CamperdownPark to Clatto Reservoir

The short walk group
The short walk group

The week of our last walk has to have been one of the finest weeks, weatherwise, for a long time – just perfect for the start of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

However our walk on Tuesday July 22 took us to the city of Dundee, to Camperdown Park.

Templeton Woods Tetem Pole

Templeton Woods Tetem Pole

Our starting point was a car-park near the Mansion House, an important building architecturally, and now owned by Dundee City Council. We set off round the back of this imposing building and saw several golfers setting off.

I was amazed at the technology involved in today’s golf trolleys. You press a knob and the wheels spin round so you can clean them in a puddle or on the gravel or grass.

After a short walk, we left the grounds of Camperdown Park and crossed the Coupar Angus road. First right, up Blairfield Road, past the side of the Birkhill Inn took us away from the busy road and soon we entered Templeton Woods where our first stop was at the Visitor Centre.

It is a bright interesting building which perhaps helps us to forget that these woods were the scene for two unsolved murders in the 1970s. Various projects are run from the centre; perhaps the most striking being a totem pole which was the work of volunteers and was designed, carved and erected in 2003.

Clatto Reservoir

Clatto Reservoir

Continuing through the woods, we soon came to a short road which led to Clatto Reservoir, an unappealing name but a lovely spot! The reservoir was originally created as part of Dundee’s public water supply in 1874, but is no longer connected to the supply network. We sat at the edge of the water, in bright sunshine and enjoyed our lunch. Although there were gulls on the water, they stayed in the middle and did not look near us, which made me think that there must be fish there; that assumption was later confirmed.

After lunch we walked round the reservoir then back into Templeton Woods where we saw some more wooden creations. Crossing the Coupar Angus road on the way back was harder as the road was so much busier bur we eventually reached the safety of Camperdown once more. Our final stop was at the shop at the Wildlife Park where almost everyone had an ice-cream: it was certainly a day for it!

The group that did the short walk enjoyed their meander through the woods and I think we were all glad that on such a hot day our walk was mostly in the shade of woodlands.

The next walk will be on Tuesday August 5 2014, in Glenesk, where we will park in the car-park at Tarfside. As usual, the minibus will leave the Burgh Buildings in Laurencekirk at 10am.

“Footsore!”