Fortunately the wind blew itself out overnight leaving us with a mostly grey day and chilly breeze. At least we can see the Isle of Arran today!
We wandered down through the country park which was all very busy around the main attractions (being a Bank Holiday) so we didn’t linger, just taking a few photos to be polite! Home Farm Visitor Centre…
Swan Pond – though I didn’t see any swans, the lilies are about to burst into flower so I’m sure we will catch them later in our stay…
Then we branched off from the main walkways taking a path through the woodland just above the coastline heading south.
After a couple of miles we got our first glimpse of Maidenhead Bay and the lovely sandy Barwhin Hill Beach end of the bay.
Here we joined the beach for a bit of a play, enjoying views to the south across Maidenhead Bay out to Ailsa Craig (the cone shaped island that we could see from the North Rhinns) and I think it is the Mull of Kintyre beyond.
And over to Arran to the north.
We wandered along the beach into Maidens, just a small seaside village with a few facilities, a long harbour wall, continued on with rocks, I guess to provide more shelter to the bay. The beach was a bit more seaweedy here (and smelly!) and in parts prone to quick sand, so the path takes you along a grassy open space just above the beach.
At this point we decided to about turn and return along a different series of paths through the Country Park back to site. In the park we walked by the Deer Park, though it doesn’t count as a sighting it was nice to see them relatively close up as unlike in the wild they didn’t seem overly concerned about Poppydog!
A very pleasant 8 mile round trip.
Two thoughts of the day:
I love this lanterns, positioned here and there amongst the flowers up near the main entrance – might even venture out one evening after dark to see them!
Part way through the park was a large picnic area, busy with families enjoying a day out and in many cases a football kick about – Poppydog was near frantic to get at the footballs I literally had to carry her across the field to get her away! Will she ever grow out of this?