If you go down to the woods today . . .



If you go down to the woods today... and no, we didn’t see any teddy bears!

Mearns 50+ Walking Groups latest walk was around Luthermuir

Mearns 50+ Walking Groups latest walk was around Luthermuir

We did, however, have a lovely walk in the woods around Luthermuir. On Tuesday February 17, thirty-one of us met at Luther Bridge; of these, 10 chose to do shorter walks within the woods; the rest of us opted for a longer walk, mostly within the woods but with a bit of road walking.

From Luther Bridge, we started walking back along what used to be the main road north-south. There was a bit of a wind and it felt quite chilly as we set off. After Inverluther House, we turned right, into the woods Muirton Plantation - and what a difference! It felt much warmer! A bit of a meander through the woods took us on to the main track which we followed until we reached the main Fettercairn Northwaterbridge road where we crossed straight over.

The path goes right past what used to be the Water Baillie’s cottage, through a gate and along a single-file track. After another gate, you can go straight ahead or turn right. On this occasion we turned right and followed the path then subsequent other paths until emerging on to the road that is referred to locally as 典he Craw Left here, and left again at the junction took us past Gawloch.

That particular part of the road, at that time, was very busy with tractors and cars, and it’s rather narrow. Onwards, past the sawmill, across the Lang Stracht and down the Capo road we went, then turned left into Capo Woods.

Mearns 50+ Walking Groups latest walk was around Luthermuir

Mearns 50+ Walking Groups latest walk was around Luthermuir

Our lunch stop was in a little clearing facing Capo Long Barrow, and the sun shone brightly on us. A long barrow is a prehistoric earth mound usually used as a collective tomb.

As we walked on, we reflected on the similarity of long barrows across the country, and how early man must have travelled fairly widely, for them to be so similar in size and shape.

The path out of Capo woods brought us back on the Lang Stracht, where we walked a short distance to The Plains. Here we turned left and walked down the side of a neep field. One of our walkers was a visitor from North Yorkshire and he was so taken with this field full of turnips that he had to take a photo of it! Thus he missed what most of us saw a roe deer running along the bottom of the field.

Once out of the field, we could see Inglismaldie Castle behind the trees. This castle is relatively modern, and is a family home. Snowdrops were in great profusion in some parts here, growing wild at the edge of the field. Soon it was back into the woods again, following a single path, and before long we had reached the gate where earlier we went right.

Then it was back across the road and into the Muirton Plantation. This time we followed the main track all the way back to the cars.

Distance covered was possibly about five miles. Birdsong was more prevalent than it has been: a sign of Spring coming?? The weather stayed fine, and for the time of year, we couldn’t have hoped for a better day.

The next walk will be on Tuesday, March 3, at Monikie Country Park, where the starting point will be the car-park there. As usual, the minibus will leave the Burgh Buildings in Laurencekirk at 10am.