Take a walk on the Deeside

20 July 2012

A free guided walk in Aberdeen that will include the Duthie Park, Allenvale Cemetery, along the riverside to the Bridge of Dee and back along a section of the former Deeside Railway Line is on offer this Saturday [21 July].

The walk is from 2pm until 4.30pm approximately and will be led by historian Chris Croly, lead curator of local history and archaeology Judith Stones, countryside ranger Rob Rowe and Museums and Galleries volunteer Stewart Thain.

Along the way the tour guides will highlight various aspects of the history, archaeology and natural history of the places on the walk including: the varied wildlife of the riverbank and the railway line; historic Duthie Park, which is undergoing a significant restoration programme; famous and less well-known Aberdonians buried in Allenvale Cemetery and the World War II defences near the medieval Bridge of Dee.

Thanks to the Aberdeen and District Angling Association there will be a rare opportunity to visit the old salmon bothy at Ruthrieston. Participants will also be able to hear of the gruesome eye-witness account of the Battle of the Bridge of Dee in June 1639, when the Marquis of Montrose defeated the town's Royalist forces, marched into town, made many arrests and held people in appalling conditions in the Tolbooth.

Judith Stones, lead curator of local history and archaeology at Aberdeen City Council, said: "This is a delightful walk which includes numerous fascinating historical tales, a wide range of townscape and landscape as well as fine views and very varied wildlife. It's a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon."

The walk is free of charge, but booking is essential by telephoning Judith Stones on 07913 587013. Details of where to meet on Saturday will be provided at time of booking.