A somewhat belated report from the Mearns 50+ group on their last walk of 2013 although the weather was dry but cold.
The walkers set off from the car-park beside the now overgrown Curlie Pond in Montrose.
They took the footpath/cycle-path north, across Broomfield Road and into the Industrial Estate.
Here they abandoned the cycle path and followed the road through the estate for a bit, then over a broken down wall and into a playing field which led them eventually on to the cycle track which runs parallel to Charleton Road (A92).
This track was followed as far as the road to Kinnaber Farm where a right turn led past Kinnaber House on the left.
At this point, two deer were spotted in the distance in a field on the right.
They were unconcerned by the walkers’ presence, but a passing car scared them off into the nearby wood.
Soon a right turn took the walkers through a farm and on to the area known as Kinnaber Links.
Here, they passed a fenced compound on their left. The buildings inside are said to have belonged to RAF Montrose, and may later have been used as a US Microwave Relay Station. Now it lies abandoned and mysterious!
Across the links, the group reached the beach and stopped for lunch. The day’s photographer, Chris Milne, was on hand to record the interesting play of light on the sea and sand to the north. St Cyrus church is just visible on the sky-line. On their way back along the beach, they passed an interesting wreck, and I have to claim complete ignorance as to whether this is visible at all times, or is one that is only uncovered by winter storms. The route back took us through a gap in the dunes, across the golf course, and thence to the car park – a bracing walk for this time of the year!
The next walk will be on Tuesday, January 7, to St Vigeans, Arbroath, where we will follow the old railway line to Letham Grange. Minibus will leave from Burgh Buildings car park in Laurencekirk at 10am.