Pentland Reservoir Circular

Sunday 30th August Grade: C+. Distance: 8 miles; A circular walk taking in Bavelaw Castle, Loganlea and Glencourse Reservoirs, returning via Craigentarrie.  Leader: Rob Griffith.

Great day and turnout on the sunny Pentland Hills that gives the walker views that express the beauty of this area ….a stone’s throw from the City centre.

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Team Pentland.

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Blue sky horizon.

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Pause at hillside heather.

IMG_1599On the homeward route

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… winding back through the hills

IMG_1630Bavelaw Castle Drive.

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Kilpatrick Hills

Sunday 23rd August

Grade: B. Distance: 10 miles; We take the train from Dumbarton East Station to  Kilpatrick Station for the start of the walk. There is a steady ascent of Kilpatrick Braes on a good track to Loch Humphrey where we cross onto moorland to climb Fynloch Hill, Duncolm and Doughnot Hill. Our return is by Lang Craigs and Overtoun Estate to Dumbarton East Station. There are splendid views over Loch Lomond to the Highlands as well as westwards to the Clyde Estuary and Argyll Mountains.  Good paths and trampled moorland routes. Ascent 400m Leader: John Hutcheson

Although an 8.30am meet up and train to catch,……a perfect day and walk led by John,  he took us to remote and beautiful areas with views of familiar distant peaks and glens all day.  Completing this terrific walk,…we all wish a return to the Kilpatrick Hills to explore further walks.
River Clyde morning break view.

River Clyde morning break view.SRC trio passing Loch Humphrey.

SRC trio passing Loch Humphrey
Approaching Duncolm to be rewarded with lunchtime views.

Approaching Duncolm to be rewarded with lunchtime views.
SRC. Team Duncolm at the summit.
photo 1Slight breeze keeps us cool at lunch break.

Slight breeze keeps us cool at lunch break.
Approaching Fyn Loch.

Approaching Loch Fyn
Doughnot Hill.    I asked John if it was Doughnot or a Meringue ?  He said no, your right,…it’s Doughnot !  😄
Doughnot Hill. I asked John if it was Doughnot or a Meringue He said no, your right.... it's DoughnotDumbarton Rock comes into view as we wind downhill at the end of a wonderful day.

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Blackness to Hopetoun House

Friday 21st August  

Grade: C. Distance: 8 miles;  We walk on good paths through Wester Shore Wood to Hopetoun House and the aptly named Society,…. with good views of the new Forth crossing.   Returning past Abercorn Church and Midhope Castle to start.   Now part of the John Muir Way. Leader: Denis Taylor

Another dry sunny day,….. other than a short shower in Hopetoun Estate where their large old trees gave us perfect shelter.

SRC. Team Blackness.

SRC. Team Blackness

The old and new from the Garrison of Blackness Castle to the new Queensferry Crossing.

The old and new from the Garrison of Blackness Castle to the new Queensferry Crossing.
Blackness Promenade,…..well sort of !

Blackness Promenade,.....well sort of
Shore round Hopetoun Estate.

Shore around Hopetoun EstateLongannet in the distance

Longannet in the distance.

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Dirleton to Tantallon Castle via North Berwick (COACH)

Sunday 16th August

Grade:C+. Distance:8 miles. Scenic walk along West Sands to NB for lunch stop and then continuing through golf course to Tantallon Castle.   Got to be one of the best coastal walks with Berwick Law and Bass Rock views.Leader: Denis Taylor.

What a perfect day to do a coastal walk …with added bonus … being able to walk the beach to North Berwick at low tide.  Agnes and others also enjoyed the delights of the town on this sun filled day.

SRC. Team Dirleton at The Green.

SRC. Team Dirleton at The Green

Fine sand,…fine company. Craigleith and Bass Rock in the distance.

Fine sand,...fine company.Round the Glen golf course, North Berwick.

On the Glen golf course, NB.Canty Bay near Tantallon Castle.

Canty Bay near Tantallon Castle
Anyone for a dip ?

Anyone for a dip
Mary leads from Canty Bay with the Isle of May on the horizon.

Mary leads from Canty Bay with May Island on the horizon.

 

Dunblane-Ashfield-Kinbuck Circular

Sunday 9th August   Grade: C. Distance: 7.5 miles; 4 hours. Meet/time: Leaving 10.30am from Mill Row CP below Cathedral.. (fork left approaching High St)). Map Ref: NN781015. Description: A scenic and straightforward riverside walk linking Dunblane, with its attractive Cathedral and interesting main street, with the pretty villages of Ashfield and Kinbuck. Walking on minor roads , paths and field tracks. Lovely river and countryside views. Ascent 74m. Leader: Mike Andrew

Good to know we have another competent Walk Leader in SRC after Mike’s fine first walk last Sunday,…..with glowing feedback from members.  A big welcome was given to two new potential members.
Thanks to Heather for photos.

A little history from Mike.

A little history from Mike

Anne celebrates another good turnout of walkers.

Anne celebrates another good turnout of walkers.Parkland pause.

Parkland pause.
Who was it that asked for photos ?

Who was it that asked for photos
Yoo Hoo,…..I’m here !

Yoo Hoo,.....I'm hereNatural surroundings,…..Heather and Fern.

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Drymen: Garadhaban Forest & Buchanan Castle.

Sunday 2nd August   Grade: C+. Distance: 9 miles; 4.5 hours. Meet/time: Leaving 9.30am VUE CP or 10.15 at start of walk at Stirling Rd CP, Drymen. Map Ref: 57/NS475886 Description: This is a very pleasant scenic walk on good paths and tracks in Garadhban Forest & in Buchanan Castle Estate. You get good views to Loch Lomond and the surrounding hills. Ascent 200m  Leader: Janette Seale.

We may have got a few showers during our walk, however, that didn’t prevent our treasurer Agnes from walking the first mile on crutches to the joy of SRC members. Janette’s walk gave us views to Loch Lomond and Dumgoyne with a little history of the Buchanan seat in this area.    The chat continued at the village coffee shop on our return.

Agnes brings up the rear.

Agnes brings up the rear.

A little drizzle as we see Loch Lomond and Conic Hill.
A little drizzle as we see Loch Lomond and Conic Hill.
Sunshine lunchtime.

Sunshine lunchtime.Team Drymen in castle grounds.

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Castle ruin.  Once the home of the Buchanan’s,…then the Graham’s.  German Rudolph Hess was treated for leg injury at military hospital in these grounds in 1941.

Castle ruin.  Once the home of the Buchanan's,...then the Graham's.

Where’s my coffee?

Where's my coffee