This Monday Walk is as much about a walk I didn't take as the one I did - which was, I admit, relatively short, encompassing pretty much all in this photo
It was early morning in Milngavie on the outskirts of Glasgow. I had half an hour or so while my cousin was getting her hair done to wander by myself. I quite like this village square - it's meandering, yet compact. And has a bit of pretty much everything for your shopping needs. There is a nearby train station and Marks & Spencers with good parking (and even a bench to make Jude swoon - skip to the end if you must sit)
Isn't this a great clock?! It was originally at Copland & Lye's department store in Sauchiehall St Glasgow and was donated to Milngavie Town Council when the building was demolished and has sat on this plinth since 1981.
Milngavie - which, by the way, is pronounced "mull-guy" - is the start of the West Highland Way, a 95 mile walk through such scenic spots as Loch Lomond, Glen Falloch, Glencoe, climbing up something called 'the Devil's Staircase' (sounds ominous and challenging) and climbing back down to Glen Nevis and finishing at Fort William at the top of the country.
the gateway on Douglas St
It is necessary to have your picture taken at the obelisk before you begin your journey. I had already been asked to take this man's photo, but when I turned around I saw he had recruited another photographer! (yes, I felt a bit insulted) I've never walked the West Highland Way, though I have taken a few, much shorter, hikes around Milngavie. But not on this trip. And I don't think I took any pictures when I was on those hikes; at least I can't find any if I did.
Before setting off, you want to pay a visit to the Official West Highland Way Office for weather and route updates. Or if you're me, only walking through the pedestrianized village centre, a souvenir or two to spend your last few £
And this Iron Chef is a delight to wander around, whether or not you are needing supplies. It is packed with interesting bits of hardware for all your hiking and camping needs!
When I was there, the flowers were in full bloom (the town was all prettied up for the Commonwealth games)
but we really need to take a better look at the benches under the gateway. a piece of useful sculpture.
and perfect for Jude's bench series for unusual benches!