Connecting Hospitalfield to local landscapes through walking – exploring themes of growing, cooking, eating, art and heritage.


The Meander project connects Hospitalfield to local landscapes through walking – exploring themes of growing, cooking, eating, art and heritage. Promoting well-being through walking and cultivating a place where people can enjoy being active at their own pace, Meander is supported by Paths for All and NHS Tayside. Short walks explore Hospitalfield’s estate and longer routes connect Hospitalfield to the region through a network of landmarks and places of interest. Below are a number of ways to get involved.

Contact Annie Crabtree (Volunteer Coordinator) for information: / 01241 656 124.

Heritage & Mortuary Chapel Walk

Once per month, a facilitated walk to the Mortuary Chapel in Arbroath’s Western Cemetery. Taking in architectural sites of interests related to Hospitalfield, including the Steadings and the North Lodge.

Date: Every second Tuesday of the month, 11am (please note, will not be running in January).

Booking: spaces are free but limited, please book here.

Walk info: a facilitated walk past several buildings made by Patrick and Elizabeth Allan Fraser, Hospitalfield’s last owners, including The Steadings and North Lodge, which concludes at the Mortuary Chapel built as a memorial to Elizabeth Allan Fraser following her death in 1873. Departing from Hospitalfield House, the route takes approximately 90 minutes (including looking around the chapel). The route contains pavement and paving stone terrain. Rest points are available at the Mortuary Chapel, and toilet facilities at Hospitalfield House.

Woodland & Walled Garden Walk

Weekly walk around Hospitalfield’s beautiful woodland pathways and walled garden. Suitable for all abilities and adjustable length to suit preferences*. This walk coincides with our Garden Cafe open 11am – 4pm and Heritage Tour at 2pm.

Dates: every Wednesday, 12pm (please note, will not be running in the first two weeks of January).

Walk info: a leisurely walk around the woodland paths and walled garden, taking between 15 – 30 minutes. Includes grass, gravel, and cobblestones underfoot on flat terrain.  Rest points available in the garden, and toilet facilities inside the house. Departs from the front entrance of Hospitalfield at 12pm on Wednesdays, booking not required.


* Hospitalfield welcomes people living with dementia and carers to join us on our walks. Annie Crabtree (Volunteer Coordinator and walk leader) has Dementia Friend training and in addition we are working towards formalised dementia friendly accreditation in partnership with Paths for All.

Meander Reading Group

Hospitalfield hosts a monthly reading group, (re)discovering texts that explore walking from multiple perspectives. From fiction, to poetry, to prose, to cultural geography and history, the Meander Reading Group will enjoy and examine texts that excited, inspire, and challenge our ideas about walking. Open to all abilities, the group is a great way to encourage an existing interest or discover a new one. Together we will explore the landscapes of our imaginations away from the wind and rain.

Dates: First Tuesday of the month, 5:30-7pm (please note, alternative date will be provided for January).

Booking: free but ticketed, please book online here or call Hospitalfield on 01241 656 124.

Location info: the reading group will take place at Hospitalfield House, tea and coffee provided.

Book for October & November: Nan Shepherd’s The Living Mountain – “a lyrical testament in praise of the Cairngorms. It is a work deeply rooted in Shepherd’s knowledge of the natural world… Drawing on different perspectives of the mountain environment, Shepherd makes the familiar strange and the strange awe-inspiring.” Google Books

Book for December & January: Rebecca Solnit’s Wanderlust: A History of Walking – “What does it mean to be out walking in the world, whether in a landscape or a metropolis, on a pilgrimage or a protest march? In this first general history of walking, Rebecca Solnit draws together many histories to create a range of possibilities for this most basic act. Arguing that walking as history means walking for pleasure and for political, aesthetic, and social meaning, Solnit homes in on the walkers whose everyday and extreme acts have shaped our culture…” (Wordery)

copies of the text can be provided – please get in touch.