An el­e­ment of mys­tery to walk­ers’ des­ti­na­tion

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There was an el­e­ment of mys­tery about the Cam­bus­lang Parish Church walk­ing group’s lat­est out­ing.

At the be­gin­ning of Novem­ber the walk­ers met at the church ready for another walk. As is the cus­tom on the day of the mys­tery walk, each per­son se­lected a slip of pa­per with a des­ti­na­tion writ­ten on it, only one would turn out to be cor­rect.

Three cars set out from the church in a con­voy, with their des­ti­na­tion un­known. After trav­el­ling to­wards and the along the side of Loch Lomond many of the group had al­ready had their hope of a prize dashed, as the lead car turned into the car park at Luss.

One gen­tle­man was over the moon as he held the slip with Luss as the mys­tery des­ti­na­tion. Sadly for him, the lead car had only pulled in to the Luss car park, as this was the rally point for driv­ers if they lost the con­voy. The con­voy moved on and soon the ac­tual des­ti­na­tion, Tar­bet was reached.

Walk­ing out of Tar­bet the group soon reached the rail sta­tion, from here the party climbed up a good for­est trail lo­cated just above the rail­way line.

After a cou­ple of miles a break was taken at a pic­nic ta­ble. Re­freshed, the group headed up­wards and then looped back to­wards the Rail Sta­tion on a higher path.

After com­plet­ing the cir­cle the group con­tin­ued along the ‘un­du­lat­ing’ path to Ar­rochar. Lunch was en­joyed at pic­nic ta­bles sit­u­ated at the head of Loch Long. Lunch over, the group re­traced their way back to Tar­bet. The walk had been good, the weather had been good and even bet­ter there was still the an­nual din­ner to look for­ward to.

Ste­wart­field Farm was again the venue for the din­ner. After en­joy­ing a fine meal the mys­tery des­ti­na­tion prize was pre­sented to Alas­tair Macfar­lane, the ‘pres­ti­gious’ style award was awarded to Jim Fer­gu­son and Alas­tair Macfar­lane won the writer of the year prize for the best Unity ar­ti­cle.

The evening con­tin­ued with a team quiz, this was fol­lowed by a slide show in­cor­po­rat­ing the var­i­ous walks held through­out the year, and the evening was fi­nally rounded off with a few songs from mem­bers of Pig­gery Brae.

The next walk will take place on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 6. The walk is a cir­cu­lar walk start­ing at Mil­ngavie. The route fol­lows the start of the West High­land Way and also ven­tures into Mug­dock Park.

Any­one in­ter­ested in go­ing along, should meet out­side Cam­bus­lang Parish Church at 8.30 am. For more in­for­ma­tion about the walk­ing group visit the Cam­bus­lang Parish Church web­site at www. cam­bus­lang­parishchurch. org. uk/ then look un­der or­gan­i­sa­tions, then se­lect walk­ing group.


The mys­tery walk to Tar­bet was a hit with the Cam­bus­lang Parish Church walk­ing group

Out and about The Cam­bus­lang Parish Church walk­ing group, on their mys­tery walk to Tar­bet

Du­bi­ous hon­our Jim Fer­gu­son (right) re­ceives the Style Award, from the Cam­bus­lang Parish Church walk­ing group’s Alas­tair Macfar­lane

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