I'd slept merely Ok, disturbed at some point by lights flashing over the tent...probably security from the nearby Balfour Beatty compound? I was up and away before 5am, with a plan to do some serious miles to put myself in a position to climb the Munro's above Feshie in the promised sun of Friday.
|On the road (literally in this case) early..an advantage of the early start was that I saw very little traffic on the minor roads during the morning.|
|The picnic area in Laggan provided a great place for second breakfast. The nearby loo's were also handy.|
|Looking back up the upper Spey valley, the Silver Birches were beautiful on the stretch of tarmac to Glen Truim.|
|Seeing this waymarker confirmed my thoughts having studied the map, so I detoured through the forestry for a couple of Km. I probably wouldn't repeat this!|
|I took the "track" to Phones, I presumed this wouldn't be tarmac. But it was this was a bit of a disappointment. The Surroundings were very attractive though, and more than compensated.|
|The old military road, made for great walking, this is the bridge over the Milton Burn in excellent condition.|
|The bridge offered good shelter from the wind, it was a good place for a brew!|
|Ruthven Barracks...soon be leaving the Spey Valley. It felt like real Eastwards progess was being made.|
Shortly after here I met Graham Weaver, and chatted and walked together almost to Balleguish.
|The hills above Glen Feshie were starting to look very close, I was tempted to camp just the other side of the footbridge here but decided to press on to Feshie.|
|Feshie at last! Peter Little (who I'd last seen at the Falls of Glomach) had a great spot for his tent just beside the bridge. The path fof much of the way from here to the bothy has been "improved"|