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Reports and comments on scheduled walks.

The Shores of Loch Katrine

ReportsPosted by Liz Paterson Sun, November 06, 2016 09:13:25

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.



Up n Doune Sat 01/10/16

ReportsPosted by Liz Paterson Mon, October 03, 2016 19:56:58


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.

Well done.

Good to see George back after his knee op.

Photos by Ann Blair.



Bridge of Weir led by Liz Paterson

ReportsPosted by Liz Paterson Mon, September 12, 2016 22:23:49

On Saturday 10th Sept 14 of us left Southbank in Kirkintilloch to travel to Bridge of Weir to start today' s walk. This was led by myself as Frances is still out of action. It was a lovely sunny day and most of us were very surprised as the previous days weather was atrocious, with torrential rain and high winds. When we arrived at the car park, I introduced myself and the group to two new members, who had been in touch with me earlier on in the week. We walked the old railway line from Bridge of Weir to Kilmacolm which is now a national cycle track. Halfway we stopped for morning coffee, then proceeded to the Pullman. (This is a pub at the end of the track) where we were able to use the facilities. We then retraced our steps to the road up to Knapps Loch. Fantastic scenery all round and after circling this we stopped for lunch. All fed and watered we then returned to Bridge of Weir where we had started from this morning. A very enjoyable day had by all and all ended in Aulds the coffee shop in the precinct before returning to Kirkintilloch. Photos courtesy of Ann Blair.




loch venachar 14th may

ReportsPosted by Liz Paterson Sun, May 15, 2016 22:44:19
Great turnout today.19 headed off from kirkintlloch to invertrossachs to walk this 7mile route. On leaving the car park and heading uphill we soon found out why we have such a beautiful country with some outstanding views from above the loch. We stopped here for our morning tea stop. Here we soaked up the sunshine and enjoyed the scenes. Tea over we headed towards the small lochan where we took a left and walked towards Glenney hill. At this point George took over the leadership for a short time and led us over a fence and uphill and onto the rob Roy way. Here we followed it and soon we were on the other side of the lochan where we found a fabulous spot for lunch. This is where I took over and led the walkers off the rob Roy way and we followed the track we had taken earlier in the day back to the car park and took in the views once again. A superb walk with super company. Thanks to George for helping me out as id originally planned to walk downhill and along the tarred road back to the cars. Walks like this one with fantastic weather and beautiful scenery make you really appreciate your own country. Bonnie Scotland. By Liz Paterson

Sat 7th May Auchincruive Trails Ayrshire

ReportsPosted by Liz Paterson Sun, May 15, 2016 21:33:50
A great walk led by Ann Martin on beautiful country paths around the old Agricultural College and along the river Ayr. The weather again was fine and dry with rain threatening a few times. We had similar circumstances to that of our other walk that day. We started with 20 walkers from Kirkintilloch and met 1 at the start of the walk but at the start of our third loop our numbers had fallen to 15 and at the end of the walk we accounted for all 21. Thanks to Ann again for a lovely day.

two loops in palacerigg country park

ReportsPosted by Liz Paterson Sun, May 15, 2016 21:20:30

7th May

Decent turnout today considering there 20 walkers away on an overseas walking holiday and others were at the Scottish Gathering at Strathpeffer. Today our walk was led by myself around Palacerigg Country Park. It was a lovely day and 9 of us enjoyed our walk around this beautiful country park. We started at the visitor centre and followed the blue route down through the Glencryan woods and past the Cumbernauld Flying Club. We were in luck as just as we were passing someone was flying there miniature model aircraft. We retraced our steps back to the visitor centre before crossing the road to follow the red markers. We were just about to pass the Tree Top Trail when Frances suggested we attempt it. I was very apprehensive, but as Frances as daring as she is led the way and being Leader felt I had to follow. This resulted in all 9 of us walking it. (just a pity we don't have a photo). On we went and followed the badger's trail. Then passed the golf course and finally back again to the visitor centre where we all enjoyed a coffee and chat before we said our Goodbyes.

Thank you Liz Paterson.

Avon Water and Green Bridge Chatelherault Country Park

ReportsPosted by Liz Paterson Sun, March 27, 2016 23:31:10

Today's walk was led by Liz Paterson and Frances Price.

After all the nice days that we've had recently the weather was very disappointing especially as it was Easter Saturday. This didn't deter 11 members turning out to go to Hamilton to do this walk. The walk started at the visitor centre and normally the Centre doesn't open till 10am, but as there were different events on in the park today the centre was open and we were able to use the facilities before starting our walk. The walk was a five and a half circular route with many undulating paths. At morning tea we were all treated to a lovely colourful plastic egg where inside was the lovely chocolate treats for a way of saying Thank you for supporting the leaders.

Even though it was raining constantly, we got quite a bit of shelter from the trees. After crossing the Green Bridge we had 110 steps to partake. After the climb we had another 2km then we were back at the Visitor Centre where we stopped for lunch. Some had lunch inside and others had theirs out in the patio area. This should have been the end of the walk, but we decided it was a bit early to call wolf, so we headed off on the monument trail. This was a path in the same direction as we had first taken, then we took a right and went past the Castle ruins and onto the marble monument at Barncleuth. We then returned to the Visitor Centre by the same track.

Verdict A wet walk but still enjoyed by all.

1 Notice Board 2. Morning treat 3. Fast flowing river Clyde

4. Green Bridge 5. 110 wooden steps.



Taymount Woods Stanley

ReportsPosted by Liz Paterson Sun, March 27, 2016 22:44:34

Another great turnout today to join Barbara and Hazel for today's walk around the beautiful sleepy village of Stanley. This was a circular walk on lovely paths and tracks. Just before our stop for lunch Barbara had the most important job as the leader she had to phone a signalman so she could get the ok to ensure all her party were safely across the level crossing and once we were all over safely then Barbara was able to relax and call lunch at a beautiful man made pond just below the train lines. It was actually like a summer's day. At the end of the walk our leaders asked if we would like to go to an ice cream parlour. Everyone was in agreement and this was a perfect end to an amazing walk.

Well done again Barbara and Hazel.

P.S Sorry no photos as Ann was absent but maybe just as well as the ice creams were HUGE.



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