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Wobbling Wifey

Wobbling Wifey


Postby Merry-walker » Mon Apr 25, 2011 7:25 pm

Route description: Seaton Cliffs and Auchmithie, Arbroath

Date walked: 24/04/2011

Time taken: 3 hours

Distance: 6.5 km

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Turning the day around after night duty can be torture with sleep deprivation, guts wanting food when it should be empty and waking up at odd times not knowing what planet you’re on (well, it affects me like this anyway). Today was going to be a light, refreshing and relaxing walk....

Didn’t fancy a hill on my own, but a walk of a different kind. One I hadn’t done for about 15 years. Headed off to Arbroath to meet up with Ronnie at Victoria Park (without Mez this time) to explore the cliffs along the way to Auchmithie. Driving up to the coast, I reminisced about Arbroath Infirmary where my son was born nearly 16 years ago, just round the corner from Vicky Park. I remember looking out the window (weighing a stone lighter) onto the sea from the matty ward, wee lad sleeping by the window in his crib. Feels like 5 minutes ago when I was a young mum, terrified of how to look after this bundle, were as now, my baby is gelling his hair back, swotting for exams, looking into colleges.... And me, a bit of a wifey still carrying a stone weight but in the shape of a ruck sac. Where do the years go? :o


View from Vicky Park

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The walk started off with a barrier which didn’t stop anyone going around. Not long before the first of the cliffs loomed from beneath us.


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After a short while, we came across the Needle E'e. I was happy enough to carry on, enjoying the safe view from above but someone just had to walk down there to have a nosy. :wtf: :wtf:


Path leading down

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The caves below

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You’re no Spider Man, Mr Steely Baws... :lol:

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Looking through the eye

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Rock around the eye

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Couple of guys had attached ropes and climbed down even further 8)

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Going back up, Ronnie’s sure footed-ness allowed him to hop gracefully back over the rocks. Me? I preferred to scoot myself along on my bottom across the rocks like a dog with a worm problem. :shock:


Looking back (phew)

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Only a short walk further on, was the other part of the cave (wasn’t going down there)

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Now the cliff top became a bit warped.

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Gulls unconcerned (poopy creatures)

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Another hole

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This cliff was so deep

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And another one

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Had a long loop at Dickmont's Den to walk to get right around the cliff tops.

View from the start of the loop

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Onwards we walked on safe paths until reaching another cliff sticking out from the walk where a couple of people had left their bikes.

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This is making my knees tremble. We going out there??? :wtf:

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Guess so...

Looking up to the cliffs on the right

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Looking back up

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And downwards on the left

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The two climbers who’s ropes we saw earlier were away to leap onto the Deil's Head.

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Back on the safe path, we came across some strange cliff

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This one looks like a face

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The path was blocked but was easy enough to skirt around it.

The other side

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The area became a bit Blair Witchy now, with a little bridge to cross. After crossing, we followed the path in the small wood until reaching a sign that seemed to lead back in the direction we were going. Took a few minutes of convincing for me to realise we weren’t in fact going in the same direction (how thick am I?) :P

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It brought us out into the open again to the view from where we’d just walked.

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Castlesea Bay (we saw a stoat on the path here, running along towards us before diving off into the grass).

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Took this through my sun shades as it was so bright here

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From here, we could see the two climbers on top of Deil's Head. My camera wouldn’t have caught them. Must’ve given them the best feeling, getting on top of that. :D


Shags and Gulls

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Auchmithie just a stone’s throw

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Looking back

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Wonder how deep this cave is?

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Feeding my vertigo

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Arrived in Auchmithie after 3 hours of cliff top walking, tired and hungry. We were very lucky that in about 10 minutes a bus would be arriving to take us back to Arbroath. Back at the station, we had another short hop back to Vicky Park to grab the cars.

Came across a gull having a paddle in the Brothock

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Having had the best fish supper ever in a pub at the harbour (and me going into the wrong toilets – “oh they’re funny looking sinks on the wall” !!) we walked around the harbour musing over the boat names and the gulls squawking.

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Spot the gull

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Arbroath and cliffs

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Harbour wall

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I’ve so missed the coastal walks I used to do along with the walks on a sandy beach like Lunan Bay, bare foot in the swishing water feeling the world ebbing by. This has been a top walk, one which I hope won't take me another 15 years to revisit....


Some more cliffs
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Re: Wobbling Wifey

Postby ChrisW » Mon Apr 25, 2011 8:47 pm

Brilliant MW = I love cliff top walks, its been too long since I had one myself......now I'm going to have to take in some sea views, thanks :roll:
I preferred to scoot myself along on my bottom across the rocks like a dog with a worm problem.
:lol: :lol:
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Re: Wobbling Wifey

Postby Merry-walker » Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:00 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol:

cheers Chris
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Re: Wobbling Wifey

Postby KGBMC » Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:21 pm

Hi MW, Great cliff photos, got vertigo just watching the screen
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Re: Wobbling Wifey

Postby Merry-walker » Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:25 pm

KGBMC wrote:Hi MW, Great cliff photos, got vertigo just watching the screen



me too :lol: :lol:
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Re: Wobbling Wifey

Postby 2dalmatians » Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:25 pm

Wow I never thought we had cliff scenery like that in Scotland - especially Arbroath. Shows how little I really know about where I live! Brilliant pics as ever MW :D
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Re: Wobbling Wifey

Postby Merry-walker » Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:29 pm

Thank you 2D... I only went for the fish supper :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Wobbling Wifey

Postby 2dalmatians » Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:32 pm

I usually only go there for the football...and that's only if I'm desperate!! :lol: :lol:
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Re: Wobbling Wifey

Postby Merry-walker » Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:42 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

ermmm, I don't get it :shock:
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Re: Wobbling Wifey

Postby pollyh33 » Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:48 pm

Amazing photos and report MW!! :)

You're so lucky to live near such an amazing coastline!! As for your memories of your son's birth....lovely. XXX
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Re: Wobbling Wifey

Postby Merry-walker » Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:50 pm

pollyh33 wrote:Amazing photos and report MW!! :)

You're so lucky to live near such an amazing coastline!! As for your memories of your son's birth....lovely. XXX



thanks P... xxx
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Re: Wobbling Wifey

Postby houdi » Mon Apr 25, 2011 10:26 pm

Fascinating stuff. I've been doing quite a bit of coast path walking myself lately in Devon & Cornwall and it's interesting to see a different coastline for a change. We have red cliffs like those here in Torbay. Excellent clear photos too. I must learn how to upload them properly.
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Re: Wobbling Wifey

Postby Fionascot » Mon Apr 25, 2011 11:19 pm

OMG!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Wonderful post!! And the photos are amazing! I love cliffs/coasts/sea/ocean etc really not fussy and this made me want to grab Smirnie71 and say forget all about scary, exhausting scree-scrabbling Welsh hills (which have their own charm) Let's do THIS!!

The bit about scooting along on your bottom like a dog wi' worm problems...well! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Like it lots!!

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Re: Wobbling Wifey

Postby Merry-walker » Mon Apr 25, 2011 11:23 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :D :D
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Re: Wobbling Wifey

Postby Gable Gable End » Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:08 am

horrible town full of horrible people, only demonstrated by the Montrose FC Goalkeeper being assaulted by Arbroath inhabitants at full time in Saturdays derby where Arbroath secured the 3rd division title. :shock:

nice report, horrible town. :?
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