Strollers and Striders
The Strollers and Striders group, affectionately known as the SAS, meet every Tuesday evening from mid April until September. As the name implies this walking group is for people of all abilities who would enjoy an evening walk in various parts of this beautiful island in the company of like minded folks. The starting point and route is planned in advance – see list below. Tea or coffee, and biscuits are provided at the end of our exertions. This will be in the Church Centre if we finish nearby, otherwise we have flasks and other equipment stashed in the boot of a car and enjoy fellowship wherever we are.
Each walk lasts for 1 – 1½ hours – over paths, tracks, beaches, quiet roads and pavements. Occasionally we puff up inclines and sometimes encounter muddy patches, midgies, drizzle, downpours or even scorching sunshine. We always enjoy stunning scenery and each others company.
We have stopped now for the winter but look forward to meeting again in Spring 2017. ‘Summer’ 2016 seemed to have more than its fare share of wet Tuesdays!
April 5th : Loch Fad Meet at Church April 12th : Port Bannatyne Meet at Port Bannatyne Public Park April 19th : Kingarth Meet at Kingarth Hotel
April 26 : Eastlands Farm Meet at Eastlands Farm – Canada Hill, Golf Course, Ardbrannan Riding School, Bridle Way back to Eastlands Farm.
May 3rd : Ettrick Bay Circuit Meet at Tea Room
May 17th : Ascog Meet at Balmory Road. May 24th : Scalpsie Circuit Meet at Scalpsie Car Park May 31st : Dunagoil Circuit Meet at St Blane’s Car Park June 7th : Dhu Loch Meet at Church June 14th : Moor Road Meet at Kingarth War Memorial June 21st : Port Bannatyne Meet at Play Park June 28th : Bruchag Road Meet at Red Brick Houses
July 12th : Drumreoch Circuit Meet at Kingarth War Memorial. July 19th : Skeoch Woods Meet at the Church July 26th : Ascog Kerrycroy Meet at Balmory Road August 2nd : Woodend House Meet at the Church August 9th : Skipper Woods Meet at the Church August 16th : Greenan Loch Meet at Barone Cemetery August 23rd : St Ninian’s Bay Meet at Straad Hall August 30th : Mount Stuart Gardens Meet at the Visitor Centre September 6th : Dinner at the Esplanade
When we walk we all chip in a pound to the ‘kitty’. In 2016 we collected just over £400. Together with the Evening Guild we used this to purchase two new fridges for the Church Centre kitchen.