On Wednesday during Lanark lanimer week, Biggar Ramblers headed to Linlithgow for a 9 mile walk along the Union canal. Starting from Linlithgow train station they walked on the very flat tow path, passing families of swans and ducks on the water. The canal was built in 1822, closed in 1965 and reopened in 2001 as part of the Millenium Link. The group walked over the Avon Aqueduct with great views over the valley, then had a lovely coffee n cake stop at a canal side cafe. Fully refreshed they proceeded on the tow path and through the Falkirk tunnel, a Victorian cobbled orifice of 630 meters, which has been well maintained with lighting and handrails. The walkers returned to Linlithgow by train from Falkirk High Station. www.biggarramblers.org.uk.
Monday, 13 June 2022
The recent hill walk of Biggar Ramblers was to visit all 4 Striding Arches at near . The Striding Arches, built by outdoor artist Andy Goldsworthy, each consist of 31 red sandstone blocks weighing 27 tons, standing at 4 meters high and spanning across seven meters. They represent Scots emigrating to other parts of the world over the last 200 years.
The weather was grand and the group enjoyed the views opening up along the valley. The skylarks were in full song and so was a cuckoo from a stand of Scots Pine to the right of the JB Way. The walkers enjoyed lunch on the top, just off the summit to avoid the wind. The circular route meant descending via Huskie Rig, with a steep ‘off piste’ stretch over moss, heather and grass back to the path on the western side of Harrow Hope. They then crossed the valley via deer paths to join the track along the eastern side of the valley, just below the stone sheep fold. Along that path, wet in places from hill run off, they saw large numbers of primroses and surprised a couple of sun-bathing lizards. After reaching the ruined shepherd’s cottage by the ford, they rejoined the stone track back to the car park. Altogether an enjoyable energising walk in our lovely countryside! www.biggarramblers.org.uk
At the end of April six members of Biggar Ramblers set out to climb Scotland’s most southerly Munro, Ben Lomond. From they started up the Ptarmigan path and shortly after clearing the wood the sound of a cuckoo could be clearly heard. But it was further up the path the interest of the walkers was drawn to the hulls across the loch. Then there was the first sighting of The Cobbler above Arrochar. And further on the Arrochar Alps, the hills of , Ime and Ben Vane came into view. On reaching Ptarmigan the hills opened even more to reveal Ben and the Hills and the first of the Hills.
Biggar Ramblers did a circular 7 mile walk on Sunday 8thMay to climb Penvalla Hill. This is not a high summit – 547metres – but as with many hills in the Stobo area, there 360o views of Tinto, Culter Fell and so on. Starting from Stobo Village Hall, the 14 walkers followed the track past Home Farm to join the John Buchan Way as far as the ridge between Hammer Knowe and Hammer Rig where they struck off north up Mid Hill and then Penvalla, with short stretches of steep climb.
At the beginning of April a small group of Biggar Ramblers had an interesting experience when they took part in an evening walk in Lanark. The group visited St Kentegrens church and walked through the ancient arch, dating back to the days of William Wallace. After walking through the graveyard they proceeded down the Beeches, cutting left before New Lanark towards Bonnington power station. By this time the darkness had descended, and they donned their head torches for the climb up to Corra Linn viewpoint. The group then walked alongside the Clyde to New Lanark, with its beautifully illuminated buildings and then on towards Lanark high street where St Nicholas church was also beautifully illuminated. All agreed doing this walk in the dark made it a completely different experience. www.biggarramblers.org