River Ericht Pathway

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River Ericht Pathway May 22, 2011
I didn’t spend long in Blairgowrie, as it was sort of an unplanned stop.  But whilst there, I walked for a short distance along the River Ericht Walkway. This is a nice way to spend a couple of hours.  The River Ericht is a broad river that runs between Blairgowrie and Rattray, between steep valley sides.  Access to the river is easy from the Well Meadow in the centre of the town, and there is plenty of parking around. 

I didn’t have time for detailed exploring, taking one of the shorter paths through late-spring woodland.  The woods were full of wild garlic (you can’t mistake wild garlic for anything else) and bluebells.  The river itself is less natural than it looks, having been widened at some time and being full of weirs left over from the old Jute industry.  It is strange to think how densely populated and industrial the Highlands used to be, when you see them so tranquil today.  it is a very beautiful river, though.  The tourist information centre says that the fishing is good (not that I would know about that) and that’s usually the sign of a healthy river.  There are paths up into the hill above Blairgowrie, and towards viewpoints further along the river.   The paths aren’t steep or challenging, although I think you would struggle with a normal buggy.  There are signs of lots of wildlife, including a really quite bold chaffinch. 


If you find yourself in Blairgowrie, this is a really lovely walk.
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