Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Second recce for ADRC Straiton to Dalmellington. June 2012

On top of the world!!

That is the teacher in the middle.
Today Tuesday 26 June the teacher and the wee wuman frae Dalrymple joined me on a second reece of this walk from Straiton to Dalmellington.. First of all we climbed up to the Hunter Blair monument before crossing over onto Largs Hill.(327M). From here we used the GPS to get us to Turgany (356M) and finally Auchenroy(367M) without too much difficult ground to cover, a wee bit boggy in places but no real problems.Lunch stop here before we went over to a forest  where I thought we could follow some quad bike tracks down to Craigengillan Estate, this is where it all went wrong ,deep tussocky wet grass was not an area for a group albeit we managed to get through but as you know us youngsters are a hardy lot. Looking back towards Auchenroy an alternative route could be taken which would allow us to keep some height so another recce is planned for the near future for this 2 mile stretch. Once into Craigengillan Estate  there are  tracks and road to take us down to Dalmellington to finish this 11 mile walk , increases every time I do it but hopefully before the next walk planning meeting of Ayr and District Ramblers I  will have mastered this grade "B" walk.

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