Thursday, 21 July 2016
Cademuir Forest Circular-6.5mi. -SC+-
Walk Leader: G. Bakker
10 walkers gathered at the Kingsmeadow Car Park, Peebles for a local 6.5 mile walk around Cademuir Plantation. The walk started across Victoria Park and through Jubilee Wood via The Cut to Bonnington Farm. A short distance on the Bonnington Road took them up to the car park at the Cademuir Forest that is fast disappearing through tree felling. A descent from the forest took them to join the John Buchan Way northwards along the Whaum around Cademuir Hill. Before reaching Tantah they turned northwards along the edge of a plantation and then into the shelter of the Morning Hill Wood above Old Manor Bridge and a pause for lunch. They returned via Southpark along the Tweed to the car park.
Milngavie- part of the West Highland Way-9mi.-SC+-
walk leader: I MacDonald
Six walkers caught the train from Chatelherault to Milngavie to follow the route of the start of the WHW along Allander Water, skirting the edge of Mugdock Park to join the road leading uphill to the forest entrance. From there through an area of felled trees and mixed woodland to the Gowk Stane ( left by retreating glaciers. The lunch stop beyond was above Blane Valley with views of the Cobbler, Ben Lomond and Dumgoyne.The walk continued downhill to meet the A81 at Strathblane. Across to the War Memorial and Campsie Dene Road which follows the line of the original Victorian water pipes from Loch Katrine with several inspection points. It was here that time was running out and instead of turning down to Glengoyne Distillery the group continued to Killearn Village and took the bus back to Milngavie in time for the return journey by train. A long day with return by 7.00p.m.