We’ve just been out for a cycle ride on Deeside Way. This is the old train line which used to ferry Queen Victoria and entourage out to Balmoral Castle every summer. It was closed in the 60s and has recently been converted into a cycling/walking path.
The pathway goes all the way out to Ballater, about 65km inland and up to an elevation of 200m above sea level. We went just under a quarter of the way and then came back again, making a trip of 30km. I mapped the ride on mapmyride:
One day I’d like to cycle all the way out to Ballater. We’d do it in two days I think, cycling first to Banchory and staying there overnight, then Banchory to Ballater the next day. Cycling on a dedicated path like this is miles better than dodging cars and pedestrians on the streets around Aberdeen. It was a truly wonderful way to spend the afternoon and I loved every minute of it. Although I have come home with a sore bum, it was invigorating and well, there’s really no better way to spend an afternoon. Did I already say that? Cycling is such an accessible sport and you can enjoy it at any age. I just wish town planners gave cyclists a higher priority.
Here are some pics:
Ben says this is the “don’t fuck with me pic”:
Elizabeth fell asleep:
The River Dee:
We stopped at one point to let the kids free-range for a bit and I decided to have a go in Busby. It’s quite cosy in there: