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At present there are 13 walks to choose from, from around Ballater and Loch Kinord - and with more walks added regularly.

Old Railway Line to the Bridge of Gairn

Fairly flat, relatively easy underfoot, with some nice views up the valley.
Starting point: Dundarroch Road, 250 metres from Ballater village centre
Distance: short, (2.5 miles / 4km)
Climb: very gentle, 60m
Difficulty: easy
Underfoot: generally a wide flat path, some parts along the river are narrower and can be muddy.
Estimated time to complete: 1 hour
Scenic value: 6/10
Overall rating: 6/10 

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Comments: This is an easy walk that everyone can manage. It is almost all along a wide flat path, the uphill slope is very gentle and there are some pretty views across the valley towards Creag Ghiubhais and Creag Phiobaidh. It has the added attraction of passing what was, allegedly, the late HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother's fishing lodge on the opposite side of the river. 

I've suggested taking the footpath along the river part of the way on the outward leg of the walk, marked by the green  traffic-light, and returning all the way along the old railway line, marked by the red  traffic light below. 


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