Here we go then - the last section is two days to the coast, leaving the hills behind and strolling through the glorious Angus countryside on my way to one of my favourite finishing points, Lunan Bay.
|DAY 13 (19.5KM) and DAY 14 (17.4KM): CLICK TO ENLARGE|
I've walked this route three years ago in 2018 with Phil & Andy and you can find a few reasons in that post for the route selection. You'll also notice that my walking companions this year are far more photogenic than the old lags I was saddled with then!
Even though the day is only a tad over twelve miles it's worth getting away with a clean pair of heels so that you can enjoy your arrival at Brechin with a trip to the pub before checking in to your B&B or campsite still in a timely fashion. Our route is on tracks and minor roads to begin with, with lovely views to the north of the hills you're slowly leaving behind. By and large the roads have plenty of deciduous tree cover - lots of beech trees unfurling their splendour - to give partial shelter from rain or sunshine. Today we were blessed with sunshine: Lots of it!
|THEY DON'T MAKE 'EM LIKE THAT ANYMORE!|
The little hamlet of Fern really is a 'must visit' spot on the itinerary for elevenses or a second breakfast. It's a tiny bit of paradise here on earth, frequented today by three angels.
|FERN CHURCH: JUDITH, LINDSAY & BARBARA|
|JUDITH, FERN CHURCH|
|LINDSAY & JUDITH, VAYNE MOOR WOOD|
It's an eleven mile stroll to the coast today and with my entire wardrobe freshly laundered and my back teeth floating after a breakfast of champions, I meet up with Lindsay at the benches outside the Brechin Town House Museum, which are flooded in warm sunshine at eight o'clock in the morning.
|LISCARA B&B, BRECHIN|
|HERE BE DRAGONS|
Out of mild curiosity after I had returned home I found where I had been from my Google Timeline, which I shall share with you below.
|FROM MY GOOGLE MAPS TIMELINE|
Still, as my old mother used to say, "it's all character deforming".
At half one we decided upon a second lunch at a side track off a minor road before crossing the A92. You can't be too careful. We wouldn't want to feel giddy with hunger or dehydration. The sun was properly belting down - it was the height of the day and even the mad dogs had found shade, leaving just us Englishmen out in the midday sun.
|THE NORTH SEA: LUNAN BAY|
Lunan Bay is now a hive of catering and hospitality with a hotel and cafe to cater for our every conceivable need. We passed on the hotel's offers and made straight for the cafe. Unfortunately the blasted Covid regulations dictated that we could only take our cakes, coffee and cold drinks out on trays to sit outside. I'd rather fancied sitting down on a chair, with a back, in the Great Indoors for a change. I'd had rather too much of the other doors recently. Even so, it was lovely to be just sat on the decking, with coffees, beers and cakes. A rather nice lady offered to take our picture with my phone. This is as good as it gets, you know.
|LINDSAY & ME, LUNAN BAY CAFE|
|THE LINKS HOTEL, LETTING MY 25TH CROSSING SINK IN|
|PHIL, TGO CHALLENGE 2008|