On a day that turned out to be one of the best summer's day of the year 33 of us met for the bus in Kirkintilloch at 08:30, despite there being 3 walks on numbers were low (Many on holiday now the schools are back) fortunately our bus convener Robert had managed to save the clubs bank balance a bob or two and organised a change from a 45 to 33 seater.
This report will be about the Pentland's Ridge from West to East walk under the leadership of our agent in the East, Charlie Hasson ,
The bus dropped everyone off at Threipmuir Car Park where Charlie was waiting along with Caroline who was a visitor today, this brought this walks total up to 17 and soon we would be heading along the Tarmac road where suddenly a long straight upward stretch awaited us, from here we would veer left through a gate onto the open hillside, the view ahead of us was the ridges we would be walking today,
After 30 min walking along dry paths we stopped for coffee where Charlie encouraged us with treats, it would be around a further 10 minuets till we reached the foot of our first hill, Although the path to the top was reasonably short in length it was steep and was taken at everyone's individual pace, regrouping at the top we took in the views around and headed along the ridge eventually reaching Scald Law,
The hills were very busy a mixture of their popularity and the scorching weather, as we headed off Scald Law we discovered Frank despite his years still had the pulling power of a 21 year old, we heard a scream, turning around there he was in a firm embrace with a passing female, Turns out it was Christine's cousin who was walking 26 miles over the hills with her husband and friends for a cancer charity, we wish her well with it and all for such a good cause,
Carrying on we reached the foot of Carnethy hill were we had lunch, some chose to take advantage of the sun soaked hillside and have a sleep, moving on we reached the top and again more views especially the new Forth Crossing as it glistened in the sunshine, we were now reaching the end of the ridges with Turnhouse hill ahead, once here we could see Flotterstone in the distance and the completion point for all of today's walks. then as we walked into the car park we realised we were well ahead of time for the bus this was mainly due to the fantastic weather we had today and so before we headed to the Flotterstone Inn beer Garden we thanked Charlie for a truly great day.
Verdict; Charlie, If this is the quality of the walk now you are in the east I suspect we will be visiting you a lot more often, it was a tremendous walk with great weather, Many Thanks