19 folk aged from 4 to 78 were greeted with a dank and dismal day with little prospect of any improvement in the weather. Nevertheless we’re a hardy, happy and optimistic lot with scant regard for any miseries the weather may throw at us. So off we went to arrive at the ‘Queen’s View car park’ just before 10AM. The hill tops were all in cloud and visibility was minimal but the rain was very light so that was good.
Underfoot conditions were good and the hill wasn’t too steep so we made good progress.
There were one or two short scrambly bits but nothing to dampen our ardour so on we pressed. As we climbed higher the visibility deteriorated and underfoot became wetter and muddier but we soon saw the trig point and the highest point on our outing. Then it was on to the Whangie itself.
Legend tells us that the devil himself caused the cleft in the rock when, in a bad temper, he ‘whanged’ the rock with his tail – a good story but a load of old rubbish. A geological disturbance clearly caused this quite spectacular feature and gave rock climbers a great place to practice their skills.
We enjoyed lunch among the rocks before making our descent.
We had a very muddy descent which resulted in one or two slips which provided the onlookers with a few laughs and the participants with an appointment with the washing machine – all in a day’s walk. We completed the walk in three hours and, despite the conditions, all declared it a great success. Our only problem came when we tried to find a suitable hostelry without success so it was back to Cambuslang and Weatherspoons to refresh ourselves.
This walk completed 5 years of the walking group – we’re all looking forward to the next five!!