Walks Blog – Mar 2020

Bennachie From The Archives …
The nearby Bennachie range includes Oxencraig, Watch Craig, Craigshannoch and the popular Mither Tap. Each very familiar to us and always a favourite place to walk … 💙  #fromthearchives
Alison’s Facebook post: https://t.ly/EGRVp , 31st March, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silver Birches To Strone Hill And Back …
With views like these, walking from our doorstep’s no great hardship … 💙
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/3dEkzwT , 28th March, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delayed Daffs …
Walking close to home these days, it’s heartening to see nature carry on regardless.💙 Though, this year, with the recent chilly spell, the daffs aren’t quite like this just yet. #archive  …💙
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2JhQbKZ , 25th Match, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Changed Days …
Following the current advice [Coronavirus pandemic], and health allowing, we’ll be walking only locally for the foreseeable future, or until restrictions are further tightened. As photos are in danger of becoming a wee bit repetitive(!), I’ll be posting some older pics instead. Today, though, here’s some from nearby Ardhuncart Hill … 💙
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/399Xgrv , 22nd March, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Avoiding Crowds On Our Favourite Hill-Fort …
Not another soul in sight at Hill of Barra earlier, as is mostly the way … 💙
Alison’s Facebook post: https://t.ly/V0rzV , 21st March, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not In The Netherlands …!
The plan, before the world turned upside down, was to be travelling to Holland today on holiday. That seems like an insignificant consideration now, of course. Instead, we were a mile from home in Keig and grateful to be out enjoying the fresh air and blue skies … 💙
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/398hmCd , 19th March, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warm Memories …
On a grey day, weather-ways and all-ways [developing Covid-19 virus crisis], some flowers from our time in Tenerife …💙 #archive
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2Uh2ZpP , 18th March, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (116) Fochabers-Whiteash Hill-Winding Walks (Moray)
This is a good woodland walk, mostly in a mature pinewoods. The Winding Walks name specifically applies to a lush and shaded wooded gorge with some large trees planted in the 19thC. The recreational paths here are long-standing and formed part of the landscaped policies of the Gordon-Lennox estate. Nearing the summit of Whiteash Wood there are open views across the Moray Firth and on a clear day you will easily pick out the Caithness coastline over 80 kms away … 😀
John’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2Wkv6aq , 16th March, 2020

 

 

Photos At Fochabers …
My favourite pics from yesterday’s walk near Fochabers – all taken by Alison of course … 😀
John’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2QjVahY , 15th March, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back In A Favourite Garden …
Some signs of Spring at Leith Hall today … 😊
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/3aWAGnp  , 15th March, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

And Here’s Some I Made Earlier …!
We’d a lovely walk near Fochabers earlier – the sun made an appearance and the birds were in full spring song. We were mostly in dense woodland, though, so not much in the way of photos.
Instead, here’s a selection taken on local walks earlier in the week …💙
Alison’s Facebook post: https://t.ly/Wxg5v , 14th March, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (115) Dunecht Policies and Barmekin Hill (Aberdeenshire)
This walk enjoys a stimulating mix of rural environments, with the route leading through the landscaped policies of a large Victorian mansion house, the surrounding mixed farmland, and a much wilder and more elemental ascent of the heather-clad Barmekin Hill, where there are impressive remains of an ancient hill-fort … 😀
John’s Facebook post: https://t.ly/DGpNg , 11th March, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aye Some Sna Ahin The Dyke …!
We have an old weather saying in these parts that goes something along the lines of “If sna lies ower lang ahin the dykes, then expect mair to come”. With Spring now gently knocking on the door, we’re hoping not …! 🤔
John’s Facebook post: https://t.ly/vqeVA , 10th March, 2020

 

 

 

 

Sunny Skies At Tullochvenus …
This area around Tullochvenus bore the brunt of the heavy snowfall out our way a couple of weeks ago. Today, though, it was blue skies and sunshine all the way … 😊💙
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/33bmSTl , 10th March, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

Low Cloud Conditions …
Walking the Dunecht Estate policies and up and over the Barmekin of Echt today, the sun wasn’t keen to make an appearance … 😊💙
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/3aAnswr , 7th March, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (114) Cambus O’May-5 Bridges Pinewood Trail (Aberdeenshire)
This is a delightful extended stroll around the mature conifer woods at Cambus O’May, near Ballater. Along the way, through the pines and firs and juniper bushes, you will catch some fine views to the west of the Pass of Ballater and the Cairngorms, particularly Lochnagar. The winding route through the trees crosses the Queel Burn 5 times, including on 3 wooden bridges, and visits two very picturesque little lochans … 😀
John’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2POPiwV , 5th March, 2020

 

A Canny Wee Walk at Cambus o’May …
The snow still lies in shady spots and and the lochans remain part frozen. But, regardless, what a beautiful day [walking] at Cambus o’ May … 😊
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/3crTxIG , 3rd March, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snowy Mountains Shining In The Sun …
Driving to Ballater this morning, the snow-covered Cairngorm peaks stole the show … 😊💙
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/39kW6u9 , 3rd March, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (113) Findochty-Portknockie Circuit (Moray)
This is a bracing coastal walk along the cliff-top path between the former “Old Banffshire” fishing villages of Findochty and Portknockie. On a clear day you are likely to enjoy views across the Moray Firth to the Caithness hills. The “Bow Fiddle Rock” at Portknockie, so called because it resembles the tip of a fiddle bow makes for a memorable turning point on the route … 😀
John’s Facebook post: https://t.ly/veNZp , 2nd March, 2020

 

A Wonderful Time At The Winter Gardens …
It’s always a joy to spend couple of hours in these special gardens … [Duthie Park Winter Gardens, Aberdeen] …😊💙
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2PCGaLS , 1st March, 2020

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