Walk­ers’ quest con­tin­ues to com­plete the John Muir Way

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews - Cam­bus­lang Par­ish Church

At the be­gin­ning of the month the Cam­bus­lang Par­ish Church walk­ers con­tin­ued with their quest to com­plete the John Muir Way.

This month the tar­get was Twechar to the Falkirk Wheel. The first part of the walk was a climb to the top of Bar Hill, and this hill top was the site of the high­est Ro­man Fort on the An­to­nine Wall.

The fort is, of course, long gone, how­ever the foun­da­tions re­main and an ex­plan­i­tory plaque in­cludes a draw­ing of what the fort would have looked like.

Con­tin­u­ing on their way the walk­ers ex­pe­ri­enced what was to be the first of many rain show­ers. The sum­mit of Croy Hill was next on the agenda; the sum­mit is reached by fol­low­ing the path that was first laid down by the Ro­mans. There was an­other fort near the sum­mit how­ever there is lit­tle trace of this now, but the ditch of the An­to­nine Wall is very vis­i­ble from this view­point.

De­scend­ing down from Croy Hill the route con­tin­ued along the Forth and Clyde Canal. As the walk­ers ex­pe­ri­enced yet an­other shower lunch was taken un­der the M80 mo­tor­way. This was good tim­ing, as while the group were un­der the mo­tor­way there was an ex­tremely heavy rain shower.

With lunch over and with the rain having eased off, the walk­ers con­tin­ued along the banks of the canal. At Bon­ny­bridge the route took the walk­ers away from the canal, af­ter a short walk through sub­ur­bia the group reached the en­trance to Rough Cas­tle, an­other Ro­man Fort. Walk­ing through this area the group saw the most im­pres­sive re­main­ing ditch of the An­to­nine Wall; there is also an­other plaque with a draw­ing of what that fort looked like.

A short time later the group emerged from a forested trail to see the im­pres­sive Falkirk Wheel straight ahead, the path ac­tu­ally goes un­der the viaduct, which leads to the Union Canal.

The Falkirk Wheel visi­tor cen­tre was a pleas­ant place to fin­ish the day’s walk, an­other sec­tion of the John Muir Way safely com­pleted.

Later in the month the walk­ers had their last even­ing walk of the sum­mer. This was a cir­cu­lar walk around Kil­syth.

The even­ing turned out well as the rain stopped just as the group ar­rived at the car park and for­tu­nately it stayed dry for the whole walk.

The next walk will take place on Satur­day, Septem­ber 6, as they tackle the next sec­tion of the John Muir Way, Falkirk Wheel to Lin­lith­gow.

Any­one in­ter­ested in go­ing along should meet out­side Cam­bus­lang Par­ish Church at 8.30am.

Full de­tails of the pro­gramme for this year are on the Cam­bus­lang Par­ish Church web­site at www. cam­bus­lang­parishchurch.org.uk then look un­der ‘or­gan­i­sa­tions’, then se­lect ‘walk­ing group’.

The wheel deal Cam­bus­lang Par­ish Church walk­ing group mem­bers pass by a sec­tion of the canal at the Falkirk Wheel

Vis­it­ing time

Cam­bus­lang Par­ish Church walk­ing group mem­bers at the Falkirk Wheel visi­tor cen­tre dur­ing their lat­est trek

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