The weather was bright and dry on Saturday, January 22 when 21 members of Brechin Ramblers plus four visitors met in Hillside for a very pleasant eight-mile walk which was new to most of those present. The frost was quite welcome, as it made the muddier parts of the route easier to negotiate.
The first part of the walk led through Rosemount Estate to the grounds of the former Sunnyside Hospital.
Now empty apart from a few offices, the imposing buildings once housed over 1,000 inmates. Two of the walkers who had worked there were able to give accounts of how things were and how the approach to mental illness has changed radically.
On leaving Sunnyside by the east gate, the walk followed a track down to the North Esk and then up to a weir – a lovely spot for a coffee stop.
The weir feeds two lades: to Mill of Morphie on the north bank and to the Hillside waterworks on the south bank.
The route then led back down the river to pass under the Lower Northwater Bridge and the former railway viaduct, for a leisurely lunch stop near Fisherhills with swans providing ariel displays.
The return to Hillside was via Kinnaber Links and Charleton.
On Saturday, February 5 Brechin Ramblers have another walk which will be new to many – a six-mile circular from Tarriebank near Arbroath to Auchmithie.
Visitors are very welcome and anyone interested in coming along should contact the walk leader on 07943 871219.