Saturday, 19 March 2011

South Ayrshire Ramblers at Bowertrapping Woods, Dalry. 19th March 2011

Walkers starting out.

Some male walkers noted the telephone number.

Looking back to Dalry.

The walk followed the equestrian route.

Coffee break.

3 Fine examples of "Nissan Huts"

The Dusk Burn

Blair Mill

We were invited in to view the gardens.

This is the mill's garden pond!

Unusual warning sign.

Managed to get a tree lined avenue.

Walkers passing Blair House.

Bridge over the Bombo Burn.
Saturday March 19th saw 25 ramblers from the South Ayrshire Group set off on  a 7 mile circular walk round Blair Estate and Bowertrapping Woods near Dalry in North Ayrshire.It was a nice pleasant sunny Spring day ideal for a woodland walk. First of all we walked up the side of the Bombo Burn which started us all wondering how on earth it found its name.The internet only informs us that it finally runs into the River Garnock but gives no details to its origin. Further searching will have to be done. Coffee break was taken on top of a small hill beside a trig point . The hill is on the map but does not have a name so several were suggested the favourite being "plook" as it was quite small.Glasgow bloggers will understand the terminology.From here we took a path down through Bowertrapping Woods and along the Dusk Water until we arrived at Blair Mill. The lady of the house was tending to her garden and very kindly invited us in to view the work at the rear of the house that they have had done over a period of 20 years or so.The pond was enormous and at one time had 2 resident ducks who have since disappeared. The mill dates back more than 200 years and has had additions built on.From here we then entered into Blair House Estate which is very grand and laid out for all sorts of equestrian events. The house is still owned privately and can be hired for functions and film shoots. An episode of Taggart was shot here. Lunch was taken on the estate beside the now infamous Bombo Burn. Back out of the estate it was a fairly short walk back to the start and allow walkers to get home in time  to watch the Scotland Rugby Match. A very pleasant walk in the Spring sunshine with usual banter between the ramblers.

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