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.
Despite a slightly damp start to the season so far, the Strollers and Striders have started their 2018 walking season.
As the name suggests we aim to include people of all abilities and it is also possible to undertake shortened versions of the walk. The pace is leisurely (but you can walk more quickly if you wish), the distance not too far (2-4 miles on average) and the fellowship is warm and sincere.
The walks are open to all (including the four legged variety) and is not confined to church members. All you need is a sturdy pair of shoes or trainers, a pound coin (which is distributed to good causes at the end of the season) and an enthusiasm to join in.
If you need to ask about anything – phone Douglas on 07478 134946.
2018 Programme – All walks start at 7.00 pm
April 10th : Loch Fad – meet at the Church Centre.
April 17th : Port Bannatyne – meet at Port Bannatyne Park
April 24th : Kingarth – meet at Kingarth Hotel : From the hotel follow road to Kilchattan Bay. Through the community orchard to join path through the wood towards the air field. Towards the golf course and then Langalbuinoch Farm and then return to the hotel.
May 1st : Eastlands Farm – meet at Eastlands Farm : From the farm walk to Canada Hill via the golf course, to Ardbrannan Riding School and from there along the bridle path and back to the farm.
May 8th : Ettrick Bay – meet at Ettrick Bay Tearoom : Walk the tramway path to Greenwood Crossing and return via the road past Cranslagvourity farm and return via the foreshore to the tearoom.
May 15th : Kilmichael Burial Ground – meet at Glecnabae Farm : Follow farm track to Kilmichael farm and then to burial ground returning via the same route.
May 22nd : Ascog – meet at Balmory Road : Follow Balmory Road path to Water Works Road. Take second right to Bogany farm, down to cottage at the end of the track to Montford.
June 5th : Dunagoil Circuit – meet at Dunagoil car park : from the car park follow the farm track to Garrochty and follow path to the hut and along the shore towards Dunagoil Farm and back to the car park.
June 12th : Dhu Loch – meet at Church Centre : Leave the churchyard via the back gate to Lover’s Walk. Exit onto Loch Fad Road, take the path to Dhu Loch Road and then to the causeway. Cross over to Lochly Farm and proceed up farm track past Ashfield Farm until Townhead and return to church.
June 19th : Cnocnicoll Wood and Moor Road – meet at Mount Stuart Car Park (Exit gate) : From the car park walk through Cnocnicoll Wood to the Moor Road, turn right and return to church via the West Road and Townhead.
June 26th : Rhubodach Forrest – meet at Rhubodach Ferry Terminal : From the car park follow the path towards Balnakeilly.
July 3rd : Bruchag Road – directions will be posted later.
July 17th : Drumreoch Circuit – directions will be posted later.
July 24th : Skeoch Wood – directions will be posted later.
July 31st : Ascog & Kerrycroy – directions will be posted later.
August 7th : Woodend House – directions will be posted later.
August 14th : Skipper Wood – directions will be posted later.
August 21st : Loch na Leighe – directions will be posted later.
August 28th : St Ninian’s Bay – directions will be posted later.
September 4th : Mount Stuart Gardens – directions will be posted later.