A ride of two halves, after a warm up along the river Dee, the first half involved a climb up estate landrover tracks which gained a lot of height relatively painlessly onto a very exposed ridge above the town and back down again on the other side towards the Burn O’Vat visitor centre by Loch Kinord. The loop round the loch is optional but a lot of fun with rocky and rooty single track and even a Pictish stone.
After the loch loop, head back to the visitor centre and then up the path to the ‘Burn O’Vat’ where you come across this waterfall:
Scramble up to the water and in-behind and the you find yourself in quite a spectacular hollowed out pothole which is the ‘Burn O’Vat’.
After the detour to the Burn O’Vat, there’s a short bit of pushing up out of the gorge and then a fantastic single track path that isn’t market on the OS map which leads to a track and then some tricky route finding to some of the locals’ favourite trails around the ‘quarry’ and then a fun descent back down to the A9 and the sustrans cycle route back to Ballater and that cake shop I mentioned earlier 🙂
Distance: 38km Time: 4hrs 49min Ascent: 624m.