A grey day would be a good description of the weather on the latest walk undertaken by the Mearns 50+ Group.
It started off with a fine drizzle which became more wetting as the day wore on; however it was never heavy rain.
The main group set off from the car-park at the Leisure Centre and turned up Union Street, on to the High Street, the bottom part of which is quite depressing with its closed shops; further up, where extensive renovation work has taken place, there is a much more vibrant feel.
Our route took us left through the vaulted opening into Bishop’s close, past the cathedral and on to Castle street.
Once beyond the built-up part of Brechin, we were able to take a path through the narrow wood which runs alongside the road to the garden centre (A935).
After crossing the dual carriageway by means of the bridge, we took a track to the left and walked for a bit on a good cemented surface.
When this petered out, we turned right and climbed steadily – but not steeply – up the side of a field until we reached a road. Here we had a break for lunch and those who had them put on waterproof trousers!
True to form, once we were clad for the weather, the rain gradually stopped, but it was never sunny.
On through the hamlet of Barrelwell, we walked on a narrow, but relatively quiet road until we reached the outskirts of Brechin where we turned right on to Pittendreich Road.
Just where this road becomes Latch Road, we turned right again on a track which took us past Dubton; immediately after this we made another left turn, following one of the Brechin Path Network signs.
This narrow track passed through well maintained grounds before bringing us out on the A935 again, this time on the Brechin side of the Industrial Estate.
We then retraced our steps, turned right down Chanonry Wynd, past the cathedral and back the way we had come. We had covered about six miles in all.
The next walk will be on Tuesday,December 10, to Montrose, where we will start from the Curlie car park. As usual, the minibus will leave the Burgh Buildings car-park in Laurencekirk at 10am.