The October walk will be our annual coach trip, this time enabling us to complete part of the Fife Coastal Path. The coach will take us the 1½ hour trip from Glasgow to Elie, stopping for coffee and a scone on the way.
This particularly popular walk begins at Elie and follows the coast to Crail, walking through picturesque villages such as St Monans, Pittenweem and Anstruther. There are also historic lighthouses, old ruins, and even a series of caves. The total distance is 10 miles but walkers can opt out at Anstruther (6.3 miles) where there are cafés and a Museum. The coach will then take the ‘opt-outs’ to Elie where, again, there is something to do until we all meet up for an evening meal. The total cost for coffee and the meal will be about £22.00
Starting at the Red Moss Nature Reserve, near Balerno, this is a walk in the Pentland Hills Regional Park.
It will cross the Threipmuir Reservoir and pass through wooded country emerging at the foot of the main Pentland hills. The hilltops will be clearly visible but do not despair! An easy walk across the moor, with wonderful views of hills and water, will gradually descend to The Howe, a small cottage at the end of Loganlea Reservoir. The reservoir is used for fishing. We turn for home up an impressive gully, Green Claugh and contour the hill, returning via Threipmuir Reservoir to the start point.
We’re beating the city of God & going through more than 12gates on this walk – tubular steel rather than pearly – chaotically distributed rather than symmetrically aligned – all of them open.
After a low-gradient climb on quiet roads, through a lovely avenue, already seeing views of the firth of Clyde, up above a reservoir, we survey Arran and later, many other islands. Walking in this direction we minimise views of wind turbines as we walk a fairly level (mainly Landrover) track to Fairlie via a fishing
loch, deciduous and coniferous woodland, and a fairy glen & castle. We return by train to a place where the male friends of tin men & lions will, hopefully, still be hanging around. Intrigued?