Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Exploring Whitelees forest tracks

The weather forecasters said it would be showery PM so decided to go over to Whitelees forest again to investigate the west of the forest.
Managed to confirm the track right through from west to east.
The through track is the one north of Whiteleehill farm and goes right through to Ardochrig.
It opens up some possibilities for routes that I'll need to think about.

The guy at Craigend farm has a couple of silly discouraging signs the fist being
"Scottish Executive isolation area for brought in cattle absolutely no horses or dogs"
I guess this may be a hangover from foot and mouth days.
The other is at the farm gate "Access to Whitelees forest only by way of Ardochrig"
which is about a 45 minute drive away......what rubbish, it's a forest track leading to Ardochrig!

On the way back to the car a couple of local horsey people said "Watch out that nasty little man doesn't shoot you"...... gulp!


Blogger Jinxx said...

Getting shot at, thats a new one, sure beats the, I got chased by a dog story

10:32 PM  
Blogger Whee said...

I have been threatend with being run over by a very angry man at Priesthill farm near Muirkirk.
I think he was angry that someone could just enjoy being on his land whereas he just saw it as a living by hard graft. I've even been threatened by a game keeper with the police while on a public right of way on the Cock of Arran.
These incidents spoil a day so I tend to avoid contact with farmers if possible.

8:36 AM  
Blogger Jinxx said...

Thats good advice to follow, one of the things on the Scottish Executives web site, points out, that if you do run into trouble when exercising your right to roam, is to call the police as soon as possible.

Never had to do that yet, but have threatened to, and boy what a change in atitude they suddenly develop.

I think that most of them cannot accept that the fact that the world has changed, and we now have the law on our side, which does make a hell of a difference.

10:06 AM  
Blogger Whee said...

They havn't got it easy but I know I cause no problems, follow the country code and all that, so the obnoxious characters are just that and only that so who needs it?

7:33 PM  

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