Social EventsPosted by Webmaster Tue, September 06, 2016 11:20:15
There has been an excellent response to the previous post (#post16) to the extent that all single and double rooms, which have been reserved for us, have now been allocated. There are however a number of twin rooms still available. If anyone is keen to have a single or double room, Hilary will try and reserve some additional rooms. To avoid any disappointment, please contact Hilary as soon as possible to book your place.
Please note, Hilary is one of the group attending Eurorando from 8th to 18th September and will be unable to progress matters between these dates.
Social EventsPosted by Webmaster Sun, September 04, 2016 14:53:31
The 2017 Strathkelvin Ramblers’ walking
weekend has been planned for Friday 8th through to Monday 11th September, based
at the Waverley Castle Hotel in Melrose. Accommodation will be for 3 nights.
The cost, including dinner, bed and breakfast for 3 full days will be
around £120 for a shared twin room. There will be a £15 single room total
Single rooms will be limited,
so early booking is advised. If you plan to come, please contact Hilary
Sneddon to book place(s). We would ask you to make a firm commitment by Monday 31st October 2016 at
the very latest. Members who wish to share a room, please book together. To
make the booking firm, a non-returnable deposit of £25 per person will be
required to be paid via Hilary within 4 weeks of the initial booking. The
balance of the cost will be due by 8th July 2017.
WALKS: There will be a Low-level short
walk in Melrose on Friday afternoon for early arrivers, High, Medium and Low
walks on Saturday and on Sunday and a final Low-level walk on Monday morning
for late leavers.
One High walk will be The
. One Medium walk will be The Three Brethren
The walks in the Eildons
will include Low, Medium and
Queries can be made to:
Ann Martin, firstname.lastname@example.org ,
01360 310 070, 07904 278 359
Hilary Sneddon, email@example.com , 0141
776 1543, 07908 219 770
Bob Cole, firstname.lastname@example.org , 0141 578 3533,
07481 929 520
PeoplePosted by Webmaster Wed, August 10, 2016 20:16:00John passed away on Friday 15th March
2013 at Whitefields Nursing Home and it is coincidental that the Nursing Home overlooks
the Campsie Fells, which is the view depicted on the front cover of the book ‘Walk
Strathkelvin’ which he instigated.
John was also involved in the first publication - ‘The First
Many of the new members will not know of John Logan who made
such a large contribution to our Ramblers.
I understand he sold about 2000 copies of his ‘Walk
The resultant funds were used in many ways:-
Mugdock Visitor Centre has a plaque thanking the Ramblers
for a donation of trees.
The Scottish Wildlife Reserve at Loch Ardinning benefited by
having bridges and footpaths constructed -
In addition to the above he arranged to have the Holehead Campsie
Trig Point adopted – to which we would give the occasional coat of paint.
If you are walking on footpaths around Kirkintilloch you
will see on the signposts, acknowledgements to funding provided by the
There is also thanks for assistance in the construction of
the footpaths on the Lenzie Moss.
I understand that a second walking book is under
consideration. Perhaps this is an
opportunity for an entrepreneur to follow in John Logan’s footsteps.
OtherPosted by Webmaster Fri, March 11, 2016 11:56:54
Lomond Mountain Rescue Team is one of the busiest in
Scotland and, since its foundation in 1967, has been providing assistance 24
hours a day, 365 days a year to walkers, climbers, tourists and many others in
an area covering over 1,000 square miles.
With over 2 million visits per year to the Loch Lomond and
Trossachs National Park, 50,000 walkers annually attempting the West Highland
way and Ben Lomond hosting 30,000 walkers and climbers each year, it’s not hard
to see why we’re so busy. On average the team is called out 20 to 25 times a
year to a diverse range of situations including: lost walkers, injured climbers
and mountain bikers, people taken ill in locations inaccessible by ambulance
teams, people who are cold, wet and scared, having bitten off a wee bit more
than they thought and, unfortunately, occasional fatalities.
The team is a registered charity and consists entirely of
volunteers, currently 32 in number. While being a team member does require a
big commitment in terms of time and effort, it’s something all of us find
incredibly rewarding and derive a great deal of satisfaction from. We generally
train three times a month, two Thursday evenings and one Sunday, with the
additional expectation that members attend fundraising events and activities.
Each year the training programme is designed to ensure that
all necessary skills are covered and refreshed, including activities such as
search management and line searching, technical rescues requiring rope work,
navigation, avalanche rescue, joint exercises with search and rescue
helicopters and the rescue boat on Loch Lomond.
For many years the team trained in Drymen Church Hall, but
in 2005 moved in to our purpose-built post next to the primary school in
Drymen. The post was funded by the Order of St. John and combines garage space
for the Search Control Vehicle and Land Rover, equipment storage, a meeting
room and kitchen and showers.
The team receives a very limited annual budget from Central Government
funds and so relies heavily on donations and fundraising to maintain the post,
our equipment, vehicles and the service we provide. The recent donation from
Buchlyvie of £10k was very welcome indeed.
As summer approaches many of you will be dusting
off the boots and rucksacks and looking forward to a day in the hills and so it’s
worth just reiterating a few points worth considering:
· Have you told someone where you are going and
when you will be back?
It might be summer down here but it might not be
up there! Have you checked the mountain
forecasts and packed appropriate clothing?
Do you have enough food and drink with you to fuel
you up and down?
Do you have a map and compass and, equally
important, do you know how to use them?
Enjoy your summer!
Team website address http://www.lomondmrt.org.uk/
WalksPosted by Webmaster Mon, January 04, 2016 17:20:43
Unfortunately, the C grade walk scheduled for the 9th January (The Hillfoots
from Tillicoultry) has had to be cancelled. The other walk scheduled for this date is The Whangie and Burncrooks Reservoir
(grade B). Because of the difficulty in finding a suitable replacement for the lower walk over the festive period, the intention is to offer a less challenging version of 'The Whangie' in addition to the scheduled walk.
The suggestion is for both groups to set off from the starting point of the Queen's View car park. One group will head for the Whangie via Auchineden Hill while the other group will take the more direct route to the Whangie where we will meet up for tea/coffee. After the break, the two groups will go their separate ways with the possibility of meeting up again later in the day.
As you are aware, we are very dependent on the weather, particularly at this time of year. As a consequence, it is difficult to be too specific regarding the actual route to be followed on the day. Nonetheless, it will be good to get back out walking again after the Christmas and New Year break.
WalksPosted by Webmaster Mon, November 09, 2015 10:42:46
There has been a change to the start point for the Luggiebank and Palacerigg
walk on Saturday 14th November. The start point is now the Visitor centre at Palacerigg Country Park (NS 787 733)
and not Greenfaulds Train Station as originally indicated.
Please click Luggiebank and Palacerigg Walk
for full details.
WalksPosted by Webmaster Thu, November 05, 2015 21:29:33
The ‘high’ walk on 21st November has been changed
to Alva Glen and Silver Glen (grade B) and will be led by Matt Millar. Please click here
for full details.
The walk originally scheduled
for this date Knockupple (Leaders:
Shirley Cowan and Rena Scott).
Social EventsPosted by Webmaster Thu, October 29, 2015 10:21:35
The 23rd Annual General Meeting of Strathkelvin
Ramblers will be held in the Park Centre, 45 Kerr Street, Kirkintilloch on
Thursday 19th November 2015, starting at 7.00 pm.
The committee would like to encourage as many members as
possible to come along and support our club. In addition to the formal part of
the evening where we look back over the past 12 months and start planning for
the year ahead there is also the social aspect where we can chat with friends
over a cup of tea or coffee and some home baking.
Following the success of the raffle over the last two years,
we plan to do the same again at this year’s AGM in order to boost club funds.
Donations of raffle prizes can be handed to any member of the committee.
As you may be aware, our constitution dictates that all committee
members retire at the annual general meeting, but are eligible for re-election.
A number of the current committee have indicated that they will not be seeking
re-election on this occasion. In addition, we have the right to be represented
on both the North Strathclyde Area and Scottish Councils. As a consequence, any
member of our group has the opportunity to join the committee or to represent
Strathkelvin Ramblers at the Area or National level. If any of these roles is
of interest, please speak to a member of the committee.
Over the years, ‘low’ walkers have been under- represented
on the committee and this is something the existing committee members are keen to
redress. A number of approaches have been made, with limited success, however
there are still vacancies to be filled.
If you want to make a
contribution to the future well-being of our club, whether you are a ‘high’ or
a ‘low’ walker, please give this some serious thought over the next couple of
weeks. If you require any further information, any committee member will be
happy to help.
The AGM is one of the few occasions over the year where all
club members can get together and the committee look forward to welcoming you to
the Park Centre on the 19th November.