Tarfside to North Water Bridge
Today was largely a repeat of last year. I decided that, unlike many Challengers, I wouldn’t have breakfast at The Retreat, in order to get to Edzell in good time for lunch at the Tuck Inn.
While it’s a lovely walk down the North Esk river, it was all quite familiar, so I didn’t dawdle.
Like most Challengers I took the Rocks of Solitude/Blue Door walk. It was every bit as lovely as last year. Unlike last year, I took the river walk into Edzell, rather than the road. This was an unexpected pleasure and every bit as good as the Rocks of Solitude.
I seemed to be the first to arrive at the Tuck Inn. The waitress asked me whether there were any other Challengers behind me. I assured there would be plenty. After a good lunch, I girded my loins for the trudge to the North Water Bridge camp site.
I was one of the first at the camp site, so I nabbed a spot in a quiet corner and took a shower before the hordes arrived. Most arrived around tea time. Later, there was an impromptu birthday party for Lynsey with cake. Yum. I decided to have a relatively early night and left the revellers to it.