Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Arrangements for Wed 21st Nov

Meet in the car park on the left as you approach Dalmellington at 10.00.a.m. The walk will be as for the  14 th Nov.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Change of walk due to very poor forecast.

Meet at Rex's place about for coffee. Help Rex set up the pool table then go for a shortened walk . Return to Rex's place to consume your packed lunch followed by a game or two of pool . Beer etc can be purchased locally .

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Arrangements for 14 November

The lost villages (Benwhat, Lethanhill, Burnfoothill)
Meet at the entrance to Chalmerston opencast, (just shy of Dalmellington), at 10a.m. This is a four and a half hour walk.

Glasgow Murals, Winter Gardens, People's Palace 7 November

Alan, Allan, Davie C, Dougie, Gus, Ian, Jim, Jimmy, Johnny, Kenny R, Kenny T, Paul, Peter, Rex

The forecast had been for rain and it was raining as we headed for our assembly point at the Counting House in George Square. By half past ten we had had our coffee, and with the rain now off (it was to remain off for the rest of the day), we set off on our walk. Peter however was going to do something different. His intention was to go to the Art Gallery to see the WW1 exhibition and then go for a curry, so we said ‘cheerio’ and we headed down towards Mitchell Street to see the first of the murals. Heading down to Clyde Street we made our way along the riverside path and past the Clutha, taking time to try to identify the characters on the mural there, before entering Glasgow Green and walking up to the Winter Gardens. The original intention of the walk had been to have a last look at the Gardens before they close at the end of the year for renovation (hopefully!). Moving in to the People’s Palace, the time passed quickly as we reacquainted ourselves with the exhibits, and before we knew it, it was time to head up to the Drygate Brewery for lunch. Kenny R took his leave of us as at this point as he had to be back home for childminding.
The Brewery was reached in no time and we enjoyed some fine food and craft beers before we left about quarter to three. Taking in some more murals on the way back in to the city, some made their way to the bus station whilst others headed for the train.
An excellent day out!
Images of the murals are available online by searching 'Glasgow Murals'.
Today’s hero was Jim, who manged to get himself photographed outside the Celtic shop, although he did refrain from going in to the Hoops Bar.

Today’s trivia answers:
Noddy’s girlfriend was Tessie Bear. (The mind boggles at where our conversations lead).
‘Dirty Old Town’ was written by Ewan MacColl about Salford and was made famous by the Dubliners. It has been recorded by a whole host of artists, including Roger Whittaker. Well done, Davie!

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Wednesday 7th November

The Drygate Brewery has been booked for lunch at 1p.m.

Falls of Clyde 31 October

Allan, Davie C, Dougie, Gus, Ian, Jimmy, Johnny, Kenny R, Kenny T, Malcolm, Rex, Robert

It was Hallowe'en so Davie went out as the Michelin man
The journey through to Kirkfieldbank saw us encounter quite a bit of rain and threatening skies but it was dry when we set off and the weather quickly improved giving us a bright and mainly sunny day for our walk up to the Falls of Clyde.
We went anti-clockwise for a change and followed the track. Those in front continued to follow the track failing to notice the cut-off to the left that would take us on to the accustomed route, but since they were well ahead of the back markers, they were allowed to continue on their way with the rest deciding to follow on. Not for the first time recently have we missed Holly's sense of direction! It was assumed that the path would eventually join up with the one we should have been on but, as we progressed, we seemed to be getting further away from the river. A couple of signposts pointed to a castle, which we assumed to be Corra, but as we were beginning to wonder about where we were going, Jimmy spotted another sign pointing back towards the river. This wee track took us to an information board which confirmed that we weren’t lost after all. Ten minutes later and we were able to join the path that we wanted to be on all the time, and for the first time we were able to see the river and the falls, just shy of the dam. As it turned out the way we had come up was straightforward with the only disadvantage being the lack of proximity to the Clyde.
Being Hallowe’en, we had wondered whether the falls would offer us a trickle or a treat, and we were disappointed to find that the water was just a trickle. Crossing the dam, we made our way down to a couple of benches overlooking the river for coffee. We could now get good views of the autumn colours in splendid sunshine, meaning that many a photo was taken. Pushing on, we soon passed the power station and were in New Lanark before we knew it.
It was too soon after coffee to stop for lunch, so we continued up the road to find the riverside path. Our leader who shall remain nameless, but has a history in New Lanark, took us down the wrong one to start off with. Most of us realised this and climbed back up to the road, to find the correct one a hundred yards further up. As we entered this path we could see the bold Jimmy in front of us, he had found his way on to the proper path from the last one. As we made our way up the steepish path at the end of this section Rex was delighted to show us a picture he had just taken of a woodpecker. Other ciders are available!
Lunch was taken at the wooden sculptures in the wee park before heading back to the cars. About seven miles in three and a quarter hours was today’s count. We had won a watch with the weather and made our way to the Black Bull in Darvel for FRT where the banter was, as usual, entertaining.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Arrangements for Wed 7th Nov

Meet in the Counting House ( George Square) at 10.00.a.m. where  the walk will be agreed upon depending on the weather. The possible walk will take in some of the murals around the city centre and a visit to the Winter Gardens - People's Palace.
Lunch will be taken in the Drygate Brewery around about  1.00.p.m. ( booking may be necessary ) Allan Sim will coordinate.

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Ardrossan (or maybe closer to Seamill) to Portencross 24 October

Allan, Davie C, Jim, Jimmy, Johnny, Kenny T, Rex, Robert

As we met at the car park on the coast road the rain came on, not heavy, but with a strong, chilly wind against us on the northward journey, waterproofs, hats and gloves were the order of the day. We hit the beach first, then followed the path, which was well marked, behind the Waterside Hotel and Seamill and on beyond the Hydro. By this time the rain had gone off and progress on the path adjacent to West Kilbride Golf Club was good. By about quarter past eleven we were at Portencross Castle, which was shut, and since there was little shelter there we walked back to the car park where the benches were well sheltered from the wind.
A leisurely early lunch was taken at which point we engaged with an American tourist, who had managed to trace his family back to Kilmarnock in the seventeenth century. Some people have nae luck!
The walk back was easier with the elements behind us and, as luck would have it, by the time we reached the cars, the wind had eased and there were patches of blue sky. The top of Goat Fell could even be seen!
Three hours in total and about six and a half miles.
FRT was to be taken at the Lauriston but, not for the first time, the bar was shut, so we motored on to Irvine and to Wetherspoon’s, where the banter was good.
One of our shorter walks, but we had the cobwebs blown away, got some exercise and breathed in some fresh air, not to mention partaking in the ever more important social aspect of the Ooters. A good day out!

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Arrangements for 31st Oct.

Falls of Clyde. Meet at Kirkfieldbank beside the Clyde at 10.00a.m.

Possible arrangements for the following Wed include a visit to the Winter Gardens ( People's Palace)  with lunch in the Drygate Brewery.

Sunday, 21 October 2018

New arrangements for 24 October

Ardrossan to Portencross and back
Meet at the second car park on the left (on the coast road) as you travel towards Seamill from Ardrossan at 10am. Walk to Portencross along Coastal Path and return. Can shorten walk if conditions are not favourable.
(Amendment to previous plan made after consulting Robert)

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Images and commentary of the walk along the John Buchan Way

featuring Alan McQ, Davie C, Dougie, Gus, Ian D, Ian M, Robert and Rex.

    Had a look around the graveyard at Stobo Kirk following the bus journey from Broughton
     (which cost £3.20 for those of us who had to pay)

    A grim reminder of what lies ahead.

This stained glass window in the oldest part of Stobo Kirk
depicts Merlin being baptised by St Mungo

    The newer part of Stobo Kirk dates from the mid 1800s whilst the Ooters pictured date from the
     mid 1900s

Who can't resist pulling a bell cord?

Setting out on our way along the John Buchan Way

    We missed the company of Holly this week and thought that this collie could deputise.

    Mitch setting a good pace as the rain came on.

    Rain or no rain, it was time for coffee.

    However, the rain dampened Mitch's attempt to have a brew-up over an open fire.

    Revived after a welcome cuppa, we moved onwards.

    These Ooters are about to go round the bend.

    Approaching Stobo Hopehead bothy.

    Those Ooters enjoy a good natter so they do.

    Now more than half-way along the way

    Although only a small number of Ooters made the trip over to Broughton, all agreed it was a very
    worthwhile walk.

    Downhill to Broughton

    This is Broughton Place. Designed by Basil Spence, it was built in 1938 in the style of a 17th-century Scottish tower house.