A great time to visit these checkpoints.
A great time to visit these checkpoints.
Two more points in the Dinnet area. The snow is starting to go so access is getting easier. The boardwalk is a great place for dragonflies, but not in February! Easiest access is from the little car park on the way to the Vat. I went up the Vat burn to get to the upper part. No wildlife at all!
Finally took 10mins to visit this point before well attended agm.
Family cycle starting from between the Dinnet Lochs, then a clockwise loop to the river bank (cp63), up to the boardwalk (cp58) then round the N end of Loch Davan and in to the Logie Burn inflow (cp71). Nice wee ride.
Biked up to Loch Muick with Pete, calling on the Falls of Muick and Cul nan Gad on the way. From the road end we ran up the Allt Darrarie, which is a nice spot and a lovely run back down. Fast bike down to Ballater and a slow run up Craigendarroch. Then coffee in the Bothy, by which I mean cake. Easy points from then on – Tullich shooting range only about 10 mins, monument only 3, River Dee about 15, boardwalk 7, bit longer up the Vat Burn – didn’t really know where the point was even though I chose it, so just went up until we ran out of clliffs and took the high path back. Finally only 8 mins to the mouth of the Logie Burn, which was very quiet and peaceful though it was getting a bit dark by then. 62km on the bike in 2 hours 20, 20 km run in 2.10, 20 mins in the coffee shop and a not inconsiderable time changing shoes.
We walked around the boardwalk on 7/2/15 then continued around the loch. I don’t think I entered the details correctly at the time.
This is a nice wee route for picking up a few CP’s; starting at the Dinnet car park we headed off around Kinord on the South side and started slaloming through the ramblers dressed in full survival gear, good thing most of them were in luminous colours as it was pretty misty.
After about 2 miles we turned off the main track to take in the board walk, it gives access to a pretty good example of tertiary succession wetland (essentially a bog). We carried on towards the Burn O’ Vat road, crossed over and took the path through the woods and starting climbing up Cnoc Dubh, this is always a lovely place to run, soft underfoot, mostly singletrack and very undulating. About three quarters of the way up Steph decided to test my tired legs and I decided that my legs were tired – I uploaded a Strava segment for the Cnoc Dubh climb for you KOM baggers.
We stopped at the top to admire the shafts of sunlight shining on Pannanich and then blasted down the descent to try and find Duncan’s shortcut to the Upper Vat. We failed miserably in our quest and nearly had to imitate Jules Lines but decided to not downclimb the cliffs but to traverse the easy shoulder and down into the Vat. This is definitely an otherworldly place when the mist is down, half expected to see a few hobbits popping out of the rocks and was prepared for the tree in the picture to come to life, I shouldn’t have re-read Lord of the Rings the other day.
Wandered down the slightly difficult to run path to the sinkhole and out into the real world, headed off back round Kinord via the most direct route, there appears to be some path upgrading going on at the path to the North East of the loch near New Kinord. We met the luminous ones again just before we got back to the car park, not sure they understood what “we are on your left” meant but we did manage to engage in a couple of tangos as we negotiated our way past them.
Overall about 8.2 miles and about 650 feet of climbing, very relaxing way off picking up three CP’s and a very varied route.
Set off with a bottle of water, some sandwiches, and a packet of fruit pastilles to see if we could take in some school holiday checkpoints. Attaining a pastille for every cp we reached seemed to instil enthusiasm to the hunt. Disappointment that the fort at Ferneyhowe was not the fortified military base I had made it out to be on the way up, but was acquitted by the resemblance the stone circle had to the one in Disney’s Brave!