Day 79 – Lanark to Mauldslie – 9.1 miles

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Saturday 9th April 2016 – 833.17 miles
We’re on the road again!

Lyn gave us both an amazing breakfast this morning to set us up for the day – thanks Lyn. We got everything back into our rucksacks and Dave put some dubbin on our boots. George and Lyn took us back to Tesco in Lanark where they had picked us up on Tuesday afternoon. We popped in to buy a couple of things and said our goodbyes to Lyn and George. While we were in Tesco, Lesley and her two children Isla and Alistair were interested in our walk and we chatted for a while and gave them our details.

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At 12 noon we walked out of Lanark and down to the Clyde and across the bridge. Another short walk along the road and then a track down to a weir.

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The Clyde Walkway was well signposted. We followed a path with the river to our left past waterfalls and rapids.

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Pleasant and easy walking along a good path. We enjoyed the wild flowers along the way – primroses, ransoms (the smell of garlic was quite strong in the sunlight), wood anenomes, marsh marigolds, solomons seal and even some bluebells.

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We could hear woodpeckers too.

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We stopped a couple of times to get water from a stream (added water treatment tabs though). We had just walked by the Carfin Country Estate when we thought we could hear people calling our names.
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Strange we thought. We could still hear people calling “David” “Dot”. We looked all around and noticed some children waving to us across the other side of the river – mystery solved. It was Lesley, Isla and Alistair who we met earlier in Lanark Tesco! We waved back – what a nice surprise. Great to see you all again.
Just a mile or so after Crossford we met Lynn and her dog Millie – we talked about our walk and gave her one of our flyers – lovely to meet you Lynn and thanks for your online donation too.
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The path led away from the river and wound uphill and down again several times. It was very muddy and slippery in places too. There is a section of wooden walkway which is in a bad state of repair.
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The wood is rotting in places and there are holes that are dangerous – hope someone can get it put right soon before someone gets injured. The path  levelled out again just before we decided to camp for the night. We found a place well off the path and got the tent up in no time.
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Cheese and broccoli pasta with toasted sandwiches for supper.
Sadly our boots no longer look as pristine as they did this morning!
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PS – today we have received several offers of accommodation. We now have somewhere to stay for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week before we start walking the West Highland Way on Thursday. We would like to thank everyone for their generosity.

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