Only a few miles from Laurencekirk, Inglismaldie is one of the easiest and most pleasant walks in the area. Flat, good paths, fine trees and varied countryside – even a Castle – give walks from 2 to 8 miles long, perfect for our Tuesday outing.
It was a bit dull after an excellent day on Monday, but the rain kept off until the last five minutes or so, allowing everyone their exercise but without the soaking.
Twenty six members started out from the old Luther Bridge near the A90, and the path goes to the right passing the old Forestry holdings on the left.
Crossing over the Fettercairn road, the route follows the old drive way into the Inglismaldie Castle. Parts of the gateway are still visible near Inglerose Cottage and the wall coping and its stone ball lie there, covering a deep well.
Through the fenced off plantation with its new wood and then to the left across the Black Burn and out on to the Castle drive. Beyond the castle, the walled gardens now have houses in them while on the other side, rebuilding and upgrading of the properties has taken place.
Beyond Wychfield, the walkers went in opposite directions, the main group passing the sawmill and across the Lang Stracht road to Edzell.
Through the Capo woods to reach the famous Longbarrow and a welcome lunch break. The Longbarrow is an ancient burial mound, which has been x-rayed but never opened for archaeological studies, but is believed to contain many bodies in neat rows. Maybe they are better left in peace after all those centuries.
Continuing on in a circular route, there is a choice of walking in the woodland, or using the roadway passing the stone crushers and gravel piles at the processing plant. Over the years many thousands of tons of gravel etc. have been extracted from this area, leaving fine level fields for agricultural use.
Their return journey followed the other group’s route by Gawloch and finally through the woodland of larch and Scots pines back to the start point. Other areas mostly more boggy and covered in willow are available to extend the walks to suit more ambitious – or energetic – walkers, so no excuses for not trying them out.
No signs of wildlife, only a few birds at this time of the year. In late summer, lots of butterflies can be seen on this walk, along with Himalayan Balsam growing in profusion along the banks of the Black burn.
The next walk is on Tuesday February 7 and it is from Inverbervie to Johnshaven. The bus leaves as usual at 10 am from the Burgh Buildings.