Walks Blog – Mar 2021

Walking In And Around Durham – Reminiscences …
It was dull, grey and bitterly cold by the time we headed out to walk at Corse this afternoon. Quite the contrast to this very same day two years ago when we spent a little time in the north of England … 😊💙
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/2O12sJN , 27th March, 2021

Re-visiting The Barmkyn Of North Keig …
It is many years since we last visited the Barmkyn of North Keig, a little-known prehistoric hill fort hidden in mature trees on the summit of the Hill of Airlie, high above the hamlet of Keig. The inner rampart of the fort is now barely visible, while the outer rampart is now a broad line of fallen stones, with a diameter of 33 m, and a low cairn in the middle of the circle. Not much is known about its prior life at the hub of an ancient community, although it’s reasonable to assume it was a place of refuge in troubled times, perhaps the permanent home for a small settlement of Bronze Age farmers, perhaps also used in later times by the early Pictish people. So much is uncertain but one thing is for sure, stripped of its modern forestry plantation, the rounded Hill of Airlie would have made a perfect panoramic vantage point to watch out for unfriendly visitors …! 🤔
John’s Facebook post: bit.ly/2PuAaYn , 26th March, 2021

River Don Delights …
Walking east along the fishermen’s path this sunny Spring morning … 💙😊

Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3tVYqSh , 24th March, 2021

Heavenly Hills …!
A hike on Hill of Christ’s Kirk and Hill of Flinder was on today’s agenda ….  💙😊
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/311Bkgy , 20th March, 2021

An Erratic Encounter …
We encountered this huge “glacial erratic” boulder called Adam’s Rock on our wander around the woodland on Castle Forbes estate, high above the River Don, this afternoon. This stone will likely have been ripped off a mountainside far upstream during the last Ice Age and carried by a glacier, eventually being deposited here as the ice receded and the glacier melted … 
John’s Facebook post: bit.ly/30VMZgO , 19th March, 2021

It’s Only Natural …!
Nature stirring all around us this week …  💙😊
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3eVKkvI , 19th March, 2021

Silver Linings …
Silver birches against a stormy sky. Caught just as a rain shower passed over late this afternoon …  💙😊


Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3lfPvHX , 13th March, 2021

Knock Saul Circuit …
A circuit around – as opposed to up and over! – Knock Saul this sunny afternoon, taking in some glorious views of the Howe of Alford … 💙😊
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3qGG6KW , 12th March, 2021

Donside Impressions …
Out and about locally earlier in the week … 💙😊
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/2OKDyOk , 11th March, 2021

Cold And Frosty Walking …
A return to minus temperatures and cold and frosty walking yesterday morning … 💙😊
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3qoXeoh , 7th March, 2021

First Spring Flowers At Leith Hall …
Sure signs of Spring in the grounds of a favourite local haunt this afternoon … 💙😊
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3bdFvMb , 4th March, 2021

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