Sunday, 19 April 2009

Grey Hill.

Down the coast road past Ayr for a change today....destination the Byne Hill to Grey Hill ridge just south of Girvan.Awoke to a cracking morning at the house,so much so that I took my coffee outside to the front door.A fag and coffee always taste better outdoors on a morning like this somehow :)

View from the door...



No derogatory comments about the length of the grass please...it`s a wild flower garden :)

Bit of a false start to this one.We parked next to the graveyard as is usual and followed our noses down to Brochneil farm.Our map was hopelessly outdated but this looked like the way up the hill.On the gatepost was a faded South Ayrshire Council sign with an unreadable homemade effort pasted over it.In we went to the farmyard anyways and were immediately surrounded by 3 snarling Jack Russels and a terrier of indeterminate lineage...this was Girvan after all so no surprises there then :)
Our mood was indeed buoyant so we let them live...
I stuck my head inside an outbuilding from where some noise emanated.A guy was pulling 3 turkeys out of a vat of boiling water and when I enquired as for access to the hill he replied that it was not from here but from round at Woodland on the main Girvan to Stranraer road.The sunshine had put us in a good mood and time was not a problem so we drove round parked up the road a bit.I`ll email the acess officer with regard to this one as I`m pretty sure we were in the right on this.

A steep climb up and onto our first summit of the day...Byne Hill...



What a day it was..!! The indicator on the top of Byne Hill..



Lazy hour or so lounging around up here before we headed off south in the direction of the Marilyn Grey Hill.We took a small detour down to have a butchers at the monument marked on the OS map but it was in a sorry state of repair and nothing inscribed to give an indication to whom it was erected.Nobody of any note I`d guess...probably a politician,soldier or landowner or the like :)

Looking back to Byne Hill..



Bob strides out towards the final hill of the day.. Grey Hill.It looks a lot duller than it was due to the cheap camera..



Trotting back off Grey Hill on the return to Byne Hill and the car.Girvan in the distance...



Bob decided to go down the Byne Hill burn which is an SSSI. It felt as if we were the first folk ever to venture down this stream.No paths or anything and very hard going underfoot and through shrubbery etc; Bob spotted a kingfisher too...too quick as usual for a photo.





Byne Hill from the car looking over the valley that is the SSSI....gorse giving it laldy....



Drove back up the coast road and stopped at Dunure for a wander and for me to bag the Ayr Fundamental Bench Mark :)






Another crap video...


4 comments:

fatdogwalks said...

Enjoyed the blog! :D

Nice to see I'm not the only one who makes a point of walking only when the sun shines.

Never come across a Turkey Boiler on my travels before...must visit sometime ;).

Keep up the good work.

fatdogwalks said...

Hmmm...I see the "smilies" don't work. I've noticed the same with some people commenting on my blog...no idea how to fix it (lol).

Anonymous said...

The farmer at Brochneil is notorious for being objectionable. Just ignore him - he's all bluster.

Anonymous said...

He is an ass wipe