24-Jul-2005 -- I set of by bicycle in London-Hammersmith at 5:30 am. This time, I did not cycle all the way to Scotland; instead I took a train from London Euston Station to Glasgow arriving there at noon. At this nice and sunny day it was a pleasure to ride 30 km following the Clyde Canal to the village Banton. From there it was 1.5 km uphill to the tiny village High Banton. On my way, I was passing a wedding ceremony. As being not very familiar with Scotland, I found the men’s dressing quite unique. Two participants were so kind to pose for a picture.
I followed a path into a dead end, where it was another 270m to go. Fortunately, I did not try my way through the dense vegetation. Circling around the CP resulted in a fairly easy access coming from straight south. I was able to bring my bike to the exact spot.
Actually, it would have been possible to return to London at the same day. But I enjoyed the area around Loch Lomond and the Tossachs National Park, pulling out my sleeping bag at Loch Lubnag and riding 250 km before returning to Glasgow and taking a train back to London.
CP visit details:
- Time at CP: 16:26 p.m.
- Duration: 2 days (from and to London)
- GPS height: 172 m
- Distance to a town: 500 m (High Banton)
- Displayed distance while taking picture of GPS: 0.76 m
- Position accuracy at the CP: 6 m
- Vegetation: meadow (not mowed), with Bull Thistles (Cirsium vulgare). Marsh area. Some scattered trees.
- Description: Located at the southern slope of the Carron Valley Forest with summits around 400m. In the south and south-west there is a view to the densely populated area around Cumbernauld and Glasgow.
- Given Name: The Scotisch Wedding Confluence