Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Ladybank


Ladybank
Our walk started from Ladybank railway station.  Only eight in the group but all raring to go.  The first turning off the main road was the level crossing. Checking the light was green, we crossed over safely.  A train was approaching in the distance and we waited to see when the light would turn red.  It turned off on another line so the light stayed green.

We walked parallel to the railway line and the weather was fine at that point.  A family passed us by carrying a basket filled with mushrooms they had picked.  Continuing on this path we turned off to the left but alas it was a bit premature, making the first deviation from the planned route.  After some fumbling with the map, we took a turning through the woods and managed to get back on track.
On approach to the 3rd tee of the golf course, four golfers kindly delayed their shots to allow the group to pass by.  Hilda volunteered to tee off for one of the golfers but be assured that did not happen! When we reached the club house the rain was fairly heavy as we stood under tree for a breather.  We walked on towards the next railway crossing and noticed the light was showing red.  An inverness train passed by at great speed.

We had intended to cross the A92 for the remainder of the walk but time was against us.  We made another change to schedule and headed through Monkstown Wood passing a lovely chestnut horse in the field.  We exited on the approach road to the railway station and headed back to the cars where we said the walkers prayer.  Rona said the walk was 5.17 miles which was fine.

We headed off to the Lomond Hills Hotel where Stephen, Kerry, Grace and Isabel met us.  As always we enjoyed coffee and scones and most important, a good blether.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Burntisland to Aberdour

On Sunday 13th August 12 of the walking group members left the church to park at Broomhill Ave Burntisland to start our walk to Aberdour and back. The weather was good for a change and we all set off without raincoats etc. The path was really busy with lots of people walking , cycling ,and a large group from Canada enjoying our great scenery .
When we arrived at the silver sands we took the path up to the village and walked though the lovely castle gardens then down Shore Road to the harbour with the stunning views of Inchcolm Island and Edinburgh where we had a photo stop.
Making our way back towards the silver sands, also busy with families all enjoying the very welcome sunshine , we took the path back to Burntisland meeting another walking group from Glasgow.Just shows how popular the Fife coastal path is.

Back at our cars I had to admit that we had walked 6 miles and not 5 miles as I had first thought.Sorry about that !
Everybody was looking forward to our tea and scones at the Carousal in Kinghorn and discussing a very enjoyable walk .
We finished our afternoon with the walkers prayer and an Elvis tribute act singing in the background.
   Looking forward to whatever our next walk brings!! 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Dunkeld

Bennochy Walkers Summer Outing

Saturday 15 July 

As we travelled up the A9 heading for Birnam and Dunkeld for our summer trip there was certainly a sense of Deja Vu ( see blog of Sunday 10 July 2011 ). Car windscreen wipers swishing away with the sky a beautiful colour of battleship grey we kept our spirits up believing that just maybe the forecast was wrong. And it was

We welcomed back amongst us Isobel and Mary, it was lovely to have you with us again and a new wee walker, Anna, Janis's granddaughter

Parking at the Birnam Hotel, where we would be returning to eat at the Inn situated to the rear of the hotel, we headed south along Perth Road before taking a small road to the left used by fishermen to get to the banks of the beautiful river Tay. The river was fast moving, some small areas of white water and other running still and deep





This lovely track brought us to the ancient Birnam Oak and mighty 

Sycamores. 
It was hard to think about the length of time they had been growing here and the history they had witnessed. 

Continuing along the riverbank we approached Telford's Bridge with its majestic 7 spans, reaching the road by climbing the steep steps up to the Toll House. 



Once over the bridge in Dunkeld we took another steep set of steps down towards the riverbank where we stopped to enjoy our picnic

Refreshed we headed to Dunkeld Square which was a hive of activity with the Dunkeld Art Exhibition underway and also a wee craft fair. Taking some time here and before going to look for Flora's Cake Shop Anna commented that the Atholl Memorial Fountain was similar to the Bruce Fountain in Falkland - well spotted 


Skirting freshly cut fields and the Cathedral we made or way back to the riverside  walking until we almost reached the Dunkeld Hilton returning via the Bishops Path, which skirted through woodland and was high above the river so giving different views. This led us back to the Cathedral where we spent some time before having a saunter via the shops back to the Birnam Inn where we enjoyed food and fellowship

Completing the day with our walkers prayer we enjoyed a lovely run back to Fife. 

Different Walks (Rachel Fox)

There is walking,
And then there's this:

Giant steps stretched out around a tiny town,
Bright lights that hang just too low down,
Dry mouth, long night, somewhere to be,
Feet moving, moving, constantly.

And then again there is walking,
And then there is this:

The pansy by the path with its soft, soft face,
The daffodils singing uninvited as ever,
The blackbirds busy, everything just so,
So vibrant, so violent, so full, this life.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Balgonie Loop


 We left the church wrapped up in hoodies and scarves against the snell wind despite this being officially summer. There were blue skies but some dubious clouds hung over our heads like an impending dental appointment. 

http://www.walkfife.com/maps-routes/balgonie-loop/

We started our walk  in Coaltown of Balgonie leaving the Main Street via Lady Nina Cottages.
The question arose who Lady Nina might be but the leader hadn't a scooby. She has since discovered that Lady Nina Balfour was the wife of Charles Balfour, owner of Balfour collieries and estate. He provided the bowling green in the village for his employees 100 years ago.
This was very much a flat, country walk through fields of crops though most of us were not confident about naming them. The views were pleasant and very familiar to us being so near home, but we were all too caught up in our customary in depth conversations on politics and religion to mention the landscape today.

The sun won through and, working up a heat, you can see by our first photo that some had to discard the hoodies. Lovely sunny faces don't you think?

There was a wee incline near the end of the walk but we all coped and even managed a smile for another snapshot.

The last stage took us in a straight line between the muckle boulder above, past disused farm buildings into Coaltown itself and we wandered through the main street towards the Cooperative where we had left our cars.
From there we headed for nearby Thornton where we enjoyed coffee and scones at the Golf Club. Full marks given for quality coffee, delicious scones, good service and an amazingly cheap bill!

Before taking leave of our friends once more, we snapped this pic at the 18th hole. We also planned the next meeting which will be our summer trip to Dunkeld and we sincerely hope that the weather this visit will be a whole lot drier than last time. Our usual prayer brought another lovely afternoon with close friends to a contented close. 
    Kerry, Stephen, Sybil, Ian, Audrey, Rona, Dianne, Janis and Ronnie. Hilda took this pic.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Kinghorn







Lovely sunshine was what was on order and we weren't disappointed. 13 walkers left the church heading along the coast to todays destination, Kinghorn. The walk started with a slight uphill climb with Kinghorn Golf course on our right and the spectacular sea views across the Forth on our left. It was such a clear day, you could see for miles. Our first memorable encounter was a mounted policeman on his horse.


We continued along the path where we soon encountered our first views of the Craigencault Ecology centre and stopped for our obligatory photo.








Time to move on, we continued along the trail until we reached what was reputed to be the home of the last of the Kinghorn witches where we stopped to have a look at the coins pressed into the walls of the ruin.


On we travelled, crossing the road which would take us on to the ecology centre itself, stopping for a moment to have a look at the plaque in the wall commemorating the opening of the Roddanbraes path in 2014. On reaching the Ecology Centre we paused again, basking in the sunshine at the loch watching the ducks and the beautiful swan with her cygnets, wishing we had brought a picnic. We spent a short while wandering the ecology centre until it was time to head for our coffee stop, The Carousel, where our tea, coffee and lovely cakes were awaiting us. A fitting end to a great day with a great bunch, some of us vowing to go back, suitably summed up in the wall of the ecology centre.














Thursday, May 25, 2017

Remembering Joe with love

Father God,
Thank you for Joe Stark. A lovely, gentle and kind man whom we shall all miss.
We remember him as a wonderful father and grandfather and the most devoted husband Mary could ever have imagined. They were indeed the perfect partnership and had a strong, loving marriage that might have been the envy of many.

You blessed Joe with skilful hands and a creative talent that led him through his worklife then into retirement when you'd find Joe in his workshed making props for church, beautiful birdtables and really anything that Mary needed to make her church activities more realistic!

Joe is holding his camera in this photo. So many of the walkers' photos on the blogsite were taken by Joe. How we shall miss his friendship. Chatting to him as we walked revealed how well travelled Joe was and was always interested in others' travels. And he had an amazing general knowledge!

Father, you have called our friend home to his eternal home and we know you will hold his soul in  the palm of your hand for all time.

We offer our prayer, as alway, in Jesus' name. Amen



Monday, May 08, 2017

Milnathort

Milnathort – 7th May 2017

Once more we were blessed with a dry day as we set of for our walk in Milnathort.   We parked at the Stirling Road car park where our walk commenced.   Up Westerloan and into Manse Lane  we then turned into Ba Hill along to Orwell Church built in I729.   Up steep road and on through to Linden Park Road.   Turning down Old Perth Road and entering Back Loan, we came across cottages with very old lintels.   However, one knowledgeable local advised that they were not original but had been moved to the cottages.   Turning back into Westerloan, we passed the Town Hall with it’s clock steeple which was completed in 1885.   Turning left we walked along the main road, crossing to walk down Burleigh Road, passing lovely house gardens until we came to Burleigh Castle dating from the 15th Century.   This required a little “investigation” and another helpful local kindly took a group photograph so all 14 walkers were included!   Crossing the road carefully we took the path to the dismantled railway turning right to follow the path through to Old Mart Road and back into Milnathort.    Heaven Scent was our destination for the obligatory tea, coffee and goodies and sitting in the courtyard in the sunshine we weren’t disappointed.   Finishing with our walker’s prayer ended yet another enjoyable afternoon.