Whitelee events and clubs

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Whitelee events

Our shortened 2021 events programme is now here and can be found below - and as a download Icon for pdf WCRS Event Programme 2021 [788.76KB]. All events will include Covid-19 safety measures. 

Discover the exciting events and activities programme delivered by the Whitelee Countryside Rangers throughout the year for adults, children and families. We also support a number of events delivered by charities and others, including the annual 'Run the Blades' event. 

All ranger-hosted events are free while those delivered by others may involve a registration or entry fee.

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Date

Time

Details

Key Information

Family Puzzle Trails

Sat 31st Jul    

10am - 4pm               

Has lockdown sharpened your families puzzle solving skills — how about your map reading skills? Then come along and test them on our cryptic puzzle trails — there will be a short and long trail to test you while getting out for some fresh air and exercise.                          

 

  • Cancelled!

Hill Top Hike

Sun 1st Aug    

1pm - 3.30pm

Join us as we explore the hilltops near the visitor centre. This is the first walk in a series of hikes to help build up distance and stamina for walkers. Walk under 5 miles (7.7km). Walking on tracks and over moorland. Good footwear is recommended.

  • Booking essential
  • Meet at Whitelee Visitor Centre
  • Suitable for families
  • Bring waterproofs
  • Dogs welcome   

Carving Concentration

Sun 22nd Aug    

10am - 4pm

 

The perfect socially distanced activity - some spoon/spurtle/wand carving! Back by popular demand we will be running our carving workshop again. All tools and materials are provided. We will be working outdoors but under canvas (as required) so please dress for the weather.

  • Booking essential
  • Meet at Whitelee Visitor Centre
  • Bring waterproofs
  • Bring lunch
  • Adults & children over 15

Ardochrig Hike

Sun 29th Aug    

11am - 1.30pm

 

Join us as we journey to the highest point in the windfarm - and bring lunch to enjoy the view from it. This is the second walk in a series of hikes to build up the distance and your stamina for walking. Walk is 6.5 miles (10.5km). Walking on tracks  - good footwear is recommended.

  • Booking essential
  • Meet at Ardochrig
  • Bring waterproofs
  • Bring lunch
  • Dogs welcome   

Lochgoin Circuit Hike

Sun 12th Sept    

10am - 1.30pm

 

Join us on the Lochgoin Circuit on the third walk in a series of hikes to build up the distance and your stamina for walking. Approx. 8 miles (12.5km). Walking on tracks - good footwear recommended.

  • Booking essential
  • Meet at  Whitelee Visitor Centre
  • Bring waterproofs
  • Dogs welcome   

Autumn Equinox Amble

Wed 22nd Sept     

5.30pm - 8.30pm

 

When day equals night - join us for a good evening walk to Corse Hill to see the sunset on the first day of Autumn. Approx. 6 miles (9.6km). *Bring a torch.

  • Booking essential
  • Meet at Ardochrig
  • Bring waterproofs
  • Dogs welcome   

Dickman's Glen Wander  

Sun 26th Sept

10am - 2.30pm

Let's get off the beaten track for a saunter through Dickman's Glen, one of the prettiest areas of the windfarm. We'll walk in from Ardochrig, loop through the glen, then head back to the start. This walk is 'strenuous' and will cover ~9.4miles (15km) on tracks and moorland, and with some steep climbs and wet/boggy ground in places for added fun - so wear good walking boots/shoes!

  • Booking essential
  • Meet at Ardochrig
  • Suitable for families
  • Bring waterproofs
  • Bring lunch
  • Dogs welcome

Across The Site Hike

Sun 3rd Oct    

10am - 3pm

 

Starting at the visitor centre end of site we'll walk the Spine road to the Ardochrig end of site. This is a linear walk so transport will be needed for both ends of the walk. This is a strenuous walk due to its length. The last walk in a series of hikes to build up the distance and your stamina for walking. Approx. 11 miles (17.8km). Walking on tracks - good footwear is recommend.

  • Booking essential
  • Meet at Whitelee Visitor Centre
  • Bring waterproofs
  • Bring lunch
  • Dogs welcome   

Cycle The Circuit

Sat 9th Oct    

1pm - 3pm

 

It's the first day of the October break, so get on your bikes and join us for a ranger-led cycle around Lochgoin reservoir. Approx. 8miles (12.9km). *Bring your bike & helmet, and please ensure your bike is in good condition.

 

  • Booking essential
  • Meet at Whitelee Visitor Centre
  • Suitable for families
  • Bring waterproofs
  • Bring your bike (well serviced)
  • Bring your helmet

Bird Box Build

Sat 16th Oct    

10am - 4.30pm

 

We may have missed this year's nesting season - but we can get prepared early for 2022. Come along and build a bird nest box with your family. Spaces are limited to 1 family/group per table. Sessions are: 10am - 12noon, 12.15pm - 2.15pm & 2.30pm - 4.30pm. We'll be working outdoors under canvas (as required) so dress for the weather.

  • Booking essential
  • Meet at Whitelee Visitor Centre
  • Suitable for families
  • Bring waterproofs                           

History Ride

Sun 24th Oct    

10am - 3pm

 

Join the Countryside Rangers for a leisurely cycle to some of the historic points in the windfarm such as Dunwan Hill (fort), the WW2 Hurricane crash memorial, Lochgoin monument,  and  everything  in-between. Cycling will be on windfarm tracks (we'll walk the final section to the top of Dunwan Hill) and cover approx. 11miles (18km), starting and finishing at the Whitelee Visitor Centre.

  • Booking essential
  • Meet at Whitelee Visitor Centre
  • Suitable for families
  • Bring waterproofs
  • Bring your bike (well serviced)   
  • Bring lunch

Halloween Headtorch Hike

Fri 29th Oct

6.30pm - 8.30pm

Bring your headtorch and join us for a walk on the wild side this Halloween season. Approx. 3.5miles (5.6km) *Fancy dress optional

 

  • Booking essential
  • Meet at Whitelee Visitor Centre
  • Suitable for families
  • Bring waterproofs
  • Bring your torch 

Coronavirus Rules & Measures:

  • All events must be booked in advance — it is not possible to attend without booking.
  • All events are subject to change as coronavirus guidelines change.
  • All adults must book individually and provide a contact telephone number for Test & Protect. Children under 12 do not need to individually register but must be with their family/social bubble.
  • Bring your face covering. As activities are outdoors it will only be used in certain circumstances, and only for short periods - but everyone must have one (unless exempt).
  • It is recommended to have the Test & Protect app and all participants should take a free lateral flow test before and after attending.
  • If any of your party tests positive for coronavirus, or has been in contact with anyone who has tested positive - do not attend and please let us know.

Additional Guidelines:

  • Please read the specific event information for each activity for additional details and/or things to bring.
  • All children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Please wear/bring suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. Prepare for changeable weather.
  • All published distances and finish times are approximate and subject to change.
  • Dogs are welcome on most events, but some may not be suitable for them. Please contact the Countryside Rangers about bringing your dog to an event.
  • Please contact WCRS for directions to event meeting points.
  • Please aim to arrive 5 minutes before the  published event start time.

To Book:

Phone: 0141 614 0962

Email: whitelee-crs@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk

Whitelee clubs

Boggy beasties club logo

Book your kids into our free fun-filled 'Boggy Beasties' summer club and keep them active through the summer.

The club is for 6 year olds and above and runs every Wednesday from 10.30am to 12pm for 6 weeks during the summer holidays.

Children can be left for some activities at or near the visitor centre, but should otherwise be accompanied by an adult.

Please note, spaces are limited. To book contact the Countryside Rangers.

Our 2021 Boggy Beasties Club is cancelled due to complications as a result of the Covid-19 restrictions. We hope to run Boggy Beasties sessions in summer 2022.

Muddy monsters logo

Muddy Monsters is our pre-school club for children between 2 to 5 years old and their adults.

The aim of the group is to get young children and their adults outside enjoying nature through games, stories and play with each session covering a different theme.

The group meet on the second Thursday of each month from 1pm to 2pm at the Whitelee Visitor Centre. 

Our Muddy Monsters Club has been postponed until further notice due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Our Stroller Striders group is running again after re-starting on Friday 2nd July.

Whitelee Stroller Striders is a popular walking group for expectant and new parents as well as family members, friends and well behaved dogs. The walk is a great way to meet other parents and get some healthy exercise.

The group will run with Covid-19 safety measures in place - call or email for bookings and further information.

Where and when to meet and Covid-19 Measures

In a change from previous years the group will meet at 10am every Friday morning, so that we have access to the Whitelee Visitor Centre facilities.

Participant numbers will be limited and anyone wishing to attend must book in advance before coming and provide their contact information for NHS Scotland Test & Protect. Bookings are open from the Monday morning of each week up until the close of business on Thursday.

Participants should park in the main Whitelee Visitor Centre carpark and remain with their vehicles and the Countryside Rangers will come round and check you in.

Please make sure and bring a face covering with you for the start of the walk - which can be removed if you wish, once out into site on the walk. We also recommend bringing anti-bacterial gel and/or wipes with you.

Please do not book or attend if feeling unwell and contact the Countryside Rangers to let them know, if you are booked. We advise that participants take a free lateral flow test before and after attending.

The group normally sets off around 10.15am, allowing everyone time to arrive and get their babies in their strollers. Remain at your vehicles however and the Countryside Rangers will call everyone when the walk is beginning.

At the start of the walk participants will be asked to form up and to keep the advised 2 meter social distancing. Once on the walk family/extended family bubbles can walk together but other participants should maintain the 2m distance.

On average the group are back at the visitor centre between 11.30am - noon, with the walk taking approximately 1.5 hours.

The walk

From the visitor centre one of the Countryside Rangers will take the group a walk, acting as guide for the group as well as providing first-aid cover and assistance when needed. 

The group heads along the windfarm tracks for approximately 2 miles to turbine 56 before returning to the Whitelee Visitor Centre, where you can stop for a coffee and well earned rest.

Depending on the weather, the Ranger may make a number of checks to make sure everyone is happy to continue walking. 

New members are always welcome but please remember to book before coming. Further details and key information will be provided on booking.

Winter walks

From December to February, when the visitor centre is closed, the Strollers go 'on location' visiting the partners of the Whitelee Countryside Ranger Service in Rouken Glen, Calderglen and Dean Castle.

Before the closure of the visitor centre for the winter, a tour programme is produced showing the routes and where and when the group will be at each park over the winter.

Last modified on 27 July 2021

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