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Bubba and The Humphreys

Bubba and The Humphreys


Postby Bubba Ribeye » Tue Aug 11, 2015 2:05 pm

Route description: Duncolm and the Slacks, Old Kilpatrick

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Duncolm

Date walked: 11/08/2015

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Meet The Humphreys.....Boot Camps latest recruits on a day out in the Kilpatrick Hills.

A circular, half-day tour of Marlyns (low rolling hills below 600m) in Scotland starting at Old Kilpatrick Railway Station, about 16.5km (roughly 10.3 miles) long and suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.

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The Kilpatricks are a group of surprisingly remote, heather-clad hills and moorland which sit overlooking Dumbarton, considering they are only a few miles north west of Glasgow.

Their great asset, is that they are very accessible from the city, by bus or train, even on Sundays and are ideal for an afternoon or evening walk during the lighter nights and in the short winter days providing extensive views back along the Clyde to the city, but also across to the Campsie Fells and northwards towards the Arrochar Alps Trains run to Old Kilpatrick from Glasgow’s Central and Queen Street stations.

With this in mind we all duly met up at Old Kilpatrick Railway station and from there, headed along the road, under the A82 road bridge, past the Kilpatrick Gasworks and followed the broad track signposted “Loch Humphrey”.

Meet Fudge...... The Humphreys mascot :-)

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This section of The Humphrey path can be quite steep :-)



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We followed this excellent, well constructed path for about 3.1 km (roughly 1.9 miles) from 1 OS Grid: NS462758 to The Humphrey.

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On reaching The Humphrey ..Bubba points the way to Duncolm.

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Although it's just a small hillock, on a clear day the views to Loch Lomond, the gateway to the Highlands, opens up from the summit making an ideal spot to aim for and spend sometime having lunch whilst enjoying the 360 degree panorama, including Ben Lomond and Stob Binnein, after the short ascent to the top.

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Bo does his usual 'clowning' about looking at the possibility for a bit of 'waterfall surfing' at The Humphrey reservoir.

After some 'fun and frollick' at the loch we continued on the track that skirts round it and then kept on this still obvious, but boggier, path that continues north east along a visible ridge that passes Fynloch Hill on your left and Little and Middle Duncolm on your right, heading for the furthest and highest mound, Duncolm, 1.9 km (roughly 1.2 miles) from 2 OS Grid: NS470775

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Bo and Bubba continued to 'blaze the trail' on the way to the summit of Duncolm.

Whilst Patch and Ally went 'foraging' for 'edibles' from natures larder for the picnic at the top.

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Fortunately for us, she decided that her find of 'wild blueberries' was so tasty that she ate them all herself and continued to show us how good they were :-)

Now she just needs some 'Purple Rain' to wash them down with :roll:

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Bo and Bubba, do the honours at the summit, as is tradition on any Boot Camp walk and crack open some 'Naughty and Nice' some fine ales with quirky names :clap:

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Whilst the rest set up 'camp' ...Bubba goes fishing for lunch at the little lochan which is stocked full of tasty fish ...very handy when you've left your sandwich back at home on the kitchen table. :-)

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It was very relaxing being able to enjoy the views to the Erskine Bridge, Glasgow and beyond whilst 'fishing' for lunch. :-)

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It wasn't long before Bubba got his first 'bite'.

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Catching some decent sized Lochan Humphrey..... Bubba quickly set about carving them up and cooking them on the open top flat-bed, a wee change from his usual Wheeltrim Bubba-Q and Ribeye steaks :lol:

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After a good hot meal, Danny kicked off the traditional Boot Camp Big Mac dance on the Duncolm trig point :-)



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You can almost hear the 'sound of the pipes' as Danny does The Highlander followed by Bubba.

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Patch quickly followed the 'Bird of Prey' :shock:

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Bubba does the 'Praying Mantis'.... being old and grey these days he can only hold this 'pose' for about 2 seconds before crashing to the ground :crazy:

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Bezzer Billy does his Flash Stance lol :shock:

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Bo did his ' Big Issue' look :-)

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Whilst Bubba welcomes Ally as the latest Boot Camp recruit and insists she joins the Boot Camp Hall of Fame by wearing 'The Big Mac' , one of our many traditions :clap:

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After 'oor' excellent fish tea and 'summit selfies' we head on back down to The Humphrey led by Patch, the D.J. with her 'banging' choice of Classical F.M. tunes reverberating around the natural amphitheatre of Fynloch Hill and Little and Middle Duncolm :-)

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As usual The Three Amigos strike again :-)

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Watch this space for The Humphreys 'Burn yer Socks Ceremony' too follow shortly:-)

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Another of the many traditions here at Boot Camp where we get the soggy socks off whilst warming our shrivelled tootsies around a blazing camp fire and burn them whilst singing Kumbhaya before putting on a fresh pair for the homeward journey :-)
Last edited by Bubba Ribeye on Fri Aug 14, 2015 2:51 am, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: Bubba and The Humphreys

Postby mgmt! » Tue Aug 11, 2015 4:43 pm

brilliant report bubba, my daughter does the humphrey on a regular basis and is always asking me along. Now i know there is some quality fishing to be had i may take her up on it. See you soon on the cobbler :thumbup:
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Re: Bubba and The Humphreys

Postby Bubba Ribeye » Wed Aug 12, 2015 1:48 am

Thanks mgmt!

It's a great wee 'leg stretcher' if your short of time and just want an easy walk with good views and a Bubba-Q :-)

See you on The Cobbler for a winter Bubba-Q soon as ..mind and bring your favourite sauce to smother the Ribeye with lol.

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Bubba-Q on The Needle ...you know it's right!
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Re: Bubba and The Humphreys

Postby Sunset tripper » Wed Aug 12, 2015 2:06 am

Good stuff Bubba I was on the blueberries myself yesterday :D
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Re: Bubba and The Humphreys

Postby Bubba Ribeye » Fri Aug 14, 2015 2:08 am

Nice one sunset ....liking yer profile pic :-)
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Re: Bubba and The Humphreys

Postby Andy Conic » Fri Mar 03, 2017 11:06 pm

Hi Bubba! Great meeting you today. Thanks for all the tips for future walks.
This pic is for you, as your batteries gave up...
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Re: Bubba and The Humphreys

Postby Bubba Ribeye » Sat Mar 25, 2017 4:10 am

Andy Conic wrote:Hi Bubba! Great meeting you today. Thanks for all the tips for future walks.
This pic is for you, as your batteries gave up...

Hi Andy, Thanks for sharing the memory 8) Hope to read some of your reports soon on Walk Highlands and cross paths with you again in the Great Outdoors.
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