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LONG CALDERWOOD - A TOUR OF NATIONAL FAME!
Sat 10 June 2017, 12:30 – 14:30 BST
Long Calderwood - A Tour of National Fame - 2.6 km ( 1.6 miles )
An Illustrious History - 1st tour of its kind.
(Suitable for children aged 7+)(May be suitable for prams or wheelchairs)(suitable footwear must be worn)(NO TOILET ACCESS ON TOUR - 1 HOUR 45 MINS)
SATURDAY 10TH JUNE
Departing at 12:45 Returning for 14:30 (PLEASE ARRIVE 10-15 MINUTES EARLIER TO SIGN UP : 12:30 )
SINGLE TICKET admitting one person - £4.25 / Double ticket admitting two people - £6.85 (save £1.65)
Discover the famous stories of the people who lived in Long Calderwood - the famous surgeon brothers - Drs John & William Hunter (who founded the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow). Learn of these famous sons who contributed vastly to our understanding of surgery, zoology, disease, and childbirth. Their famous relatives and friends the poetess of Bothwell Joanna Baillie, a contemporary of Sir Walter Scott, who's prose was read widely, and who nurtured the nextdoor labourer boy, who came to be known as the Shoemaker's Poet : John Struthers - who penned the 'poor man's sabbath'.
This Tour leads the spectator past the former homes of these contributors to medicine and literature, and onto the John Struthers Nature area to look over sights he once lyricised about, including the hill that gave to him the title 'poet of Dechmont' in honour of his grace the Duke of Hamilton. After the reading of some short verse, the tour goes on to delve into the ancient boundaries of Long Calderwood, alongside its iron-age origins, with the odd tid-bit tale of conversations once had on horseback about the glory of the 'bonnet lairdship' - an ancestral seat of a branch of the Lords Hunter of Hunterston.
Blackbraes, Morrishall, Forefaulds? All will be revealed on this historical event which takes these well known names and places them into the understandable context of Old Calderwood.
Not to be missed!
PACE: This walk is set at average walking speed and all effort will be made to cater for slower movers in the group. Please note that in the event we need to move slower then the tour may be extended by up to 20 minutes to help accomodate the majority of the group.
Terrain & Attire : This walk utilises public paved areas, with some crossing of non-busy traffic areas. Being scheduled for June it is expected weather will be relatively warm, perhaps sunny, and attendees must ensure they provision for what clothing they may require on the day itself.
This event is a paid-for excursion featuring miniature short historical lecture disseminated around the various features which will be encountered on the trip.
Maximum people on the trip is limited to 26 people + Historian Guide
Duration: This event has a duration of around 1 hour 45 minutes - over a total distance of about 2.6 km ( 1.6 miles )
Disclaimer : In order to ensure this event meets modern standards of safety a full risk assessment will be conducted prior to the event, and attendees book tickets for admittance on the condition the admittance can only be allowed by signing the detailed waiver form, reasonable in its terms will be provided on the day, and by purchasing ticket(s) you agree that signing this is a mandatory part of this event. Those wishing a copy in advance of the event are encouraged to message via Eventbrite to the organiser asking for a copy. Likewise a copy can be emailed out after the event also.
Starting Point : Car Park adjacent to the Moncrieff Church in Calderwood off of Maxwellton and Calderwood Raods close to Calderwood Square. Please arrive for around 12:30 to ensure there is time to sign everybody up and check clothing and footwear. The tour departs promptly around 12:45 and will not wait for those unreasonably late to the event.
End Point : IMPORTANT: This tour is a linear one and not a circuit. It will end at the bus terminus adjacent to the high rise flats at Bosworth Road, directly beside two bus stops serving Fire Glasgow's services 6 to East Kilbride Town Centre, and 201 to Hairmyres. The latter route will stop opposite Calderwood Square directly beside the starting point, and is excellent for those not wishing to walk back to the starting point.
Transport / Parking : The start point is well surrounded by numerous residential car parks and off-road parking, and nearby bus stops serve the services 21, 18 and 201. Please note that Calderglen & Calderwood Castle History will not give advice on where best to park. Please do not park in the Moncrieff Church Car Park unless you have been granted access by the proprietors. The event organisers have no prior agreement with the Church and any liability arrising from such an issue is the sole problem of the vehicle owner.
Disability : This route is likely to be suitable for wheelchair users and those those persons unsteady or uncomfrotable on their feet or in need of walking aids. Pace will be reasonable and those with other minor impairments such as knee or back issues should decide whether the walk description would be suited to them and whether they can complete it. If another friend is booked onto the event they can help support you, but remember the tour length is 1.6 miles over mild stretched out undulating ground, all paved or tarmacked, and without seating or toilets.
Obstacles : This route is all pedestrian surfaces apart from a small thing section of dirt banking seperating the John Struthers Nature Area from the adjoining road. This will be pointed out on route. Directly beside this there is lack of pavements next to the road and care will be taken at this point, and pointed out in the risk assessment prior to departure.
Children : Due to the terrain and length of this journey, and steep drops it is a condition that only responsible children aged 7+ under the care of an adult guardian can attend.
Refreshments / Toilets : Refreshments will be available from adjacent shops near the starting point. Unfortunately NO PUBLIC TOILETS are available apart from the adjacent pubs and church, which may not welcome toilet users unless paying for or utilising their services. Please remember this tour takes 1 hour 45 mins give or take 20 mins, and it is recommended you refrain from drinking fluids immediately prior to the event and during unless taken by thirst due to exertion, as the urgent need for the toilet cannot be remedied by any available premises. There has been no prior arrangement with any local services or facilities. We will stop for a short while at Hunter House Cafe which MAY admit paying customers to toilet facilities they may have.
NOTE: Attendees must adhere to the directions of the guide at all times and not deviate from the planned route. Great care must be taken when close traffic areas such as Maxwellton Road.
Do I need to bring a printed ticket?
No, only your name and the names of those you have bought tickets for. It may be helpful if you have your ticket number on the day in case of any confusion.
Can I sell or give my ticket(s) to someone else?
Yes - Although they will need to quote the name of the original purchaser to avoid any confusion.
Will the event really last 1 hour 45 mins?
It should do, but please provision for slight delays or early finishes (+/- 20 mins). If on the other hand the group encourage frequent stops for rest, questions, or have a late start, then it is forseeable that the estimated time could be increased. Please ensure you have adequately eaten and visited toilet facilities before the trip as no toilets are on the route.
What is the refund policy?
If you change your mind and wish to cancel you can do so with ease by requesting this via email, at which point an electronic refund to the account of origin will be arranged upon receipt of the email. Note: depending on your bank this can take 3-5 business days. Unfortunately requests for refunds can only be accepted up until midnight on Monday 5th June. After this time refund requests will NOT be accepted to those who cancel, and this is due to unlikely ability to fill remaining spaces and the fee being retained to cover the cost of running the event. Please be sure when purchasing to avoid this being a last minute likelihood for yourself. YOU MAY still sell or gift your ticket(s) to family or friends in the event you wish to cancel.
Any requests for refunds due to showing up at the starting point late after the group has departed, or because you have arrived at the wrong place for the walk will be refused without exception, and it is important therefore that you are fully aware of the dates, times and locations detailed in this tour description. This event does not begin at Calderglen Country Park Visitor's Centre, nor does it begin at Hunter House. In the event you are going to be late or need directions the event organiser will not be available to take messages as they will be busy dealing with the group. Please take all reasonable precautions before attending this event.
In the event you need to cancel after the cut-off date and this is due as an unforseen direct disadvatnage from a protected characteristic and/or death of an attendee then an exception will be made to refund as long as acceptable clear proof is forwarded via email to the event organisers.
This event is subject to change up to 48 hours before the event itself, and so refunds cannot be issued for slight reasonable changes gone unnoticed by the attendee, who would be notified via email, and via the event hosting site Calderglen & Calderwood Castle History on Facebook.
What if someone falls ill, there is an emergency, or if somebody feels tired or faint?
If somebody falls ill or wishes to cut short the route they can leave the event at any time and return via the approach route as they would an ordinary individual walker to the residential area. If somebody is tired or feeling faint enough to cause concern, but not an emergency, then a majority decision will be made as to how to proceed. It is likely that in this event that the route will be cut short to return homebound, and Calderglen & Calderwood Castle History and its representatives reserve the right to do so in this event.
In the event of an emergency vehicle or helicopter access will be easily achievable to emergency services as they will be given detailed directions to the location.
Can Children Attend : This event is suitable for responsible children aged 7 and up as long as they are supervised and looked after by a responsible adult guardian (18+). Please note that minors under the age of 18 cannot attend without an adult guardian.
Number Of Attendees - This event is able to accomodate a very small increase in maximum numbers in case of overbooking, but in the event this is greatly exceeded those last to buy will be offered to carry their ticket to a future walk. THIS is a very unlikely scenario as ticket numbers will be monitored until the closing date to help prevent overbooking.
Fuller details will be provided by the disclaimer and tour guide on the day. All decisions by Calderglen & Calderwood Castle History and its representatives on the day are final and this event is subject to change with 48 hours notice.