A LARGE group of Friockheim and District walkers and friends took a trip to the Bell Rock Lighthouse on board the ‘Girl Katherine II’, on Saturday.

Although the sea conditions were a ‘bit choppy’ the hardy bunch reached the lighthouse and all agreed that it was an experience they won’t forget.

On Sunday, 38 walkers attended the through walk from Blair Atholl to Linn O Dee via Glen Tilt.

The group made their way from Blair Atholl to Old Bridge of Tilt and from there followed the road to Fenderbridge.

They then turned left and followed a track through fields and woodland on the hillside above the river.

The track descended past Croftmore to the river beyond Gilberts Bridge, and then continued up the road past Marble Lodge, across the river and on to Forest Lodge.

The route continued up Glen Tilt by a path which crossed the Tarf Water by the Bedford Memorial Bridge.

The path then continued north-east up the narrow glen of the Allt Garbh Buidhe and reached the watershed at 490 metres.

Continuing north the landscape changed to the more expansive rounded hills and open glens that hold the Bynack and Geldie burns on their way to join the River De

The group headed north past the ruins of Bynack Lodge to reach the Geldie, where they changed footwear to allow them to cross the burn.

On reaching the other side a rough track followed the Geldie Burn to White Bridge and onwards beside the river to Linn of Dee and finally to the bus. Distance covered was 35km/22 miles and the time taken was just under ten hours.

The weather was predominantly bright and sunny with some intermittent cloud appearing in the afternoon and a brief rain shower.

A meeting has been arranged for Thursday, June 30 at 7pm in the Star Inn, Friockheim. for those people going on the overseas trip to Obergurgl in Austria in late July.

There is no pre-walk meeting in July as the club will have a barbecue in Monikie Country Park on July 14 from 6.45 pm to 8.45 pm.

The Club will supply the BBQ but members and friends should bring along their own food and drinks.