|Preparing for the "off"|
|This is now looked after by the cooncil!|
|Inside the grounds.|
|The four musketeers.|
|Our first refreshment break.|
|Not quite a tree lined avenue.|
|Passing the reservoir.|
|Today there was one lone fisherman|
|And in today's window!!|
|The clubhouse has a commanding position above the town.|
Yesterday I travelled to the North Ayrshire town of Beith to join Cunninghame ramblers on their mid -week walk up Cuff Hill which lies to the east of the town. 18 of us left from Trinity Church on a cloudy blustery day to walk first of all to the old Spiers School grounds which have now been taken over by North Ayrshire Council for the benefit of all to enjoy, lots of seating areas allow visitors to relax and admire all the flowers and shrubs planted neatly in the gardens.From here we made our way along a track until we reached Cuff Hill with a rock formation known as St Inans Chair carved into the hillside.A coffee stop was taken here overlooking Lochwinnoch and a distant Ben Lomond rising above the clouds.Now came the muddy part of the walk that our leader had promised us ,she claims it is even mucky in the height of summer but due to the recent torrential rain, today would be extremely tricky underfoot. Lots of shouts were heard as walkers tried to navigate a route through the reeds and bogs but as usual we all made it safely to the Cuff Hill reservoir without too many mishaps.A further stop was enjoyed here looking out over the water from an old farm building before taking a track down past Beith Golf Club which has a wonderful setting in the hills above the town. Arriving back at the cars with only experiencing a couple of minor showers the leader was thanked for an excellent if somewhat muddy walk around her home town which she obviously enjoyed passing on her local knowledge and history of the area.
Just as a wee footnote one of the members of Cunninghame Ramblers has produced an excellent web page detailing future walks not only of his group but also ADRC and South Ayrshire.Extra material has also been provided by the groups photographer which makes it most interesting and informative web page which can be accessed by using this link. Some of the links use Microsoft Excel 2003 version.