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LYLE KIRK - WALKING GROUP
Programme - 2017
Sunday 9th April – 1200 (Newark Street)
Inverkip to Wemyss Bay A gentle introduction to this year’s programme. Just over 3 miles starting at the Inverkip War Memorial along the shore and up by the Power station road to branch off by the old Binniehill track and a section of the Kelly Dam road to cut down through the Wemyss Bay caravan park to a finish at the station then back by bus.
Saturday 20th May – 0900 (Esplanade)
Tyndrum to Bridge of Orchy – A 6.75 mile stretch of the West Highland Way to mark the 25th anniversary of the start of the group in the former Old West Kirk led by the late Robert McCall this is a repeat of the first walk undertaken in 1992. Track is good and extent of climbing over the whole route only 183 metres. On this trip we would welcome those who might not be able to walk the full distance or indeed to walk any part of it but who would like to come for a day out particularly those who may have participated in any of the walks in the past but are now not able to manage the distance.
Saturday 10th June - 0900 (Newark Street)
Tighnabruaich to Caladh Harbour – Crossing by ferry to Hunters’ Quay and the by scenic road through Glen Lean to Tighnabruaich to join level stretch of Cowal Way leading from the village along the shore of the Kyles of Bute to the sheltered anchorage at Caladh at the head of the first leg of the Kyles. Approximately 3 miles each way but again opportunity to do part of walk.
Saturday 15th July – 0900 (Newark Street)
Inchmurrin Island Loch Lomond – Rained off last year a chance to explore largest island in Loch Lomond. Walking distances are fairly short and there is a hotel on the island in case of bad weather.
Saturday 19th August – 0900 (Newark Street)
Mugdock Country Park – We are hoping to co-ordinate this date with the Riverside Ramblers from Dumbarton (Rev. Ian Johnson’s congregation) for a joint trip. Further details later.
Sunday 24th September – 1200 (Newark Street)
Three Lochs Way – Arrochar to Inveruglas - Last stage of Three Lochs Way starting from Arrochar and going through Glen Loin from head of Loch Long to meet the access road to Loch Sloy(possible detour to dam if time permits) and finishing by descent to Loch Lomond at Inveruglas. Around 6 miles of walking. Total ascent around 250 metres on good paths
Saturday 14th October – 0900 – (Newark Street) Culross and Preston Island - Described as an easy coastal and town walk of around 5 miles the last trip of the season takes us away from west coast territory to Fife and the well-preserved “time-capsule” village of Culross to the nearby man-made Preston Island which is in fact a peninsula. Part of the island is a Special Protection Area for birds
- Transport is by car. Please do not hesitate to come along if you do not have a car available or are not comfortable with driving to the start of the walk. We have always had enough cars for those going. Most of the walks are on Saturdays meeting at 9a.m. Two (April and September) are on Sundays leaving after the end of the morning service at 1200 noon. This year for consistency all the walks will leave from Newark Street with the exception of the May “anniversary” walk which will leave from the Esplanade buildings. People usually bring some food with them for a snack but on the longer full day trips we often stop off somewhere in the course of the day for something light to eat and drink together.
- New members of the group are very welcome and it is not expected that anyone is committed to coming along on every trip. For further information please speak to me or any member of the group.
- While most of the walks are on good paths and solid surfaces in our climate there is always a significant risk of wet and muddy stretches and walking boots or strong walking shoes are recommended.
Walking Group 2014 photographs
1. Transport is by car. Do not hesitate to come along if you do not have a car available or are not comfortable with driving to the start of the walk. The walks are divided between whole day trips on Saturdays and half-days on Sundays. On Sundays the starting point is Newark Street at 12.45 after the 11a.m. service. On Saturdays we have decided to remain with our traditional meeting point at the East end of the Esplanade at Campbell Street where there is always ample parking for sorting out cars and leaving those which are not going. People usually bring some food with them for a snack but on the longer full day trips we often stop off somewhere for something light to eat or drink.
2. At the planning meeting there was a general view that we should try to shorten the travelling distances to the start of the walks from previous years and the programme tries to reflect it. A number of members felt that steep gradients were more challenging than formerly and again the programme has sought to take account of this view in the walks proposed. If there are those however either among regular attenders or who do not normally come along who would like to tackle a substantial hill on a one-off basis please let me know and this can be arranged.
3, New members of the group are very welcome and it is not expected that you are committed to coming along on every trip. People come when they are free and the walk interests them. For further information please speak to myself, Jessie McKillop or Robert Todd.