Past Walks in 2012-13

A group member beside the Dee The Walking Group was initiated in October 2012 and here is a sample of some walks during the first year:

Cults to Culter along railway line and River Dee. This was a great expedition where people got to know each other a little and thoroughly enjoyed Group on the first walk October 2012 Cults to Culter walk October 2012 the experience of being outdoors together.

Persley, Grandholm, Bridge of Don, Seaton Park circular
This Heron was a somewhat longer walk with options for doing less for anyone who chose. In the event all completed the walk. We walked on both sides of the River Don and the long-lasting snow had relented enough for us to enjoy the paths.

Tyrebagger/Elrick Woods and Craibstone Estate
This was a walk with two leaders giving a longer and a shorter walk. Happy group on the hill There was a good turn-out and both groups met around lunch-time at The Craibstone Golf Centre where some has 'a cuppa' and some had a full meal! Both groups actually reached the top of Elrick Hill. It may be On Elrick Hill one of the smaller hills of N.E. Scotland but it offers grand views.

Forvie National Nature Reserve, Collieston For the first part we were accompanied along the Ythan Shore by one of the rangers who showed us some of the breeding grounds (from a proper distance, of course) We learned a little about different terns. We also saw a medieval midden with its layers of remains, particularly mussel shells, in evidence. Afterwards we walked along the sea shore through the enormous dunes and having a look at the old ruined chapel there. Afterwards a cup of tea and scones at The Ythan Hotel rounded off the day nicely.

This walk was to Bennachie, starting from the Views from Bennachie Rowantree car park. We climbed up to Craigshannoch and then on to Oxen Craig(528m) returning by the same route - a distance of 5-6 miles. Despite a poor weather forecast, the day was extremely pleasant and we only counted about five drops of rain all day. Afterwards the group reconvened at Chapel of Garioch TearoomGroup on Craigshannoch , and enjoyed tea and cakes.

Scolty Hill
It started from the car park off Dee Street in Banchory on a very frosty morning. We crossed the Group on Scolty Hill Dee bridge and on to the Scolty car park & up Scolty hill (299m) to the monument. From there we returned Misty day on Deeside to Banchory through Blackhall Forest. We were a bit damp when we got back and thoroughly enjoyed warm drinks in a Banchory café.
On the return journey to Aberdeen the heavens opened and it seems we were lucky to not be walking a couple of hours later!!