Day 80 – Mauldslie to Strathclyde – 10.5 miles

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Sunday 10th April 2016 – 843.67 miles
It rained in the night! Good job Dave had reproofed the tent.

The paths weren’t too bad considering the rain so mostly easy walking again for the most part.
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It wasn’t long before the path took us away from the river and along the side of a stream then up to a road. From this point we did not see many signs for the Clyde Walkway.
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Fortunately Dave had the route mapped out on his phone so we were able to continue without much problem. Along the road and across the A71 then along a small lane to Cambusnethan Woods. image
Again no signs but an obvious footpath down steps with a metal handrail and back to the river. A bit muddy here but OK afterwards. We followed a concrete farm track for about a mile then back to a footpath and through a very muddy gate – no signs again!
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We were now walking along the top of some flood defences through an open river valley.
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All along this section are signs of the damage done by the floods during the winter rains. The sun was beginning to peep through the clouds and we found ourselves surrounded by sand martins swooping and diving all around us busy building their nests in the sandy banks of the river.
In the distance we could see high rise flats and houses – we are getting closer to the built up areas again.
The walkway goes up through the Baron’s Haugh and Dalzell Estate. Beautiful woodlands again although sections of the path were washed away by the flooding Clyde and repairs are still being made.
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Saw this amazing tree – it has been hacked and burned to within an inch of it’s life but it still wants to grow 🙂
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Eventually the path leads along a path lined with horse chestnuts
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and then through a narrow ravine, past a cemetery then out into the middle of a small housing estate –
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Nice tree though!
We met three runners who are in training for the 53 mile Hoka Highland Fling ultramarathon.
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Stephen and Gail Cooper and Billy (wee Basil) Reid. Great to meet you and good luck on 30th April !
It was just a short walk to Strathclyde Loch where we hoped to get a cuppa. No luck though – there had been a running event on and the cafe was bursting at the seams.
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We found a picnic table and settled instead for an ice cream. Alistair was taking a break too and we chatted about our walk and his cycling – good to meet you Alistair. Walking around Strathclyde Loch was a bit crowded at times. Loads of people out for their Sunday walk and a good number of cyclists too. Pauline and Margaret stopped to chat – great to meet you. We ended the day’s walk at the Strathclyde Country Park Caravan Park. We walked into the reception and Guy was on duty. He gave us a map and showed us where we could pitch.

He also said that there was no charge because we were walking for charity. Thank you Guy. Had a relaxing afternoon – wonderfully hot showers.

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