Monday, 4 July 2016

Hike and bike in North Mavine


Plans were made for me and a non-cycling friend from work to do a fairly ambitious off road adventure this weekend. 


Setting off from North Roe we were to head out along the track to Uyea Isle, pop over there an then continue around the trackless coast to Da Lang Ayre. The option was then to either go over Ronas Hill back to the main road or go back there via Roer Water. Either way a tough route and one that was to involve a reasonable amount of pushing due to bog, rocks or both!

We left the bikes on the mainland side at Uyea. There was no way we going to get them down and across to the isle...


The easy bit down...


Always an amazing place...

 

We had lunch on Uyea and then the hard work was to begin.


My friend hasn't cycled for 12 years and despite being fit as a runner and footballer it was slow hard going proper off road. Certainly in at the deep end and not most people's view of mountain biking. But it was a fine day!

Burn of Brettoo...


Heading to Da Lang Clodie Wick...


Looking back to Uyea in th every far distance...


Looking back over Da Lang Clodie Wick...


And on towards Da Lang Ayre with Da Faither headland in the distance...


By joint consensus we didn't have the time or energy to go down to Da Lang Ayre from the other end so we explorer Turls Head at the northern end of the beach. A great spot...



And then it was back north to Da Lang Clodie Wick and across peat hags and bog to Roer Water.

Looking north fromTurls Head...


Once we'd crossed the peat bogs to Roer Water we hit track again which took us back to the main road and tarmac much to my friends delight. It had been a long long day out on the coast what with cycling, hiking, bike pushing and a hot Shetland day. Flagging on the way back to North Roe there was some revival with the sighting of an otter and fish and chips at Frankies on the way home!

I'll return some time to tackle Ronas Hill on the bike. Maybe even with my friend if I've not killed him off!

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