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 Iain Walker Sat, November 26, 2016 18:07:53
As we looked out of our windows this morning we were unable to see across the street because of the hard frost and fog, many must of doubted if the walk would even go ahead, However as a group of 14 met at St Kessog's church in Blanefield the fog was lifting and Blue skies were appearing.
Distance 9.6km, Elapsed time 4h 40m, Total Ascent approx 500m.
Although still freezing our leaders Archie and Evelyn guided us along the well trod pipeline track towards Cantywheery Cottage, (B & C+ groups started together, with B just ahead of C here)
just beyond the cottage we went through a gate onto the hillside, after meeting mountain bikers,
Many may know this section of path as the route to Dumgoyne, however we only walked on it for a short section till we went right and headed for the valley at the foot of Slackdhu,
Just before the style and river crossing Archie called coffee this allowed us views across to the Whangie and Killpatricks which were still shrouded in a morning and eerie fog, and of course gave us time to enjoy the Apple and Fudge muffins Evelyn had baked, WOW!
Moving on and across the style and river we were at the foot of Slackdhu the track up would be steep in places and guided by our leaders we took this at a gentle pace with plenty of rests allowing view opportunities,
After around 40 mins of walking the ground flattened out and we reached the boundary stone, Archie explained the B & D on either side identified the areas of land from olden times it also gave Bob an opportunity to get the group together for a photo on the top.
(apologies the aforementioned boundary stone is not in view as Ailsa decided to sit on it)
We now had sunshine and deep blue clear skies along with a significant rise in temperature, this meant the earlier fleeces and gloves were removed and many were now walking with just a shirt or pullover on.
As we walked along the ridge towards Blanefield we stopped to look at a foggy Glasgow with the occasional tower block or factory chimney popping up through the fog, the Kirkpatricks looked like a winter scene from a Xmas card with the pockets of fog and white fields.
At the end of the ridge Evelyn guided us to a gully that would take us down to ground level
here the terrain was rough and clumpy as we walked at the back of the houses, after a while we picked up a LRT that would take us back to the pipeline track at Campsie Dene House.
A brief 10 min walk and we were back at the cars at St Kessog's where Aileen thanked Archie and Evelyn for a well organised and managed walk.
(Leaders get a thumbs up from Charlie)
Verdict:- The outstanding weather(& Muffins) matched the outstanding walk, if it wasn't for the cooler temperature you could have thought it was July, Well done guys you never ever dissapoint.
. Images rjc
ReportsPosted by Iain Walker Sun, November 20, 2016 10:32:45
With open arms the club welcomes new members and when one of those new members offers to lead a walk we are delighted.
Under the leadership of Pauline Anderson a group total of 17 met at the Blairlogie car park just off the A91 Hillfoots Road, our aim today was Dumyat then across to Jerah, weather would be dry with a hard November frost on the ground,
Setting off we very quickly took to the hillside where the path was steep and crisp.
After 40 mins Pauline called coffee break this gave us a breather and allowed us intermittent views through the winter mist.
Following Coffee we continued on, the path continued to be steep throughout causing 1 member difficulty, as we continued we eventually reach a T junction, this was a wide track coming from the Sheriffmuir Road and would take us to the top of Dumyat.
At this point it was decided to split the walk, Pauline would lead 14 on the original planned walk and Aileen and Bob would guide 1 member to the top then back down via the original route.
Planned outer route 12.5km, alternative shorter circuit 7.7km
As the 14 continued we met a few others some with dogs others with children all out enjoying the "fresh" day. near the top we encountered some light ground snow then a short detour as rocks with solid ice made walking dangerous, we then reached the distinctive Brazier and Trig point on the top,
A bit windy and chilly so a quick look at the views before we moved on across the moorland, the ground still had a powdering of snow and was tricky however in the distance was our target of Loss Hill Reservoir,
As we reached here we crossed the overflow stream and headed to the ruin farmstead cottage where we had lunch. (This was last occupied in the 1950's)
Finishing lunch and on a short section of moorland we reached the LRT this would weave up and down, left and right as we ambled through Menstrie glen.
On reaching Menstrie Pauline had a final sting in the tail. crossing a small road bridge across the burn it was another up and again very steep hill, this took us up to the path that went to Lossburn Reservoir and although difficult it did give us some pretty impressive views of the Autumn colors on the trees in the valley.
Heading Left we picked up a single track above the farm then onto the farm Road, a short section then again onto hillside that ran parallel with the Hillfoots road and took us back to the car park where we met our 3 comrades waiting for us.
Here and all together again Anne Wilkie offered our thanks to Pauline for her first walk as leader and her cool calm and collected handling today.
Verdict; Pauline Anderson a new name for the walk reports, a tremendous walk well handled, i hope your name appears on future reports, well done.
Also well done Bob and Aileen on adjusting your planned day Folks please remember to check your program or Website for the Grade of walk and its difficulty, if in doubt consult the walk leader beforehand and accept their expert advice, Not every walk will suit everyone - no matter the speed of walking. Remember the hills can be dangerous especially in winter. following this will ensure everyone's safety.
The above is my personal view and may not be the view of all members or the committee
ReportsPosted by Iain Walker Sun, November 13, 2016 10:11:01
Following a midweek snowfall many had added an extra layer however with temperatures at 10deg and zero wind we need not have bothered, the weather would be 98% dry the odd bit of drizzle did not spoil walking.
22 of us met at Cashel car park which was free and had full toilet facilities (complete with a boot washing sink) we also welcomed Bob Cole's daughter Rachel from New York who assured us Donald Trump hadn't ask her to leave. (Didn't vote for him either.)
Setting off our leaders Maggie and Kathleen immediately directed along the beach we then had a short road section before going onto the path of the West Highland Way, a few ups and downs as we went through the trees before we came out at the road, at the other side were 2 large rocks directing you into Cashel,
a few minutes on the farm road you arrive at Cashel Visitor Centre where we stopped for coffee break.
Signs around the centre indicate 3 walks are available across the hillside, Blue Memorial Way Walk, Red Medium Walk & Green Queens View walk, all indicated by posts throughout the walks, we would be joining all 3 into 1 large figure of 8 walk,
Walking through the gate a LRT takes you up in height, this can be steep in places although easy under foot, reaching a post we veered right onto a single track through the grass area called Capercaillie, this was level until we reached a post indicating "The Shieling" This was a home built into rocks with a thatched roof and used by shepherds however it is now starting to collapse. continuing on
we went up the path and on reaching the top we found the Queen's view point, where we could see a very calm and tranquil Loch Lomond with surrounding hills.
Soon we again reached the LRT and a very short upward section took us to another viewpoint where we again enjoyed the views, we would now head down the LRT where reaching the single track this time on our Left we went along for a short distance
(meeting 9 dogs taking 2 humans for a walk.)
before we took a right to yet another viewpoint, here we had lunch and looking across Loch Lomond a discussion took place on how many islands are actually in the Loch (Do you know???).
After lunch we went back onto the single path and carried on towards the Shieling where Bob seized the opportunity for a group Photo,
From here we would head towards a fence and into the Cashel Private Forest where Scots Pine are planted, this is to resemble the ancient Caledonian forest from long ago as we walked we passed numbered posts, this indicated who owned various sections.
The path ended back at the visitor centre,
leaving here we retraced our route on the West Highland Way back to the car park but not before a bit of stone skimming on the beach, at the cars Ella gathered everyone to offer our thanks to Maggie And Kathleen on a terrific and well organised walk.
Verdict:-Great facilities to start and finish (my wife was excused from boot washing duties) good turnout for a good walk glad we didn't encounter the midweek snow, well done Kathleen and Maggie.
PS the answer to the number of islands is; (emails to Maggie)
Photos and Map Bob Cole
ReportsPosted by Iain Walker Sun, November 06, 2016 08:59:58
A group total of 17 headed beyond Aberfoyle and met at the lay-by opposite Ledard Farm on the B829, Parking for our 4 cars was tight as the Sunshine and clear blue skies had obviously brought folk out onto the hills.
Data:Dist 13.0km, Elapsed time 5:53, Tot ascent 900m (note that the GPS value, based probably on barometric pressure, was more than 1000m, whereas the computer value of the same track, based probably on OS heights using 3D geometry, was less.
Our leaders today were Robert and Anne Bain, and once we were all Booted up they guided us across the road up to the farm, here a signpost directs you left through a gate
onto the hill track, you immediately cross a bridge and head up through the trees,
the ground here is mainly boggy and in places a constructed Boardwalk helps however gaiters are advised throughout the walk,
eventually we came out of the trees onto the open hillside
and at times the path became wider, reaching a stream metal posts have been laid to assist crossing,
and straight onto a style where climbing was hindered by some missing steps,
however all safely across Anne called a coffee break,
here we sat in the sun and took in the views of Loch Ard and the hills to our south around Loch Lomond, although the chill reminded us it was November.
and although we still had the sunshine many had added a Fleece, hat and gloves as the windchill was increasing as we rose in height, eventually we reached a style at the top of the valley, this allowed us to view Loch Katrine and the hills to the north many of which had snow on the tops,
In the distance was our target of Ben Venue,
to get there the track would twist around the hillside and with occasional strong gusts of wind some areas were tricky we also saw our first ice of the winter and as we continued the ground became crispier and firmer however after several false summits and hidden ups and downs we reached the rock Trig point.
We sat here having Lunch and with the clear skies all around we could easily view the Meikle Bin, Dumgoyne, Tinto and Cobbler to name a few, we were also being joined by several other walkers who had been following our route up.
the return would be by the same route
however with the sun making a fast retreat in the distance the chill would continue all the way to the bottom where we made our return 30 min before sunset.
At the signpost Aileen gathered everyone where we thanked Robert and Anne for their recce's and support to-day.
Sun lighting up the hill, near sunset.
Verdict:- It may of been Guy Fawkes day but this walk was no damp squib, excellent weather, great company the walk went with a bang, many thanks Anne & Robert.
Photos/map courtesy of Bob Cole
ReportsPosted by Iain Walker Sun, October 30, 2016 09:07:23
This week the Walk was a bit of a double bill as both B & C+ walks left from the same start point and covered similar ground,
This report covers the B walk under the guidance of Hillary,
Distance 13.3 km, Ascent approx 400m.
Parking at the Edenmill Farm Shop near Carbeth the overall total was 32, as we headed up the Tarmac Road towards the Scottish water pumping station the low clouds and dampness from the mist meant waterproof trousers and jackets were required although with a temp of 12 deg it certainly wasn't a cold morning.
Through the gate at the pumping station the tarmac becomes a LRT with large stones underfoot. As we reached the T junction we bid a farewell to our "C+" friends as we continued on the path for around a half mile,
We were now a group of 17 and the path up to Auchinden Hill was on our Right, the first part was gradual and then it was clumpy heather up to the Style, here we cut right up a sheep track until we reached the trig point.
Coffee break here but unfortunately the low mist made any views impossible so the break was kept brief.
The route back was by the same path however because of the short coffee stop Hillary threw in a visit to the Whangie,
back on our path
we reached the LRT where we turned right taking us to the Burncrooks Reservoir,
as we walked round we we picked up the John Muir Way, and this would be our route around the reservoir,
En-route a large group were heading towards us and as we got closer it was our C+ friends, After a brief chat we all continued on our way and as we reached the far side Lunch was called at a convenient large rock,
At this point the mist lifted revealing the reservoir and surrounding hill in all their glory.
Onward we reached the original T junction where we turned right towards the pumping station and eventually Edenmill farm where Anne Wilkie thanked Hillary for looking after us all today.
Verdict;- This was the perfect walk considering the low mist and conditions, it was good to walk Auchenden Hill from a different starting point and walk up from another side. Well done Hillary
photos Bob Cole
ReportsPosted by Iain Walker Sun, October 23, 2016 09:08:33
On a Sunny Autumn Morning, 13 members left Kirkintilloch, the rendezvous point was the car park at Succoth, Arrocher, joint leaders were Robert & Anne Bain, and once a reasonable £1 all day parking was paid we crossed the road to the Zig Zag path that takes many to the Cobbler, Narnain and Ime,
Walking the path we reached the Bench at the radio mast where we turned right and walked along the forestry road, en route having a coffee break in a clearing at the side. to the delight of many the treats contained Maltesers and with the sun shining we were all enjoying the break,
Once all completed we continued on the track for several more miles.
At the end we reached a small dam and river area where many may recall the Glen Loin loop walk path joins from our right, for us it wasn't going to be that easy as we went left along a LRT and in the far distance was the "wall" which would be the big challenge for today.
At the end of the path Robert called a short lunch break in order for us to re-energize a bit before we tackle the wall, indications were it wasn't going to be easy as Anne tried to soften the blow and again went round with more treats.
Moving on and across the style we were at the foot of the wall, we had already reached a good height via the track, this would be more a short sharp shock
and would be a case of everyone going at their own pace and regrouping at the top.
We all huffed and puffed a bit however everyone got there with their own sense of achievement. looking around we now realized where we were as we saw people coming down Narnain, going up Ime and of course the crowds on the path going up and down the Cobbler.
We continued across and picked up the main path that feeds these hills and joined the large amount of walkers and they headed on their way back back down, i also have to say many were also heading on their way up even at this time of the day.
Passing a small dam, Anne stopped us and handed out our reward for today, Jelly Babies, now joining the top section of the zig zag path that would take us down to the radio mast and bench, from there a short 10 Minutes back to the car park where Anne Wilkie gathered the group as we offered our thanks to Robert and Anne for a great days walking.
Verdict;- Teriffic walk on a good dry and mainly sunny day, i have walked down
the "wall" many times but never gone up that was a first for me and certainly challenging however it was the icing on a tasty cake, well done Robert and Anne.
ReportsPosted by Iain Walker Sun, October 16, 2016 09:27:18
On what can only be described as a dreich day 17 hardy members met in Kirkintilloch, today we were heading east and the forecast over there was no better, Our leader was Aileen and after the distribution of directions we departed for Harlaw Car Park in the Pentlands.
Data: Distance 19.7 km, Total Ascent 515m, Elapsed time 5h 30m.
Light red variation the intended (recce) route.
En-route the flooded roads and puddles would give us an indication of what to expect today.
Once there we were met by our Man in the east Charlie who brought our total to 18.
Immediately waterproofs were put on along with gaiters as this would be our only defence against the rain today. Aileen tried to cheer us up at the start by mentioning there would be a coffee break when we reached the pumping station at the Threipmuir reservoir.
The route there was new and meant we arrived from the Left side this put a new slant on the paths. After coffee and "treats" we headed along a path many of us have walked in the past.
On reaching the end at the decent we changed things by turning right,
avoiding the odd cyclist and runner.
We eventually arrived near the Threipmuir car park area.
A few soggy bottoms.Here we swung left this path would gradually rise in height until we reached the gate,
Here we would have lunch in the well used "dip" although today there was not to much shelter from the rain which continued to come down.
Due to the weather, lunch was curtailed and as we moved on, in the distance we could see the bottom area of South Black Hill and Scald law, the mist blocked any chance of seeing the top 3/4 and certainly no chance of any views at the top, arriving at the path that would take us up Aileen gathered us together and we discussed our options, although the rain had stopped the mist continued to block the views and the wise decision was made to go around Scald law picking up the original path at the far end.
Once here we came down to the house at the end of Loganlee Reservoir and we would be on Tarmac road until we reached the path at Kings hill.
Once here we turned left and this would be our final section, however as we were about to move off a van arrived with 2 soldiers who told us they had cadets out on the hills and that they were waiting to give them instructions on a further 6k walk, (We certainly felt energetic on hearing that) we were now having to drag the girls away explaining that they weren't Commandos or SAS although they did kindly give us a detailed Map of the area.
As we reached the top, in the distance we could see our final goal of the trees and the car park, where Anne Wilkie offered our thanks to Aileen for her leadership and decision making today.
Aileen keeps a tight grip of her MOD map as we say thank you.
Verdict:- The rain certainly played a major part today, its the only thing you can't control, great decision not to go up Scald Law and fair to say we were all "Drookit", otherwise an enjoyable walk and a good day out, Thank you Aileen.
Images Courtesy of Robert Cole.