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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Photo s from the above walk.
REMEMBER REMEMBER THE 5TH OF NOVEMBER. By Liz Paterson.
We certainly will as the above walk wasn't a DAMP SQIB but an absolute super duper BANGER. I was SHELL SHOCKED to see many walkers join me for this walk. 25 of us left Southbank Kirkintilloch for a long but enjoyable drive to the starting point of this walk which was Stronalacher Pier past Aberfoyle. This was a fantastic starting point, with free parking, a Tea room and Toilets. After a head count of this large group we set off back along the road for a short stretch, before turning left onto a private water board road for approx. 2 miles with Loch Katrine on our left and FALLING LEAVES all around. Just before Royal Cottage we stopped for our long awaited morning tea. Tea time over, it was now time to partake the long never ending uphill path. This was taken at a nice slow steady pace with few stops to take in the magnificent all round views. A little boggy in places but with the sun shining no one seemed to bother. We passed a number of shafts (these are water towers which go about a mile and a half underground pumping the water into the loch ) Our descent took us down into Loch Ard forest until we joined a new path which was formed four years ago. This runs parallel with the main road. We had our lunch stop overlooking Loch Arklett . It was an absolute SPARKLER as the sun was shining over it. During lunch the wind got up and it was rather chilly so as soon as everyone was fed and refreshed it was time to be like JUMPING JACKS and move on. After crossing the main road to resume the new track we were soon back at the pier. The FINALE was when a £10 blew into the loch and Frances went to retrieve it.
Written by Liz Paterson.
Photos by Ann Blair.
Thanks to all who turned out for this amazing walk.
Photos to follow.
On a glorious autumn morning 13 members left Southbank car park and headed to Doune for our weekly walk. We arrived as instructed by our leaders at Doune castle car park, where we met another of our walkers who had arranged to meet us there. After using the on site facilities, which were extremely busy with tourists, we started our 8 mile walk by passing the side of the castle and heading on to the riverside walkway. We hadn't walked very far along the river Teith when Ann called morning tea. This was a beautiful spot at the side of the river. There was a couple of fishermen waist high in the water, trying there best. (and here we were they could have had their pick and it would have been the catch of the day). Tea break over continuing along the banks of the river till we reached the main road where we crossed and went onto another walkway through woods and reaching a lovely pond full of ducks. This is where we stopped for lunch. Last week's walk was in this area also, but thanks to Barbara's knowledge of this area as well as Ann's these two walks were very different. After lunch we had a flight of wooden steps to climb, then through the village and back onto the opposite side of the river, where we had lovely views of the castle. After all the rain that there had been all week the Teith was very fast flowing. A most enjoyable walk led by Ann Martin and Anne Langley.
Good to see George back after his knee op.
Photos by Ann Blair.