Wednesday, 31 August 2011

River Ericht Walk, Blairgowrie, Perthshire

On Saturday I did the River Ericht walk, which takes you across Kitty Swanson's Bridge at about the halfway point. I started the walk from Rattray so it was slightly longer than shown in the walk leaflet.

I spotted a family of buzzards soaring above the trees and calling to one another and there were plenty of peacock butterflies in the fields.

A long walk, with paths pretty overgrown (lots of nettles in places) for the most part and wet. It was hard going and the walking boots got saturated! We didn't see anyone else on the main part of the walk, very quiet.

Kitty Swanson's Bridge
River Ericht
Buzzard soaring, saw three of them in a group
View to Blairgowrie
This walk is part of the Blairgowrie Path Network and you can see the route on the leaflet here (River Ericht Walk).

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1 comment:

Willie Young said...

My father farmed Boglea which also included the very old steading of Bridgehaugh from Nov 1942 till Jan 1966.
My brother and I used Katy Swanson`s brig to gain access to the rights of way to get to Bendochy primary school in the early 1950s. Miss Georgina Blackwood was the "Mussy". A wonderful lady.
The Boglea end of the bridge used to drop off onto the aidle bank but after an ill informed complaint re the safety of the bridge the council chose to remove a couple of sections thereby making the bridge inaccessable when the water was up even a little.
I believe the bridge was named after one Katy Swanson who plied a ferry boat in the vicinity.
The footings of her cottage could probably still be located on the flats between the weir and the bridge.
The weir diverted water for the lade which serviced a mill at Ryehill just downstream on the Coupar Grange estate side.
The council chose to dynamite the weir as it was falling into disrepair and directing water unfavourably towards the banks and causing considerable erosion just downstream from the salmon leap
Willie Young
Perth, Western Australia