We have various routes that we walk and depending on the weather can be for 1 hour to 2 hours. The majority of the walks take place from the entrance at Craigencalt Farm road often include the various pathways within the Ecology Centre area before going on further afield. We often walk up Rodanbraes and over to the Common Road and return by the Whinneyhall path back to Craigencalt.
Other walks go round by Grangehill and via the Golf Course and Burnside footpath back to the loch. We also use the track from the Mid Mire (at the football park) up to the trig point on the Kissing Trees Road. Another walk is the circular route by Banchory Farm, Drinkbetween and the Jawbane Road returning by the Kissing Trees Road.
Our longest route is up to the top of the Kissing Trees Road and then up by Glassmount and Longloch and back via the Common Road and Whinneyhall tracks. We have also walked the circular route from Kilrie woodlands round by Balmuto Castle. We have walked up to Glassmount House and visited the delightful gardens which are open by request to the owner as part of Scotland’s Garden Scheme. As we had such an enjoyable visit we hope to have a repeat visit in the Spring this year when even more plants will be flowering.
We do hope many new people will come along and meet like minded people who enjoy the great outdoors. If you are interested in joining us then please refer to the new programme when it becomes available which gives full details. It is essential that you inform the walk leader in advance that you are coming along. Walks start at 10am prompt every second Wednesday. All walks take place weather permitting so if in doubt please phone before 9am on the day (details on the programme). The principal walk leader has completed a Walk Leader Course run by The Paths for All Partnership. Strong waterproof footwear is essential as well as waterproof jackets etc.
Our photograph shows members of the group with Balmuto Castle gardens in the background. Additional doggy members are Misty the greyhound who always keeps immaculately clean and Hope the spaniel who got very muddy indeed jumping in all the puddles along the way!
If you would like to join us please contact Kath (01592 643318, 07757 282455) or Pat (01592 890449, 07971 521943). Walks are held monthly and a Programme can be found on the Website.
We look forward to welcoming new members and our existing members.