Sun 31st May
Parked up at Ruth & Iain’s and duly pointed up the right track. Very gusty ascent and top of Pressendye. Great run off the top and over Broom Hill to Lazy Well. Looks like some nice running to the North side of that ridge – for another day… Good descent back down to Ruth’s. 15.7 k, 619m climb, 1 hr 42′ running time.
A good workout for Sunday late afternoon – the best part of the day weatherwise, as it happened.
I pretty much did the same route as Dave, Kirsty and Gary but the other way round and on foot. I either past them somewhere in the mist, or more likely they were sensible and didn’t set off at 7.30 this morning and do it in the pouring rain.
Rode up to Lazy Well with Gary and Kathy, on a drizzly day with low cloud. K turned back and Gary + I continued along the track to Pressendye. There is a new deer fence almost all the way and I’m not sure what the best route is. Probably to stay on the right of the fence. We stayed left and turned north after descending broom hill, which is less steep than the direct route but a very bad track. Took the most direct route back down which is a great ride and gave me the chance to check it out before the race on Thursday. Have to admit my legs were a bit tired after the Ben Lomond race yesterday.
I started from Boig farm, and found a right of way to Cushnie. It was paths all the way after that, and a bit of snow beyond the trees. Great views all round, but that will go in time as the upper slopes are all planted with trees now. Plenty of birds on the farm and in the woods, but nothing on the open hill. Wheatear, pied wagtail, buzzard, jay, song thrush, mistle thrush, blackbird, bullfinch, wren, goldcrest and my first cuckoo of the year.
Objective: Pressendye and onwards to Lazy Wells.
This is our third consecutive day on the Challenge and, though we intended to roughly follow Steph and Andy’s route, age and experience (mostly age) suggest we ought to try to reduce their 11 miles a little.
We found some roadside parking west of Oldmill, near the T junction. Then ran back east and up the waymarked route to Pressendye trig.
Signed the book in the geocache, noting that Cosmics recently had a training run up here.
Next stop, Lazy Wells.
An early start from Tarland and up through the beeches making a quick detour up Pittenderich where it started to snow. Carrying on up to Pressendye I was surprised to find a “radio ham” stood with a transmitter trying to reach Moscow. It turns out his radio club have 88 checkpoints across Deeside – to tick off the checkpoint you need to make four contacts by radio. I didn’t hang about to see how he got on but carried on towards Broom Hill where a mountain hare, still in winter whites, led the way. Suffice to say I got left behind !The run down to Lazy Well is good going and then heading back to Tarland through the Davochs – I briefly turned to see Pressendye decked in sun and blue sky all around !!
Andy had a day off so I suggested that we meet at 9am and go for a nice little run up Pressendye and maybe take in Lazy Well. The views from Pressendye were great and the gentle descent down to Lazy Well good fun. A long descent on a nice grassy track to East Davoch and then back along a very quiet little road to Tarland. A nice 11 mile route for a Monday morning (surely better than being at work??).
Started from Boig,deviated from the track to avoid a couple of bulls and then took the most direct route to the top, following good tracks all the way. Met a couple of walkers on the top whose foot prints in the snow l had been following. They told me about a tin with a book for writing in , which is within the stone shelter. They took my picture,which shows Lochnagar in the background. Very pleasant run back down the same way. Sent from my Fire