Gary cooked a delicious breakfast – thanks Gary and that curry we had last night was tasty too!
We left just before 12 noon – Gary and Jackie, such a pleasure to meet you both and Abby and Connor too. We look forward to meeting up again in the future.
Our walk took us along a short stretch of the Forth and Clyde canal, over a foot bridge then over another footbridge taking us over the railway.
Road walking again today – quiet roads mostly. Jackie advised us not to turn left as we left the railway station. Dave decided to turn left!! Up the hill we walked, past Westerton, the first garden suburb in Scotland.
The schemes were originally designed for improving the lives of the working classes in Glasgow by creating a series of suburbs in the country.
Anyway – we marched on towards Bearsden and onto Roman Road, where we looked for and found the Roman baths that Gary and Jackie told us about.
More road walking before we found ourselves in Milngavie – pronounced Mull-guy. We sat on a bench and ate our sandwiches by the start of the West Highland Way.
We left our rucksacks at a shop called The Iron Chef – a quality cookware and fruit & veg shop run my manager Rhona McColl.
It is also the main information place for those who walk the West Highland Way. The owners, Gilbert and Marion McVean run travel-lite (www.travel-lite-uk.com), a company that will transport your baggage along the West Highland Way. We didn’t avail ourselves of the service but Rhona said we could leave our rucksacks with her while we had a wander around the town.
It was good to have the time to look round the town unencumbered. Mingavie is worth a visit.
A small but bustling town with plenty of interesting shops and eateries. We also asked someone to take our photo by the obelisk at the beginning of the walk – thanks Fiona. After an hour or so we returned to pick up our bags. We met Ian Jackson who had travelled over from France earlier in the day – we talked about his love of walking and we told him about our journey too. Great to meet you Ian – we might see you on the way!
We collected our bags and made a start along the West Highland Way for a short distance – we were heading for the home of someone who had offered to put us up for the night. We arrived at Hazel’s around 5.45. We had a lovely evening sharing supper and life stories with Hazel. Thanks Hazel and sorry we didn’t get to meet Douglas.