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.