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Circular cycle ride from Tomintoul, oh, and a Graham

PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2019 5:48 pm
by TheTortoise
A last minute trip to Braemar with family and we realised that we could pop up to Tomintoul on a free day. It was a sunny morning, mixed cloud and sun afternoon, little wind, cold on top. We took our bikes, from Queen Victoria's viewpoint car park. Undulating down into glen on tracks, tarmac between bridges, uphill to farm and beyond, pushing occasionally on the steeper sections especially when rough ground. Mostly riding though. Typical moorland rounded hills but then from summit, amazing views to across to Ben Avon, corries and tors, outlined in snow. Mast and possibly weather station at top.
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Down steep zigs (walked) to Glen Loin, along a bit, lunch mostly in the sun in this beautiful and deserted glen. Then onwards, met 3 mountain bikers going the other way (young), and got to the ford. The Hare only just made it across riding, I pushed my bike across in bare feet, treading carefully. But I had left my gloves on the far bank, and my feet were cold. Unable to cross back without poles, I would have to take the bike back for support. The Hare volunteered to walk back across in boots, and found a route. Unfortunately he got wet feet on the way back. What a hero. Walkhighlands suggests that the burn is impassable in spate, but walkers would have had to paddle often I think. Lovely ride back out along the glens, quite a bit of ascent as well as descent. The track improved as we carried on, finally on tarmac quite a long way up the glen. Continued on tarmac through Delnabo back to car park. Brilliant to have a ride and a summit all in one!

Re: Circular cycle ride from Tomintoul, oh, and a Graham

PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:47 am
by gaffr
Hello,
I see that you folks enjoy reaching your hills when using the off-road bikes....me too. :)
However on a ride from Dorback, over the water of Caiplich near the Castle, past a pigeon loft I guess to take the pressure off the grouse and onto the steep brae up to where your Graham could be reached....what is 40 metres upwards from the track...only I did not know that the top was on the list. :lol: so never got there.
Anyway over the years we have found the area to be fine for the use of the off-road bikes. To get to Ben Avon, bikes left near to the footbridge, via the big Coire. After an over night at the Fords of Avon refuge with a grand run down the Glen and out to Tomintoul...and several others days out in the area using the velo.
I see from another Post that you are building up a collection of biking/hill days out. :)

Re: Circular cycle ride from Tomintoul, oh, and a Graham

PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:07 pm
by TheTortoise
gaffr wrote:Hello,
I see that you folks enjoy reaching your hills when using the off-road bikes....me too. :)
However on a ride from Dorback, over the water of Caiplich near the Castle, past a pigeon loft I guess to take the pressure off the grouse and onto the steep brae up to where your Graham could be reached....what is 40 metres upwards from the track...only I did not know that the top was on the list. :lol: so never got there.
Anyway over the years we have found the area to be fine for the use of the off-road bikes. To get to Ben Avon, bikes left near to the footbridge, via the big Coire. After an over night at the Fords of Avon refuge with a grand run down the Glen and out to Tomintoul...and several others days out in the area using the velo.
I see from another Post that you are building up a collection of biking/hill days out. :)


Hello
You are much more adventurous than us on mountain bikes - we really prefer tarmac! At the moment we are mainly focussing on remote Grahams so there will be more days with cycling. But yes, there are some other interesting looking tracks in the area for another time..... :)