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Calm after the storm welcomed by Dingwall Field Club on misty Dochgarroch daunder

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There was much to admire during the outing.
There was much to admire during the outing.

IT was misty for Dingwall Field Club’s November walk at Dochgarroch, but members appreciated the calm after so many storms.

A peaceful scene greeted us by the Caledonian Canal where a long line of boats of varying shapes and sizes was moored.

Starting near the old lock-keeper’s cottage, we crossed the canal bridge and walked beside the unruffled water. By contrast on our other side, the river Ness rushed along, its level boosted by so much recent rain.

The autumn colours were a delight, especially after we diverted from the canalside onto a little path through a beech wood. For a short time we walked among freshly fallen leaves, enjoying the golds and oranges underfoot as well as in the overhead canopies of these magnificent trees.

Returning to the main path, we retraced our steps. A fly-past of two whooper swans took everyone by surprise as they came low overhead. Further on, a sizeable flock of mallard ducks flew across the water.

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After lunch we continued to the end of the path where the Canal flowed rapidly over a weir to join the tree-lined river. It was still misty, but looking towards the open water of Loch Dochfour, there was an atmospheric effect with the hazy sun trying to break through. The wake of a passing yacht rippled the still water and headed west.

Dingwall Field Club attendees pause for a souvenir snap.
Dingwall Field Club attendees pause for a souvenir snap.

We turned back and crossed the bridge again to a noisy greeting from the mallards, now gathered around us hopefully. For us, this had been a welcome return to the great outdoors after being confined to our houses by bad weather.

On November 16, the club will have a morning walk at Loch Kinellan, Strathpeffer, meeting at 10am at No 1 Car Park, Dingwall.

New members are welcome. Charge for non-members £2.


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