27 June ~ Baudy Meg ~ Glen Tanar.
It has become something of a tradition that each year, the Tibet Support Group organise a sponsored walk. Last year for the 11th Tibet Walk we made Glen Tanar, on South Deeside our venue.
Following a few days of torrential rain and high winds here in eastern Scotland, conditions begain to improve on the Saturday before the walk. The early-morning of Sunday 27 July started a little damp, but (to our relief) soon changed into a glorious Scottish summer's day. Most of us had come prepared for seriously nasty weather, and had to shed pounds of gear at the start-point, in order not to be boiled alive.
The route took us through the picturesque woodlands along Glen Tanar, then up a moderate incline around the south side of Baudy Meg, a rounded, heather-clad hill. At this point some of the party elected to climb directly to the summit, whilst others found a shady clearing in which to lunch.
Lunch over, we completed the circular walk (and at least this time we made the route a clockwise one, in keeping with Tibetan traditions!) - down past the treeline, and returning via the path from the other end of Glen Tanar.
Afterwards, to Aboyne, for tea and ice-cream in The Corner Shop. Thanks to the staff for catering for us so efficently at short notice.
We were pleasantly suprised by the turnout, especially in view of the uncertain weather. 47 walkers joined us this time, which may be an all-time record. In particular we were pleased to welcome some who are not regular members of TSG, but who are aware of our cause, and decided to show their support.
Thanks to all who took the time and effort to come along, and to make it a great day for everyone.
WALK PROCEEDS GO TO:
Tibet Foundation: a charity which runs aid programmes for Tibetans in Tibet and in exile, and provides a forum for Tibetan cultural and religious events in the UK.
Free Tibet Campaign: an organization which stands for Tibetans' right to
determine their own future; it campaigns for an end to China's occupation of Tibet
and for the Tibetans' fundamental human rights to be respected.
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