Our first walk of the new year saw a healthy number of walkers (24) attend this low level outing to Gight Woods and the Haddo House policies.

We were also joined by 2 additional walkers who met up with our party during the walk.

Most walkers commenced from the Braes of Gight car park and followed the forestry track towards the 16th Century ruin of Gight Castle, best known as the ancestral home of Lord Byron. It is also said that the ruins are haunted by a piper who disappeared while exploring an underground passageway.

Our route then followed a good forestry track via the Braes of Gight and Wardford Woods before arriving at the village of Methlick.

Other walkers had already set off from Methlick ,continuing on a new forestry track through Gillha Wood, before entering the Haddo House estate.Similarly a few members had taken the bus to the end car park to walk around Haddo park.This country park was very busy with many families taking advantage of the cold but dry day out.Interestingly a few small fir trees were decorated with Christmas decorations, adding to the “spirit of the woods”.

Our route then continued on various tracks through the park towards Formartine Lake and eventually led to the Formartine Centre car park where our bus was parked.

All arrived back by 2.30pm allowing us to travel to the Buchan Hotel ,Ellon for our annual festive meal. The carvery meal was excellent and our extended visit allowed members to socialise with a chat and drinks before returning home to Aberdeen at around 7.00pm .

Thanks are due to Fiona for liaising with the hotel and organising the meal which was enjoyed by all.It was a fitting end to an interesting and enjoyable day out .

FRANK

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