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54. Craigendarroch NO 366 966

Sunday walks

Two cp’s ticked with the family on two Sunday walks (Craigendarroch was done 2 weeks ago but only got round to recording it). We often head up Mill Maud as a wee family walk, great view from the top.

Craigendarroch and Baudy Meg

The first (Craigendarroch) was a Sunday walk with the girls (their 11th cp).

The second (Baudy Meg) was today in lovely sunshine but bitterly cold winds. Started from Bridge of Ess up the Craigendinnie track and along. Returned by dropping down to the Firmounth Road and back by the river.

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.

Craigendarroch saves the day

Our kitchen heating has broken so it was too cold to sit around today but cold and windy outside. Decided on the moderately easy Craigendarroch after which we would be able to retreat to one of Ballater’s tea-rooms.
A nice sunny climb on the west side, trees still bare of leaves. Remnants of last night’s snow made it slippy coming down the east side.
Bacon and egg roll and double-shot coffee to round off the outing.
Didn’t see any Deeside Runners on the hill but bumped into JaneO in Aboyne co-op.

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Day 1 Craigendarroch

An early start to the challenge with a very snowy climb of Craigendarroch. I went up the standard signposted route from the main road in Ballater. At the summit at 9.40 am with bright sunshine and great views to Lochnagar. A flock of bullfinches greeted me at the top. About an hour up and down (walking)