Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Cunninghame ramblers. 3 Parks walk in Ayr.October 2012

Looking over Ayr Bay

Greenan Castle.

Morning coffee in the glorious sunshine.

Some of the bushes now have their Autumn colours.

Rozelle House.

The nearest we got today to a tree lined avenue.

Making our way through Rozelle Estate.

Group on the steps of the "House"

The leader always has to be included.
Today Wednesday October 10th 22 ramblers from the Cunninghame group met in the village of Alloway for an 8 mile circular walk encompassing three of the parks in the town of Ayr .Starting out on the old disused railway line that used to run from Ayr to Turnberry the walkers made their way to the coast on the most beautiful autumn morning to arrive at Greenan Castle overlooking Ayr Bay. The leader (actually it was myself today) pointed out the various towns and mountains visible from this location high above the town. Passing over the River Doon we then entered Bellisle Park with it's two golf courses making it a mecca for local golfers. Morning coffee was taken in the walled garden overlooking the lovely plants which were now taking on their autumn colours. A nice woodland walk followed until we came to the old racecourse which was last raced on in 1907 before moving to its present location.The next park we visited was Corsehill which has been  described as one of Ayr's hidden gems, really comes alive in the spring with its amazing display of crocuses.Lunch was taken in the grounds of Rozelle House Estate which is also home to the famous Ayr Flower Show that is held in the month of August each year.After another woodland walk we joined the old railway line  to take us back to the start and the  end of this interesting informal walk around some local places of interest. As always it is hard to measure  the success of your own walks but so far I have received via e mails a very positive response so may I express my gratitude to everyone who came along today I really appreciated your company.

Most members will know about the the new web page promoting Cunninghame Ramblers but for visitors to my blog please use the link to learn more about this group and their excellent walks programme for the next 6 months.

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