“Look out for Runners!” might be a very apt title for this report from the Mearns 50+
As far as possible, on our walks, we tend to stick to paths and tracks.
However, we do sometimes have to walk along roads, and on those occasions, the yell, “Car!” will go along the line as a vehicle approaches. On our latest walk, on a footpath, the cry was very definitely, “Runners!”
The walk, on Tuesday, January 7, began at the car-park beside St Vigeans Church, near Arbroath.
Some 27 walkers gathered on a dry but windy morning, to walk the route of the old Forfar railway line from St Vigeans to Letham Grange.
The track was muddy, but sheltered and it was very pleasant as we wandered along, catching up on each others’ news.
However, every couple of minutes, the cry would come, “Runners!” and we were surprised, to say the least, at the number of runners out that day. But it transpired that this was a group of students from Dundee and Angus College (as I believe it is now known).
The first part of the walk was very straight forward: from St Vigeans, just follow the signs and the path, and you can’t go wrong.
When you reach a road at the end of the track, you can just turn and come back, and this is what one group of walkers did.
The main group, however, turned right on to the road, then immediately right again into the Letham Grange housing development.
Our stroll through took us eventually to the main Letham Grange building, once a home, then a function suite and curling rink, now a somewhat abandoned-looking building, but magnificent and graceful nevertheless.
A short walk on tracks and across grass took us back, through a hole in the wall, to the old railway path, and from there back to St Vigeans. Points of interest along the way were a house with a waterwheel attached (no 2 on map) and a cute little “scarecrow” (no 3 on map) close to the path.
From the distance it appeared that the waterwheel was decorative only, but that may be wrong. The “scarecrow” was certainly decorative and very friendly, as this week’s photographer, Stewart Craig, shows.
Distance covered was nearly six miles.