Balmedie to Cruden Bay. 18 Miles.


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Walk along the beach until the estuary at Newburgh, then cross the Ythan bridge and then follow the minor road into Cruden Bay

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Today was a bit blustery and the weather left a lot to be desired, as it rained quite heavily especially on the way into Cruden Bay. The first part of the walk followed tne beach northwards until Newburgh was reached. It dtarted raining heavily with hailstones and so a stop was made at the Udny hotel in Newburgh for some hot coffee. I felt a blister coming on just after I started off again, so I stopped just at the bridge over the river Ythan to put on a blister pack. Setting off again, the ruined remains of Forvie church was past on the way to Collieston. The area is a big nature reserve at Forvie, but I decided not to visit the visitor centre but to press on towards Cruden Bay to catch the bus back to Balmedie at 8 o’clock. There was a short climb up the hill to reach the ruins of Slaine castle. This castle was in ruins but was the inspiration behind Bram Stoker when he wrote Dracula. The walk from the castle to Cruden Bay was a bit of a slog along minor roads as I couldn’t see a route along the shoreline. To top it all the rain started to come down and it was a relief when Cruden Bay was eventually reached.

Time Taken: 420 minutes Distance Covered: Walking: 18 miles, Biking: 0 miles
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