Today provided the "prettiest" part of my Challenge. It was actually going to be my foul weather alternative when I submitted my route, but I'd left things open in my own mind. A mention here for @ who gave me the location of the "new bridge" Thanks Andrew! I was fortunate to have the company of Peter Dixon@munro277 Lee Taylor@ and Matt Holland@.
|For a second breakfast at the "Retreat", and very good it was too!|
|We waded the North Esk to gain the track on the other side.|
|After which we passed through Keenie and then walked above the river on what appeared to be a new bulldozed track.|
|Having descended back to the riverside we followed the track, which eventually led us to the "new bridge". This gave us access to the path to "The Rocks of Solitude"|
|The path, carved out of the rock twists and turns above the river, the picture doesn't do any justice!|
|Here lower down the valley the river widens once more and tumbles over these low rapids.|
|The fresh leaved Beech trees gave welcome sdade on what was turning out to be a hot day.|
|A map of the walk...highly recommended!|
|The Blue Door Walk...Great!!|
|Once across the B966 the river can still be followed almost into Edzell. Arable crops on our righthand side.|
|Another Challenge institution "The Tuck Inn"....so we did!|
|It was road for much of the way from Edzell to Northwater Bridge. Its a very long, straight road, here we look back.....|
|.....and here we look onward! :-(|
|Eventually we arrived at Northwater Bridge...it soon filled up with Challengers. A tentspotters delight!|
This had been a much better day than expected, the North Esk was a grand riverside stroll.