Yesterday after I settled into my hotel I went for a walk around Fochabers with the desire to locate the Speyside Way. I eventually found the community paths on the Fochabers Burn (a small stream or river) known as the Intake Path which did lead me past many wild flowers as well as the river Spey and the Speyside Way. i ended up walking 3 miles
i headed out to the Speyside Way which was road waking and soon found myself in a cul-d-sac so i checked the map and had to backtrack a half mile to where the blue GPS said the trail was; the way marker was hidden by bushes and was not easy to loacate -ok, moving on!
After about an hour i was on a dirt track and heading into woodland and passed a field of sheep and gathered some wool caught on the fences. Two women caught up with me and we walked together to Boat-o-Brig and we turned right; I was following them. After passing cows they stopped at a road junction and realized we missed the turn off A MILE back so that was 2 miles added to the day. We found the trail marker and headed up into the woods, and up we kept going for almost 6 miles. Some where in here it started raining and never.stopped; it wasn't heavy but a good drizzle with no end in sight and i got a little we trying to get my rain gear on.
As we went into the forest there were lots of downed trees from Storm Arwn and many were being cut up fot lumber, it was stacked everywhere. The greenery and birdsong was wonderful but the muddy track was not and in my attempt to avoid i slipped and went down wrenching my leg at the groin. Eventually i had to apply a lidocaine patch buut my pace really slowed down since it was painful to walk - i may have strained my groin muscle since it hurts to lift my left leg.
Eventually I made it to my B&B but what should have taken 6 hours in good conditions turned into 7 hours of actual walking but i was out there 9 hours and walked 14.9 miles.
Time for a hot bath and aspirin