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Brechin to Bridge of Dun to catch the choo choo!

Date walked: 02/06/2024

Time taken: 3 hours

Distance: 14km

Ascent: 138m

Came up with the idea of doing this a couple of months ago. There is a circuit I do and I thought it would be fun to instead make it a one-way route and get the Caledonian Railway train back! The Caledonian Railway run trains at the weekend during the summer with diesels on a Saturday and steam trains on the Sunday though they do have special events that mean it isn't always possible to get back on the train so check the website if you are planning on catching a train! - https://caledonianrailway.com/whats-on


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From the Caledonian Railway we headed along Park Road. At the end of the road next to the route of the old railway line there is a new stone by Anderson Stone which is worth stopping to take a look at. It depicts the nature trail through the ages with the old steam train and tracks turning to a path with walkers and cyclists, and lots of wildlife depicted too! Crossing the road we reached the track to Leuchland, which becomes a narrower path and crosses a bridge. At a junction we took the track signposted to Leuchland with views looking back down to Brechin.

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Brechin Station where we would finish our journey!


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New stone at the nature trail


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Start of the path network section to Leuchland


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Dakota trying to squeeze alongside Coinneach and Zena on a narrower path


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Grassy path


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Heading towards Leuchland


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Coinneach having a cool down in a puddle


At Leuchland the signposted Path Network heads down to Montrose Road, but our route took us to the left around the big house and heading towards Windyedge and Caldcotts. There is a gate part way along with a pedestrian gate alongside which we passed through to continue along the track. At the end of the track we headed to the right towards Caldcotts with views towards Ferryden and Montrose. Following the track through Caldcotts there are two potential routes, the track itself goes to the right through a field where there is sometimes cattle or there is the field margin on the left which avoids them. There were cattle there today, so we took a bypass path around the field margin and went through a gate to re-join the main track further on. The cattle were taking an interest so it was a wise choice! They can't always be seen from the track so a good rule is if the gate is closed then there may be cattle and the bypass using the field margin is the better choice. Following the track we reached another gate, this was closed with a chain but it was just a carabiner clip so easy to get through and close it behind us again to follow another field margin to the right to reach another track which led up to the road.

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We turned left here and then right to go round the back of the big house on the track to Caldcotts and Windyedge


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Approaching the first gate


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To the right the track leads to a gate beyond which there are cows...or there is the nice wide field margin to walk around on the left - we took the field margin!


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Wise choice because we attracted some interest!


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Nice safe field margin


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Back on the track again for a short distance before another walk around a field margin


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Another gate with a gap at the side to squeeze through


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Approaching the road at the end of the track, we turn right here.


On our usual route we would turn left here to head back towards town, but today we turned to the right following the road. We passed a field of friendly ponies and stopped to say hello to them before continuing along the road. At the end of the road we turned right heading towards Dun. The road headed alongside a forest area and just at the end of this on the opposite side of the road passed a cottage is another grassy path to the right which joins the path around Dun Wood and the Den.

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Some road walking


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Friendly ponies


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End of the road! We turned right here.


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Turning right onto the start of a path towards the den


It was pleasant walking through the den, crossing a couple of footbridges before the path went close to the road at a bridge. It is possible to stay on the path and continue through the den but we crossed the road and took the track opposite turning right a short distance along at North Lodge. The track leads down to the House of Dun where we followed the driveway out to the main road and turned right and then left at the next turning to follow the road down to the railway station.

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Grassy path


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Pause for a pose!


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Track passed North Lodge


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The driveway to the House of Dun


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Short stretch on a pavement alongside the main road before turning to the left towards Bridge of Dun


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Left to head along the grassy track to Bridge of Dun station


At the train station we bought our ticket for the next train, we didn't have long to wait until it arrived to take us back home :D

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Choo choo!


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On the train home!


It was an enjoyable walk, will have to do it the other way getting the train first next time!

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