ARCHIVE - WALKING GROUP

2019

23 November

On a rather dreich November morning, the group agreed to do a local walk rather than walk from the Falkirk Wheel as originally planned. We parked the cars at Auchinstarry Marina and walked along the tow-path until we reached Dullatur Road then climbed the steep hill on to the path above the canal and returned back to the Boat House.  All ten who braved the Scottish weather then enjoyed a warming cup of tea or coffee. Another enjoyable short walk in the fresh air. 

19 October

Again, there were nine of us walking this time in the opposite direction from last month. This walk, alongside the River Glazert, is also part of the Thomas Muir way/John Muir way. As we neared the road which would lead to Lennox Castle, the former psychiatric and maternity hospital, we came across an "artwork" displaying the woman's name "JESSIE" in vibrant yellow metal.

This and several other artworks have been commissioned by "Trails and Tails" with the work being carried out by Jacqueline Donnachie. These works commemorate the work of women in health and medicine who have associations with East Dunbartonshire through education, working life or residence. As there are no public dedications to these women, these artworks fill that void. This added a different dimension to our October walk!

21 September

On a beautiful September morning, 9 of us travelled to Lennoxtown and then walked along the former railway line to Milton of Campsie. We stopped for refreshments at the very busy cafe at the cross before returning to Lennoxtown.

The Campsie Fells were particularly beautiful and as we welcomed a new member to our group who has relocated from Wales, it was most enjoyable.

31 August

A group of 11 dedicated walkers travelled to Milton of Campsie (rain pouring down); had our refreshments and the sun came out - hey presto, let's go for a walk!

Along part of the disused railway line towards Kirkintilloch -  a most enjoyable walk - it could only happen in Scotland.

3 August

We had a lovely walk from the Boat House car park up part of Croy Hill and back round to the Boat House along the canal path. The weather was lovely and we were able to sit outside in the sunshine enjoying tea/coffee and scones.

6 July

We had a great walk starting from the Falkirk Wheel. Thanks to Grace and Jane for leading us round and arranging the lovely weather! This will possibly be a walk to be repeated another time. 

8 June

The walk was very enjoyable with the weather being much better than we were led to expect. The walk was from Kirkintilloch to Milton of Campsie where we had a stop for tea/coffee before returning to Kirkintilloch.

May

On 4 May, 14 walkers enjoyed a lovely four mile walk around the Dumbreck Marsh, ending at the Scarecrow for tea/coffee, scones and a chat.

The next walk on Saturday 8 June will be from Lidl, Kirkintilloch to Milton of Campsie, with a stop at Billingtons before returning to Kirkintilloch. 

This part of the walk is named Balcastle Farm Woodland Trail and shows some of the group walking towards Kilsyth, with the Northfield area in the distance.

April

The first walk of the year was on Saturday 6 April 2019. We met at 10.30 in the Coachman car park and walked out to Colzium Estate stopping at the Visitor Centre for tea/coffee. We had a further walk around part of the estate before making our way back to the Coachman car park. We all thoroughly enjoyed the walk and chat along the way even although the weather wasn't too kind to us. 

2018

September

On Saturday 8 September, 8 of us met at the church hall before heading off in cars to Twechar. The weather was dry although a slight nip could be felt in the air - autumn time!

The canal path is very good - easy walking with no pot-holes. Without realising it, most of us agreed it took longer than we thought so by the time we reached Scintillation, a cup of coffee was very welcome.  As a point of interest, about two thirds along the way is the site of Auchendavy Fort which was part of the Antonine Wall. It would have been nice to see this site but the hedgerow obscured our vision.  We did, however, see a couple of swan families and also the Gypsy Princess barge at Kirkintilloch with a few passengers!  All agreed this was a good walk albeit longer than normal - we had all heated up by now!

August

On Saturday 4 August, on rather a dreich day approximately twelve of us walked from the Marina along the side of the canal to the Dullatur road and return to the Boathouse for coffee/tea! 

July

Our July walk saw us walking along the path following the old railway line from Lennoxtown. It was a very pleasant walk in lovely weather with some lovely views along the way. We finished up sitting in the gardens at Glazert Bank Hotel having tea and coffee.

June

The Walking Group had a lovely walk in the sunshine on Saturday 9 June 2018. We walked from Lidl’s car park in Kirkintilloch to Milton of Campsie where we enjoyed tea/coffee and goodies sitting outside at Billington’s before returning to Kirkintilloch along the same path. We had 3 new members with us who all enjoyed the walk and the company.

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