For those of a superstitious nature, the 13th might have been a day to avoid going on a longish walk;
However, once again, we were very lucky with the weather, as we set off on our walks around Brechin, on Tuesday, October 13.
The weather forecast had suggested that it would be “dry but remain grey”. Luckily it was not so: there was blue sky and the sun did shine!
Our starting point was the Leisure Centre car park, but you did have to know your way around Brechin to get there because of all the road closures due to flood defence work. 31 of us did make it though! The longer walk followed routes shown on the Brechin Path Network map. This is an excellent publication and the routes used to be very well signposted. Some of the signs, however, have fallen by the wayside – literally.
From the Leisure Centre, we made our way to Montrose Street and headed out the Montrose road (A935), past the East Toll House, to the sign for Leuchland. Here we turned left and walked over the railway line to just before Leuchland, where we bore hard left round the steading.
A good path led us northward, to a point where the path divided; we turned right and continued north. Soon we reached a tarred public road where we turned right then after a few yards, left, sign-posted to Trinity. About a mile along this path we came upon a house, all on its own. It was obviously occupied but access would not be easy. Further along the way, we passed a field of sheep – and two goats, one white and one brown.
Just before we emerged opposite the Trinity Garden Centre, we stopped for lunch in a narrow belt of trees. To our shock, a branch broke and fell to the ground quite close to where we were sitting. There seemed to be no obvious reason for this to have happened: it just did!
At Trinity, we walked on the pavement alongside the B966 and passed another Toll House. On reaching the outskirts of Brechin, we turned left and walked along the route of the old railway line, past the Distillery, Brechin Park, Wards Park and Andover School.
On arrival back at the car-park, there was some dubiety about distance covered. Which do you trust, a pedometer or a mobile phone with a GPS app? Well, to settle it, I worked it out very scientifically at home, using the Brechin Path map and a piece of string: 7 miles!
Our next walk will be on Tuesday, October 27 from Arbroath to Arbirlot. We will meet in Arbroath where the old pool used to be. As usual, the minibus will leave the Burgh Buildings in Laurencekirk at 10 am.