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Derry Lodge MTB recce
by Alastair S » Sun Nov 14, 2010 1:02 am
Date walked: 13/11/2010
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With an iffy forecast and a free[ish] weekend decided that a MTB recce up to Derry Lodge and beyond was in order. Weather here in Deeside was fairly good in the morning but by the time I got past Braemar a slight drizzle had started. So in full cycling kit it was off in the drizzle. After a short path from the Linn of Dee car park through woodland & some duck walk it was onto a nice wide track up Glen Lui to Derry Lodge. Only took 25min for the 5km. Noticed half a dozen bikes behind the hut there. Next it was up the path to the East of the Derry Burn. This was a pretty decent path too but with quite a few deep water channels across it. Managed to ride over most of them but needed to use my feet for some. Going was not nearly as fast as up to the lodge as the path now climbed the side of the glen. Meet a party of half a dozen walkers heading to the Hutchinson hut who had just hidden their bikes off the path - one of them had punctured and they didn't have a spare tube between them (I'd didn't offer them my sole spare tube).
Soon after crossed a more substantial stream - nearly managed to cycle through the 7-8ft ford without having to use my feet but at the last minute had to put my foot down to keep balance. But was very pleased with the performance of the Sealskinz socks I was wearing. Although now totally wet they still kept my feet warm - recommended. I may now get the gloves too.
Looking up Glen Derry (with Derry Cairngom)
Some decent path
The path now got even steeper and more rocky and as a consequence a couple of slow sideways topples. The path then came out of the woodland and back down to the flood plain of the burn and became a lot flatter, if still narrow, muddy & rocky. The drizzle had stopped for now so stopped for some hot chocolate. While I did so the walkers I'd passed earlier caught me up - so my progress since passing them hadn't been that astonishing. The path ahead didn't look too bad, certainly better than the last half k I'd done so it is definitely feasible to do another couple of k on your bike.
Glen Derry flood plain
I wanted to look at Glen Luibeg as well so turned round at this point, crossed the metal footbridge to the other side of the glen and headed back to Derry Lodge. This side of the glen was not nearly so cycle friendly - narrower, muddier and with lots of very slippery tree roots. And it was here that I achieved my first face plant Not sure what I hit but I must have taken my eyes of the path for a second and blam. Luckily nothing hurt that much (although one knee is now a bit sore) and the bike was fine too. As I was about to continue my way another group of six walkers strolled into sight - so dignity just preserved Looked like it was going to be fairly cosy in the hut.
So, back to Derry Lodge and off up Glen Luibeg. The first half k was a total bogfest (which I walked). The path then wasn't too bad. Again lots of drainage channels across the path but most were easy enough to negotiate. There is then some deer fencing where the path splits. Meet a couple of walkers who had done Carn a' Mhaim and were just collecting their bikes. Beyond this fence the path isn't cycleable. I walked a bit further on to where the map shows a path across the Luibeg Burn. I couldn't see a way across the river here - hardly worth risking it given there is a footbridge a few 100 metres further on.
Luibeg Burn with Carn a' Mhaim behind
Turned back as the drizzle was now turning to sleet. Thought I could avoid the quagmire at Derry Lodge by taking the track by the burn. What I hadn't realized was that it was a ford point to get across the burn here. Rather than waste 10 minutes and bog I just strode across - hell, I was wet enough already. Water didn't reach my knees so a decent result in my book.
Blasted back to the car park as the sleet turned to snow, passing lots of folk on the way. When I had arrive the temperature was 4C. Now it was zero and the snow was pretty heavy, though it wasn't settling. But by the time I got to Braemar it was back to drizzle.
And sorry for the poor quality of photos - I'd left the white balance for indoor and given the conditions didn't spend much time on getting decent shots.
- mountain coward
by LeithySuburbs » Sun Nov 14, 2010 12:31 pm
Was wondering what'd happened to your pics.
I've walked that road so many times - it's one of my "wish I had a bike places"
by malky_c » Sun Nov 14, 2010 3:49 pm
I have some sympathy with the cyclists you met. I was off to Strathpeffer earlier today and got a puncture about 10 miles outside Inverness. Fixed it but it blew again - inner tube completely split
Had to get my wife to pick me up. May well start carrying a spare tube as well as a repair kit in future
- mountain coward
by malky_c » Sun Nov 14, 2010 4:32 pm
- mountain coward
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