What would have been – Day 8 Friday 17th May 2019 Glen Feshie – Ruigh Aiteachain NN 846 928 to 1km by White Bridge NO 027 892

Reproduced from www.viewranger.com. Map data: Ordnance Survey ©Crown Copyright and/or database right 2016. License number 100043379.

From Ruigh Aiteachain follow track S then SE on N  river bank track. Cross River Eidart at FB NN 913 886. Continue on track E leaving River Fenshie towards Geldie Burn, and continue on this track to NO 006 868 and turn NNE to cross White Bridge. Continue E and camp in the ruins at NO 027 892.
OS Landranger series maps: 43
Length: 23.81 km                         
Total Ascent:  430m
Total Descent: 388m
Max Elevation: 566m
Min Elevation: 366m
Route Profile:    

My route today more or less follows the Glenfeshie Drove Road all the way to Lin of Dee.

For some of the way, my route follows the River Feshie up stream, and a couple of kilometers south of my camp is a fantastic gorge, and I will have to look for photo opportunities here.

The River Feshie is a majory tributary of the River Spey and itself drains 240sqkm, fed by the Geldie Burn and the River Eidart. Rock deposits leave the river braided at parts, and the depth is not consistenst despite it’s location, salmon and sea trout spawn here.

Photo Credit: Carrbridge Mountain Bikers

Where the route passes close to the river, you can see the efects of erosion. Decades of poor land management have allowed deer to consume most vegetation and forestry that would have prevented so much run off. The result is that many monor streams feeding the river have widened and can be torrential even in good weather, and the Feshie itself has broadened considearbly with natural for points lost, and many historical crossings swept away. This is not a river you want to paddle, and many people have lost their lives doing so. It is popular with canoeists for its fast flowing sections and twists and turms along its 30km length.

At the river Eidart, I leave the Feshie behind and follow the north bank of the Geldie Burn, til its intersection with the River Dee. Here I turn north and join the Glen Tilt Drove Road and cross at White Bridge. I will camp in the medieval ruins of the Tonnagaoithe Township.

Photo Credit: Hugh Venables

See you tomorrow.

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