Thursday, 16 November 2017

Some more snaps from the Gogo Burn jaunt

No, it's not what you think. He was actually taking a photo.

Gogo Burn - 15 Nov. Some snaps

Gogo Burn 15 November

Alan, Allan, Davie C, Gus, Ian, Jim, Jimmy, Kenny R, Kenny T, Malcolm, Paul, Rex

The morning was dry, still and overcast, as we met at Douglas Park in Largs for the day’s walk. This is one of those walks where you get little time to get into your stride before climbing fairly steeply, and so, before too long, view stops were called for. It became obvious right away that it was going to be wet underfoot, and those donning gaiters had chosen well. The slippy steps were negotiated successfully before we set off over the hill, following the path. As explained earlier the going ranged from the good, to the wet, to the boggy, but we made the cairn, our coffee stop, by about eleven fifteen.
Stepping out!
The next section was a bit wetter, but we eventually saw our turning point i.e. the new bridge over the Gogo Burn adjacent to the new wee dam, and made our way down to the relative comfort of the road, meeting a couple of mountain cyclists on their journey down to Largs. Twenty minutes or so later (at about twelve forty) we stopped for lunch at the Greeto Falls and by this time the sun was trying to break through meaning that the stop was very pleasant indeed.
Mist the bridge? No way. But Gus loses footing.
Lunch at Greeto
The walk back into the town was straightforward, and the cars were reached three and three-quarter hours after having set off with the fitbits suggesting we had covered about eight miles.
FRT was taken in Wetherspoon’s where Davie the Younger didn’t take much persuading to splash out with the kitty money and buy us chips.
Another good day out!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Arrangements for 22 November 2017

Meet in the Sorn Church car park at 10.00 am.  From there we will drive to Laigh Brocklar and then go up Blacksidend (...and perhaps beyond!).

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Glenbuck 8 November

Alan, Allan, Davie C, Davie Mc, Dougie, Gus, Ian, Jim, Jimmy, Kenny T, Malcolm, Peter, Rex, Robert

A very healthy turnout of Ooters assembled at the fishery carpark at Glenbuck on a dry, fresh morning. There was a chill to the wind so little time was spent blethering before the group split into two to go their separate ways. Your scribe, Dougie, Jim, Jimmy, Malcolm and Peter would do a low-level walk leaving the other eight to do the Hareshaw Hill walk.
The ‘Walking In More Pleasant Surroundings’ group set off round the loch in a clockwise direction, taking about fifty minutes to complete this section at a steady saunter. As expected, underfoot conditions were not the best in places, but, by and large, the going was easy. The next section consisted of joining the River Ayr Walk and walking towards Muirkirk. Small sections of this track very definitely wet and those with gaiters had chosen wisely. Peter bemoaned the fact that his boots were letting in – time to splash out, Peter! We stopped for coffee at what remains of an old bridge over the burn (river) and were entertained by the efforts of a couple of farmers and their dogs who, across the main road, were trying to herd reluctant sheep into a pen.
Marching on, we continued until a fence across the path signalled our turning point. Retracing our steps, we were back at Glenbuck at one o’clock, having covered six miles, and, having studied Bill Shankly’s memorial and the ‘sculpture’ which marks the start of the River Ayr Way, we made our way down the wooden hide for a leisurely lunch.
Making our way back up the carpark, we got changed quickly and were just about to settle into the cars to await the rest when Holly appeared, closely followed by the guys. Their walk had taken about three hours and forty-five minutes and had been nine miles in length.
As we made our way to the Empire Bar in Muirkirk, light rain began to fall, but we had got the best of the day and thoroughly enjoyed the FRT, complemented with Alan's cakes and biscuits (many thanks, Alan!). The wisecracking was up (or down) to its usual standard. 
A good day out!

Some images from Glenbuck

A bench with a view.

The first bridge on the River Ayr

Just for Peter

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Arrangements for Wed 15th Nov

Meet at the gates to Douglas Park ,Largs around about 10.00.a.m. The walk is up the hill as far as is desired and return via the track beside the Gogo burn.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Cumnock to Dumfries House 1 November

Alan, Allan, Davie C, Davie Mc, Dougie, Gus, Kenny T, Malcolm, Paul, Peter, Robert, plus guest appearances from Jimmy and Kenny R

It had been raining for hours and the forecast was for it to continue for the rest of the day, so it was not the most enthusiastic bunch* of Ooters who assembled at the swimming pool car park in Cumnock. Jimmy arrived to say that he wisnae that weel and would not be walking, but would catch up with us in the pub later. Kenny R wanted a longer walk to maintain his fitness, so he departed to walk from Troon to Irvine and back. After some deliberation it was eventually agreed that we would walk to Dumfries House, have a coffee, and then return.
Suitably adorned in wet weather gear and with umbrellas in abundance, we set off along muddy paths, braving a smelly discharge into the river from the sewage works, and continuing into the grounds of Dumfries House and making for the coffee shop. As we devoured our scones and coffee, not to mention rolls and sausage, the rain got heavier and any notion of the brave to extend the walk soon dissipated. Peter suggested returning a different way via the new entrance gate and Auchinleck, and convinced most to join him. Allan, Davie Mc (who was a bit under the weather, literally), Malcolm and Holly retraced their footsteps and were back at the cars about twelve twenty -five, twenty minutes before the rest. Out and back was five miles, Peter’s route about six.
After getting dried off and changed, no mean feat given the conditions, the Black Bull in Mauchline was our choice for FRT, and true to his word, Jimmy rose from his sick couch to join us. As usual, the banter was lively, and a good laugh was had.

*What is the collective noun for Ooters? A quarrel? A mincing? A confusion?
Answers on a postcard!

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Arrangements for Wed 8th Nov

Meet in the car park at the start of the river Ayr walk beside Glenbuck Loch around 10.00.a.m. Decision regarding where we will walk will be made on the day to suit the weather forecast.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

New arrangements for Wed 1st Nov

Forget Glenbuck - forecast persistent heavy rain all day.
New arrangements-- meet at the swimming pool in Cumnock at 10.00.a.m.
Walk from Cumnock to Ochiltree and get the bus back.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Octoberfest 25 October

Allan, Davie C, Davie Mc, Gus, Jimmy, Johnny, Kenny R, Kenny T, Malcolm, Paul, Peter, Rex, Robert

Johnny greeted us with coffee and scones before we set off, by car, for the car park at the shore in Irvine. The morning was bright, but there was a stiff breeze against us as we made our way along the beach to Barassie. We took some time to pause at the benches for some of our members to have a snack before setting off on the return journey, thankfully with the wind behind us. The beach was reasonably busy with walkers, taking advantage of the dry weather, and getting out to get the cobwebs blown away.
We were back at the cars about two and three-quarter hours after having begun our walk, and soon we were back at Johnny’s to celebrate Octoberfest. As usual, our host had done us proud with excellent stovies followed by pies and snacks, all accompanied by a selection of ales from the Nythva Brewery. Special mention goes to the chef’s sweet onion pickle which was well received. Mind you, a certain gentleman from Darvel gleefully accepted the offer thinking, erroneously, having misheard, that he was going to get a pie and a tickle. (What goes on in Mosset, stays in Mosset. Aye right!).
A great afternoon was had, and thanks, yet again, goes to Johnny for his gracious hospitality. Roll on Novemberfest!

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Images from Irvine shore

Christmas Curry 20th Dec.

The Jewel in the Crown has been provisionally booked for 16 people on Wed 20th Dec at approx 3.00.p.m. Please confirm your willingness to attend so that I can give them accurate numbers before the 20th.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Some other images from Queensberry

Preparing to set off

There was a brightness on the hills that suggested a good day.

The track followed the upper valley of the Capel Water

Approaching the bothy of Burleywhag, a nice, tidy wee bothy.

A wee waterfall on the Capel Water above Burleywhag.

Coming down out of the hill fog to get an extensive view of Nithsdale.