Despite the poor weather forecast, six Ramblers met at the car park at Auchinleck Bridge for their weekly walk.
The intention had been to ascend onto the ridge east of the Penkiln Burn, follow it Northwards and then descend to the Loup of the Laggan and return along the Pulnee Burn.
However, with steady rain falling and the hills all shrouded in mist, it was decided to do a shorter, lower level walk.
The group crossed the bridge and soon turned right along the forest road and cycle track that leads towards Murray’s Monument.
The rain was steady but there was no wind at this level and it was not cold.
They passed the pretty Loch of the Lowes and half a mile or so further along turned right onto a narrow cycle path. This meandered back and forth and up and down through the trees atop Talnotry Hill, making a welcome change from the straight, flat forest track.
Eventually it brought the gorup back to the Loch of the Lowes where they found a sheltered spot among the trees, with moss covered tree trunks for seats, and lunch was taken.
The rain was still persistent though not so heavy and they were all happy to make their way back to the cars and thence to Newton Stewart for tea and cakes.
Next week a gentle seven mile walk round St Helena’s Isle in the lower Luce Valley is planned for Wigtownshire Ramblers.
Meet at 9.30am for car sharing, either at Riverside Car Park Newton Stewart, or at Breast works Car Park Stranraer, or alternatively at the start of the walk at Glenluce Golf Club, NX 178 562 before 10am.
New walkers are always welcome to join the ramblers. They and anyone going directly to the start of the walk should contact the walk leader on 01776 840636 for further details.
We particularly extend an invitation to members visiting the area who will find a genuine Galloway welcome.