Sunday, 5 August 2012

Wigtownshire Ramblers. Castle Kennedy circular. August 2012

Walkers examining an old well.

Looking back to Stranraer.

Trig point on Balker Hill.

Lunch on the side of the hill.

A very majestic willow tree.

A little Shetland pony on the estate.

Inside the ruin of Inch Church.

Today's group (thanks Scoop)

Madam Secretary and Madam Chairlady.
Yesterday Saturday August 5th I joined my Mother group for a 9 mile walk up to the mast on Balker Hill (193M) near to Castle Kennedy. First of all I cannot cheat today as "The Newton Stewart Blogger" has gone on his holidays to Ireland, it has been left to me to blog the walk.17 of set out from the  tearoom at Lochinch Castle on a partly sunny warm morning along some tracks in the estate before arriving at the country road up to New Luce. Our leader pointed out the local Crannog which we had visited two years ago on a seperate walk.A steady gentle climb through some forestry tracks took us to the summit of Balker Hill with its radio mast perched on top.At a clearing at the end of the wood a suitable spot with wonderful scenic views was found to have our our lunch break. On our way back to the estate our leader showed us some fine examples of Pineapple weed growing at the edge of the road that when you pick it and crush it in your hands it gives of a very distinctive aroma of pineapples.In the estate we explored the remains of the old Inch Church which dates back to the 17th century.At this point with the finish in sight the heavens rumbled with thunder and the rain poured down which was unfortunate for us as up to this point it had been completely dry.
  Excellent walk led by the group's chairlady who had stepped in at the last minute to lead today as the original leaders daughter had just given birth to a wee boy so congtatulations must go to Grandpa (the farmer) who was away visiting the new addition to his family.

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