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When Davie met Kirstie

Date: Tuesday 19 June, 2018

Event leader: Pete Mason & Steve Liley

Price: £10Meet time: 09:30

Estimated finish time: 16:30

Difficulty: Moderate PlusGroup size: 20

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Please note: Sorry, no dogs or children on this walk.

Booking deadline: 0:00 Monday 18 June, 2018


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When Davie met Kirstie

This walk is in the same vein as our last two successful walks; a 6-mile walk around Muldavit (the south western parts of the extended policies of Cullen House), taking in many sites of widely differing heritage interest from a wide variety of eras. We are grateful to Seafield Estates for increasing the interest of the walk by permitting special access to some Estate buildings.

We will start at the Home Farm, as usual, where we will be allowed to observe the winding up of the 1816 clock in the tower which will then strike to set us on our way. We will also be permitted to peek through the doorways to enable us to see inside some of the buildings associated with the 1788 brick-walled garden.

Most of the walk is along Estate forest and farm tracks but approximately ¾ mile is off road along a long abandoned track to the peat hill and grazings with about 200 yds of this being tough going through stumpy, tussocky waterlogged ground – you are bound to get wet feet here! There is also a burn to cross, at Kirstie’s Ford, which is unlikely, however, to cause wet feet unless there have been heavy rains. There are two short, steepish ascents but otherwise, all other ascents around the circuit are gradual. This walk is graded as a moderate plus.

On the way we will also see mill leads, the remains of a secret WW2 Home Guard base, Davie’s Castle (an impressive earthwork lost in the woods), the Deer Park (but no deer!), the conduit house, the sites of the Pundlar’s Croft and the Court Hillock and more. Pete & Steve will again present the accepted histories at each of the sites as well as explaining their latest researches.

Bring walking-boots, waterproofs, camera, binoculars, packed lunch, drinks (OS Landranger map number 29 Banff & Turriff). There is no café stop this year, but occasional rest and refreshment stops will be made along the route. There are no toilets along the route but there are public toilets in Cullen Square for those travelling any distance. Sorry, no dogs or children on this years walk.

Where to Meet - Description

Meet at Cullen Home Farm (NJ 500660) where there is plenty of parking space. Turn south down a gravel track off the A98 (signed Cullen Home Farm). This junction (NJ 495672) is approximately 500m to the west of the Cullen Bay Hotel. If you are travelling from the west this is the first right turn approximately 400m past the left turn to Portknockie. If you are travelling from the east it is the first left after the hotel. Follow this gravel track for about 1 mile taking two MWF signed left turns on the way.

Where to Meet - Map

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About the Provider

This is a fundraising walk organised by Cullen, Deskford & Portknockie Heritage Group SCIO. Monies raised by ticket sales will help aid the furtherance of its charitable aims, which include research and making this available to the public.

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Updated February 2018