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Reports and comments on scheduled walks.

Glenquey and Seamab Hill – Saturday 18th November 2017

ReportsPosted by Archie Mon, November 20, 2017 11:29:05

In the absence of David Mackenzie, the walk was led solely by “the competent and charismatic Eric Meechan” and what a walk! Eric’s reputation obviously goes before him. He is so popular that we even had someone travel all the way from Canada so that she could experience the joy of taking part in one of Eric’s walks. I’m sure Geraldine will treasure the memory. Just be wary of rusty nails in the future!

The route taken is shown below. The distance was 12.7km (7.9 miles) and the ascent 490m. The duration of the walk was approximately four and a half hours.

The starting point for the walk was the Castle Campbell car park in Dollar and, as our group of 20 set off, the weather was perfect with blue skies and no rain forecast (which made a pleasant change). We were soon climbing steadily on a grassy path and before long we were into our stride. At the first junction, we took the right-hand fork and made our way around Hillfoot Hill, stopping for an early coffee break before swinging right and continuing on the path towards Commonedge Hill.

The next target was Seamab Hill (439m) which was marked by a small cairn. With Castlehill Reservoir on our right and Auchlinsky Hill on our left, we made our way towards GlenQuey, stopping at a sheltered spot for lunch on the way. Near the head of Glenquey Reservoir some of the group took time to climb to the top of a small hill to see the memorial to a young boy who had died at the age of just 21 months.

Heading towards Seamab Hill with Loch Leven in the distance:

Parmjit and Pauline on Seamab Hill:

Lomond Hills, Bishop Hill and Loch Leven taken from Seamab Hill:

The route back to the car park took us alongside the reservoir, eventually arriving at the same junction we had turned off earlier in the day. Ten minutes later, we were back at the car park. Ella provided the vote of thanks for a thoroughly enjoyable day in the Ochils, with terrific views, perfect weather and great company. Well done Eric.

Thank you to Maggie, Frank and Bob for the photographs.

Oaktree Circular

ReportsPosted by Liz Paterson Wed, November 15, 2017 19:51:40


On a fine autumn morning 17 walkers left Kirkintilloch to go to the Oakwood Garden Centre as this was our re-scheduled starting point at very short notice. As similar to the other walk from our club, just as we were about to leave the car park one member realised they had left their boots at home. This was not a problem, we did a little diversion and collected them before setting off to meet the others. Well on arrival we had 18 in total as one member met us there, then half way up the main road into Killearn, there we duly met another two from our group, who had decided to meet up with us at Killearn. (the original start point). Now 20 happy chappies went on our merry way, up into Killearn, where we had our morning tea stop. Tea over and as it was approaching 11am, we had a minutes silence to remember our fallen heroes. , a slight chill in the air, perfect walking conditions, we headed up Ibert road and into the open hillside in the direction of Strathblane. At the foot of Dumgoyne hill we assembled for our group photo.

With beautiful blue skies and not a cloud in sight we descended downhill to the Glengoyne distillery and crossed the busy road and linked up with the WHW towards the Beechtree Inn where we had a beautiful lunch stop. Soon we crossed the main road again and resumed our walk on the WHW path back to the Oakwood Garden Centre. A fine walk enjoyed by all. Led by myself Liz Paterson.

Photos by Ann Blair.

Doughnot Hill and Lang Craigs – Saturday 11th November 2017

ReportsPosted by Archie Sun, November 12, 2017 12:43:43

The day did not start well as one of the joint leaders for the day had to pull out because of a sudden family illness. Fortunately, this was the last of the bad news for the day as Marion did a great job in leading our group of 18 around the network of paths and tracks in the Kilpatrick Hills.

A dozen of us set off from Southbank car park on a beautiful clear day to meet up with another 6 members who had made their own way to the starting point at Overtoun House, just outside Dumbarton.

We had prepared for a cold day and although cold at times, we also enjoyed some spells of warm sunshine. Thankfully we did not get any of the rain and hail we experienced the previous week in the Ochils.

The route for the day is shown below. The distance was 11km and the ascent was 438m. The duration was just under 5 hours.

Having set off from the car park, one of the group suddenly realised they didn’t have their walking poles with them and, just as they returned from collecting them, someone else discovered they had left their backpack in the car! So, after a couple of false starts and some resultant hilarity, we finally got underway.

Overtoun House:

Dumbarton Rock in the distance:

Coffee Break:

After you:

Are we nearly there yet, Marion?

Doughnot Hill:

Black Linn Reservoir:

Lunch time:

Homeward bound:

Many thanks to Marion for a job well done. You kept your cool after finding yourself in a difficult situation and succeeded in getting us all to Doughnot Hill and back safely. It was a great walk and a very enjoyable day out in the Kilpatrick Hills (and there were no taxis in sight!).

Photos by Evelyn.

Loss Hill and Dumyat Saturday 4th November 2017

ReportsPosted by Bob Cole Sun, November 05, 2017 00:26:34
On a sunny mild morning 21 ramblers set off from Pendreich Car Park to climb Loss Hill and Dumyat, led by Aileen McLay.

Data: distance 13.6 km, total ascent 657 m, elapsed time 5.5 hr.
The route was followed in a clockwise direction.
Departure at Pendreich CP, note the ample parking space and the long shadows: this is post BST, now back in GMT.
At Cocksburn reservoir we decanted for an early coffee break: Ailsa tried very hard to lose her plastic sitapon in the res. followed by Ailsa, requiring a steep ascent up the res wall back to safety. This blue sky was new to many of the party who had stayed in Scotland this summer.
Fences were crossed with varying approaches and difficulty: marks given for style and technical skills.
At a small forest stand, clouds were showing now.
Loss Hill negotiated over tufty grass, followed by a simple descent towards the Menstrie Burn running out of the Lossburn Reservoir.
Rainbows were in evidence; a full rainbow picture was also taken that was too big to show in this WR.
Note the dry runoff channel from the reservoir and on the horizon 2 diminutive figures (plus another 2) that had escaped from the main group: they were reducing their walk.
At the summit of Dumyat, the sun was powerful but the cloud behind menacing.
Descent from Dumyat, shadows long; sunny and reasonably clear sky.
Then the hailstone mini-storm hit us: note the Wallace Monument mid distance and the meandering R.Forth on left. Wet gear mandatory. Very uncomfortable and painful.
Hailstones hurt, but our Leader survived.
After the hail storm had passed, we emerged back to the CP in peaceful weather again, a final nice end to the day. We found two of the four who had taken a short cut awaiting our arrival. So Aileen only lost 2 of the 21 members, acceptable losses due to extenuating circumstances.

Thanks to Aileen for careful stewardship both of the route to minimise wet conditions underfoot and of the walkers to maximise their enjoyment.

Melrose Weekend 8-11 Sep 2017

ReportsPosted by Bob Cole Thu, September 14, 2017 19:06:36
Melrose weekend in a few pictures.


The Cheviot
The Eildons
Melrose Town Trail

Stuc A Chroin 26 August

ReportsPosted by Charlie Hasson Mon, August 28, 2017 11:28:47
13 walkers set off from the small car park at Braeleny, on the long walk in to Stuc. We started in sunshine, and the weather looked promising.Marion wearing her "would you get a move on" expression.
Tea stop is the bothy. You may need a magnifying glass.
The "new" bridges look as though they will last forever.(Lovely photo of Marion)
Now we can see Stuc. Perfect walking conditions (all down to Robert).

Onwards and upwards. The dark patch of forest on the horizon is roughly where we started.
Good views of the Ben Each ridge on the left.
Still pounding away. A steady climb, not too steep.
Ben Vorlich.
Summit at last! Our efforts rewarded by a wee dram from Eric, bless him.
Never mind the formal group photo, just let us sit down and recover!

Fortified by lunch, a long walk back down, picking our steps. Not until we reached the bothy could we stride out for home.

A well deserved vote of thanks from Iain (three naps at least!). Great walk, Robert (and a mention too for Alan G helping with the recce).

Glen Tarken (Lochearnhead) Saturday 05 Aug

ReportsPosted by Bob Cole Sat, August 05, 2017 21:24:05
Thirteen ramblers led by Matt Millar embarked on a new route from the north side of Loch Earn near to the Loch Earn sailing club. Unusually there were more men than women on this walk, done in warm sunny conditions but with a heavy shower interlude.
Data: Distance 16.1km, Elapsed time 4:40, Total Ascent 487m.
Quickly we started up the wide track that would be our guide almost throughout.
Soon we could tun around and view Loch Earn below.A number of small streams crossed our path: our great Leader was of course sure-footed.
Evidence of the hydro work was here, perhaps why our track was so wide, to accommodate big construction machines.
Shortly after turning around from the Northerly point, we had an early lunch: here the walkers diving into their food containers for the anticipated sitdown.
The return section, still on the wide track, allowed us to see, looking South, Loch Earn again and Ben Vorlich towards the right.
Now the weather changed and dumped showers upon us, so on went the wet gear.
The sky reflected the weather that's our Scottish summer!
Entering an estate,
we see the reason for the gate. Unsure whether the shooting is against Ramblers, Grouse or Dogs, which is the most expendable? Don't answer that.Now we joined the old railway path parallel to the main road and loch, in sunny conditions again.This bridge, explains the Leader, was one of the first concrete bridges to be made.
The single track railway path is attractive through woodland, now with improved weather once again,
but Alan Thomson was testing the path terrain, his knee and maybe required a comfort stop.One of the existing bridges required modern support, from which the view to the stream below was about 100 ft.vertically down. No wonder the railway never made money.
The rail path was approx 2 km back to the cars, the VoT given by Frank, and a nice drive home.
Many thanks due to Matt and Charlie, his recce partner.
A nice addition to the portfolio of SR walks.

North Esk Round. Saturday 22nd July 2017

ReportsPosted by Maggie Nutley Mon, July 24, 2017 00:06:24

Knowing that the forecast for the Pentlands was BBC two raindrops, twelve ramblers hoped for the best and set off to start the walk from Carlops. It was dry in the car park, while we suited up in the waterproofs, but as we gained height, reaching Patie's Hill, the cloud came down and for the next few hours, it could be described as Heavy Smirr, with a brisk wind. At least, the dreaded double rain held off! An event was put on by our thoughtful leaders, Robert and Anne, to keep us amused throughout the day. If WE were cold and damp, at least we could laugh at the Spartan Race Ultra Beast competitors, running uphill with tyres, tossing cabers, climbing over obstacles, dressed in not a lot! On Green Law hill, Robert pointed in the direction of the view that we might have had. After lunch break, he and Anne decided to cut out a foray through the heather and few kilometers off the walk, and no dissenting voice was heard.

Losing height from Green Law and Cock Rig, and still watching the Spartan competition wading through the reservoir, we left the cloud behind and dried out a little on the way back to the car park, where Aileen thanked our gallant leaders for a great day out and a walk that we must do again on a better day.

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