MEARNS 50 plus group had 31 members out for our latest walk which started from Dyce. Lovely clear skies and sunshine made for ideal walking conditions, allowing the main group to cover nearly 9 miles.
This was the former Buchan line which branched off at Dyce from the Inverness line going onto Inverurie, Huntly and Keith, which is now formed into a good walkway suitable for pedestrians, cyclists and other users, the rail bed is ideal for allowing some level paths stretching onto Peterhead and Fraserburgh.
The second group folllowed on to cross the river Don at the original bridge, but then decided to drop down the ramped access back down to a lower level.
Crossing the A947 using an underpass, the walkers turned back towards Dyce, to follow the river downstream.
There are good paths alongside the river and picnic tables too, one of which we decided to use for our lunch break.
Later we continued down the river where we saw a heron sitting on practically the same place as it was two years ago when we last walked there.
Where the famous Stoneywood paper mills once stood and in the grounds of Stoneywood House, there are now huge cranes which are assisting in the building of hundreds of houses which will occupy this site.
We turned near the fenced off area and headed back to the bus. However, the adjacent Asda superstore proved to be a better idea, so we diverted to sample their coffee and cakes, before getting our transport back home.
There are lots of interesting things to see from the old railway line, which are not readily visible from the usual roads. Some wildlife - 3 deer - as well as the usual birdlife were spotted by our walkers on their journey.