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.
The Striders and Strollers have concluded another successful summer walking season. In total, we undertook 22 walks with only 1 cancellation due to weather. The number of walkers averaged 15-20 on many evenings (along with a small retinue of dogs) with a reduction in numbers when the weather was more inclement. Typically, we covered 2-3 miles in a variety of locations across the island with some folks opting for a shorter version of the walk. The evening was rounded off with a welcome cup of tea and home baking.
We spent an enjoyable evening having dinner and enjoying each other’s company at the Kingarth Hotel at which we disbursed the funds we had gathered over the season. A total of £562 was collected from the weekly £1 contribution from each walker. We agreed to use the money for the purchase of some additional kitchen equipment, church printer supplies and other items.
I would like to extend my thanks to Jim Cobham, who organised the walks over a number of years and to Stella who undertook many of the practical tasks necessary for the smooth running of the group. Thanks are also due to Morag for providing the home baking and to Alex for organising transport for our dinner.
Striders and Strollers will return next Spring for another season. Watch out for the date and consider joining us for an enjoyable time and a good way to keep fit. Douglas Allan
April 4th : Loch Fad
April 25th : Kingarth
May 2nd : Eastlands Farm
May 9th : Ettrick Bay Circuit
May 16th : Kilmichael Burial Ground
May 23rd : Ascog
June 6th : Dunagoil Circuit
June 13th : Dhu Loch
June 20th : Mount Stuart to UCB
June 27th : Ascog
July 4th : Bruchag Road
July 18th : Drumreoch Circuit
July 25th : Skeoch Wood
August 1st : Ascog – Kerrycroy
August 8th : Woodend House
August 15th : Skipper’s Wood
August 22nd : Greenan Loch
August 29th : St Ninian’s Bay
September 5th : Mount Stuart Gardens