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U3a Walking Group - July 2022

by Tim - 19:11 on 29 July 2022

Six energetic people met at the Community Centre in Finstown to walk a portion of the St. Magnus Way with a diversion to the masts at Keelylang. The weather was perfect with sun all the way but enough wind to keep midges at bay.

We set off promptly up to the stone stacks on Culween Hill. There we met an intrepid German family who were from the cruise liner looking at the Cairn. One of our group, an archaeologist, gave them a quick history lesson and we were on our way again.

We chose to go up over the moor by the fence to the old peat workings and then down to the track to Keelylang. The views from by the masts were stunning. We could see from Stenness to Wideford Hill and all of Finstown was laid out before us too. After a stop for lunch we walked over to the other side of the hill and we could see from Kirkwall to Houton Head with the whole of Scapa Flow bathed in sunlight. Down the hill and left turn through the peat workings again on to the St Magnus path that took us down to Kebro farm. It looks deserted with no farming activity visible.Then to the end of the road and to the previously stashed car for the return to Finstown. It was a stunning five mile walk on a perfect Orkney summer's day.

The next walk will be Thursday 25 th August with details closer to the day when we see what the forecast is like.

Keep moving, Tim.


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