Connecting Hospitalfield to local landscapes and promoting wellbeing through walking.


The Meander project connects Hospitalfield to local landscapes through walking – exploring themes of growing, cooking, eating, art and heritage. Led by Hospitalfield’s volunteer walk leaders, the project promotes wellbeing through walking and cultivates a place where poeple can enjoy being active at their own pace.


Short walks explore Hospitalfield’s grounds and longer routes connect Hospitalfield to the region through a network of landmarks and places of interest. The Reading Group and Reading List offer ways to meander through landscapes from the comfort of Hospitalfield or your own home. Below are ways to get involved.

Meander is supported by Paths for All and NHS Tayside.

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

“The gardens are a wonderful place for peaceful contemplation: walking in a real life secret garden where you can connect with the beauties of the natural world.”


Julie, Volunteer Walk Leader

Heritage & Mortuary Chapel Walk

Once per month, a facilitated walk led by volunteers 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. See upcoming walk on our what’s on page.

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

Walk info: a facilitated walk past several buildings designed by Patrick and Elizabeth Allan Fraser, Hospitalfield’s last owners, including The Steadings and North Lodge. The walk 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 led by volunteers around Hospitalfield’s beautiful woodland pathways and walled garden. Suitable for all abilities and adjustable length to suit preferences*.

Dates: every Wednesday, 12pm. See upcoming walk on our what’s on page.

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. Free, 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, 5:30-7:00pm. See upcoming dates on our what’s on page.

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

Book for February & March: Wild: a journey from lost to found by Cheryl Strayed

Copies of the text can be provided – please get in touch on 01241 656 124 or

Meander Reading List

Previous books we have enjoyed:

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)

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)

Books to explore next:

The Walking Book by Janet Cardiff

Tracks by Robyn Davidson

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin

The Art of Wandering: The Writer as Walker by Merlin Coverley

Upstream: Selected Essays by Mary Oliver

The Outsider by Norman MacCaig