Crossing a Bridge on the path above the River Calder

Walkers enjoy their annual Mystery Walk

Cambuslang Church Walkers met at the Church for yet another walk, the difference this time was only the Leader knew where they were going. Each Walkers chose a slip from a hat, each slip had a different destination, only one was the right one.

A convoy of four cars left the Church heading up Greenlees Road, at the top of the road the cars turned right, at this point the unfortunate chap who had drawn Cathkin Braes knew he had lost. A similar story befell others as the cars passed Stewartfield Heritage Loch, and the Farm Museum. At the Queensway Flyover roundabout the cars turned left, those who knew that the destinations they had drawn were strait on or to the right saw their hopes of the prize dashed. After travelling along the Queensway the convoy turned into Calderglen and the start of the days walk was finally revealed, one lucky walker knew she had won the prize.

The Group outside Calderglen Zoo
The Group outside Calderglen Zoo

It was a fine Autumn day when the walkers set off, millions of leaves underfoot and beautiful Autumn colours still on the trees. For over two miles the route followed the course of the River Calder. The route then turned right and then left on to a boardwalk over a marshy, boggy area which is a paradise for bird watchers. Halfway along the boardwalk the Group was saddend to see a 50 meter gap in the boardwalk, a notce informed that this was due to vandalism, how can some people be so thoughtless? Undetered the group walked through the soft boggy ground and rejoined the boardwalk, thankful that there had been very little rain for some time.

After passing through a wooded area the route took the party along a few miles of country roads, through the village of Auldhouse then back round in a circle where we once again walked through the same wooded area that we had already passed through. A lunchbreak was taken at a picnic area, again the vandels had been at work and sadly there were no picnic tables.

Crossing the gap in the Boardwalk
Crossing the gap in the Boardwalk

From here the route recrossed the boardwalk then turned back towards Calderglen Visitor centre. It had been a great walk in bright sunshine and everone had enjoyed it however our day was not yet over as after a shower and a change of cloths the next stop was the Annual Dinner.

This years Dinner was held at Cambuslang Bowling Clubhouse and for the use of the premises we are very gratful to the Club. The Dinner was excellent after which various prizes and awards were presented. The Mystery Destination prize went to Mhairi Mukherji, the Style Award was presented to Norrie McNamee and the Leader of the Year was Margaret Macfarlane. The evening was rounded off with a “Name That Tune” quiz and a few songs from our local Folk Group, Piggery Brae.

Alastair Macfarlane presenting the Style Award to Norrie McNamee
Alastair Macfarlane presenting the Style Award to Norrie McNamee