Linlithgow Circular

Sunday 26th April

Grade: C+/C. Distance: 8/6.5 miles; Walk east round the loch, past Mill Lade to Linlithgow Bridge. Then take the River Avon path to the Union Canal, follow the towpath to the bridge leading to Williamcraigs House, past the golf course and back to the canal.  Towpath from here leads us back to Town,….ending at Dog….Wynd. Leaders: Denis Taylor/Elaine Stevenson.

We celebrated Mary Queen of Scots Homecoming with ….Edinburgh Ramblers….on Sunday,…. with many changes in the weather.  A grand day of fellowship was had by all.

Gathering at the Cross

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Mary and her audience……. the new statue was unveiled only the day before (25th April) in the grounds of Linlithgow Palace

Mary and her audience

They just kept coming.

They just kept coming 1

Morning break by the loch

Morning break by the loch.

…….. with views across to Linlithgow Palace

View of Palace

Avon trail.

Avon trail.


Caldercruix Circular (near Airdrie)

Thursday 23rd April

Grade: C+. Distance: 8 miles; Description: A circular walk from Caldercruix to Hillend Reservoir and Lilly Loch.  A good variation of views, scenes and 🎣 fishing activity to enjoy,…. plus the historic interest in the village itself….known at one time as the “blotting paper capital of the world.”   Leader: Denis Taylor.

We welcomed two guests on our walk yesterday,…..Malcolm and Michael.  A perfect sunny day with a cool breeze gave us another fine day and company.
Thanks to Sandra for those scrumptious …..Empire Biscuits !  😛

Hillend Reservoir.

Hillend Reservoir.

East access road.

East access road
Could this be  cast ……. casting?

Could this be cast.........casting
Lilly Loch……. Are they swallows or swifts?

Swallows or swifts
Heading West.

Heading West

Returning along old railway line

Old rail line.

Three Reservoir Mystery Tour

Sunday 19th April   

Grade: C+. Distance: 7 miles; A walk to Cockburn Reservoir then cross-country to Waltersmuir Reservoir continuing to Lossburn Reservoir. Returning via Sherrifmuir. An undulating walk with negligible ascent.  Leader: Martin ScottSmith

Another classic walk from Martin with spectacular views, witches and Ochils history, that  make his walks so enjoyable.
We were joined by a “well kent face” from the past, …..Jean Kerr from Belfast,….now residing in Fife and our latest member.

Northern views start to appear

.Northern views

Snow still about.

Snow still about

Pause to enjoy Northern views and identify peaks.

Pause to enjoy Northern views and identify peaks.

Dumyat in silhouette…. as Martin gives us a little bit of history of the Ochils

Dumyat silhouette

At Pendreich Stone,… SRC.

SRC with D


Lanark Circular via Falls of Clyde

Sunday 12th April  

Grade: C+. Distance: 8 miles; . Description: From main New Lanark Centre we walk on good paths to the famous ‘Falls of Clyde.’  We then cross to the South path and follow river to Kirkfieldbank and return. Leader: John Baillie

The forecast wasn’t so good, however, walk leader John was still well supported on this fine circular walk,…..including peregrine falcon view point, “Falls of Clyde” and beautiful tree carvings.

The Falls of Clyde

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See,…..the rain did stop !

See... the rain did stop!

Kirkfieldbank,….heading back.

Kirkfieldbank,....heading back.

Beautiful wood smell and craftsmanship,…. can only be days old.

wood carving

Looking along the Clyde to New Lanark Centre

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Jerah Copper Mine Ochil Loop

Sunday 5th April

Grade: B. Distance: 8 miles; 5 hours. Meet/time: At start of walk at Pendreich Forestry CP at 10am. Map Ref:NS810976. Description: By Dumyat to Jerah Farm and round Loss Hill to Jerah Copper Mine. Returning via Lossburn Reservoir across Ochil Moor. Ascent 415m Leader: Martin ScottSmith

We had a wonderful 6 hours in the Ochils yesterday,…..where leader Martin was well supported.
Dumyat, Lossburn Reservoir and a climb to Jerah Copper Mine gave us a fine day out.
Returning to Meadowpark for refreshments completed our day.

Winding our way up Dumyat from Sherrifmuir

Windng our way up Dumyat from Sherrifmuir

Wallace Monument and distant hills emerging from the clouds.

Wallace Monument and distant hills emerging from the clouds.

Nearly there !    Gargunnock Hills in the distance.

Nearly there !    Gargunnock Hills in the distance.

Northern snow covered peaks,…..rise above unusual cloud formation.

Northern snow covered peaks,.....rise above unusual cloud formation.

Heading for copper mine.

Heading for copper mine 2

Jerah mine being viewed by prospectors

Jerah mine being viewed by prospectors.

Lossburn Reservoir and Dumyat.

Lossburn Reservoir and Dumyat.