Thursday, 10 April 2014

Reccie for ADRC. Glenashdale falls. Isle of Arran.April 2014

A male red breasted merganser

Well signposted

Glenashdale falls.

Me at the falls.

Large areas of the forest have been cleared

Meallach's grave.
Yesterday Wednesday April 9th I caught the 7.00AM ferry to Brodick on theIsle of Arran to meet the teacher who is on holiday there for the week . We were originally going to tackle Goatfell from the Corrie side but due to low cloud and the threat of rain decided to do an alternative walk to Glenashdale Falls which would also be a reccie for ADRC who I am leading in July up this route. Caught the bus to Whiting Bay which was our start point and the as soon as we arrived we spotted a red breasted merganser enjoying himself on the wee burn that joins the sea at this point. We then climbed up to the falls and onto forestry track to take us over the hills to Lamlash a distance of about 6 miles . Again I will not go into too much detail as a full blog will appear when I do the walk in July least to say I found a new twist in the route towards the end which allows the walkers to visit Meallach's grave which dates back to about 2000BC and makes for an interesting stop on the walk. Once we arrived back in Brodick Goatfell was completely shrouded in mist and would not have given us any views had we climbed it so the alternative walk turned out to be the right decision. Another excellent day out and can assure bloggers I slept well last night after two heavy exhausting days not bad for an old guy of 66 . PS Did I  tell you it was my birthday on Tuesday?

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