Walks Blog – Jan 2019

Bonnie Perth …!
Perth, The Fair City. Living up to her name, today … 😊
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/Z6eq5D , 31st January, 2019







At The Mouth Of The Don …
What a beautiful afternoon down by the [Donmouth] nature reserve …  😊

Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/jzqDos , 30th January, 2019







Snow Report …
There was less snow around than we’d expected up on Deeside today. Pretty chilly all the same … 😊
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/h5Nt5J , 28th January, 2019








Walk (051) Kincardine O’Neil-Dess Waterfall Circular (Aberdeenshire)
This is a delightful walk in the valley of the River Dee. The varied route passes through farmland and mature pine forest, with the beautiful Dess Waterfall as a striking focus at the mid-way point … 😃
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/629Fem , 21st January, 2019









Known To Only A Few …!
Not far from the main North Deeside Road … but a hidden gem all the same … the Dess Waterfall … 😃
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/dw16ZU , 19th January, 2019






A Tender Posterior …!
Wintry scenes walking from Kincardine O’ Neil through the Dess estate today. Icy in parts, too, but we’ll not talk about my fall … 😬😂
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/nA1QnG , 19th January, 2019







Walk (050) Balmedie Country Park-Blairton Burn Circuit (Aberdeenshire)
Easy walking through sand dunes that constantly move with the wind and seasons. The Foveran Site of Special Scientific Interest was once described as one of the most exceptional sand dune systems in Britain but is now compromised by a recent golf course development. Returning along the golden sands of Balmedie beach there is a particularly good view of the powerful Aberdeen offshore wind farm turbines, before passing some remaining evidence of the area’s role in wartime activities … 😃
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/kpvxXr , 18th December, 2019

Winter Walking Memories …

A warm and sunny Tenerife “winter” seemed like a distant memory on our walk today at Menie (Trump!) Links … as wintry showers swept down on us from the Arctic Circle … no regrets tho’ …! 😎❄️😃
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/ZH55JY , 16th January, 2019







Welcome Signs …!
Mid-winter it may be, with snow to come for sure, but wee signs of a new season around the corner in the secret garden this morning.😊💙
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/1AR7Lb , 16th January, 2019








Walk (049) Insch-Hills of Christ’s Kirk and Flinder Circuit (Aberdeenshire)
A fine walk in deepest rural Aberdeenshire, passing through a community woodland and conifer forest on the way to ascending the Hill of Christ’s Kirk and Hill of Flinder. As ever, there are historical associations to reflect on, whilst the senses are stimulated by tremendous panoramic views … 😃
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/5KhXBo , 14th January, 2019








Watching the Western Sky …A good climb out by Insch today in great weather. Tap o’ Noth dominates the western skyline here … 😊
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/MzU8v1 , 12th January, 2019








Walk (048) Banff Harbour-Whitehills Circuit (Aberdeenshire)
A good outing along the sweeping coastline between Banff and Whitehills. Whitehills, established as a planned settlement in the 18thC, makes for an attractive mid-point on the route, with its tidy harbour (now converted to a marina) and pretty, old fishing village. Banff, with its medieval origins, and former reputation as a lawless centre for smuggling, always makes for a pleasant and interesting visit … 😃
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/tWwjQp , 8th January, 2019








A Grey Winter’s Day in Banffshire…
Walking Banff-Whitehills and back yesterday, it was one of those grey kind of winter’s days. Beautiful all the same … 😊💙
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/MPCyxb , 7th December, 2019








Walk (047) Back o’Bennachie-Oxen Craig-Watch Craig Circular (Aberdeenshire)
Close to rolling farmland, this nevertheless feels like a real hill-walk, taking in pine forest, heather moorland and rocky granite tors. On a clear day, the views are marvellous, taking in a wide sweep of Aberdeenshire hills and mountains … 😃
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/DKoW8x , 3rd January, 2019








Hoaching With Holiday Hikers …!
We usually find it’s pretty much just us when we’re out walking on the hills but it was super-busy up on Oxen Craig today. People and pupsters everywhere … 😁
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/2XA7Ch , 2nd January, 2019








These Boots Were Made For Walking …!
It was back on with the walking boots proper today and up onto Bennachie taking in Little Oxen Craig, Oxen Craig and Watch Craig. It’s a fair climb for sure, but not so tough once you’re up there …  😁💙
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/xnTBas , 2nd January, 2019

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