Day 14

Day 14 South Redbrigs to Mintlaw Station

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Wednesday 24th May

Day 14

24km

60m ascent

Sprottyneuk sign

Interested spectators
The morning started dry but overcast and I made my way back to the road down to the delightfully named 'Sprottyneuk' where I continued picking my way along the minor roads with curious cattle rushing up to the fences to see me as I worked my way around New Deer before reaching the old railway line, now the Formartine and Buchan Way. I had been watching the showers passing by all morning and was begining to think that I might miss them all but as I reached the line the heavens opened with a great rumble and I found myself caught in a spectacular thunderstorm.

Roadside flora

No mountains here!
I managed to shelter from the worst of it under a bridge but was still dripping when I arrived in Maud and decided to look into the Station Hotel to check the quality of the local Guinness, which I can confirm is excellent as was the, very reasonably priced, large slab of home-made chicken and vegetable pie with roast potatoes.

Bridge over the Formartine and Buchan Way

New Deer
I had now finished with the road walking and the rest of the route was along the Formartine and Buchan Way a pleasant but still showery walk passing the ruined Abbey outside Old Deer before reaching the camp site at Aden Country Park in the sunshine.

F&B Sign

Formartine and Buchan Way
I was the only tent on this well maintained council site and I made full use of the showering, washing and drying facilities to try and make myself more acceptable to the human race before visiting the nearby hotel for an excellent dinner. I slept well.

Aden Country Park Camp Site

Deer Abbey

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