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71. Mouth of Loggie Burn NJ 442 010

1 April, 2015 18:34

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.


Dinnet lochs 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.

the duathlon to end all duathlons


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.

Quick outing to Loggie Burn

Things to do this afternoon, so looking for a gentle bit of exercise. Some snow clouds over the hills as we park up on the Dinnet-Ordie road but it doesn’t come to anything.
The track takes you most of the way in and then gate to gate across the open field. Bit squidgy underfoot near the mouth of the burn but lovely view across the loch to a pair of swans near the far bank.
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Girls getting the CP bug.

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!

Two strolls in the snow

Down to the Dee on another track off the Deeside Way. I went down at the old Cambus station. Lots more wildlife including buzzard, goosander, dipper and great spotted woodpecker. The island here must be one of the biggest on the Dee. Beautiful.
Afterwards I headed up the A97 from Dinnet and parked before Ordie to follow the track and through the fields to the mouth of the Loggie burn. There I saw grey heron, goldeneye and a brown hare. If you do this challenge and use this track, stop in the mature pine wood on the way to have a look at Logie Ruthven homestead moat, a great archaeological site connected to the Battle of Culblean.

Snowie showers between sunny intervals

Warren over mouth of Logie burn, view of Mount Keen from Knockargety, snowy feet having just surprised a mountain hare.