Walking - Friday fortnightly Short Walks 1

Group Leader           Now under Joint Leadership
Point of contact       Frank Crawley 01292 445314
Location                 Meet at Millbrae Car Park, Ayr
Day & Time Friday fortnightly 9.30 am Continuous

Change of Leadership

The Friday short walks have evolved into a very social and relaxed event ending with a lunch in a nearby cafe. The objective of friendship and conviviality has been achieved.

Unfortunately the leader for 8 years, Frank Crawley, must now bow out for reasons of “age”;  joints ache and the wind is short. The good news is that there will be a joint leadership of the walk so the group will continue with a sharing of the duties. It is hoped that the transition will take place over the next couple of months.

There should be no change of intent only the leadership.  Frank will still remain the point of contact for the group and OiR. I thank most sincerely so many of the walk members for the willingness to maintain the function and run this walk. I have found this very encouraging. 

Frank Crawley


The Friday short walks are better described as casual walking with a natter or blether.  The locations are roughly within 15 miles of Ayr.

The objective of these walks is not just to have a scenic walk but primarily for people to ‘get out of the house’, meet others and have companionship.

The walks are on a fortnightly basis and, for the most part, circular routes of about 3 to 4 miles on surfaced paths or, in the case of parks, secure earth tracks.  The speed is dictated by the attendees, though it is usually slow and casual. 

For those without transport who require a lift, the meeting place is Millbrae car park at 0930 where the available cars can be filled.  Those receiving a lift, please give driver modest contribution to petrol.

For those with transport who drive straight to the start point, the start time is 1000.

There is a conscious effort made to avoiding steep rises and roads, but this is not always possible.

Where possible the start and end points of the walks are near a café or coffee shop where the walk can end in a socially convivial manner, again this is not always possible.

Without any intention of insulting the group, the average age is probably just over 70 so there is a constant recycling of members as they find that the 3 to 4 miles becomes outside their limits and younger members join.

The typical walking numbers are 12 to 15 per walk dependent upon the weather and holidays.

This leaves a quandary! As the objective of the walks is ‘companionship’ it would be nice to have a senior group of maybe 6 or 8 who could join the main group for a walk of about 2 miles in the same area and then rejoin them later for a coffee. This should be possible with the vast proportion of the existing walks, but will require a sub-group of leaders of maybe 4 to 6 who would take it in rotation (four times per year) to ‘lead’ the very short walks.

If you are interested in the walks, or assisting in the ‘shorter walks’, please contact: Anne or Frank Crawley on 01292 445314.


 

WINTER WALKS PROGRAMME
OCTOBER 2017 TO FEBRUARY 2018
  NON - DRIVERS: if planning to walk,  please phone day before a walk.
Meet at Millbrae car park at 09:30 am to fill cars.  Those receiving a lift, please give driver modest contribution to petrol. 
27th October PRESTWICK/TROON 
Back by bus/train/on foot
Park at sea end of Links Road 
10th November DOON ESTUARY Park at Castle Walk car park
24th November TROON PROM Park at South Beach car park 
8th December PRESTWICK Park at sea end of Links Road
5th January TAM O'SHANTER WAY Park at 9.30 am at Millbrae
19th January AYR PROM Park at 10.00 am in Cromwell Road car park.
Burns Lunch at Waterfront
 
2nd February ALLOWAY CYCLE TRACK Park at 10.00 am at Broun Drive
     
     
AUGUST - OCTOBER 2017                            Posted 20.06.17 Meet at Millbrae car park at 09.30 to fill cars.  Those receiving a lift, please give your driver a modest contribution to petrol.  
Frank Crawley 01292 445314

4th August STRAITON
Park in public car park entering village
 
18th August BOSWELL COACH HOUSE Park behind coach house in Auchinleck grounds 
1st September RIVER AYR
Park at Millbrae
15th September CAPRINGTON CASTLE Park at DeWaldens Garden Centre, Kilmarnock.

29th September DALMELLINGTON 
Park at the Community Centre
13th October IRVINE HARBOURSIDE Park at "The Big Idea" bridge
     
     
MAY TO JULY 2017  Posted 10.04.17  
Meet at Millbrae car park at 09.30 to fill cars.  Those receiving a life, please give your driver a modest contritubion to petrol.  Frank Crawley 01292 445314

 
12th May
DUMFRIES HOUSE Park near the Visitors' Centre 
 
26th May
BARGANY Park at pond (entry £2 per person)
 
9th June
EGLINTON PARK Park in car park
 
23rd June
BARASSIE Park at park opposite Troon swimming pool
 
7th July
MAYBOLE Park behind toilets (near Maybole Arms)
 
21st July
BOTHWELL COACH HOUSE   Park behind coach house in Auchinleck grounds






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