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St John's Church to Gardenstown twice

Route: St John's Church from Gardenstown

Date walked: 23/07/2019

Time taken: 3 hours

Distance: 6km

Ascent: 170m

I'd had in mind an early morning visit to St John's Church and a walk from there to Gardenstown. Didn't quite make it for sunrise but still quite pleasant in the early morning. A beautiful spot with its views over Gamrie Bay to Gardenstown, Crovie and Troup Head beyond. It is also a solemn spot with its graveyard and, if the stories are true, quite a grim spot with the bodies of a Danish army (defeated in the battle of the bloody pits) buried on the hillside above and the skulls of three chiefs at one time built into the church walls...
I returned in the afternoon with my wife to do, instead, the WH walk from Gardenstown to St John's Church.



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It's a narrow lane that leads to the car park for the southern approach to St John's Chuch but there's nothing more than grass rattling the exhaust. After that there's this pleasant walk along an avenue of bushes and trees.

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Fine light over Gardenstown but I'm feeling disappointed at having missed the sunrise at St John's Church. Feeling ropey not conducive to getting out of bed early.

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Not a soul on the beach, apart from the seabirds.

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The mile and a half wide Gamrie Bay.

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The path zig-zags away from the shore and towards the junction of Den of Afforsk and Den of Findon, the spot where the Danish invaders of 1004 were supposedly ambushed by the locals.

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Bridges and boards cover the boggy ground and burn.

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The lapping of the waves beckons me,,,

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St John's Church perched above on the cliff.

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Empy beach to the east.

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The beach is bounded by some striking sandstone cliffs.

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Duck and ducklings surfing.

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Later in the day I returned with my wife to walk to St John's Church from Gardenstown, a rather less tranquil experience with more folk on the beach and warm sunshine.

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There's an information board relating the interesting, if not grim, story of the church.

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Costa del Gardenstown.

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We'd originally planned to continue to Crovie but it was way too hot for that.

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Sub 2000: 47



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2019

Trips: 20
Distance: 131.75 km
Ascent: 6987m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 3
Grahams: 2
Donalds: 1
Sub2000s: 1

2018

Trips: 28
Distance: 191.9 km
Ascent: 12074m
Corbetts: 4
Grahams: 2
Sub2000s: 3

2017

Trips: 31
Distance: 226.75 km
Ascent: 8838m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 2
Sub2000s: 4

2016

Trips: 20
Distance: 229 km
Ascent: 9236m
Munros: 2
Corbetts: 1
Grahams: 3
Sub2000s: 6

2015

Trips: 39
Distance: 286 km
Ascent: 12583m
Munros: 4
Corbetts: 2
Grahams: 3
Sub2000s: 9

2014

Trips: 29
Distance: 3564.25 km
Ascent: 15847m
Munros: 2
Corbetts: 2
Sub2000s: 9
Hewitts: 3

2013

Trips: 29
Distance: 206.75 km
Ascent: 16700m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 5
Grahams: 4
Sub2000s: 4

2012

Trips: 12
Distance: 73 km
Ascent: 5261m
Munros: 4
Corbetts: 1
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 2

2011

Trips: 6
Distance: 55 km
Ascent: 3917m
Grahams: 3
Sub2000s: 1

2010

Trips: 6
Distance: 22 km
Ascent: 2200m
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 1

2009

Trips: 4
Distance: 24.5 km
Ascent: 2194m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 1

2008

Trips: 3
Distance: 24 km
Ascent: 3189m

2007

Trips: 5
Distance: 31 km
Ascent: 1896m

2006

Trips: 3
Distance: 37 km
Ascent: 3730m

2004

Trips: 4
Distance: 44 km
Ascent: 2706m
Corbetts: 1

2003

Trips: 5
Distance: 50 km
Ascent: 5760m
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 2

2002

Trips: 3
Distance: 29 km
Ascent: 2449m

2001

Trips: 5
Distance: 38 km
Ascent: 3745m
Munros: 2

2000

Trips: 1
Distance: 16 km
Ascent: 1300m
Munros: 3

1999

Trips: 1
Distance: 28 km
Ascent: 900m
Corbetts: 1

1998

Trips: 1
Distance: 8 km
Ascent: 1055m
Munros: 2

1997

Trips: 1
Distance: 27 km
Ascent: 1400m
Grahams: 1

1995

Trips: 4
Distance: 80 km
Ascent: 4322m
Munros: 3
Grahams: 1

1994

Trips: 2
Distance: 35.5 km
Ascent: 2477m
Corbetts: 2
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 1

1992

Trips: 1
Distance: 15 km
Ascent: 1345m


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