Saturday, April 30, 2005

No wind for the farm

Anne and I went a short walk up the front of Law hill to the quad trail at Blackshaw then over the moor to the windfarm but since there was no wind it just looked like 12 large sculptures on the hillside all waiting patiently for a breeze.
Did some dreaded gardening in the afternoon fully expecting to be rained off but it's been nice all day so I'm now knackered and in need of some rest and relaxation.
That reminds me I need to take that DVD (national treasure) back.

Friday, April 29, 2005

Mugdock Again!

Anne wanted some new boots before our summer walking holiday so went up to Tiso in Glasgow, bought some bits for the bike, and she got her new boots, had some lunch in Tiso's Cairn Cafe then went up to Mugdock for a walk from visitors centre out round Mugdock Reserviour and back into Mugdock on the West Highland Way, then up past the castle back to the car. 2 hours pleasant walking in all.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Wet and Windy

Raining something awful so did some bike maintenance then had a little jog up Goldenberry about 3pm.
Weather forecast is a bit better for tomorrow but the ground will be wet so may go for a forest cycle to keep out of the mud.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Mugdock Madness

Thought I'd try to extend the Mugdock route down to the canal and Kelvin, had some success but pi**ed about a bit and got very muddy. The promise of Lennox wood didn't materialise it just got muddy. Got down to the canal OK and along the Kelvin but the stiles were getting annoying so left the Kelvin before Minlgavie. Enjoyed the day but not a great route success. I have added a bit to the web page.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

MTB in the Weather window

Busbie Muir Windfarm

Raining this morning, so did some jobs about the house but the weather has brightened so its time for out. Saw a new pond behind Blackshaw so nipped up to have a look, looks like a wildlife pond, came back down by Law hill, through the Glen and onto the beach track, over Goldenberry and up to Glenburn Resv where the keeper offered me a coffee, so had a chat, a coffee and a warm up in the hut, then down through Biglees back home just as the rain was starting.

Dundonald Castle

Nice and sunny again today. Phoned Tom and took the bikes on the car down to Eglinton Park and cycled to Knockintiber Crosshouse to the visitor centre at Dundonald Castle for a light snack then back to Eglinton.
PM went for a short spin on the MTB over Goldenberry to meet Jim on his way home from work.

Monday, April 25, 2005

Arran from Fairlie

Caldron and Kaim

Nice sunny cool day, wife and I went out walking again this time over Caldron hill, onto Kaim hill where there was a MTB tire track down into the quarry. Followed the wet trail below Glentane back to Crosbie and W.K.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Glentane to Portencross

Wife and I had a walk from Crosbie along Glentane down to the coast road , through Hunterston, to Portencross and back up to W.K.
There was a pipe band playing at Portencross castle, this was due to be the day it was handed over to the Portencross community but that has been delayed for some reason.
Got back after 4 hours pleasant walking, time for tea.

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Greenan Castle

East Carrick hills

I took a look at Newark hill today and there is a good trail across the moor and down to the Maybole B road. I will add it to the Carrick Hills page of my web site.
From the looks of things there isn't a loop out and back but its a nice descent so should make a good route off the hill toward Ayr and Old Brig o' Doon.
While down that way I had a cycle through Belleisle (single track around the north of the golf course)and Rozelle (nice) and behind the hospital (bit scrappy).
It was a nice easy day after yesterdays efforts.
PS have just updated the
web page.

Friday, April 22, 2005

Corsencon hill New Cumnock

Spango Bridge track

Had a fancy to check out the trail in the Lowther hills from Spango Bridge to Fingland so headed down there today. Parked at Sanquar Station and headed out round the low trails of SUW. A very nice track above Spango Valley and the track through the wood was open in part so was OK. The track from Spango Bridge is faint then improves and was mainly cycleable but wouldn't like it in the wet. Downhill to Kirkland (fun). Four hard hours on off road.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Seamill Shore and Goldenberry hill

Dull but dry, wife and I went for a walk along the beach to Portencross then back over Goldenberry hill about three hours nice views from Goldenberry as usual.
Got back at 1.45 had a quick lunch and went out on the MTBike along Glentane (scary)
and up Goldenberry again, got back at 4.15. That should do for today. The ground is drying up so tomorrow I may go further afield.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Castle Semple

Tom and I had a road cycle from Eglinton park up past Aiket Castle, Barcraigs Reservior, Howwood stopping at Castle Semple for a snack. There were loads of people out and about there. We headed back behind Dalry partly on Sustrans route 7 to the start. It was very pleasant in the sun but 4 hours in the saddle gave me some bum ache guess I need to do a bit more.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Portencross Castle

More rain

Throwing it down again but not much wind. Went for a walk in wellies and brolly into Kelburn along a bike track, diverted a torrent of water off the track, came home and went for a jog on the beach just as the rain went off, so at least I got some exercise today.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Wemyss bay Station

Brolly walk at Wemyss Bay

Pissing down so got out the brollies for a shortish walk behind Wemyss bay. Lunch at Seaview cafe where most of Wemyss bay had the same idea.
Found a nice little track for the bike with exposed base rock but doesn't look to link to anything else, can't have everything I suppose, there are still a couple of trails to check in Leapmoor sometime.
Hope the weather improves and the trails dry up again.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Blair House

Around Dalry

Wife and I went for a walk from the south side of Blair estate along dusk water to Cleeves Cove, it is very overgrown and we ended up in the field in places. Went into the caves but had no torch so couldn't go right through the loops. Must be 12 years since I visited them with the kids.
Later we found a lovely little sandstone quarry with its own loch near North Lissens farm, then across the fields to the old workings beside Lambridden farm, out to the road and through Blair Estate. I enjoyed the exploring.

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Culzean castle

Carrick to Culzean

I have decided Howmoor Cottage is the best start for South Carrick Hills as it gives the best downhill trails.
I investigated the tracks and discovered another nice short section above Croy Brae. I used Croy beach to link to Culzean but low tide is needed, it is probably uncycleable otherwise.
Enjoyed the exploring, the tracks were quite firm in the main and it stayed dry.

Friday, April 15, 2005

Ayr from Carrick hills

Carrick hills trails

Took a cycle over the Carrick Hills today and discovered lots of tracks on the west side. Lovely track up to Drumshang Loch and a contour route round to Howmoor cottage.
I will be adding this to the details on Brown Carrick on my web site.
It was quite firm up there and I'd like to have a look at one or two little bits of trails and links down to the A719 coast road.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Auchinleck House

Caves at Auchinleck House

Wife and I took a trip down to Auchinleck House near Mauchline for a walk and to visit some man made caves in the grounds. The first one was used for game hanging the second is an ice house then there is Wallaces cave, don't know what its use was. There is also Pedens cave further along the river.
The grounds have been used for eventing and there are many solid jumps, must be brave riders to do that sort of thing cause there huge.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Ballantrae coast

Took the bike in the car down to Ballantrae and investigated the tracks along the coast. Proved very nice. Visited a little Port on the coast 300ft down and up but it was good. Upper glen App is lovely but there was a push at the top end over to the Beneraird track.
It will be worth another visit sometime as there are a number of tracks that look nice on the map.

Easy day on Fairlie moor

The weather man said it was to be heavy showers PM so just had a 2hour cycle up Fairlie moor, Glentane, Goldenberry and the beach track. It was very nice.
PM wife and I went for a strole in Hunterston Estate and got caught in a couple of showers but it was still quite pleasant.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Stinchar at Ballantrae

Monday, April 11, 2005

Kelly Cut

Bit breezy and cool but its dry today.
Had a 3.5Hr walk along the Kelly Cut from Cornalees above Wemyss Bay. There were linesmen on the 400kv lines working on insulators hope they were well wrapped up.
Coffee and muffin at the Cornalees visitors centre after the walk then home for tea.
Spotted a couple of tracks with mountain bike marks I might investigate some time when its drier.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

A view from Kelly Cut

Wet wet wet

Tried to get out for a walk in the morning but ended up sheltering below a tree then dashing back to the car at Fairlie, so did somebike maintenance in the shed and had a jog in Hunterston estate up Goldenberry late afternoon.
When the daffodils are out I like to make an effort to get out and about as much as possible to set myself up for the summer and before those little biting bugs start to search me out for a blood dinner, so weather fairy give me sun plea.ea.ea.ease!


Saturday, April 09, 2005

Stair and River Ayr

Went for a walk from Auchincruive to Stair through Enterkine and back along the banks of the River Ayr.
It was snowing for a while and was cold but after a spot of lunch at Stair the walk back was very pleasant indeed (could have been the alcohol).
It took about four hours walking and half hour for lunch.
We chose this walk because it is quite sheltered.
Got home before 4pm so went for a little spin on the bike up Goldenberry hill and down the beach path with a following wind it was easy peezy.

Friday, April 08, 2005

Gleniffer Braes

Bright and breezy. Wife and I took a walk from Gleniffer down to Johnston and back.
OK except for Johnston woods which were just a tip but out of Johnston was very pleasant with great views. Ben Lomond had a covering of snow above the shoulders.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005


Managed a little loop with Tom for a couple of hours round to Dalgarven mill and Fairlie moor. It was cool but the sun was out so quite nice.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

No Bike today

Had to do some garden clearing for mother in law so no bike today.
Managed a little jog down in Hunterston Estate so all was not lost.
Wifes birthday wednesday so need to get her a little something tomorrow.

Monday, April 04, 2005

Sunny Sunday Morning

Sun is shining must go out....
Been out on the bike some snake had vandalised a nice little route that had been doctored up nicely. Bit of a shame, but thats what happens if you dont ask permission....
Been out for lunch and a walk at Blair PM and its just started to piss time for a beer.

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Snake Vandal

Some snake has vandalised a nice little route which had been doctored up in the Summer, pity. It was bound to happen though with the big obvious ramps and berms. Owners get pissed off when routes appear on the ground without permission well this one has bitten the dust for now.

Dunlop yesterday

Dunlop village.

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