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Programme of January Walks

Date 2019

Grade

Title and Description

Saturday

5th

January

C+

Corlick Hill from Overton

From Overton follow track across the Greenock Cut to New Yetts Reservoir and continue to Jocks Hill and Round Hill before descending to Killochend road. From here follow tracks/minor roads past Whitelees to Corlick Hill. After Corlick Hill follow track/path north and then west round Whinhill Reservoir to join the Old Largs Road. A short walk down the hill leads to the Long Dam at the end of the Greenock Cut which is followed back to the car park. Extensive views over the Clyde Estuary throughout the walk and panoramic views of Ayrshire from Corlick Hill.

Terrain: Mostly good paths and tracks with some sections of minor roads and open, pathless hillside.

Distance: 11 km, duration 5 hrs, total ascent 340m to max. ht 303m.

Start point: Overton Road car park, off Papermill Road, Greenock.
Distance / time from Helensburgh: 30 miles / 1hr

OS Landranger: 63 , Grid ref: NS 266749.

Sunday

13th

January

B

Ben A'an (The Pinnacle)

Well marked path to the summit which climbs steeply up, first through woods then open hillside with splendid views. Return on an indistinct and sometimes boggy path. This goes north from the summit and then west down to the tarmac track beside Loch Katrine to the pier and then by minor road back to Loch Achray and the start point.

Terrain: Track, boggy path and road.

Distance: 6 km, duration 4 hrs, total ascent 355 m to max. ht. 462 m.

Start point: Ben A'an car park on lochside on north side of Loch Achray at western end, off A821.
Distance / time from Helensburgh: 35miles / 50mins.

OS Landranger: 57, Grid ref: NN 509070.

0900 HRS DEPARTURE FROM HELENSBURGH PIER

Saturday

19th

January

B  

Beinn Chaorach

Track from old Glen Fruin road towards Auchengaich Reservoir. Leave track for steep grassy ascent to Auchengaich Hill. On to Beinn Tharsuinn and then Ben Chaorach trig point. Descend to reservoir and follow track back to start.

Terrain: Some made up tracks but mostly trackless hillside.

Distance: 7 km, duration 4 hrs, total ascent 620m to max ht 713m.

Start point: Layby on old Glen Fruin road by Auchengaich Farm.
Distance / time from Helensburgh: 4miles / 15mins

OS Landranger: 56, Grid ref: NS 274899.

Sunday

20th

January

C+  

Tom na h-Airidh

A climb on woodland paths to open hillside with good views. Some rock cup-marks for viewing.

Terrain: Rough tracks on hillside, moorland and woodland. Boggy and steep in places with a few small rivers to cross.

Distance: 8 km, duration 4 hrs, total ascent 302m to max ht . 354m.

Start point: Hill House car park at the top of Upper Colquhoun Street.
Distance / time from Helensburgh: 1mile / 10mins

OS Landranger: 56, Grid ref: NS 301838.

Saturday

26th

January

C+  

The AGM of North Strathclyde Area of the Ramblers' Association will be held at 10 a.m. for 10.30 in the main hall at Coatbridge Indoor Bowling Club, Quarry Street, Coatbridge, ML5 3PU. As Helensburgh & West Dunbartonshire Group forms part of North Strathclyde Area, all Group members are encouraged to attend. A short walk will take place after the meeting.

Balloch to Helensburgh

Follow the Three Lochs Way. Including Stoneymollan Road, Darleith Muir, Goukhill Muir and then the Red Burn to the outskirts of Helensburgh.

Terrain: Minor roads, tracks, forest tracks and pavement. Two ascents relatively steep and a long descent.

Distance: 14 km, duration 4 hrs, total ascent 350m to max ht . 277m.

Start point: Meet at 09.15 in Helensburgh Central station to catch the 09.26 train. Alternatively, in Balloch at 10.00 in the car park, just to the east of the Information Centre/across from Station.
Distance / time from Helensburgh: 8mile / 25mins

OS Landranger: 63, Grid ref: NS 389819.

9:15am DEPARTURE FROM HELENSBURGH CENTRAL STATION or 10:00 BALLOCH STATION

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