Inverbervie to St Cyrus

SUNDAY 9th January 2005

OS map: 45
Distance: 14 Km/ 9 miles

This walk follows part of the Nave (North Atlantic Heritage Network) Nortrail route. Nortrail is a North Sea Coastal route aimed at linking different landscapes, pathways and cultures bordering the North Sea. The section covered in this walk offers lovely contrasts between the land and sea along its route. We start in the village of Inverbervie and follow the shore path to the fishing village of Gourdon passing cottages and sheds through the narrow streets. Through the village the path passes open fields and towards a view of Lathallan school. From Johnshaven ,another delightful but unpretentious fishing village, the landscape to St Cyrus reflects the turbulent past with a wartime look- out post, a ruined castle perched on the cliffs, gouged rock formations, and lava cliffs - a vestige of the original sea level before the last ice age. Here you have sea cliffs, scrubland, fields, charming villages and an interesting variety of dwelling - all this with a good mix of sheep, ponies, chickens, oyster catchers, cormorants, heron and whatever else you might spot on the day! The terrain is mostly grassy, sometimes just a worn route rather than a proper path. It does pass over shingle for a short distance and the final section to St Cyrus village from the beach is steep with a drop from the narrow path so additional care is needed here. . If weather conditions dictate, a decision may be made on the day to reverse the order of the walk or to modify the distance. This coastal walk can be very exposed to winter weather

Walkers must wear walking boots, warm and waterproof clothing, hat and gloves and take plenty food and liquids. THESE ARE ESSENTIAL. Be prepared for possible wintry conditions on the top whatever the forecast.

Meet Culter Village Hall 8.30am

Walk Fee: members 5 non members 8 children 2.50

Contact or text/phone 07747 178657 by Jan 4th

Culter hillwalking club has no members who are qualified leaders or instructors. Therefore anyone volunteering to assist the club on a meet cannot be held responsible for other members' welfare. Members must be aware they are solely responsible for themselves at all times

Hillwalking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury and death. Those participating in these activities should be aware of the risks and accept the responsibility for their own actions and involvement. No responsibility can be accepted by Culter Hillwalking club committee, members, guests or co-ordinators of walks for any mishap, which may occur, during a meet.

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