop to use the toilets and those who want to can have a warm drink. There is plenty of seating provided and we can enjoy the views over to Cameron House.  From there we climb up to (the now closed) Balloch Castle. We leave the grounds of the park at the North Lodge picking up the Cycle route NCN7. There may be an occasional car or cyclists on the route so care should be taken at all times. We descend to the busy A811. This has to be crossed and almost as soon as we are over we bear right to pick up the NCN7 again walking on minor roads. There are a few brief uphill parts in the earlier stages of the walk. However for most part the route is fairly level with great views of the surrounding hills in the area. About a half mile from the end of the walk we turn onto a path built on an old railway line. This brings us into Croftamie itself. We all agreed that sticks are not essential. As most of the walking will be on tarred road walking shoes, if you have them, will be more comfortable than boots.
 
Joan Brown  Sheena Strachan   Jim McLaughlin   David Swann

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PROPOSED WALK   CRAMOND VILLAGE TO SOUTH QUEENSFERRY  on 15/07/15

DISTANCE  APPROX  7 MILES

TERRAIN   GOOD PATHS AND FAIRLY FLAT



The walk starts at Cramond  Village where there are toilets and a cafe. From here we get a good
view of Cramond island which can be visited at low tide.

We turn left and follow the foreshore and river bank upstream past River Cramond  Falls.   A set of steep steps need to be climbed and descended . Continue ahead to arrive at T junction at Dowies Mill lane. 
Take the right turn over the River Almond stone bridge. We enter Dalmeny
estate through metal gates and continue down to the start of the shore walk. At the bottom of the
path, with the beach ahead, turn left along an unsurfaced path.

Continue along shore walk past Golf Course with Dalmeny House on the left. At the end of
the   Golf Course turn onto surfaced estate road. Pass entrance to Barnbougle Castle before
taking the right hand fork onto rough surfaced path ahead. We pass Peatdraught Bay and Whitehouse bay.

Along the paths we catch glimpses of the Forth Bridges.
We carry on along the promenade to the village where there are several cafes and hotels.


WALK LEADERS    BETTY FRASER  JOAN BROWN    LINDA CHRISTIE


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Ramblers Association S.L.O.W. Short Walk Recce Report

Short Walk: Eglinton Castle, Irvine 
Date of walk: 10/07/2015
Distance/Grade: <4 mile C 
Circular/Linear Circular 
Terrain: Can be muddy in places, woodland and riverside paths/Flat 
Map L’Ranger 70

Meet: Chatelherault Coach Park 09:15hrs



The walk starts and finishes at the visitor centre where there are toilet, food and coffee facilities.

Start; Leave the visitor centre & cross the coach park thro’ the 24hr access gate,
L.T. onto the new town trail, walk uphill past Eglinton castle ruins, cross the bridge over the 
Lugton water R.T, leaving Eglinton loch on our right cross the bridge over the river and 
continue on the new town trail, pass thro’ woodland straight through the xroad down thro’ the 
old wood R.T. onto the countryside walk towards mains dovecote, just prior to the dovecote at 
a ‘y’ junction R.T. through the woods, continue on the countryside walk L.T. at the ‘t’ junction 
onto riverside walk, approaching the castle ruins R.T. over the river L.T. to Tournament 
Bridge, straight across the bridge and through the xroads to the visitor centre and finish.
If you normally use a pole then do so.

The Montgomery family were created Earls of Eglinton in 1508
The 12th Earl, Hugh Montgomery inherited the title in1796 and set about building himself a castle, 
completed in 1802. This was to reflect the considerable wealth which the family had 
created. Among other things he was MP for Ayrshire.
The wealth was created mainly from industry, coal and agriculture.
Today the remains of the castle are one tall tower, part of the frontage, the foundations and 
the Georgian stable block that houses the visitor centre.
The building was used for Commando training during the war years and demolished in 1973. 


Recce completed by; Bob Fairfull & Emily Ferguson

Date;                                   29/06/2015

Ramblers Association S.L.O.W. Short Walk Recce Report


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PROPOSED WALK.    -     MOFFAT


DISTANCE.                 -      7 MILES


TERRAIN.       -         ROUGH IN PLACES, MINOR ROADS, UPHILL WOODLAND PATHS


OS.                             -        78





Start at the car park opposite Station Park. Head towards the river and turn right signposted for Waterside Walk. On reaching the old road bridge continue forward along the uneven section of the riverside path. At the fork before the bench turn right and right again at the way marker. The path moves away from the side of the main channel and along the edge of a copse. Turn right through the metal kissing gate set in the fence line and follow the track alongside the power lines to reach the old Edinburgh Road through a kissing gate. Single file is required until you reach the 30mph limit move to the pavement.  


At the end of Old Edinburgh Road look for a fingerpost signposted Gallowhill, cross the road and ascend the steps to reach the start of the path at a large grated drain and follow a narrow woodland strip uphill, to connect with a circular track and path inside the edge of Gallowhill wood. In places there are fine views of Moffat and surrounding hills. Complete the circuit of the wood before descending the woodland strip.


Look for fingerpost for Heatheryhaugh turn left. The track narrows to a path that reaches a field entrance. Pass through the kissing gate into the field and follow the fence line in front of you that runs parallel to the road below. Turn right after the kissing gate by the water trough and descend between the fence and the wall to reach the minor road. Turn right on to minor road where single file is required till we reach Well Road . Coming out at High Street.  




Recce done 22.5.15


Grace Gentles, Kathleen Hunter, Sheena Strachan



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Recce Report for Walk from Torryburn to North Queensferry

To be held on Friday 19th June 2015 7.5 miles approximately.

NOTE


Looking at the map in detail the walk from Torryburn to North Queensferry would have been 9 miles so we had first decided to start the walk at Crombie which would have made it 7.25miles but due to the roadworks at the Forth Road Bridge we decided it was too dangerous to walk with as many people across the busy crossroads just before North Queensferry.  Because of the works pedestrians have to continually cross the roads back and forth and especially at the four road junction we found it difficult with just us four so we are now starting at Torryburn and finishing at Rosyth making it 7.5miles.


We arrive at Cairneyhill for a coffee break at a lovely Garden Center where they have a small boutique which has a 20% sale on just now, ladies bring your credit cards just in case!

The walk starts at Torryburn walking along Shore Road and then climbing up to Crombie, a small village where the Ministry of Defence have an armaments base, along a minor road (which is a moderate hill with level bits).  Next we walk to Charlestown, which houses the Scottish Lime Centre along wooded paths down to the Forth a beautiful spot.  Leaving Charlestown, we stroll along the riverside with fantastic views across the Forth and arrive at Limekilns where we have lunch a really lovely peaceful village with more great views across the water.

After lunch we set off walking at the water’s edge for a time passing an old cemetery then up a winding path between woods and fields with various crops, this is a gradual climb (not too steep) where you can see Rosyth dockyards in the distance.  There is a short walk along beside the A985 until we branch off down paths to Rosyth where we will be picked up by the bus and taken to North Queensferry for tea and scones at £2.95 per person or a ‘pint’ at the Ferrybridge Hotel.

I do hope you enjoy the walk as much as we did.

 

Pamela Colligan

Friday 12th June 2015



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SOUTH LANARKSHIRE OLDER WALKERS.

Proposed Walk:       Skelmorlie to Largs

Distance:                 7Miles   Linear    Grade ‘C+’

Terrain :                   Roads and Pavements.

Map:                        Landranger  63

The walk starts at Wemyss Bay Railway Station where there are a few public toilets. On leaving the station turn right and go along the road a short distance before turning left to go up Station Road. There is a short sharp ascent up this road to Skelmorlie. Along the route is a board erected to illustrate the Ayrshire Coastal Path which we are following and which will help us to pick out landmarks later in the walk. About 300 yards up the hill we turn left then come quickly to Skelmorlie library. We head south. The road continues on pavements through the village. When coming to a 3 way junction (the Red Road) we take the middle road. Care has to be taken from here on as there are no pavements. If the main A78 coast road is blocked, the Red Road can become busy with diverted traffic.

We pass Skelmorlie Caravan  Site and enjoy magnificent views over the Cowal Peninsula. From here we descend past Skelmorlie Castle to the shore. Care has to be taken crossing the busy A78 as there is no pavement for about for 150 yards. On the shore is a good place to have lunch. From here after crossing back over we turn left and walk up into the hamlet of Meigle. After climbing back up to enjoy the views over the Firth of Clyde we walk for a further 3 miles. At a sign post we took the Low Road. The road gradually descends as we pass the golf course on our right. We go along Routenburn Road to go back down to the shoreline where we turn left and make our way back along pavements to Largs.

There are some beautiful views over the Firth of Clyde and to islands beyond. At this time of year the road verges are abundant with many colourful spring flowers. A lovely walk,  however the road we followed was quite undulating.

In Largs there are various cafes in which to enjoy a cuppa.

Recce done on 29.05.2015 by

Pamela Colligan, Betty Fraser, Elinor Bones and Patricia Clark.  



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Ramblers Association
Short Walk Recce. Report


Name of Group: S.L.O.W. Ramblers 

Recce Undertaken on: 25/05/2015                             Walk planned for: 12/06/2015 

Circular/Linear: Circular                                              Time to Complete: 2hrs>

Distance: 41/2 miles Walk:                                          Palacerigg Country Park, Cumbernauld



Meet at Chatelheraut Car Park 9.15am. Car Share (note this is a change to the advertised programme). Then at the Park visitor centre at 10am

There are toilet and refreshment facilities at the visitor centre. 
The first hour of the walk is moderate with 2 short fairly steep inclines.
The next hour is easy.

Terrain: Tracks and paths, muddy in places. Hazards: golf balls and the odd logging truck.
Walking boots and poles are recommended.



The walk starts and finishes at Palacerigg Country Park Visitor centre

We leave from the rear of the visitor centre on the red route with the children’s play area on the right then with the golf course on our right and after a short distance R.T. into woodland later L.T. onto the blue route and at the model flying club R.T. towards Glencryan woods, there is evidence among the old woods of the mines which provided fireclay for Cumbernauld brickworks, as we emerge from the woods on our left there is a clear view over to Cumbernauld and the high school, the walk opens up here for a bit until we approach the inclines, we leave glencryan wood and follow the Glencryan burn for a while.

We L.T. onto the red route and basically follow an anti clockwise route around the golf course passing Fannyside moor where for years peat was cultivated, and Fannyside loch back to the visitor centre. The walk is complete.

After a cuppa, those with energy left may wish to take a detour onto the tree top walkway. On a clear day you can see Arran over 60 miles away.

The site; from a run-down farm became a country park in the mid 1970’s, set in 700 acres and was supervised by a local naturalist, David Stephen.



Recce. Completed By: Bob Fairfull 25/05/2015
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PROPOSED WALK:   Eddleston—Barony Hall

DISTANCE:                8.4 MILES GRADE “C+” CIRCULAR

TERRAIN:                  Good Paths and Roads.

EXPLORER MAP:      337

The walk starts at the black iron gates at the entrance to Barony Castle Hotel. Turn right at the gates signed Fairydean Lodge and just after 10mph sign go up short flight of steps on the right and follow path for Barony Circular via Darnhall up the hill. On reaching a track in front of a high chain link fence, turn left. Turn right at next junction past an ‘ice house’. The track goes uphill between the edge of the wood and a beech hedge. Go through the gate and continue along the track and through the next gate. Go right where the waymarked path forks just before a seat on the left and through the conifer wood. Go through the gate at the end of the wood to reach the old post road. Take 2nd right, SP Old Road to Shiplaw, and continue along road passing wooden play area on right. Where the track meets the tarred road, turn left towards Cloich and walk up the road past the ‘No Through Road’ sign and then past the remains of the University Observatory on the right. Take the first turn left at the end of the tarred road SP Cloich. Follow the track past Cloich Farm and into Cloich Forest. Watch your footing as the path is very stony at times. The track descends into the valley of the Courhope Burn. Cross the valley and ascend the other side to reach a junction with a 3-way fingerpost on the left. 

NB this part of the walk is a long slog and quite strenuous.

Fork left immediately after the fingerpost and turn left after about 30m. The first 50m or so is stony and climbs quite steeply through the wood, but becomes less steep after the first bend. Go through the gate at the end of the wood and head across the field in the direction shown on the fingerpost as the Old Drove Road to Peebles. Go through the next gate and follow the track to the right. There may be a shallow ford just before you go through a wooden gate.  Carry on along the field edge with a stone dyke on the right, go through another gate, turn left and view information board on the right. Continue along the grassy track going through various gates but keeping  the dyke on the right. Go round a small mound on left into an area of rough pasture. Turn right at the fingerpost leading to Eddleston via Barony. Go through a wood, through a gate and down a track with the valley on the left.  The next gate leads into the garden of a house but the path turns sharp right and goes between 2 fences, with the garden on the left. The path then turns left down a hill before meeting a track at a T- junction. Turn right and then immediately left down a steep path. Turn left at the roadway, go over the bridge and up the road to return to Barony Castle.

Recce completed by: Janet Strang, Joan Brown, Muriel Japp  Patricia Clark.

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RECCE REPORT FOR LONG WALK FROM KINGHORN  TO ABERDOUR ON FRIDAY 1ST MAY, 2015.

Distance:  6.5 mile.

Terrain:     Good paths, a few small gradients.   Poles recommended.

 

The walk starts at Kinghorn Station.   We walk up Castle Wynd which takes us to the back of the town and then follow a road which leads us to Kinghorn Loch.   We skirt the top of the loch and then join a path which leads us uphill past a farm and on to a level track that runs across the hill well above the shore and gives lovely views across the Forth to Edinburgh.   At a cycle path sign we go left downhill on a path that twists down to the road.   Cross the road at the golf clubhouse and join a path that drops through the trees which leads us to the main road into Burntisland.   We make our way to the beach and this will be our lunch stop.

After lunch we make our way across the Links and walk through part of the town and join a path which runs alongside the railway.   We then cross under the railway and follow the Fife Coastal Path which leads to the Silver Sands at Aberdour where the walk ends.

Recce completed on Saturday 25/04/15 by 

Muriel Jaap
Betty Fraser
Sheena Strachan


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Ramblers Association
Short Walk Recce. Report
Name of Group: S.L.O.W. Ramblers 
Recce Undertaken on: 20/04/2015 Walk planned for: 24/04/2015

Circular/Linear: Circular Time to Complete:  2hrs>
Distance: 4 miles Walk:  The Differick


Meet at Chatelheraut Car Park 9.15am for car Share or Greenrig 10am
The walk starts at Greenrigg where there are approx. 5 houses, park considerately.
This is a moderate walk 

The walk starts and finishes at Greenrig
We follow a gently rising track between the houses uphill, the whole of the clyde valley is on 
view and the hills of Argyll and the Trossachs are easily picked out until we reach Boreland 
wood then the differick ends at Low Boreland farm passing Beeches Nursery.

At the Crossroads L.T. and follow the road all the way to Hawksland, L.T. past the row of 
houses known as Dickland. About 100 yards beyond houses ‘rebuilt by John Frater’ take the 
left fork and follow this road via Burnside nursery back to Greenrig.

Walking boots and if you normally walk with a pole, use one
Terrain, farm tracks and tarmac, hazards, tractors.
Getting there: no public transport.

At the far end of Kirkfieldbank(don’t cross the clyde)R.T. onto Riverside road and continue up 
to Newhouse farm on your right, just past the farm R.T. after a short distance R.T. again into 
Greenrig road, follow this road into a dip and then to greenrig at the top of the hill where the 
walk starts at a small group of houses.

Recce. Completed By: Bob Fairfull and Gina Hasan


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Recce Ashfield to Bridge of Allan.

Terrain: riverside paths and some rough old lanes that are rocky in parts. Some slight ascents. Prone to be muddy.   Approximately 7 miles long.

At Ashfield turn left past a row of cottages. Take left over the white  bridge. Right at gate and follow the fence. Care at erosion of river path is needed. Railway and river on your right.  Pass a drumlin and go under the A9.

Follow the narrow path along the Allan Water keeping right and descending to  some houses. Pass an open space then keep next to a stone wall. At the sign for Ashfield turn right.

Take right at the bridge and left at the football pitch. Go under the railway bridge. You can have lunch in the park next to the river. Make your way to the railway station from the Cathedral.

At Dunblane cross take right to the station then left to cross the dual carriageway at the lights. Turn left towards the golf course then right at the sign post for Darn Walk. Follow a stoney old lane between two walls. At the footbridge turn right. Signpost Dunblane. Ignore the concrete bridge and a cave is on your left. Follow the path up a leafy gully and cross a bridge over a tributary.Come to two fences and look for a footpath sign marked Dunblane.

Pass some new houses going right downhill and pass a weir on Blairforkie Drive.  You reach town centre taking left at the roundabout.

Recce completed by Linda Christie and Patricia Clark.


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PROPOSED WALK               WINCHBURGH TO LINLITHGOW

DISTANCE                             6.5 MILES

TERRAIN                               FLAT CANAL WALK

TOILET FACILITIES              DOBBIES GARDEN CENTRE, LIVINGSTON

OS LANDRANGER 65

 

 

Please note this walk now starts at Winchburgh and not Broxburn as printed in programme.

We travel to Dobbies Garden Centre at Livingston for toilets and a quick coffee stop and then proceed on to Winchburgh for the start of the walk.

We start from the 'Tally Ho' pub car park, turn right and after a short distance on the pavement, we reach a bridge over the canal. We then descend some steps to join the towpath along the canal. This path is flat all the way to Linlithgow.

We follow the curves of the canal, through a wooded area, passing en-route several bridges over the canal before the scenery opens out to panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. We will stop for lunch along the way - at a chosen spot! - and then continue on to the canal basin at Linlithgow.  From there we walk downhill, passing the station and reach the main road through the town.

We cross over and head up the right hand pavement until we reach a sign to Linlithgow Loch - turn left here and walk a short distance to reach the loch. We head up to the Palace and at this point we will disperse for coffee/tea time in Linlithgow. 

Information will be given re-time and place to meet up with our bus.

 

Recci done by:

Linda Christie

Pamela Colligan

Ann Falconer

Kathleen Hunter

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RECCE REPORT

River Annan

6 Miles C Circular

Terrain Flat Path Muddy

 

The walk starts from the Battery Street car park,follow the riverside path upstream through the Everholm Park .

AT the far end of the park,the path leads through a gate into woodland . A hundred yards ahead there is a land slide a diversion has been put in place Picking up the river path again the Cuthbertson Memorial Bridge appears ahead, carry straight on up the right hand bank of the river under the bridge which carries the A75 road . Follow the riverside path to the weir please take extra care here, as the water is fast flowing.

Further up stream you reach The Jubilee Bridge continue on the right hand  bank of the river past the pumping station. The path follows the river across a meadow and then enters a wooded area.Here the river forms "Rabbit Island " .

The path continues alone the river bank  to reach a fishing shelter where we will stop for lunch .

At this point join an estate drive which continues up river towards Brydekirk.At the Lodge and the junction with the main road turn left and cross the bridge into the village .

To return to Annan turn down River Street beside the Inn and keep straight on over grass where the road turns right.The riverside path strikes off on its own and enters woodland continue alone the path with the river on your left until you reach the Cuthbertson Memorial Bridge,cross the bridge keeping the river on your right return through the Everholm Park this will lead you back to the Battery Street car park.

As paths are very muddy and wet sticks and waterproof trousers are recommended.

 

Recce done on the 1/3/15 by.

 

Walk Leaders

Grace Gentles

Sheena Strachan

Pamela Colligan

Kathleen Hunter 





PLEASE NOTE WE HAD TO SWITCH WALKS FEBRUARY/MARCH DUE TO WEATHER
CONDITIONS AT ANNAN.
RECCE REPORT
Helix Park to Falkirk Wheel
6.5 Miles C Linear
Terrain Flat Path

The start of the walk is at Falkirk Football Stadium where we can get toilets and a cup of coffee if
you so wish.
By following a broad path out of the car park and away from the stadium we cross at a pedestrian
crossing and on the other side follow a sign for the Helix Park.
With the Plaza Cafe as our starting point follow the path around the Lagoon keeping the Lagoon on
our left, on returning back to the Plaza Cafe we head around the great lawn towards the main
entrance. At Etna Road roundabout head right towards the blue bridge, from here you can see the
Kelpies. Continue along the pavement beside the A9 road to Asda Warehouse where there is a
sign for Langlees Community woodland pointing to the right. Go down the track and turn left after
the pylons along Abbots Road . Follow the road as it turns left and immediately take the footpath
off to the right towards the human sundial. Facing the sundial go down the path on the left. Pass
Love and Kisses on the right. Turn right at the black fence continue until you return to the human
sundial. Turn left at human sundial through the woodlands and over small bridge . Follow the path
with wetland on the right. At the end of the path turn right and go down the river Carron turn back
on the other side of the river Cannon heading for the Kelpies. It is here we shall have our lunch.
After lunch we head away from the Kelpies to join the Forth and Clyde Canal which was the worlds
first sea to sea canal. With the Forth and Clyde Canal on our left we continue along the canal till
we reach the Falkirk Wheel where there is a cafe for refreshments.
Recce done on 31/1/15 by
Walk Leaders
Pamela Colligan
Muriel Japp
Kathleen Hunter
Sheena Strachan



Helensburgh Long Walk  16/1/15


The walk starts at Helensburgh Pier where there are public toilets.
We walk uphill past Hermitage park and upper station. We reach
the Hill House which was designed by Rennie Mackintosh, there
are extensive gardens but unfortunately  they are closed at this time
of the year. We head  into a woodland area and follow sign for Rhu
Marina.along a stony track and into a mix of woodland and open
ground, this track is known as the Upland Way, it gives good views
across Glen Fruin, acros the Clyde to Greenock and over the Roseneath
Peninnsula.
After crossing open ground we continue through a large forested area made
up of four woods. We head for Rhu Marina taking a pretty path  through trees
crossing several little bridges, we follow the long straight Highlandmans Road
all the way down towards Rhu where there are again expansive views of the
Clyde.We carry on downhill  passing Tor Farm till we reach the marina.
From there we carry on along the promenade till we reach the town centre.Where
there are several coffee shops.
Boots and poles are recommended.

Walk Leaders
Betty Fraser
Joan Brown
Linda Christie
Elinor Bone















> PROPOSED WALK Maryhill Locks to Milngavie 

>
DISTANCE 6 MILES "C" Plus Linear 

> TERRAIN Flat paths 

> TOILETS Tesco, Maryhill and Milngavie 


> As the last walk of the year, this walk was chosen as a flat 'easier' walk 
along the banks of the River Kelvin. It is a lovely 
> walk but the paths are muddy in places and the fallen leaves are slippy so we 
need to take great care - sticks and 
> waterproof trousers are advisable. 

> The walk starts at Maryhill Locks - we cross the canal, turn left and then 
join the path along the River Kelvin - on this path we sighted 
> a kingfisher - the highlight among other birds. We then leave the river, cross 
Maryhill Road and walk into Maryhill Park. 
> We head through the park, turn left onto the road passing the Riding School 
for the Disabled and then onto a path (rather muddy) which 
> re-joins the River Kelvin. We then turn right and head to Balmuildy Bridge 
where we plan to have our lunch stop. After lunch, we cross 
> over Balmore Road and re-join the path along the river until we reach the 
meeting of the River Kelvin and Allander Water where we turn 
> left along Allander Water reaching Boclair Road. At this point, we turn left 
and join the road for a short distance to the pub/restaurant 
> called the Tickled Trout, cross the road and after a short distance re-join 
the path along Allander Water. This is a GOOD path finishing 
> at Milngavie Road - we then turn left, cross over to Keystone Avenue and then 
right into Lennox Park. We follow the river to Gavin's Mill 
> fish pass, emerging into Milngavie at Tesco's car park at end of our walk. 
There is a Costa coffee shop and toilets in Tesco - and 
> a short walk takes us to Milngavie centre where there are several coffee shops 
and pubs! We will all meet at designated time at clock 
> in town centre and walk together to get quickly onto bus which can only stop 
for short time at Milngavie station. 


> WALK LEADERS 

> Kathleen Hunter 
> Pamela Colligan 
> Mary Greenshields 
> Linda Christie 





S.L.O.W.


The Kelpies Short Walk 14/11/14

Short Walk Recce. Report carried out on 03/11/2014 for the group walk planned for 14/11/2014 Circular Grade C. Time taken: Approx. 2 hours Recce. By Bob Fairfull and Mary Greenshields.

Terrain: Tarmac, hard core, pavement, river and woodland paths, fairly flat, muddy in places

Hazards: Crossing a busy road at traffic lights, Canal and the river Carron.

Start and finish at the Falkirk Stadium car park.

At the start of the walk there will be time for a quick coffee or tea and toilets.

At the end of the walk there will be time for a light lunch.

Start:

We start at the stadium car park, cross the main road at the traffic lights and enter the helix park, follow the Kelpies sign North past the lagoon & the great lawn, through the wetland area past the two 30metre high Skelpies sculptures.

We cross the canal past the colourful boating huts and the marina, turn right alongside a fence and continue along the river path with the river on our right heading for Langley woods and come upon the Roman Sun Clock. A tarmac path leads straight onto the love and kisses monument(some imagination is required here). We retrace our steps to the Sun clock turning right onto a broad path which comes out at an access road, turn right and then left at the main road.

Continue on the worn path and onto the pavement of the main road, across the Blue Bridge turn left back into Helix park and retrace our steps back to the Stadium



Proposed Walk Friday 7th November 2014

Please note we will be doing the Greenock Cut and not the Kelly Cut as on the programme. Part of the Kelly Cut was flooded when we carried out the recce and hence the change.

Leave the Greenock Cut Visitor Centre and turn left to follow the Overton Track. We pass the Compensation Reservoir and Loch Thom before going up a gradual incline. On reaching the top wonderful views of the Lochs and surrounding area can be seen. As we continue downhill, panoramic views of the Clyde open up before us – Gourock in the foreground with Helensburgh and Rhu across the river with hills and mountains in the background. At Overton we reach a white cottage where we turn left and join the Cut which is the aqueduct we now follow all the way round. Walking along this path again the views are quite beautiful – weather permitting.

When we reach Shielhill Farm, cross the road and re-join the path which takes us back to the Greenock Cut Visitor Centre.

There are toilets at the visitor centre.

Patricia Clark

Betty Fraser

Muriel Japp

October 28th 2014  




RECCE REPORT FOR
TROON PAST AND PRESENT CIRCULAR WALK
ON FRIDAY 17/10/14


This walk starts at Troon Town Hall walking north along
the esplanade and joining the North Shore Road to
Barassie.   Here we join a cycle track which runs along
the side of the golf course, passing Marr College, and
going through a tunnel under the main road, then passing
the cemetery and walking through a housing estate to
Fullarton Woods.   We then follow the Smugglers Trail
through the woods until we reach an open picnic area.
We will stop here for lunch.   As this lunch stop will be
a bit later than usual, as it is more than halfway through
the walk, it would be advisable to take a good snack
before starting the walk.
After lunch we continue on the Smugglers Trail past the
site where Crosby Castle once stood and past the remains
of Fullarton House.   We pass Troon Rugby Club and
follow a path to the ruins of Crosby Kirk.   We now cross
the main road and take the path along the side of the
Lochgreen Hotel which leads to a cycle track by the side
of the golf course.   We follow this until we reach the main
road and then walk down past the Marine Hotel and on
to the South Esplande and back to the Town Hall.
This is an easy, flat walk along mostly good paths, some
of which may be a bit muddy if wet.   Poles not required.

Recce done on 11/10/14 by
Muriel Jaap, Kathleen Hunter, Sheena Strachan and
Elinor Bones.





Recce Rest and be Thankful to Artgartan.

From Car Park take left onto B road which is a gradual steep climb.

Take sharp left at sign for access ben Donich 857 m. Glen More sign post

following left at sign post for Glen Croe on your left. We follow country paths from this point.

Take right following coloured posts and pass waterfalls with a clear view of Cobbler on your left.

Take left avoiding the Cat Craig loop (to your right).

Follow path for 30 minutes and cross bridge on your left to enter Artgartan car park.

Walk has been shortened as the loop part was thought to be too strenuous.

There are toilets at the car park and bus will take us to Arrochar where walkers can choose where to go for refreshments.

Recce completed by Linda Christie, Muriel Jaap, Patricia Clarke and Betty Fraser on 11/9/2014.

















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