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Carron Valley and Stockiemuir
Sun 8th Feb 2009
organised by Central Scotland

Car Count : 6
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Sunday 8th February 2009

A chill February morning greeted the members as they congregated in Stirling Services car park for our February run, but the day was soon brightened by a sunny sky and the news from Ian that the planned roads were fine. Ian and Jacqueline having carried out an early morning run to check on part of the route, and so we were able to travel on the original and more scenic route as planned.

A few hardy souls had the roofs down, but the more conservative of us still had the hard tops fitted as we left Stirling services and headed off through the Carron Valley and alongside the frozen Carron Valley Reservoir. The snow covered hills ahead of the frozen reservoir provided a scenic setting under the wintry sun and as we then turned off and took the Crow Road over the Campsie Fells the vista opened up onto a view of the snowy valley below.

We then continued on along the Stockiemuir Road and passed the Queens View and the snow clad hills to the west before heading back east to Fintry and our lunch stop at Culcreuch Castle.

Culcreuch Castle.

The drive through the castle grounds and alongside the frozen swan pond before viewing the castle itself, provided a fine prelude to the lunch. The venue proved a very enjoyable location for lunch especially as we were given a private dining room, as had happened on our last visit, and the fayre provided was well received by all. Equally the staff proved to be very attentive and friendly creating a relaxed and welcoming ambience.

During lunch 18 was raised in the first raffle of the year begining our fund raising for the "Help for Heroes Charity" and thanks go to all who contributed.

After lunch, as it is early in the year and darkness still comes too quickly, we said our farewells in the car park and headed off to our respective homes.

It was nice to see the weel kent faces again, as ever, but also good to meet with Jim and Walter.

Special thanks to Ian and Jacqueline for organising the route, leading the run and particularly for checking out the roads before the run to ensure we all had a safe as well as enjoyable day out.

Report by: Charles Kennedy


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Your Comments
8th Feb 2009 17:57 :: John & Heather
That was a good one, thanks folks

8th Feb 2009 19:18 :: Jacqueline & Ian
A fun run with nice food and good service, shared in great company. Good to meet Jim and Walter.

8th Feb 2009 23:44 :: Jim
Enjoyed my first run today, thanks to all for making me very welcome. See you all again soon.

9th Feb 2009 08:14 :: Richard & Eileen
Lovely run and a great lunch venue. Thanks to Ian and Jacqueline

9th Feb 2009 19:51 :: Heather and Chic
Thanks to Ian and Jacqueline for a lovely day and for turning on the nice weather.  Lunch venue and food excellent.  Good to meet Jim and to see Walter again.

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