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Coastal Walk: Gardenstown to Troup Head Blog

February 12, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

The coastal walk was much in demand and a larger coach was arranged for the day. An issue with the coach in Banff almost scuppered the planned outing. Fortunately the driver was able to quickly restore the vehicle to operation (with the assistance of the engineers in the club) and we were back on schedule.

Three walking groups set off from Cottage Farm and after a short visit to the ruins of St John’s Church descended to the beach by a muddy and very slippery path (fortunately no injuries). Then it was a brisk walk across the sandy beach to Gardenstown harbour and onwards by the path below the cliffs to Crovie. The benches by Crovie jetty provided a comfortable snack stop before the “big climb” of the day to Crovie Head.

The walkers on the shorter route continued on farm roads to Northfield while the majority continued eastwards along the cliff top. Vertigo and gorse persuaded both groups to cross to the inside of the fence. The walk leaders were well prepared and pipe insulation magically appeared from rucksacks to simplify the crossing of the barbed wire.

Troup Head was quickly reached where the winter sun highlighted the gannets and fulmars gliding below. Once everyone was back on the coach at Northfield it was off to the Fife Arms in Turriff for an enjoyable meal and some welcome refreshment!



February 12, 2017
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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