The path away from Potarch was very nice and looked newly done.
The morning was overcast and cool, perfect for walking again today.
The path led to the Slewdrum Forest and the Deeside way would continue over to Banchory and then east to Aberdeen. We needed to split off here and do a little more road walking toward Strachan to get to the Fetteresso Forest
The B-Roads were quiet and there were several nice farms with horses, cattle, and sheep along the way.
We made it into Strachan and had a rest in the park. We were hoping for a Co-op or gas station to get some fresh lunch and a drink, but Strachan while being a fairly large little town, with a school and some shops did not have any groceries. (Banchory is only 4 miles by road away).
We slipped across the Water of Feugh (above) and it was just a short walk on a minor road to get to the entrance to the forrest. We came in heading for Glenskinnan (a hunting bothy)
A small step had been provided to get over the fence and around the gate (above)
This first climb to get into the forest had been about 600'. I think the picture above sums up the way Vicky was feeling at the moment. (We took a good rest here!)
A short distance up the path we came to Glenskinnin, clearly a bothy for hunters. It was all locked up, but the important part was the rain barrels outside the hut. We needed water and we had been careful not to use the water on the way up as it had been polluted by the cow pastures along the way. The water in the rain barrels was just what we needed
After we rested we continued on the forest track.
It actually looks as if mountain bikes have been through this section. That would be a tough ride!
Just as we got to a sign post, we dipped down to a lovely creek, you looked up and got your first view of the wind turbines here in the forest. They immediately reminded me of some War Of The Worlds scene rising up out of the trees.
We followed the forest track in the North Dennetys, the "D" stone marking a boundry
We didn't have to walk through the actual wind farm field, as some challengers did that came from the south. the wind farms we located in the Mid Hill area of the forest.
We finally veered off the construction track and through another gate onto a smaller path toward Stonehouse. (Above-This is what the path in the entire forest used to look like before the wind farm construction) I had assumed that Stonehouse would be a bothy of some kind in the forest. It actually turned out to be someones new house! In rural Scotland all the houses have names not numbers and they are actually shown on maps. I had no idea that someone could actually live here. To me this seemed like someone living inside one of our National Forest.
After the initial climb into the forest the walking flattened out and it was downhill the rest of the day, In fact I reminded Vicky that after we topped out our elevation near the wind farms it was all down hill to the sea!
She was noticeably cheered up. At the end of the day I was glad that we had come this way into the forest. It was harder yes, but it was more interesting and diverse and I think made for a better experience.
One more day!
15.3 miles 9 hours.
119.3 miles walked of possible 175 miles planned.
elevation profile for Day 13