Walk: Alvah Bridge over troubled water
|[View downstream from the Bridge of Alvah]|
The River Deveron is a wild beast. Prone to flash flooding, past spate events have left a legacy of destroyed bridges and flooded homes over the centuries. Perhaps its due to these sudden changes in water level that few paths seem to run close to the most scenic sections of the river course, but at the Bridge of Alvah there's an exception. Here, a 17th century, single-arched bridge soars high above the suddenly dramatic gorge: an unexpected snapshot of Highland drama amongst otherwise gently rolling countryside. This all used to form part of the estate of Duff House, the impressive Georgian mansion at the start of the route on the outskirts of Banff.
Name: Walk: Alvah Bridge over troubled water ★★☆☆☆
Length: 6 km / 4 miles
Ascent: 100 metres
Points of interest: Duff House; Duff House Mausoleum; Bridge of Alvah
Start / finish: Car park at Duff House, south side of Banff, G.R.: NJ 689633 / ironclad graceful flows
Route: Car park & Duff House - Duff House Mausoleum - Mount Carmel - Bridge of Alvah - return by outward route
Terrain: Woodland tracks and paths.
Wildlife today: Not much.
Weather today: A few spots of rain at first under overcast skies. Cool and breezy with river levels high.
>> see Banff & Macduff post for Duff House ★★☆☆☆
Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)