ReportsPosted by Liz Paterson Fri, December 22, 2017 18:59:44
Seven keen walkers left Kirkintilloch to walk the 7 mile circular route from Mauldsie bridge up clarty brae opposite the Poppinjay Hotel heading towards Netherburn Road and then onto the old railway line after descending steps and crossing over Dalserf burn. THe railway line was like a skating rink completely frozen over in large areas. Soon with great care we reached the Manse Brae passing an old hamlet, which was once a primary school and now converted into beautiful private houses. Soon we were back into the countryside paths and crossing Dalserf burn again on the opposite side, then it was uphill to emerge into Auldton Farm. (This brought back memories as my uncle farmed here for many a year). Once again great care had to be taken as the farm road was a sheet of ice. Onto Millburn Road for 400m then arriving at Chuckie Brae where we descended onto the main Lanark road turning left to the Garrion bridges and up the hill to Law where we cut into the Clyde walkway returning to the start. It was a great walk with beautiful views. Very slippy underfoot.
Verdict Keen walkers to match the keen frost.
Thanks to everyone who braved the underfoot conditions.
Photos to follow
ReportsPosted by Iain Walker Sun, December 03, 2017 13:32:56
Chilly but dry conditions saw a group of 20 meet at the Balmaha carpark, 3 of the group were joining us from outside the club, John, and my personal friends Michael & Rosena , once booted up we headed onto the WHW path towards Loch Lomond, a short detour was added since the last time we did the walk as we headed to pay homage at the statue of the great Tom Weir.
Route in solid red. WHW in diamond red.
World famous hiker Parmjit with Tom looking on approvingly.
After a few photos it was a short walk up to the viewpoint where we had an early coffee break
After coffee we continued on the WHW crossing a field and road ready to pick up the path that would take us up the shoulder then onto Conic hill. We were greated by thankfully "friendly cattle"
Soon we were out of the trees and mud, our target was in the distance,
We also had great views of loch Lomond and the surrounding areas,
Can be a lonely place at times.
On the top we had lunch enjoying the views and sunshine, the route back was across the top onto the WHW path and down the man-made stairs to the car park
The VoT to Iain was given by Alan G.
Many thanks to all, hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
Also thanks to my friend Michael for the photos (+ Bob C. for three additional images).
ReportsPosted by Liz Paterson Tue, November 28, 2017 15:31:46
These boots were made for walking !! These were the very first pair of boots worn by the late Betty Gorman on her first ever walk and now worn by her daughter on our 25th anniversary walk.
ReportsPosted by Bob Cole Mon, November 27, 2017 20:45:07
Here are the Ballachulish maps that were part of the presentation at the 25th Anniversary Walk and Lunch on Nov 25th 2017: some of the C and C+ walk candidates for the weekend 21-24 Sep 2018.
Region showing Ballachulish.
Walks in red circuits (C and C+ except for Pap of Glencoe)
Ballachulish village and hotel
Ballachulish peninsular and slate quarry trail
National Trust Glencoe Visitor Centre
Signal Rock, Clachaig Inn, Orbital Path
Glencoe Lochan (Hospital Lochan)
Grey Mare's Tail, Kinlochleven
Pap of Glencoe (B or B+)
Lots of A and B walks available.
ReportsPosted by Liz Paterson Sun, November 26, 2017 20:08:29
Strathkelvin Ramblers 25th Anniversary Walk.
On a fresh, frosty morning 36 hardy souls braved the cold to re create the first ever walk led by the late Betty Gorman. Today this was led by Ann Martin. WE had the pleasure of having Bedtty's daughter and friend join us. We left Lenzie train station and headed over Lenzie Moss and through Boghead Woods and onto Christine's Way, in the direction of Kirkintilloch. At the end of the Loaning we crossed over to Woodhead Park where we had our morning tea break
A lovely stop with proper facilities for those who wished to take advantage of the new leisure centre.
Onwards along the old railway track to Lenzie via the new paths around the old Woodilee Hospital grounds. Then onto the old railway line again this time in the direction of Moodiesburn, but soon we crossed the busy new Initiative road and in through the seven sisters path which runs parallel with the main railway line. Shortly we were on Garngaber Avenue and eventually arrived at the Lenzie Public Halls where we met a large number of other walkers from our club. We were treated to a lovely buffet lunch courtesy of our own club and served by Table 13 (Caterers).
Many thanks to Ann Martin again for all her work. Leading the walk and also organising the buffet lunch liaising with the caterers.
written by Liz Paterson.
Photos to follow by Ann Blair. Footnote:
Jim Lawson has provided copies of the first two programmes produced by the club 25 years ago. Please click on the links below to view them. They can also be found on the Archive section of the website by scrolling to the foot of the page.Prog 01 Nov 1992
Prog 02 Feb 1993
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.
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.