Eighteen people turned up on the day for this walk. This was down from the twenty three who had originally booked as five had to cancel for various personal reasons. There were a few new walkers to our Club who came along which is always welcome.
We had a comfort stop at the toilets at the village green in Edzell where nine walkers got off the bus to start their walks. They were joined by another club member who had taken his car as he was “shielding” for personal reasons. Eight of this group enjoyed a pleasant walk following the path beside the River North Esk all the way up to the Rocks of Solitude & back to the bus. The remaining two had a leisurely walk up to the trig point on Hill of Edzell via Mains of Edzell farm.
The bus then drove nine of the group to Tigerton for the start of the climb to the 1st Caterthun – the White Caterthun. The walkers encountered numerous barbed wire fences & several electrified fences which required careful navigation & which caused delays. It goes without saying there were a few “shocks” to several walkers as they didn’t quite manage to clamber over the electric wires safely! At the top of the White Caterthun the views were expansive & the sun came out for a while. The group heard the honking of geese as the skein passed overhead going in a Northerly direction, possibly towards Montrose Basin to overwinter there. Lunch was had at the small reservoir which was originally the water supply for Lundie Castle many years ago. There was a little delay & distraction finding the footbridge over the gorge on the West Water due to the group climbing over a stile which led to nowhere! However with perseverance & the help of Viewranger the well hidden footbridge was eventually found & crossed. There’s an interesting video from Topofly by Dr Kieran Baxter which does a drone flyover of the Caterthuns & is worth a look for anyone wishing to know more about these early, iron age hillforts.
Everyone was back at the bus before 2:30 pm so there was time for tea at the village café for some while two went for a well earned pint at the Panmure Arms.
A most enjoyable day was had by all & the bus left just after 3:00 pm & our driver, Jules, got us back in Aberdeen well before our scheduled finishing time. Gilbert