Mearns 50+ Walking group

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The latest walk by the Mearns 50+ Group was a much more local one, starting at Edzell.

Twenty four walkers set off from the car-park near the Church to tackle the longer trek.

Turning right past the public toilets, a short walk took us past the new houses off Lethnot Road, then a left turn led on to a path behind these houses.

Alongside the path was a little stream – very picturesque – but in times of heavy rain this little burn poses a danger to nearby dwellings.

The path then turned sharply right across a field, and ran parallel to Dunlappie Road, at the top end of which the path ended.

We turned right along the road beside the golf course, and in about 100 yards another right turn took us on to a track which gave us a good view of the hill we were about to climb!

This track ended on the Lethnot road near Mains of Edzell Farm, and here we turned left, passing the farm, the road to Edzell Castle and the graveyard.

Near the picnic area at Pirner’s Brig, we turned right off the road and started to climb.

This part of the walk was along the edges of fields, with no defined path, but eventually the summit with its trig point was reached.

Here, the outlook to the west was very clear, but looking east and north-east to Edzell and Fettercairn, the views were not as clear as they might have been and it was hard to identify places.

On a clear day it would be spectacular and well worth the climb.

The way down took us through some woodland where the deeply rutted track was not really viable and mostly we walked at the side of it.

This was one part where you really had to watch where you were going because of tree roots and fallen branches.

Eventually we reached a better track which brought us down to the farm, Wood of Dalbog.

From there it was a relatively short distance to the main Edzell – Fettercairn road. Here, a few of the walkers turned right and headed back to Edzell alongside the road; the rest of us turned left, then in about 100 yards crossed the road and turned right on a path at the edge of a field.

This took us to the edge of the North Esk and from there it was a very pleasant walk back to Edzell along a familiar route.