Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Cunninghame Ramblers. Greenock and Kelly cuts. July 2013

Title of today's walk

Wemyss Bay Victorian railway station

Walk started at this unusually named station

Climbing up the hill with the Clyde in the background.

A wee break for an ice cream

One of the many excellent paths.

Tortoiseshell butterfly

Today's group.

Kilmarnock rocket was the leader.
Yesterday 11 ramblers from Cunninghame group met  at Wemyss Bay railway station to take the train to Drumfochar to the start of our 11 mile walk along what is known as theGreenock and Kelly water cuts. These are manmade waterways constructed last century to take water from Loch Thom to the town of Greenock and surrounding areas.On a lovely clear warm morning we made our way up from the station to the first cut which took us 5 miles along excellent paths past Loch Fyne and the Holy Loch to Cornalees visitor centre where we took a break for an ice cream It was here our resident lepidopterist (I had to look it up too) spotted some tortoiseshell butterflies plus another one that I cannot remeber it's name.. Now we were on the Kelly cut and after another 6 miles arrived back in Wemyss Bay after a super day in the North Ayrshire hills. Thanks must go to the Kilmarnock Rocket for organising the day and travel arrangements. Mrs Rocket  who had joined us today managed to slow him down a wee bit so that for once we were able to enjoy his company!!

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