Mearns 50+ Walking Group: O ye’ll tak’ the high road

The walking group walking through the woods
The walking group walking through the woods

The weather was in our favour once again as we took the high road from Bervie to Benholm.

For those of you unfamiliar with this route, we started down at the beach car-park and walked through Bervie to Sillyflat Farm where we crossed the road and headed up the road to Hallgreen Mains.

The inside of Benholm Kirk

The inside of Benholm Kirk

We soon turned left and trudged uphill. It’s probably fair to say that this path looks worse than it actually is: you see the way stretching ahead, ever upwards, and it seems never-ending. However we did reach the top, having passed a field of Belted Galloway cattle on our left.

On the way down the other side, we were intrigued to see that the track had been cleared and flattened, but why?? Then a tractor came towards us; it would have managed the original track. It was followed by a lorry with a large container on the back; this outfit probably did require the flatter track, but where was it going and why?

Continuing downwards, we eventually reached Benholm Village where we had a quick stop at the Church there. The Church is owned by the Scottish Redundant Churches Trust, and there is ample information about it, on noticeboards, and on leaflets within the church. Leaving the village, we crossed a large bridge with a very small burn running under it! Then we passed the side of Benholm Mill which used to have a tea-room and be a very popular tourist attraction. More intrigue: why did it close? Will it re-open?

On reaching the A92, we turned right, over another bridge then left into a narrow strip of woodland. Here the path was covered with a thick carpet of fallen, rustling leaves: autumn had definitely come to the Mearns! For a while we walked south, parallel to the sea which was visible not too far away. Before Johnshaven, we turned left, then left again, on to the route of the old disused railway line. This is a wide path, close to the sea and we followed it to Gourdon where we stopped briefly to admire the harbour. Then it was through the village to the other end where we picked up the Gourdon Bervie path and made our way back to our 
starting point.

The group took this picture of Gourdon Harbour

The group took this picture of Gourdon Harbour

Distance covered was about six miles. Some of the walkers at the front of the group saw about six birds of prey but were unable to identify them.

The next walk will be on Tuesday October 28, a circular walk in the Brechin area. Starting point will be the Leisure Centre car-park.