Adventures of the Early Ooters

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

A brief report on Lendalfoot Walk

We met about 10.00. in the car park outside Girvan on the Stranraer road. Rex had checked out a suitable parking slot nearer Lendalfoot and the start of the walk. This info was forwarded to John McGarry who was waiting in the Varyag car park to join us for the outing. We set off well kitted up to cope with the Baltic wind and only walked a very short distance before having to cross the road and begin the ascent of the hill forming part of the AYRSHIRE COASTAL PATH. This part of the path was very steep and unrelenting, so much so that I found myself mostly at the back of the group virtually all day. The odd exception to this was the down hill stretches which suited me just fine. The walk proved to be challenging , rewarding , with more than its fair share of GLAUR due to the recent rain. The weather held for the day and delivered good views of Arran, Argyll and glimpses of Ireland. The descent off Byne Hill was a little tricky as it was steep,wet and slippy in places. We turned left at the junction of roads beside the graveyard to make our way down to the A77 then along the coast to Rex's car.  Rex kindly drove the four drivers back to Lendalfoot to retrieve their cars. F.R.T. was quaffed in the Maybole Arms before the journey home.

Arrangements for Wed 20th Nov

Meet in the Hurlford Bowling Club car park at 10.00 a.m. The plan is to walk along the river to Darvel. Bring bus passes for the return journey. This walk is relatively flat to encourage all members.

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Glasgow Canal Walk 6 November

Alan, Allan, Billy, Dougie, Gus, Hugh, Jim, Johnny, Kenny R, Kenny T, Malcolm, Rex, Robert

Having taken coffee in the Counting House we set off on our canal walk at twenty past ten on a bright, chilly morning. Our route is the weel-kent one i.e. up to Speirs Wharf and then along the canal to Maryhill Locks. On the way we spotted some herons sunning themselves and noted a fair bit of work going on along the opposite bank of the canal. Another coffee stop was called for at the benches next to the locks, but not before some debris from last night’s fireworks had to be cleared away. It was not the first time today that we were dismayed to see this type of rubbish left. Why don’t they clear up after them?

Anyway, we then moved down on to the Kelvin Walkway for the next part of the walk. Robert showed an interest in visiting the Kibble Palace and insisted on leading us. Of course, he marched on and missed the turn off, meaning that we emerged, not on to the Botanic gardens, but to Kelvingrove. Kibble Palace can wait for another day.

Moving up to Park Gardens, we then crossed the motorway using the footbridge at Charing Cross and made our way up Sauchiehall Street to the Hengler’s Circus (Wetherspoon’s) for lunch. A lot of work has been done in Sauchiehall Street to make it more attractive. All that needs now is for some of the buildings to be renovated or replaced and more businesses to be attracted there – easier said than done!

We had been on the walk for two and three-quarter hours and had covered seven and a half miles, so our lunch was well-enjoyed.

By quarter to three we had all left the pub and were making our different ways back home. A good day out!

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Arrangements for Wed 13th Nov.

Meet in the car park on the right after exiting Girvan on the Lendalfoot road.  Meet at 10.00.a.m.
The plan is to leave at least one car in the car park then travel on in the remaining cars to Lendalfoot. The walking route may be along the Ayrshire coastal path or over the hills back to Girvan. The remaining car can be used to retrieve the cars left in Lendalfoot