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.