Adventures of the Early Ooters

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Arrangements for 28th June and 12th July

Meet at Sorn car park at 9:40 am
The walk will be from the small lay-by on the single track road which goes between the Muirkirk -Sorn road and the Muirkirk - Cumnock road downriver back to Sorn.

Advance warning for Wed 12th July
It is intended to go to Arran today on the 7 am ferry to do the Beinn Bhreac, Beinn Bharrain walk, weather permitting or a low level walk

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Knock Hill 14 June

Allan, Dougie, Gus, Jim, Kenny R, Kenny T, Malcolm, Paul, Rex, Robert

The morning was overcast, but, with a favourable forecast, we set off in good spirits from our usual spot next to the Gogo Burn. We walked along the esplanade before crossing over the main road and headed up to Brisbane Glen Road, which we followed until we took a left at the sign which said Knock Hill 2 miles. When we reached the farm our passage was barred by a low, net fence. Despite our attempts to get someone’s attention, no-one appeared, so we stepped over the obstacle and continued. Our thoughts were the fence was there to stop vehicles going up the track rather than walkers, and anyway we were on a recognised walking path. We stopped a wee bit later and took coffee.
The weather was still a bit overcast but it was warming up, so jackets and fleeces came off for the gentle pull up the hill. The path was getting wetter, but nothing to deter us, and before long we were at the base of the ‘cone’. No heroics here as we followed the spiral path to the top where we were joined, briefly, by another wee group of walkers. Since it was windy at the trig point we sought some shelter in the lea of the hill for lunch and encountered a brief light rain shower as we sat.
Now, how to make our descent? After some deliberation, we decided to follow Rex who led us down from the hill and on to a path through the bracken emerging on Routenburn Golf Course. Emerging on Routenburn Road, we made our way back to the main road, crossed it, and walked back down the esplanade to the cars.
Three hours and twenty minutes for the seven miles! Not descending in the direction of Knock Castle had shaved forty minutes or so from our time, but nobody was arguing.
FRT was taken at Weatherspoon’s in Largs and, as we sat on the veranda, the sun broke through to provide pleasant warmth.

14 May 2017 - Knock Hill

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Arrangements for Wed 21st June

Meet in the car park beside Cumnock swimming pool at 9.30.a.m. The plan is a low level walk if the forecast is poor or Glen Afton and the 4/5tops if the weather is fine.                                  

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Falls of Clyde 7 June

Allan, Davie C, Dougie, Ian, Jim, Johnny, Kenny R, Kenny T, Rex, Robert

When this walk was mooted last week, there was a suggestion that there would be little water coming over the falls at this time of the year. Well, what a difference a week makes! After some heavy rain, the views were spectacular. If only the water had been blue rather than brown. The amount of soil washed off the land must have been considerable.
The walk is very familiar so little need for lots of detail in what follows.
The rhodie to nowhere?
We took the clockwise route from Kirkfieldbank stopping for photos at the wood carvings and further up at the Memorial Garden. From here we took a path down to join the Clyde Walkway up to New Lanark where we took coffee in the warm sunshine beside the water wheel. Although there had been a stiff breeze, the walk so far had been sheltered and continued to be so as we progressed up the walkway. Robert, as is his want, stopped a couple to ask, in his best Kilmarnock, about the peregrine falcons. Unbeknown to oor Bob, the couple were not of these parts and exclaimed that they could not understand him. We all agreed that this was something that we had to live with, and moved on. The sights and sounds of the falls were most impressive and as many photo opportunities had arisen, we took time at the top to regroup. It was decided not to take lunch there but to start our return journey, and hence lunch was taken further down at the ‘usual’ view stop.
The rest of the walk was straightforward, although a little muddy in places, arriving back in civilisation in just under four hours. The final 150m or so out of the wood saw an access road being constructed. For what reason? Maybe we’ll find out on our next visit.
A good walk in excellent conditions!
FRT was taken at the Riverside in Newmilns, where a jovial hour was had.