Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary.

Helen Rose’s Outdoor Diary, Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow. July 2020

kelvingove park

Kelvinbridge We continue in lockdown here in Scotland due to the Covid 19 virus but it has given an opportunity to discover the wonderful parks in Glasgow and to write on another of my favourite local parks at Kelvingrove. Glasgow is known as the ‘Dear Green Place’ and the coat of arms of the City […]

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary, Pat's Home Page Blog

Helen Rose’s Outdoor Diary – Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Botanic Blue Bridge

In the lockdown during the Covid-19 virus, we have been lucky to have a spell of prolonged dry, sunny weather. Very unusual for Scotland and even facing a drought. My friend, who lives in rural Perthshire was concerned that her private water supply was running low. Anyway, I am writing about my visits to the […]

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Monday, June 1, 2020 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary, Pat's Home Page Blog

Helen Rose’s Outdoor Diary: Binghams Pond and Dawsholm Park

pond gartnavel

We are still in lockdown from Covid 19 virus and I have to limit my walks to local parks in the hour per day we are permitted to exercise. Fortunately we have several parks in Glasgow’s West End. Glasgow is known as the Dear Green Place as it has so many beautiful parks – around […]

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Monday, May 4, 2020 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary, Pat's Home Page Blog

Helen Rose Outdoor Diary Renton to Balloch. April 2020

Covid 19 Virus Lockdown Renton to Balloch is the last walk I did with a small group before the lockdown in Scotland from the Coronavirus pandemic. I travelled by train to Renton to meet the others at Renton Station. The train was empty but I was very careful wearing gloves at all times and avoiding […]

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Thursday, April 9, 2020 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary, Pat's Home Page Blog

Rivers Almond and Avon. March 2020

river almond

Helen Rose Outdoor Diary I write this as we are in lockdown in the UK due to the Covid-19 virus pandemic. The walk I am going to describe was done a few weeks before the virus was confirmed in Scotland. Within the next few months or even longer it will be difficult to go anywhere […]

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Saturday, March 28, 2020 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary, Pat's Home Page Blog

Dunkeld and Birnam, Helen Rose’s Outdoor Diary February 2020

Macbeth Oak

Train from Glasgow Birnam and Dunkeld are twin villages situated north east of Glasgow in Perthshire – 2hours 40 minute train journey from Queen Street Station in Glasgow to Dunkeld and Birnam Station. Although I have been there in the past, I have never really explored the area. However, recently, I had the opportunity to […]

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary, Pat's Home Page Blog

Largs and Knock Hill January 2020

Largs Front

Helen Rose Outdoor Diary Largs On a crisp January day I went to Largs with the Bearsden and Milngavie Ramblers to climb the hill above it called Knock Hill. Largs is a town on the Firth of Clyde in North Ayrshire on the west coast of Scotland, about 33 miles from Glasgow. The original name […]

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Thursday, January 23, 2020 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary, Pat's Home Page Blog

Helen Rose Outdoor Diary River Seine and Normandy Part 2

D Day beach

River Seine and Normandy Part 2 – December 2019 Following on from the last blog in November on the Seine Cruise, this is part two. Bayeux Tapestry I have always wanted to see the Bayeux Tapestry which is housed in its own Gallery in the little town of Bayeux. In fact, it is not a […]

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Monday, December 2, 2019 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary

River Seine and Normandy Part One. November 2019.

Eiffel Tower

Helen Rose Outdoors Paris by Night There are some places on the River Seine in France I have been keen to see for some time. The best way to include all of them was on a river cruise departing from Paris to Normandy. Fortunately, the boat we were on was small enough to cruise up […]

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Thursday, October 31, 2019 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary

Helen Rose’s Outdoor Diary: Strathpeffer. October 2019

Strathpeffer Spa The Glasgow HF outdoor club organised a weekend of low level walks at Strathpeffer, an enchanting Victorian spa village located only 4 miles from Dingwall in Easter Ross in the north east of Scotland. The spa was based around the Victorian obsession with healing waters but this picturesque village is unlike any other […]

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Sunday, September 29, 2019 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary

Helen Rose Outdoor Diary: Languedoc

Village Scene

September 2019 I have been to the Languedoc in France many times on visits but never when it has been so hot. This summer they had several heatwaves or Canicules as they are called there. This part of France is so steeped in history that there are always new places to explore with lovely little […]

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Monday, September 2, 2019 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary

Norway, Rondane. August 2019.

Rondane

Helen Rose Outdoor Diary Venabu We were on a trip to Norway to Venabu which is north of Lillehammer on the edge of the Rondane National Park. We flew to Oslo and took the train direct from the Airport to Lillehammer and then on to Venabu by coach, a total distance of 230 kilometres. We […]

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary

Harris. July 2019

Luskentyre Sand and Rock

Helen Rose Outdoor Diary. Outer Hebrides. The last time I went to Harris was ten years ago and I decided it was my favourite island in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Situated on Europe’s Atlantic edge, the Scottish Western Isles of the Outer Hebrides are a diverse chain of inter-connected islands with their own unique […]

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Saturday, June 29, 2019 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary

Melrose. June 2019

Helen Rose Outdoors Diary Tweedbank Train. The last time I was in Melrose was many years ago to do St Cuthbert’s Way walking from Melrose to Lindisfarne. Recently, I went with the Glasgow HF Outdoor Club www.meetup.com/Glasgow-HF-Outdoor-Club/ for a walking weekend based in Melrose. We were staying at the very comfortable Waverley Castle Hotel just […]

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Friday, May 31, 2019 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary

Colorado and the Rockies. May 2019

rockies

Helen Rose Outdoor Diary Colorado During the Spring break I made a family visit to Colorado. This was my first visit to the environs of Denver which is a ten hour flight from London. I was aware that it was six thousand feet above sea level and there may be a period of acclimatisation. On […]

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Saturday, May 4, 2019 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary, Pat's Home Page Blog

Ben A’an April 2019

Loch Katrine from Ben A'an Dave Clark

Helen Rose Outdoors Diary It is twenty years since I last climbed Ben A’an in the Trossachs. It is a short sharp climb but well worth the effort as there are outstanding views from the top. When I was last there there was a lot of forestation on the lower slopes but this has now […]

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Sunday, March 31, 2019 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary

Glen Nevis – March 2019

Glen Nevis Water

Helen Rose Outdoors Diary Corran It is some years since the HF Walking Club ran a weekend to the Corran Bunkhouse. This year it was decided to revive it as it had been so successful in the past. However, Corran Bunkhouse is a misnomer as it is very upmarket accommodation and does not have any bunks! […]

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary

Danube, Austria. February 2019

Vienna cathedral

Helen Rose Outdoors Diary River Danube Locks The second part of the Danube river cruise was in Austria. Throughout its length the Danube has locks like a canal. In the region of Vienna there is a braided river system on a floodplain and since the 17th century there have been efforts to control the Danube, […]

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Friday, February 1, 2019 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary, Pat's Home Page Blog

The Danube. Hungary and Slovakia. January 2019.

Budapest-Parliament

Helen Rose Outdoor Diary River Cruise on the Danube River cruising only gives the traveller a taster particularly of cities and time on shore is limited. However, it is very  enjoyable drifting along past settlements and watching people on the banks. The cruise was from Budapest, in the eastern part of the river, to Linz […]

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Friday, January 4, 2019 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary

The Steeple. Lochgoilhead. December 2018

View over lochgoilhead

Helen Rose. Outdoor Diary Tempting Fate My last visit to this area was seven years ago when I broke my leg in an accident coming down from a col on the other side of the village. I was concerned at returning to the same area to climb a hill with the same club and with the […]

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Friday, November 30, 2018 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary, Travel

Berwick on Tweed Again. November 2018.

St Abbs Head

Helen Rose Outdoors Ramblers Weekend I was last in Berwick on Tweed seven years ago but was limited in walking as it was not long after I had broken my leg. This autumn I went with the Glasgow Ramblers and we had a great weekend with good, sunny and dry weather. It was well organised by […]

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Saturday, November 3, 2018 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary

Stormy Dundee. V&A Museum. October 2018.

Helen Rose Outdoors Diary  Dundee . I had a family visiting and we decided to go to Dundee and see the new Victoria and Albert Museum and possibly the Discovery ship. The day was particularly stormy but we made it to Dundee in gale force winds and rain. Dundee is a coastal city on the […]

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Monday, October 1, 2018 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary

Algarve. September 2018

Praia De Luz

Helen Rose Outdoors Algarve The annual holiday of the walking club this year was to the Algarve. I have been to Lisbon and the area north of it but never to the Algarve. The Algarve, Portugal’s southernmost region, is known for its Atlantic beaches and golf resorts. Along the southern coastline there are whitewashed fishing […]

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Thursday, September 20, 2018 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary

Annual Munro. Beinn a’Chochuill. August 2018.

Chochuil summit

Helen Rose Outdoor Diary Munros It’s nearly eleven years since I completed the entire round of Munros in Scotland. These are mountains of more than 3000 feet that Sir Hugh Munro listed in 1891. When I compleated (original spelling!) them, there were 284 as more modern measuring devices have been used since Sir Hugh divided […]

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Saturday, August 4, 2018 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary

Helen Rose Outdoor Diary, Culzean. July 2018.

Culzean-Castle

Culzean Country Estate The walking club recently went on a day walking trip to Culzean Castle and Country Park from Maidens in Ayrshire. It is many years since I last visited Culzean and was I happy to explore further in the Country Park. Maidens We drove to Maidens, a fishing village at the southern end […]

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary

Hadrians Wall Again. June 2018.

  Helen Rose Outdoor Diary.   Emperor Hadrian. It is nine years since I lasted visited Hadrian’s Wall and I wrote about that visit. The wall has not changed in that time! Here are some facts. Hadrian’s Wall was the north-west frontier of the Roman Empire for nearly 300 years. It was built by the […]

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary

Isle of Bute. May 2018.

Helen Rose Outdoors Diary Club Outing   The Glasgow HF Walking Club  runs two low level walking weekends every year at different locations; this year the first one was on the Isle of Bute. The group was based in the famous Glenburn Hotel in Rothesay. Rothesay has many childhood memories for me as a summer […]

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018 | Filed under: Art & artists Glasgow West End, Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary

Alpujarras, Spain. April 2018

Angie Snow

Helen Rose. Outdoor Diary The Mountains It’s seventeen years since I was last walking and touring in Andalucia. This year I went to Las Alpujarras in southern Spain – a new walking territory for me. Las Alpujarras is a natural and historical region, on the south slopes of the Sierra Nevada and the adjacent valley. The […]

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Sunday, April 22, 2018 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary

Water of Leith. March 2018

Helen Rose Outdoor Diary Water of Leith History Flowing for twenty four miles from its source in the Pentland Hills, the Water of Leith winds its way through various suburbs into the heart of Edinburgh. It is a grand name for a river in the capital city of Scotland! It was once at the centre […]

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Friday, March 23, 2018 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary

Glasgow Mural Trail. February 2018

     . Helen Rose Outdoor Diary Background. Every two weeks I am out walking with the Wednesday Wanderers, a part of the Bearsden and Milngavie Ramblers. Usually we are out in the country but recently we did an urban walk to look at the Glasgow City Centre Mural Trail.  Their website: www.glasgowcitycentrestrategy.com/project/city-centre-murals is well worth a visit […]

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018 | Filed under: Helen Rose Hillwalking Diary

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