GLW1510: A Deeside Quartet
First time back for several years and looking
good as ever in its golden autumn colours.
The Seven Bridges
has a project to do involving rivers and someone had
the bright idea of basing it on bridges which led naturally
to the Seven Bridges Walk. This is an anticlockwise
loop starting from Craigendarroch. It crosses
two wooden foot bridges, the first having replaced the
road bridge, before the big one over the River Dee.
The return along the south side then uses two
distinct and one small road bridges before crossing
back into Ballater over the biggest of the lot.
were also stepping stones and a rain water run-off culvert.
Could they be construed as bridges? We
really a walk, more of a treasure hunt around the impressive
gardens plus playground at the café. Very
well organised for keeping youngsters happy whilst those
with botanical leanings studied the plants.
inside of the castle is also impressive but photos are
not allowed so no picture record of that part of the
the back of the complex is the hill from which it takes
its name. It is a shortish but quite steep climb
up through light woodland, emerging at the top at a
fine viewpoint. On a clear day, that is.
could not believe how fast five year old Luca romped
up the hill. I had to dig deep to keep up with
him. And on the descent he stormed away, mainly
due to age making me more cautious on the rocky bits-
something that didn't seem to bother him.
o'Burn. Or is it Burn o'Vat? Either way
it is a lovely short walk though light woodland to then
cross stepping stones into the vat.
a good day, you could scramble up the rocks to above
the waterfall but today the rocks were greasy and we
were losing the daylight. We should have returned
via the viewpoint but calls of nature took us back the
way we approached. Next time.
Seven Bridge Walk Craigendarroch
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