The Latest News from Strathkelvin Ramblers

The Latest News from Strathkelvin Ramblers

2017 Melrose Walking Weekend UPDATE

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 supplement.

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 Cheviot. One Medium walk will be The Three Brethren. The walks in the Eildons will include Low, Medium and High options.

Queries can be made to:

Ann Martin, , 01360 310 070, 07904 278 359
Hilary Sneddon, , 0141 776 1543, 07908 219 770
Bob Cole, , 0141 578 3533, 07481 929 520


PeoplePosted by Webmaster Wed, August 10, 2016 20:16:00
John 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 Five Years’

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 Strathkelvin’ book.

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 Ramblers.

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.


Lomond Mountain Rescue Team

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!

Ally Corbett

Rescue Team website address

Change of Walk on 9th January 2016

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.

Change to Walk on 14th November 2015

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.

Change to Walk on 21st November 2015

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).

Annual General Meeting – 19th November

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.

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