Larch View Route
Larch View Route Stats
Grade: Blue - Moderate
Estimated Time To Ride The Route: 1.5 - 2.5 hrs
The blue-graded Larch View Route combines forest road with some singletrack (shared with the Ae Valley Route). The trail is ideal if you want to step up from the green-graded trail and to take in a little bit more of the forest.
The outward route is shared with the green and red-graded trails. Cross the Water of Ae go past the start of the Ae Valley Route, then take a left turn onto forest road. At junction 9 go past the start of the red route (on the right). Turn right and continue on the forest road.
This section takes you round the side of Green Hill to Gubhill. At Gubhill, bear right on the forest road. A climb here takes you up to junction 12 where you join up briefly with the red route as far as junction 13. Here the red trail heads off to the left while the blue route turns right along a forest road to the start of the sublime 'Colin's Folly' and rejoins the forest road, next to the Water of Ae, and joining up with the green route.
Back down the valley
The trail heads up the Water of Ae Valley towards Dan's Pool. It returns down the valley running next to the river taking in some easy, handrailed wooden boardwalk, and runs through the Craigshields outdoors centre site with a meadow to the left. Crossing back over the Water of Ae, there are good views down the river off the bridge, before a combination of singletrack and forest road brings you back to the car park.