Thursday, 21 September 2017

Arrangements for Wed 27th September

Meet at 10.00.a.m. in the car park at the foot of Tinto Hill.

 In the event of another wet forecast Davy Mc. will decide an alternate walk and publish details on the Blog  after 6.00.p.m. on Tuesday

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Catrine to the Haugh and back 14 Sep 2017

Present: Jim, Ian, Paul, Jimmy, Gus, Peter, Dougie, Robert, Davie M, Rex, Kenny R, Kenny T

For the second time our planned traverse of the Four Tops at Glenafton had to be postponed because of the prospect of heavy rain. As it turned out, there was only one shower, albeit extremely heavy, during our walk from the old bank car park opposite Peter's house to the Haugh at Mauchline and back.
We did the wee loop through the wood that runs parallel to the road before heading past Kingencleuch Farm and down to the river just east of the Haugh. The path was in a frightful state due to the amount of rain that had fallen; indeed it was in the worst condition your scribe has ever seen in decades of walking in this area.
Lunch was taken under the Ballochmyle Viaduct with Davie mentioning that if you visit Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow you will see a fair-sized painting of the viaduct. This painting was commissioned by the Glasgow and South West Railway Company to celebrate the viaduct's opening in 1850, it having the longest single masonry arch in the world at that time.
We arrived back at the cars roughly three hours 15 minutes after we had set out.
FRT was as is our wont taken at the Black Bull in  Mauchline where there was plenty of the usual gay banter. Sincere thanks go to the barmaid for serving up pizzas which disappeared like snaw aff a dyke.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Arrangements for Wed 20th September

Meet at 10.00.a.m. In the car park at the foot of Tinto Hill. In the event of a dire forecast handsome Davy will decide where we will walk and appropriate arrangements on Tuesday evening.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

New arrangement for Wed 13th

Meet at 10.00.a.m. in the bank car park in Catrine. The walk will be along the river from Catrine to the Howford viaduct then right towards Mauchline and right again back to Catrine.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Car parking in Glen Afton

Hi Guys,
Just checked the car parking at the head of Afton. The wee park at the trees is OK and, according to the chappy who was working there, it is never busy. He even offered to park his van elsewhere on Wed. There is no parking at the waterworks itself - the area where we have parked before is fenced off for the workers - so we have to park at the trees.
Be careful driving up the road for the wind farm workers are wheeching up and down faster than they should on such a narrow road.
J

Christmas Panto Wednesday 20 December at 12.00

Yes, it's that time again. Oh no it's not. Oh yes it is...

This year it will be up to each individual Ooter to book his own ticket i.e.
Go to Oran Mor's website
Select What's On
Select A Play A Pie and A Pint and the Christmas Panto. Cinderella 2: I Married A  Numpty.
Book Tickets for Wednesday 20 December at 12.00. Pay online.
Be careful, there are two performances on this day. Choose the right one.

A Glasgow walk will be the alternative.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

30 August - Dumbarton - Lang Craigs circular

Paul, Kenny T, Kenny R, Robert, Dougie, Rex, Malcolm, Gus

We gathered at the garden centre below the Erskine Bridge (table service only) just as the heavens opened. Fortunately by the time we had supped our coffees, consulted maps and agreed on our start point the rain had stopped – it was to be the only rain of the day.

Satnavs were needed to find our point of departure at the Sports Centre on Dumbarton Common, but the technology was mastered and we soon reassembled there. At this point Paul realised his boots, socks and change of clothes were still at the foot of the stairs in Barassie – but undaunted he stepped out in the shoes he’d arrived in.

The start of the walk took us through suburban Dumbarton and we crossed the busy A82, passed the police office and entered Overtoun House estate.  The house was built in the 1850s in Scots Baronial style and was designed by the father of the infamous Madeleine Smith. It was suitably gloomy.  Kenny T raised our spirits by telling us a tale about suicidal dogs (confirmed by Wikipedia (not that we doubted him …much)) who have a propensity for leaping to their deaths from the adjoining bridge.  Wikipedia claims that most of the dogs jump from the same side of the bridge, in clear weather and tend to be breeds with long snouts.

Don’t mention this to Holly.

From here we were soon on to open ground. Unlike on most walks we had an embarrassment of maps with us today. Maps are clearly grossly overrated since we still weren’t sure where we were, but a chat with a friendly dog walker soon saw us right. The route map suggested we should do a bigger circle around the back of the crags but we chose a shorter, steeper and more direct route. Rex and Robert then set off through the heather in search of where we should have been, but the rest of us just meandered along the top of the sheer drops and settled down for lunch, enjoying glorious views along the Clyde. We were joined a little later by the two intrepid explorers who had aborted their search for the summit.

After lunch we completed the fine walk along the tops and started our descent.  Major excavations were going on and a boggy detour had to be followed which put Paul’s less sturdy footwear to the test. A sign proclaiming “The farmer is a **STAR*” suggested walkers were not too enamoured with his diversion.

Eventually we dropped back down to the A82, passed Jackie Stewart’s old garage and found a cycle route, following the line of the old Glasgow, Dumbarton & Helensburgh Railway, which took us back to the cars.

FRT was planned for the Milton Inn on the edge of the town but when we arrived we were notified that the pipes were being cleaned. Hmm. The Brown Bull in Lochwinnoch was an excellent substitute and a very convivial hour was spent at the  end  of a good day’s walking.

Footnote (geddit?) : Paul’s shoes survived the walk.

Distance: 9 miles

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Arrangements for Wed 6th Sept.

Meet at the Whitelees visitor centre at 10.00.a.m. The plan is to have coffee then go for a 3 hour walk  around Whitelees. The curry has been booked for 15 people to arrived at the Jewel in the Crown around about 7.00.p.m.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

More Images from the Leadhills Walk 23rd August 2017









Portencross 23 August (for the record)


Allan, Ian, Johnny, Malcolm

On a lovely morning, we did the walk in the anti-clockwise direction and made quick progress until Allan suffered from a sore foot. The pace slowed, and with Johnny and Ian feasting on the brambles, we did not stop for coffee, but continued to the rocks beyond Hunterston for lunch. The last wee leg back to the car park was done at a very leisurely pace and the car was reached three hours after having set off.
FRT was taken at Johnny’s (thanks for the refreshments, Johnny).

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Some images from the Lowther Hills











Arrangements for 30th August

Meet in the garden centre on left just before crossing the Erskine bridge. Meet about 9.30.a.m. for coffee before going on to Dumbarton to start the walk. The walk is called the Lang Craig Circuit ,Dumbarton and can be found on Google . The walk is 8.75 miles and will take around 4 hours approx. Anyone who can access the site please print off a complete map of the route as my printer is not working properly. I have the written instructions printed off O.K. In the event of a very poor weather report the canal walk becomes a convenient alternative.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Prestwick to Troon 16 August


Alan, Allan, Davie C, Davie Mc, Gus, Ian, Jimmy, Kenny T, Paul, Peter, Robert

With a poor weather forecast meaning that the Lowther Hills walk was postponed, we met at the car park at the old outdoor swimming pool in Prestwick for a trip to Troon. The day was blustery but it was dry as we set off at 9.30. By the time we had reached the Pow Burn bridge, wet weather gear was donned as light rain began to fall. As we walked along the beach the elements were behind us and Troon was reached in one hour ten minutes.
 
The coffee was bog standard
Here, we took coffee at the benches adjacent to the toilets and considered the options. Although we had encountered some rain, it had not been an issue and with the time still early it was agreed that we continue walking. One proposal was to walk to Irvine, but the one that won the day was to walk back to Prestwick, but along the cycle track.
For those who love to eat brambles, this was a good plan as the track was adorned with bushes with the flavour varying from excellent to 'soor'. The weather was kind to us on this return journey and it was decided to have a lunch stop in the sand dunes, twenty minutes away from the cars.
Raindrops keep falling on my crisps
As the cars were reached just prior to one o’clock, some real rain appeared, and we adjourned to the shelter of the wee sitootery at the nearby ice cream shop in order to get changed.
FRT was taken at Wetherspoon’s (Prestwick Pioneer) where a pleasant hour was spent on a day where we had been really lucky with the weather.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Arrangements for the 23rd August.

Meet in Wanlockhead at 10.00.a.m. The walk will take in the Lowthers weather permitting. In the event of a poor forecast check the blog after 7.00.p.m. on Tuesday evening and or expect a phone call.