Sunday, 3 May 2015

Wigtownshire ramblers. Smyrton to Finnarts Bay on Clyde Coastal path. May 2015

We took the bus to the start.

Going past Glenapp Castle.

We admired the flower pot men.

A break high above the Clyde.

Ailsa Craig.

This took walking the plank to a new meaning!

The age of chivalry is not dead.

We stopped in this lovely bay for lunch.

"G.I." Joe was our leader today.
Yesterday with the deerstalker and a fellow rambler from Kilmarnock we journeyed to Finnarts Bay just north of Cairnryan to meet with Wigtownshire ramblers to do a 10 mile walk from the small  hamlet of Smyrton onto the Clyde Coastal path back to the start. As there were two walks on, the large group of 33 split into two groups one to climb Penderry  to Carlock Hill. As I have been a wee bit off colour recently I opted for the low level supposedly easier walk. 16 of us caught the bus to Smyrton and started off walking down through the lovely Glenapp Castle estate with all its different trees including the giant sequoia which we stopped to admire.From here we ventured out of the shelter of the estate onto the cliffs high above the sea where the wind was picking up with the threat of rain coming in from the south west. A blustery walk was undertaken on good dry ground until we reached Currarie Bay where we had our lunch break watching the ever closing in rain clouds approaching. The afternoon part of the walk was wet and very windy making for arduous conditions until we reached the lower slopes of Glen App which gave us shelter from the weather. Once back at the start the first group headed off to Cairnryan for home made scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream washed down with several cups of freshly brewed tea and coffee.Thanks to G I Joe for his leadership today, he told us it was an easy walk but he had not taken in to account the difficult windy conditions we experienced on the moors high above Glen App.Well lead under the circumstances.

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