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.
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.
2019 Programme – All walks start at 7.00 pm
April 9th : Loch Fad – meet at the Church Centre.
April 16th : Port Bannatyne – meet at Port Bannatyne Park
April 23rd : Kingarth – meet at Kingarth Hotel
April 30th : Eastlands Farm – meet at Eastlands Farm
May 7th : Ettrick Bay – meet at Ettrick Bay Tearoom.
May 14th : Kilmichael Burial Ground – meet at Glecnabae Farm.
May 21st : Port Bannatyne – meet at Port Bannatyne Park.
May 28th : Scalpsie Circuit – meet at Scalpsie Bay Car Park
June 4th : Dunagoil Circuit – meet at Dunagoil car park.
June 11th : Dhu Loch – meet at Church Centre
June 18th : Cnocnicoll Wood and Moor Road – meet at the Church.
June 25th : Rhuboddach Forest – meet at Rhuboddach Ferry Terminal
July 2nd : Straad Circuit – meet at Ballianlay Hall Car Park, Straad
Cancelled due to bad weather, July 9th 3.30pm.
July 9th : Drumreoch Circuit – meet at Kingarth War Memorial, from the car park follow the Moor Road, turning left towards Drumreoch Farm, returning via the road to the car park.
July 16th : Skeoch Wood – meet at the Church Centre, leave the Church Centre via the back gate to Lover’s walk. Exit right onto Loch fad Road towards Barone Cottage. Follow path towards and emerge at the old Academy and then Skeoch Wood and return to church via Rothesay.
July 23rd : Ascog & Kerrycroy – meet at Balmory Road, follow Balmory Road and take path to Water Works Road. Walk to the Hermitage and Kerrycroy Quay returning thereafter to Balmory Road.
July 30th : Woodend House – meet at the Church Centre, Via Lover’s walk, Loch Fad Road, Woodend House and return to Church via the causeway and Lochly farm.
August 7th : Skipper Wood – meet at the Church Centre, follow path through Skipper Wood, turn right onto eastlands Road to the Bridle way, turn right and return to the Church.
August 14th : Loch na Leighe – meet at the bus turning area at Plan farm, follow path to St Blane’s Church and hen follow West island Way past Loch na Leighe to hill above Glencallum Bay, return same way.
August 21st : St Ninian’s Bay – meet at Ballianlay Hall car park, walk via the Straad to St Ninian’s Chapel returning via the same route.
August 28th : Port Bannatyne – meet at Port Bannatyne Park, via the Loop, through park, Garrison Road, Bogglie Road, Gortans Road, Hydro Road returning to Port Bannatyne Park.
September 3rd : Mount Stuart Gardens – meet at Mount Stuart Car Park (Visitor Centre)