|Walkers at the start.|
|Lots of fences and walls to be crossed today.|
|Elevenses in the lea of a hill.|
|The group at the summit of Beneraird.(424M)|
|The only ones who made it to the top of Smyrton (340M)|
Anyway onto yesterdays walk 21 of us met at the crossroads on the A77 in Glenapp to climb Beneraid and Smyrton Hills. These are hills I have climbed in the past but todays route was a wee bit different from our normal one. We followed a line of pylons which led us to the track that comes up from Ballantrae. Once we were on the top of Beneraid I took over for the next part of the walk to go and see the remains of a Liberator aircraft which crashed on Pildinny Hill in 1945. 17 American service personell lost their lifes in the accident with only 3 surviving. We now followed a track through some heather and tussocks to get to the Leana Burn where we had our lunch stop.Afterwards to avoid some cattle we took a detour along the burn before climbing up onto Smytron which due to the angle we approched we finished up on Benawhirn. 8 hardy souls decided as we were so close we would carry onto Smyrton and rejoin the group as they made their way back to the start. A very windy day with one small hail shower made this an excellent walk considering the weather some parts of the country were experiencing. Thanks to our leader for working out a new route to a favourite walk of mine , my apologies sir that I omitted to take your photo for the purposes of this blog but am sure to correct this error on your next fine walk as leader.