Saturday, 26 February 2011
ARDC walk to Grey Hill by Girvan. Saturday 26 Feb.2011
Today's walk was a 7 mile circular walk at Girvan taking in Grey Hill, Fell Hill and finally on to Byne Hill with myself as walk leader. 24 walkers met at Girvan South car park and then proceded along the shore and up through the caravan site to access the new track that has been built which took us behind Byne Hill and a steady climb up to a cottage called Drumfairn. After the usual coffee break we then headed out on to the Grey Hill Grasslands where we continued to climb steadily until we could see some of the hills in South Ayrshire and beyond.We then proceeded to the summit of Grey Hill where we got the full coastal view which was a bit misty today and Ireland was not visible but we could see the Mull Of Kintyre. Lunch was taken here in a sheltered spot as on the summit the wind was blowing quite strongly. From here it was off to Fell Hill and past an old settlement and with some imagination you could visualise a house once stood here.Up to the summit of Byne Hill we could see rain showers around but we were fortunate they were missing us out.Down to the Crawfurd monument where our rambling historian gave us a brief history of the man for which it was erected in the 18th century. Apparently he saw service in India and Africa not the historian I hasten to add.We now headed down on another new track which now means we don't have to trudge through the muck anymore and back to the cars on the shore. A great walk full of the usual wise cracks . Hope to do it all again in 2 weeks time at Ballantrae with the same group.