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Enjoy an afternoon stroll and learn about one of Aberdeenís picturesque areas
Enjoy some fresh air and explore the history, archaeology and natural history around the River Don in Aberdeen during a two-hour walk which starts at 2pm on Saturday 07 September.
The free walk is from Persley Walled Garden to Grandholm Bridge and will be led by Aberdeen City Council countryside ranger Rob Rowe and Museums and Galleries staff Chris Croly and Judith Stones.
Key points that will be talked about along the route will be the history and archaeology of the very important mills that operated beside that part of the Don from the 18th century onwards, of which substantial remains are still visible.
Another will be Woodside House, Persley 'Castle' and some visible evidence of the way in which the crossing of the Don was defended during World War II. The expert guides will also talk about the use of the land from prehistory onwards and through the medieval period when the town's 'Freedom Lands' were defined and marked by boundary stones - a modern version of which will be seen en route.
The wildlife along this area of the Don is superb, particularly at this time of year when autumn colours may just be showing and where herons and otters are often spotted.
Judith Stones, lead curator, local history and archaeology, Aberdeen Maritime Museum, said: "This is one of my favourite walks, with lots of fascinating history and archaeology in a beautiful and tranquil setting and many opportunities to observe wildlife as well. It's a great way to spend an afternoon."
Places are limited on this walk so advance booking is required by telephoning (01224) 337714.