Mof­fat walk was a huge suc­cess for church group

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews - Staff re­porter

The Cam­bus­lang Parish Church Walk­ers’ most re­cent trip took them to Mof­fat for a walk around the town.

The low level walk­ers started on Well Street from where they walked up­hill through a tree lined path to Gal­lowhill Wood just be­low the sum­mit of Gal­lowhill.

The weather was ideal, beau­ti­ful sun­shine but not too hot. On the way they met a fish­er­man who was also an em­ployee of The Forestry Com­mis­sion who was able to pro­vide the group with some fan­tas­tic in­for­ma­tion.

Af­ter Gal­lowhill and morn­ing tea the group re­turned to the foot of the tree lined path near the be­gin­ning of the walk. From here, the path to Heath­ery­haugh was the start of the cir­cu­lar walk back to Mof­fat.

This took the group through the beau­ti­ful, peace­ful coun­try­side that had been seen from above on Gal­lowhill.

Fol­low­ing lunch the route took them over some fields and up the last hill,the sun still smil­ing down on them through a gap in the stone dyke.

En­graved on the bolder which marked the gap was ‘Jenny’s View’ and what a view it was. Jenny, was ob­vi­ously a wo­man who ap­pre­ci­ated the finer, although per­haps the more sim­ple, nat­u­ral, things of life. The vista be­fore the group was like a paint­ing of fields of dif­fer­ent hues of green turn­ing to yel­low and brown.

The high level group jour­neyed on from Mof­fat to the Grey Mare’s Tail car park for the more dif­fi­cult chal­lenge of the day.

Be­fore you have had any time to warm up the steep path is be­fore you. Af­ter about an hour the path reaches the shore of Loch Skeen from where the group crossed the river and started an­other climb up a grassy slope to­wards Firthy­brig Head.

On reach­ing the penul­ti­mate sum­mit of Firthy­brig Head, the party had a choice of walk­ing across some rough ground to the fi­nal hill or climb­ing an­other 200 feet to the top of Firthy­brig Head, then fol­low­ing the ridge for some way be­fore de­scend­ing down to the base of the fi­nal hill, Lochcraig Head.

Hav­ing al­ready climbed over 2,000 feet the group de­cided to take the rough ground. For­tu­nately there were no mishaps and the group sat in the warm au­tumn sun­shine on a low wall to en­joy their lunch be­fore the fi­nal climb.

Lochcraig Head was yet an­other steep, grassy slope how­ever, the view from the top made all the hard work worth it. From this point there was a steep de­scent down to the level of the loch where of the ground was very boggy in places.

There was a path of sorts along the edge of the loch and soon the group were head­ing back down the rocky path past the Grey Mare’s Tail to the car park.

This had been a dif­fi­cult walk and had taken longer than planned how­ever, ev­ery­one agreed that it had been a most en­joy­able walk.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Walk­ing Group, in­clud­ing full de­tails of the pro­gramme of walks visit the Cam­bus­lang Parish Church web­site at www. cam­bus­lang­parishchurch. org. uk/ look un­der Or­gan­i­sa­tions, then se­lect Walk­ing Group.

Jenny was ob­vi­ously a women who ap­pre­ci­ated the finer, although per­haps the more sim­ple, nat­u­ral, things of life

Tak­ing a break Some of the mem­bers en­joy a well earned rest as they look across Loch Skeen to Lochcraig Head

Great day Walk­ers were able to en­joy the mag­nif­i­cent Grey Mare’s

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