April Showers came with wind, rain,sleet, snow and brother in law. The latter prefers cycling to running so I was kind of thinking of heading to the Vat car park and see what weather did. Went wrong at first junction so ended up on A97, so plan B took us to Loch Davan then road to Raebush and up to Culblean hill in blizzard conditions. Gloves were not up to task but David enjoyed descent to Rashy Burn. I shelved Crannoch hill and headed to cafe viafiring range and Monument. Once warm headed to the river, a place I once lost mycar keys as it got dark, so had not been back. River was great in high water and fisherman out in droves.
Pretty tired by time Aboyne was reached. so much for a short bike ride.
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.
Friday 13th March
A nice mountain bike canter along the Deeside Way, with detours off to check out the Dee opposite Inchmarnoch, the Monument memorial to Farquharson of Monaltrie, the founder of Ballater, and then on to the Crannoch firing range.
So where did they shoot from to the targets point? It looks like there may have been prone shooting positions just over from the footbridge?
Set out From Dinnet by bike to take 63, 64 and 65.
This is a lovely detour off The Deeside Way past The Haugh and continue long the land-rover track back to the Way just before the bridge.
There is a nice flat spot here, great for a picnic, but I guess from the flattened grass that this is floodplain. Some tree debris just along a bit lets you see the power of the river in flood.
We parked at Cambus O’ May car park by the suspension bridge. We walked along beside the river to The Haugh, where we made a circular route coming back along the Deeside way. We saw some Goosander but they all seemed to be female.