Get your kicks on Route 66 – sorry, 195.
The Deeside Way is now officially part of the National Cycle Network and has been designated route 195. All completed sections of the Deeside Way have been signed with “route 195” discs ie Aberdeen – Milton of Crathes and Aboyne to Ballater. You may also spot the new logo for the Deeside Way on some posts too. As other sections of the DW are completed they will be signed, so that hopefully within the next three years the whole route from Aberdeen to Ballater will be complete. The section from Banchory to Kincardine O’Neil is to be completed by the summer. (Aberdeenshire Council).
There is still a short section to be signed between Milton of Crathes and Banchory but a group of volunteers improved a short section of path there last autumn and this should be signed very soon.
The fact that the Deeside Way is part of the NCN should enable it to attract funding for maintanance and upgrading from Sustrans for both walkers and cyclists, a key outcome in these financially straightened times.
There are still some sections to improve but at least things are moving on. Over the next few months, the section of NCN Route 1 from Cove to Dyce should be getting better signing – including, for the first time, destinations and distances.