David had a study day today. I went for a walk so as not to disturb him. He kindly dropped me off before he hit the books, at Clashdhu, just outside Forres. I set off north on the Dava Way, feeling a little irrationally vulnerable, a habit I must get out of.
I walked through the trees on this reasonable track that used to be the rail line. It’s quite a pleasant route, this particular stretch being very quiet and mine were the first foot prints this morning, other than the deer.
Rather nice bridge
At Scurrypool, the track takes the steps up the side of the bridge as to follow the rail line would get very, very wet. The path through the trees follows the western edge of Newtyle Forest until rejoining the old rail line just west of Rafford and continues north to the Dallas Dhu Distillery.
After passing the Distillery (sadly, no longer distilling…) I left the Dava Way just before the end and skirted the southern edge of Sanquhar Woods to meet St Leonard’s Road at Baraine.
I took the road past Muiry Wood and cut down to the A96, which I crossed carefully, then took the minor road through Crows Wood to pick up the road home.
9.13 miles, 3.1 mph average, 255 ft total ascent, I was home in time for lunch. I had to be quiet this afternoon, yawn.
Oh, and it did snow. Just as I passed the distillery it came down thick and fast, easing off as I photographed the flood alleviation, then starting again as I crossed the A96 until I got home. On the whole though, it was a nice day.