What a beautiful morning and 13 walkers left Kirkintilloch to head to Darvel.
With the number being 13, we say 12 and the leader (myself Liz Paterson)
Well, What can I say about this walk! I think it breaks the record for the walk that has the most stiles in it. It had 21 and it was a STYLISH WALK. The scenery in the Irvine valley was absolutely amazing. In glorious sunshine from Darvel we headed up what is called the Bankers, a tarred path to the top of a hill and then onto the open hills passing farms and soon into the woods along the side of the Gower burn, where we had a lovely stop for morning tea.
The route now once again was onto a tarred minor road, again uphill and over open countryside to link up with a minor road down to pass the dis used quarry and then crossing the busy main road to link up the Loudonhill walkway.
Reaching the Spirit of Scotland monument, we stopped for our well deserved lunch.
Some were a bit apprehensive with the Hill in full view, as you never really know what s up a leaders sleeve. But to their great delight this was not in the agenda. Unknown to them on the return leg of the walk, it was their legs that would soon tell the tale of the record breaking walk with 21 stiles all along the old railway track leading back to Darvel.
Verdict Tired but Happy Ramblers.
Photos to follow Courtesy of Ann Blair.
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.