We had our first real walks of the season last weekend. Before that, we went with Daughter for lunch to a little restaurant called the Applebank Inn, in Larkhall. I had not been there for over twenty five years and was not really surprised to see a considerable number of new houses around it. However, there is still the view over the River Avon, and the stone flags and walls give an authoratative charm to this very-old pub.
Suitably refreshed, we set off to New Lanark. This is a World Heritage Centre, and was set-up by mill-owner Robert Owen as a good workplace and living area for his workers. He provided education and Church facilities, and if you want to see some more of it, click on www.newlanark.org .
By the very nature of needing a steady flow of water, the whole area lies in a deep depression, and is approached by a steep hill on foot……and this means that the same steep hill has to be negotiated in reverse after the visit! As if this was not enough, we then decided that we needed more exercise (memories of Daughter walking Kim her dog come to mind!) so off to Lanark Loch, for a walk on the flat. The wintry wind became evident in this more exposed area, and repaired to the local hotel for a warming coffee.
The back and knees have been complaining since, but at least we have started…..the problem will be continuing the walking!