Aberdeen City Rides: Epic Aberdeen Circuit

I posted this first when we were just about to open up from the last lockdown. It was glorious weather and a trails were running well. It seems like just the right time to put it out again now.

It is possible to have an epic ride from the city. This 65km route, with 1000m of climbing, is preparation for big mountain rides later in the year. Most of the route is covered in earlier posts, so I refer to those to keep this post short.

From the the start point in Torry Battery drop down the hill on to the coast path and follow it south. At Greyhope bay (the large carpark), take a track leading straight across the golf course to the coast road (with caution now courses are open), and continue south taking a cycle path where possible. At some traffic lights, and a railway bridge, rejoin the road as far as a car park at Doonies Farm. Take a path up hill from the northend of the carpark, and follow it around the fencing for about 2.5km, keeping left, across Tullos Hill to Wellington Road dual carriageway. Cross both Wellington Road and Tullos Road into Red Moss Road, then take a path across Kincorth Nature Reserve that leads from Red Moss Walk. Follow this keeping left until the path passes a stone bench (this is a reverse of ABZ City Rides: Kincorth Nature Reserve, Tullos Hill, Doonies and Torry).

A narrow path leads through the gorse to the south, follow this and then a track down to the A92. Cross the A92 carefully into a track at Redcraigs, and follow it through farmland to a t-junction. Make a right here, then left to reach a school. The route enters the woods from a track behind the school (part of ABZ City Ride: Kincorth to Clochandighter Route). Trace an indistinct path through Brodie Wood, roughly parallel to the road, and pop out of a hedge at a road junction. Take the road up hill to the crossroads. Follow the road westwards for 2.5km, right at a t-junction, the left, down hill through the forest (Sustrans Route 1). Just before the AWPR, there is a new gate to a track on the right, which runs behind a house. Follow the track downhill all the way to the river.

Cross the river on the main road and climb the cyclepath past a junction on the North Deeside Road and take a single track road behind Kippe Lodge (