Date/TimeDate(s) - 11/11/2012
Walk DetailsPub Stop?: No O/S Map Sheet No.: 54 Grid Ref. Start: Grid Ref. Finish Walk (Miles): 9 Walk Hours: 4.5 Bus Time to Walk: Bus Time from Walk: Departure time from walk:
The walk today follows a part of the Angus coastline with some interesting cliff and shore scenery. The bus will drop us off at Lunan village and travel southwards to our pick-up point at the Arbroath promenade. However, if the weather is unsuitable for our intended route, (strong winds and rain from the south), we will make a decision on the day and may reverse the walk to a south to north route, commencing at Arbroath and terminating at the village of Lunan.
The walk commences at Lunan village (NGR 690 516). From the bus, walk back to the secondary road by the church, turn left (southerly) to cross the bridge over the Lunan Water and continue southwards to about NGR 686 512. From here, go through a gate and take the path towards the prominent ruin of Red Castle, a 15th century stronghold overlooking the bay and guarding the mouth of the Lunan water. Descend to the beach and follow the sand dunes southwards for about 1.5 miles to reach Corbie Knowe. From this point, follow the cliff top track towards and above Ethie Haven. It is now better to follow farm roads for a bit, as the cliffs here are not very accessible for a couple of miles. Head SW and inland to reach North Mains farm. Head SW’wards from North Mains farm and take the road left (SE) towards Ethie Barns which soon bends round SW near West Mains and zigzags basically SW to soon reach the village of Auchmithie (680 442), where the “Arbroath Smokie” is believed to have originated. From the village, head SW towards Windyhills farm. Turn left at the T junction and then right along a path to eventually reach East Seaton. This path is followed southwestwards past West Seaton to arrive at the promenade car park at Arbroath NGR 658 412.