A sunny Sunday, though maybe a bit too windy for big mountains, so a good time to head to Fochabers and do the Fochabers-Craigellachie section of the Speyside Way (leaves me with just 1 section to complete it).
Parked in the Speyside Way car park just off the A96 before getting into Fochabers Village. Majority of the walk is on very quiet tarmac roads (I'd say 5 or 6 cars passed me in total during the entire walk and that's doing it in both directions) and good forestry tracks, so I just did the walk in trainers. All well signed, though somehow I managed to miss a clearly signed turn to the right (as I saw on my return leg) and so continued on a forestry track contouring Ben Aigan instead of heading down to a minor road. I probably walked an extra couple of km before realising I'd gone wrong, but instead of retracing my steps, I headed down through overgrown forestry to reach a field, then managed to pick a field with a bull in it. Hopped over 2 barbed wire fences to avoid the bull and ended up in a field full of thigh high thistles, but negotiated them and got down to the road, though had to swing over a triple barbed wire fence using overhanging tree branches to finally get to it. All uneventful again after that. Got to the Allachie Park parking area where I'd finished previously coming from the south, then turned round and took the proper route back without bulls, fields or barbed wire fences. Nice easy walk if you stick to following the signs - bit of up and down but not so noticeable given the easy terrain and the distance.
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