Log 27 Dec 2016

THE LANGCRAIGS - Tuesday 27th December 2016
Fraser, Kevin and John met at Milngavie at 09:00, and prepared to set out in Fraser’s car once John had parked his near Corbie H’a as parking charges were in force in the main car parks.  While he was away, Donald appeared, and it was decided to use his larger car, so Kevin and Fraser drove their cars home and were picked up by Donald.    Despite this unusual start to the day, we were able to start walking from the car park at Overton House by 10:00.
Conditions were fine, and the prospect of a dry and even sunny day made the walk through the woods out onto the grassy path fairly quick and definitely convivial.    Visibility was very good, with just the distant landmarks obscured by cloud or mist.  By the time we reached the trig point on Doughnot Hill at 11:00, windproof jackets were donned as there was a decidedly chilling breeze.   From there we made our way over the dam at the foot of the reservoir to the stone forestry road which has been used in recent weeks to clear-fell forest and remove the large timbers from stacks which were there only three or four weeks ago.   The road fairly quickly led us to the path along the top of the crags, marked now by very recent white ringed posts at intervals along the top.
Lunch was enjoyed in sunshine and out of the wind at noon at a high point on the path.   We followed the way marked path down to a gate at the side of a wood, and then took a grassy path along the foot of the crags which led us to the car at 13:15.   (Both these paths are unmarked on the OS maps or the leaflets which give walks in the Overton estates.)

Refreshments were enjoyed at the Stonefield pub next to the petrol station on the main road, and we were back in Milngavie at 15:00.   A thoroughly enjoyable day.
Report by Fraser Gold