At this point the Ramblers were happy to find an old stone wall to provide improvised seating for lunch and a brief rest. They enjoyed the return route down as it offered the views that were behind on the way up: along the valley and over to Megget Reservoir and even a corner of St Mary’s Loch. A splendid 5 mile walk in spectacular countryside was enjoyed by all. www.biggarramblers.org.uk
Saturday, 16 April 2022
Five members of Biggar Ramblers braved the elements to climb Culter Fell on 30th March. A horizontal snow shower greeted them as they arrived at the start point, but cleared as they began the steep ascent up Fell Shin passed the line of shooting butts. As the climb levelled off they took time for a short coffee break in the biting wind. As the group headed towards the first cairn the wind gathered pace and brought with it a hailstorm which cut into their faces. Visibility reduced but the path remained clear ahead, though the snow had drifted in pockets making progress with the bracing side wind quite challenging. Reaching the trig point (748m) after a little over 2 hours it was no place to linger in the cold. Besides the panoramic views theyd hoped to enjoy were hidden in cloud, mist and the continuing hail blizzard.
Biggar Ramblers walked a circular route on the familiar territory of the Carmichael Estate recently.They knew to expect mud, deer, and a short but stiff climb to great views from the Monument. But this time, before they did the stiff climb, this 4 mile walk took in the Mausoleum on Kirkhill at the site of the old church. As they made their way up to the stand of trees, they were greeted by a stunning array of snow drops and daffodils almost out. The Mausoleum among the trees and shrubs on top contains a number of graves with inscriptions showing the historical range of postings the Carmichael family held in the past. A perfect resting place with lovely views.
Sunday, 27 February 2022
Biggar Ramblers did something very different recently enjoying an evening walk for the first time as a group. Starting from Falkirk FC, they crossed into the Helix park walking through the landscaped park area and onto a boardwalk edged with reeds at the side of the wetland. They stopped at the colourful and reflective giant ring installation, then crossed the canal and onward into the woodlands. After a brief stop at the storytelling clearing, they walked on to the Love and Kisses sculpture where they learned a little of its history. The piece de resistance was the stunning Kelpies which were beautifully illuminated, again some historical background was given to the group before the walk ended back at Falkirk FC. A very interesting 6 mile walk. See www.biggarramblers.org.uk for more info. .
Keeping near to home, Biggar Ramblers did a 6 mile circular walk on 16th January out to Biggar Common. Starting from Burnbraes car park they headed up to Hillridge Farm and then followed the right of way over to Huntfield. Half way up the hill there’s a stile to climb and then the route heads over towards the plantation. It was a lovely sunny day and the views were splendid, opening out over to Black Mount, Broughton Heights, Cardon Hilll and Culter Fell. As they walked through these fields the walkers were very mindful of the livestock, especially since ewes are pregnant at this time of year. Once in the plantation, the route passed through the trees to a pond, coming back out to the open hill further west. Lunch was taken sitting on the edge of an old quarry, with views over to Tinto. The walkers then went down the hill to the woods just north west of Langlees Farm and followed the road to Lindsaylands, back to Burnbraes via the Gas Works. This was a very enjoyable walk in weather totally unexpected for mid-January! www.biggarramblers.org.uk
Monday, 31 January 2022
On Wednesday 12th January 2022 twelve members of Biggar Ramblers gathered for a winter walk to explore the history of the closes in Lanark, many not having stopped before to read the information boards and enjoy the artwork. From the High Street the group then walked to New Lanark via Braxfield Road and The Beeches. A coffee break was enjoyed at the picnic benches in the village before taking the Clyde Valley Walkway to Castlebank Park and returning to the Town Centre. Contact www.biggarramblers.org
On Thursday 20th January a group of 10 members of Biggar Ramblers completed an undulating circular walk among the rounded hills above the Loch of the Lowes near Moffat. On a clear winter’s day with bright sunshine they started with a scenic drive to the start point past the Talla and Megget reservoirs. They walked from the car park near Tibbie Shiels Inn from where the group followed a section of the Southern Uplands Way along an old drove road which wound up the hillside past Earl’s Hill and into a sheltered valley. After a coffee stop near a burn and ruined shepherd’s cottage, they climbed up higher and along a grassy ridge on Pikestone Rig. Turning off the ridge, they descended on a winding path with spectacular views of the loch and surrounding hills. lunch was by a pebble beach at the foot of the loch, before completing the walk by following the loch-side path back to the starting point. A great walk on a glorious day.Contact www.biggarramblers.org.uk
Monday, 17 January 2022
It is traditional for Biggar Ramblers that the last walk before Christmas is the mince pie walk. This year, on a fine sunny morning, 18 Ramblers did a circular walk from Manor Bridge, heading off along the old railway line. In parts the track was muddy and the old railway ballast made it rough underfoot, but after crossing Lyne Water and walking through Lyne Station they reached the picnic table. Here they enjoyed mince pies, Ecclefechan cakes and coffee, along with a seasonal rendition of ‘The Night Before Christmas’ from one of their number!
friend General Stanisław Maczek. Leaving the map, the walkers went up through the woods to reach the old post road for a coffee break. Then it was northwards along the old route past Hare laws. Leaving the Old Post Road onto the farm road to Darnhall Mains the group were afforded a clear view of Dundreich, a hill climbed recently by the group. From the farm it was a short and easy route back to the start and the end of a short but interesting 4 mile walk. Contact www.biggarramblers.co.uk
Although the visibility was poor there were 8 of us on the walk on Wednesday. The views of the gorge and the castle were taken the week before on my recce with Phil when the view was clearer. Phil was on a plane to Australia when we walked this week. Five of us had lunch at the Tillietudlem Inn at the end of the walk.
Despite heavy rain during the night and early morning 6 ramblers met at Dunsyre to walk to the Covenanter's grave. Before the walk started they heard about the drawing up of the National Covenant in 1638 which led to violent unrest for most of the 17th century, Dunsyre was a great covenanting area.
Biggar Ramblers met on Saturday 23 rd October to walk 8 miles starting at the village of Wanlockhead..The weather throughout the day was misty over the tops of the hills with occasional rain showers and high winds. The group of eight walked on the Southern Upland Way past the mine workings in Meadowfoot before crossing the bridge over Wanlock Waters, then made their ascent up a steep rough, muddy grass path to the open flat moorlands above with its excellent views of the rolling country hills. The weather did not keep the occasional group of runners from making their way past the walkers along the rough and at times isolated path, which was once home to the Covenanters, with its forests and valleys and majestic hills of the SUW from St John’s Town of Dalry to Moffat. After stopping to cheer and clap the runners to encourage them on their way the ramblers continued along the path which eventually led them down to the ruins of Goghead farm before turning off from the main SUW path and onto the circular path which would take them back to the start of the walk. Here they had the chance to look for the Kists with their treasure hoard, a minted coin or token. The Kists are made to blend into the environment and can be found around a metre or so from the path, they are to be found in each of the thirteen sections of the SUW. Each of the walkers were delighted with a coin, and then went back onto the track to find somewhere sheltered out of the wind for lunch, after this it was back to the starting point on an undulating track. Contact www.biggarramblers.org.uk
17 members of Biggar Ramblers walked seven miles of the John Buchan Way from Stobo to Broughton in October, a day that started as a delightfully bright Autumn morning. The special feature of this walk is that it passes through three valleys: Harrow Hope, Stobo Hope and Broughton Hope. At the top of the ridge between each one, there is a dramatic change of view into the next valley. There are gentle climbs and descents, unveiling wonderful countryside, without the challenge of scaling an individual peak. There’s a remarkable hexagonal sheepfold just below Hopehead Rig. The only drawback on this occasion was that the weather closed in as the morning wore on. The walkers were walking into stronger winds, especially between Hammerhead and Brooomyside. It must have been the windiest lunch spot this year, where the gusts whipped the coffee out of our cups! Nevertheless, they kept up a good pace and all returned well pleased with the walk. Contact www.biggarramblers.org.uk for more information.