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A walk around Kemnay with Storm

Storm looking over Kemnay from his vantage point

I hope you enjoyed my recent cat-walk with my sister Clara. This time we are out and about around Kemnay, Aberdeenshire.

During the 19th century, granite was exported from Kemnay and used to build such edifices as the Forth Bridge, theThames Embankment and most notably the Marischal College, Aberdeen.
The area beside the quarry is now a landscape sculpture with trees planted in it. This is where we went for our walk. Here is a map of the walk, taken from Clara’s tracker:

This is where we began:

Both Clara and Storm at the point of origin for this cat-walk

There are paths through the woods which are overgrown, above head height for us cats. The trees are growing quite tall now, our human walked “between them” when he moved here and walks “under them” now. The whole area is dotted with features like the rocks we jump up on to see the way ahead; some parts of big block wall and the zig-zagging paths to the viewpoint, though we do a bit more zig-zagging than that.

Looking ahead to see where we’re going

Once up at the view point, you can look down into the big hole from the quarry, not the industry it once was. You can also see all around, across to Pitfichie Hill and Bennachie and get a good view of Kemnay.

Looking down into the old quarry
Clara looking over Kemnay
Looking to the west of Kemnay
Pitfichie Hill

We like looking down on it so much that we’ll sit watching for ages, enjoying the peace, which is only interrupted by our human’s pleas to set off for home. Humans can’t see so well when it’s dark in the woods and Clara is almost invisible in the dark.

Bennachie
Can you see Clara in the gloom?
Almost time to go home

Clara and I really hope you’ve enjoyed our cat walks. Please send your cat walks into Geography_Cat@aol.com too. You don’t need to be a cat, or even have a cat, to get involved. Be active, get connected, share your experiences, learn something new and be aware of your surroundings, wherever you are. Geography is good for you.

Clara’s Castlehill Woodland Walk

Guest contributor – Clara

Hi, my name is Clara, and I live in Kemnay with Storm. I’m tabby and Storm is black and white.

Kemnay is famous for its granite quarry. Along the road from our house is a woodland with a sculpture trail called “Place of Origin”. If you climb to the viewpoint, you can see the quarry. We go walks there with our human.

For holidays, we go to our human’s parents in Castletown. Famous for its Caithness flagstone quarry. Along the road from their house is a woodland with a sculpture trail. You can see a quarry face and there’s a great view beyond it. We go walks there with our human. I hope you enjoy seeing the pictures we took along the way:

The route and distance from my tracker collar.


During the 19th century, flagstone was exported from Castlehill Harbour to pave streets of London, Sydney, Edinburgh and New York City.
When our human was young, the former quarry was a landfill. It has now been planted with trees which are maturing. This is where we went for our walk. We went down the road to the woodland entrance. There are paths through the woods and seats and picnic areas.

The sculptures are all made from Caithness flagstone. 1 represents Dunnet Head and animals found nearby. 2 had more detailed paintings of wildlife. 3 was also a sculpture and smelt the same as the others. Beside sculpture 2, you can still see an exposed quarry face.

Beside sculpture 2, you can still see an exposed quarry face.

Beyond the (car park and) walk is a track down to the sea. I walked along the traditional drystone wall, but our human is too old for that now.

The track went down a slope but I wouldn’t go any further.

All I could see was a lot of water and I didn’t want to get wet. It was Dunnet Bay (now famous for another export – Dunnet Bay Distillery’s Rock Rose Gin!) I could see Dunnet Head from there, it’s the furthest north point on the British mainland.

On the way back, we explored ruins of quarry workers’ cottages.

We could see Dunnet Beach from the top of them.

As you can see, we had a lovely walk. I’ve really enjoyed sharing it with you. Storm will be posting a Cat-Walk soon too, remember to look out for it.

Clara

Fairuz’s walk in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Thank you Fairuz, for making and sharing this little insight into her life by recording a Cat-Walk around Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. Geography Cat loves the idea that local residents are allowed to plant on public land that is not in use, what a great way of urban-greening. And how excellent to take the “long way round” to enjoy the flowers, a purrfect metaphor for life!

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