SUNDAY 15 MAY, 2016
CRINAN TO ARDRISHAIG
9.0 MILES 3.5 HOURS
MORRIS, GEORGE, BILLY, STEWART AND BILL
DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 1467 MILES
Six days walking was planned for this trip. Our plan was to fill in the gap between Crinan, where we finished on Day 103 and Ardrossan where we started on Day 105.The first three days were on the mainland before we crossed by ferry to Arran where we walked down the east coast of the island before crossing back over by ferry to Ardrossan. The five of us who set off from Crinan were joined by the rest of the group on Arran where we spent an extra day to walk ‘Goatfell’.
Stewart had again offered to sacrifice some of his walking and be our dedicated minibus driver during the trip which made life easy for the rest of us and was greatly appreciated by us all.
We set off early for the drive to Crinan stopping at Morrison’s in Dumbarton for breakfast. We arrived about 7.45 a.m. at the store which didn’t open till 0800 but the manager saw us waiting and very kindly allowed us in so our breakfast orders could be cooked quickly. Thanks… a real nice gesture.
On arrival at Crinan we lost no time in setting off on the walk along the canal path to Ardrishaig. Stewart and Bill took the minibus to Ardrishaig and walked back to meet us. The weather was fine and the path was excellent (although a bit hard underfoot) and easy to follow all the way. The sun came out and it was nice to walk on a perfectly flat path for a change. The fifteen locks, six swing bridges and a retractable bridge along the canal are amazing feats of 19th. Century engineering and it was interesting to watch the boats make their way through them a process that has been going on for two hundred years. The days walk ended at the sea lock at Ardrishaig. We drove to Tarbert where the Tarbert Hotel would be our accommodation for the next three nights.
Summary; A very enjoyable easy walk with plenty of interest to see on the way.
Highs; All very enjoyable….seeing the wonders of engineering 200 years on.
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