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Whitelee windfarm

Stroller Striders

Find out about our popular Tuesday morning Whitelee Stroller Striders group

Whitelee Stroller Striders 2017

The Whitelee Stroller Striders is our popular parent and baby walking group that was started by the Whitelee Countryside Ranger Service in 2011 and has seen over 500 parents and little ones enjoying the fresh air and access opportunities at the windfarm.

The group is a fun and enjoyable way to socialise with new parents and always welcomes new members. You don't need to pre-book, just meet the other walkers at the start for ~10am any Tuesday and join in the walk. There is a registration form on the right of this page - enrolling is mainly so that we have your contact details in case we need to cancel for any reason.

Where and When

The group meets at 10am every Tuesday morning, come rain or shine, next to the large threshold sign at the main entrance to the windfarm from the visitor centre. We normally set off around 10.15am to allow everyone time to arrive and get their babies snuggly tucked up in their strollers.

One of the Whitelee Countryside Rangers leads the group off on a brisk walk from the visitor centre with the little ones tucked up in their prams/pushchairs and the parents wrapped up in conversation. The  ranger accompanies the group all the way, acting as guide for the group as well as providing first-aid cover and assistance when needed - often pushing an empty pram when one of the little ones needs out for a hug.

Walk Length and Duration

From the visitor centre the group heads along the windfarm tracks for approximately 2 miles before returning to the Whitelee Visitor Centre where the walkers stop for a coffee and well earned rest, making the full route ~4miles in total.

The route goes east around the back of Brown Hill (mountain bike trails) before stopping at the junction just past turbine 54 where the ranger checks everyone is happy to continue on - in bad weather the group may opt to return to the visitor centre rather than continue.

Assuming everyone is happy to go on, the next stop is either turbine 56 or the Blackwood Hill viewpoint, depending on the weather - this is the halfway point where everyone gets a chance for a quick breather and a check of the hopefully snoozing babies, before turning round to head back to the visitor centre. On the return leg the group head around the western end of Brown Hill and back to the visitor centre for a well earned rest...and maybe a cuppa and cake!

On average the group are back at the visitor centre between 11.30am and 12 noon, with the walk taking approximately 1.5 hours.

Who can Come

The group welcomes new parents as well as well behaved dogs, grandparents/family members and friends and regularly gets 6, 8 even 20 walkers taking part and is an interesting sight to spot whizzing around the windfarm tracks.

Winter

Through the winter months of 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, Dean Castle and Calderglen, however the dedicated 'Strollers' always stay at Whitelee right up until the end of November. 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.

Contact

Please contact the Whitelee Countryside Ranger Service for further information or if you have any questions.


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