With no MCT bus available, we chose a venue near home for our latest walk transporting all the walkers in our own cars.
Starting from the harbour area at Johnshaven in almost perfect weather conditions, lots of sunshine and a very light breeze. we walked south along side the sea towards Seagreens.
The main group of 24 this week, carried on from Seagreens up to the A92 road, but not before they had spent an enjoyable half hour with a 92 year old lady, who regaled them with various poems and anecdotes. More on her later.
Across the main road on the bridge over the Den of Finella, then up on to the old coach road which eventually drops down towards Fernieflat farm near Inverbervie.
Great views along this high road over a reasonably calm sea with a few boats inshore and some larger ones on the horizon. Montrose and Scurdyness were perfectly clear looking over the long strand of sandy beach at St Cyrus.
After lunch they continued on the path which has been blocked off again with a collection of old and disused vehicles, so that our walkers had to edge their way along the side of a field of potatoes.
Returning to Johnshaven by Brotherton Farm and then downhill to the caravan park at Wairds Park and back to the harbour.
The second group of six turned back near the old limekilns and had an early lunch break at the harbour side.
After lunch we continued on wandering round the village viewing the sites of where two butchers businesses operated, an old brewery and the renovated Old Post Office house and the Cauld Well which once was one of the sources of water for the households.
Through the caravan park and up on to the old railway line passing the gardens which were created with the help of the Beechgrove Garden some 15 years ago.
Past the old railway station and the primary school we then came down the old Balandro Loan which once was the main route into and out of the village, before the present road over the now disused railway bridge was opened.
We finished early but the main group had done nearly six miles in great walking conditions.
Next week on Tuesday 23rd August we are to try a new walk for us on the road over the Banff Hill and down to the river Bervie finishing at the Grassic Gibbon Centre after passing through the Arbuthnott Estate, permission having been approved by the owner.
The bus leaves as usual at 10 am from the Burgh Buildings.
Mrs Davidson whom I mentioned earlier, and I met up last Friday afternoon and what a revelation she turned out to be.
Full of enthusiasm and sharp as a tack, she recited poems, some of which had been written by her father. Her knowledge of the Howe of the Mearns, with all its farms – and their farmers – her time at school and her family, were all discussed, and finally, she decided we were related through my grandmother and her mother-in-law. She was right too and left me astonished at this wonderful lady with her amazing memory.
It never fails to amaze me, the people of the Mearns I meet in with from time to time who constantly astound me. Mrs Davidson is certainly in the top ten.