Walk Reports - October to December 2021

Wednesday 15 December - Pitmedden Forest, 7.5 miles

Colin Fraser led a group of 11 walkers from the Pitmedden Forest North car park. We followed good forest tracks through the woods until we emerged to more open ground. Walkers in Pitmedden Forest Unfortunately the low cloud prevented any good views towards the Lomonds.  After a coffee stop we continued to skirt clockwise around Pitcairlie Hill, with clearing weather and good views over the Tay valley.  We rejoined our outward path but followed a couple of alternative tracks to get back to the start.

Saturday 11 December - Around Dunkeld, 7 miles

11 walkers met in Dunkeld on a rather drab day for a 7 mile circuit of the town, led by John Andrews.  We started by climbing Brae Street before heading into Craig Woods.  We stopped for coffee in the woods overlooking Loch of the Lowes.Loch of the Lowes from Brae Street We descended to the loch and skirted the golf course towards Fungarth before climbing to Cally.  It began to rain as we passed TullymillyWalkers in the rain at Tullymilly so as soon as we reached the shelter of the trees we stopped for lunch.  After lunch we continued to Polney Loch, descended past Dunkeld House Hotel and followed the river past the Cathedral back into Dunkeld.

Wednesday 8 December - Luncarty to Perth, 7 miles

A group of seven Ramblers walked by the Tay from Luncarty to Perth city centre on Wednesday 8th led by Richard Townsend, enjoying mainly dry conditions in contrast to the forecast rain. At the site of the historic Waulkmill Ferry (which continued in service until 1964) we located the bell  which was used to summon the ferryman from his house on the opposite bank. A couple of the party recalled crossing the river on the ferry. 

Further on the group imagined how the riverside setting would change at the site of the proposed Cross Tay Link Road.Walkers by River TayAt Inveralmond the murals recently painted under the A9 bridge, including a Kingfisher and a Fox, were admired and the walk concluded by following the route of NCR 7 to reach the North Inch and Perth Bridge.

Photo & report by Richard Townsend

Wednesday 24 November - Backwater Reservoir, 7.5 miles

13 walkers met at the Backwater dam in Glen Isla for a circuit of the reservoir, led by Pat Townsend.  We set out along the tarmac road on the east side of the water,Walkers on Backwater Reservoir road and as we progressed the view up the reservoir gradually opened out.North end of Backwater Reservoir We passed Glenhead Farm before crossing rough pasture at the head of the reservoir and returned through woodland to the west side of the reservoir.  We emerged from the trees and had our lunch on rocks above the water, with a grand view back down the water.Backwater Reservoier, looking south Walkers having lunch above Backwater Reservoir Walkers having lunch above Backwater Reservor The walk concluded with an easy amble down the track on the west side of the reservoir.

Wednesday 17 November - Around Errol, 8 miles

John Andrews led a good sized group of 17 walkers from Errol Church in to and through the grounds of Errol Park.Walkers in Errol Park Folly in Errol Park We then left the Park and walked via Daleally to Port Allen where we stopped for coffee.Walkers at Port Allen We continued along the Tay, above the reedbeds, before turning back towards New Farm and Errol Station.  After a lunch stop we followed the railway line to Inchcoonans before returning to the start.

Saturday 13 November - Newburgh & Glenduckie Hill, 8 miles

Walkers on glenduckie Hill Photo by Richard Townsend

Wednesday 10 November - Leuchars & Tentsmuir, 9 miles

We set out from St. Athernase church at Leuchars on a lovely sunny day, led by Colin Fraser.  We passed Earlshall and entered Reres Wood.  When we emerged from the wood on to the shore line we stopped for our coffee break.Coffee break by Reres Wood We walked out on to the sands and headed north towards Tentsmuir Forest.Walkers on the sands at Tentsmuir After a lovely walk along the beach we entered Tentmuir Forest for lunch on the benches at Kinshaldy car park.  After lunch we wound our way through the autumn coloured trees of Tentsmuir forest before emerging at Fir Park to return to Leuchars by our outward route. Walkers in Tentsmuir Forest

Wednesday 3 November - Inverkeithing to Burntisland, 8.5 miles

A small group of 7 met at Ballast Bank Community Centre in Inverkeithing.  Anne & Pete Trant led us along the Fife Coastal Path past Prestonhill towards St. David's Harbour.St. David's harbour We continued around Hopeward Point and through the woods to Donibristle Bay where we had a coffee break at New Harbour.Coffee stop at New Harbour After our break we skirted Dalgety Bay (with lots of bird life), past St. Bridget's Kirk (unfortunately padlocked) and on to Aberdour.  Because the Dour Bridge had been swept away we had to follow a diversion past the castle.  After the diversion we temporarily split into 2 groups - one continuing straight to Silver Sands for lunch, while the other regained the coastal path to visit Hawkcraig Point before reaching Silver Sands.  After our lunch we followed the railway track to the outskirts of Burntisland, where we caught the bus back to Inverkeithing.

Photos by Pete Trant & Trish Strang

Wednesday 27 October - Birnam & Murthly, 8.5 miles

A good sized group of 18 met at Birnam Arts Centre on a fine but rather cloudy morning.  Tom Reid led us under the A9 and on an undulating trail through the woods past the quarry.Walkers in Birnam Woods We then descended through Birnam Woods, past Rohallion Lodge, and had a coffee stop beside Stare Dam.Coffee break at Stare Dam We continued along the minor road through Byres of Murthly before passing under the A9 again and crossing the railway to descend past Roman Bridge to the bank of the Tay.  We completed the walk back along the Tay to Birnam with a lunch stop at a pleasant riverside spot.

Saturday 23 October - Pitlochry & Killiecrankie, 8.5 miles

12 walkers met in Pitlochry and Ian Stokes led us out of the town past the Loch Faskally boathouse Loch Faskally from the boathouse before stopping for a coffee break at Loch Dunmore.Coffee break at Loch Dunmore Coffee break at Loch Dunmore We then continued through the woods beside the River Garry to Killiecrankie.Walkers beside the River Garry After lunch at the Killiecrankie visitor centre we passed under the A9 and continued back towards Pitlochry, emerging from the woods on to the golf course.Walkers on Pitlochry golf course The walk ended by descending in to the town past The Cuilc.  A lovely walk enhanced throughout by wonderful autumn colours.

Wednesday 20 October - Bishop Hill, 7.8 miles

A small group of 8 walkers met at Holl Reservoir and followed Colin Fraser along the side of the reservoir towards Harperleas and the distant West Lomond.Walking towards West Lomond After a coffee stop we headed along Glen Vale before starting the climb on to Bishop Hill.  In windy conditions we followed the scarp of Bishop Hill, marvelling at the many gliders taking advantage of the conditions, and passing above Carlin Maggie.Carlin Maggie After finding a sheltered spot for lunch we began the long descent back to the start, passing through the woods on Munduff Hill, and enjoying distant view eastwards over Fife.

Saturday 16 October - Atholl Woods & Rotmell Loch, 9.5 miles

Sheelagh Candy led 14 walkers out from Cally car park on a lovely sunny autumn morning.  We passed Mill Dam, which was beautifully stillMill Dam before climbing towards Rotmell Woods and dropping down towards the Tay valley, where we stopped for coffee.Coffee break overlooking the Tay valley We then turned north towards Dowally and climbed to Raor Lodge.  We passed Dowally Loch and stopped for lunch on the rocks at the southern end of Rotmell Loch.Lunch stop at Rotmell Loch After passing Mill Dam again we took a short detour around The Glaick before rejoining our outward path to complete a lovely circuit in magnificent autumn weather.

Saturday 2 October - Bankfoot to Birnam, 7.5 miles

11 walkers met in Bankfoot, having arrived variously by car or bus.  Paula Bowman led us out of the village through farmland to Backmill where we joined the road to Upper Obney.Walkers near Bankfoot  At the road end we started on the climb up to Glen Garr.  After a coffee break we joined the bracken-fringed path through the glen, passing between Craig Gibbon and Craig Obney.Walkers in Glen Garr After some earlier showers, the rain set in more persistently as we passed the highest point and began the descent in to Strath Braan. Walkers descending from Glen Garr We stopped for a curtailed lunch at a picnic table before continuing towards Balhomish and picking up the path beside the Inchewan Burn into Birnam.  As we came out on to the road opposite the Birnam Hotel the bus back to Bankfoot and Perth was just departing, so this was a good excuse to repair to the Old Post Office or Birnam Arts for a hot drink and cake while awaiting the next bus.

Reports & photos by Pete Trant unless otherwise acknowledged