Another good day.
I woke up to cloud but the weather looked set to improve as I set off – as ever, I was not early and a few Challengers had already passed me although they had stayed at the bothy or camped further down the glen. The upper part of the Glen is not as attractive as the more wooded lower Glen Feshie and, after crossing the watershed, the path was pretty boggy and a wee bit dull. I passed various Challengers including the indomitable Lou and Phyllis and we chatted for a while. Before too long it was lunchtime and I was at White Bridge. Great views towards Glen Tilt and Bienn a’Ghlo.
At White Bridge I took a short diversion and walked about 400 metres up Glen Dee to the Chest of Dee. This is an absolutely beautiful spot with waterfalls and deep pools – perfect for lunch and, on a hot day (not today) a swim. Most walkers through Glen Feshie and Glen Tilt don’t know about this – it is well worth the diversion. I spend an hour there eating and enjoying the sun.
After lunch, it was back to White Bridge and a road walk to Mar Lodge. I stopped at the Linn of Dee for photography and to look for a Swiss Army knife I left there last year when attacked by midges – sadly I didn’t find it. I met David again here and we walked together to Mar Lodge.
David was camping and had booked a meal there – I checked things out and not only did they have some dinner places available, they also had bunkhouse space. I had planned to camp but the prospect of a bed was too good to miss. It was great to have a shower and get the wet socks washed. The Challenger’s dinner was great value at a tenner – venison stew with baked tatties followed by rhubarb crumble and unlimited coffee. The staff at the Lodge had done a booze run to Braemar so we we had wine to drink at dinner then a convivial evening around the fire in the Gun Room.