Monday, 16 July 2018

Creag nan Eun (Glen Lednock)

6 July 2018
 
Participants: Just me
Where: Creag nan Eun, 416m/1,365', P32, TuMP, OS 52, NN 724 288
 
The hot, clear weather continued so I decided to head for a wee hill that I had had my eye on for a while, Creag nan Eun above the Glen Lednock dam. There is a long ridge running above the south side of Glen Lednock reservoir and the TuMP summit is at the southern end, a rocky peak immediately above the dam. I set off early in an attempt to get the walk completed before the heat really built up and I was the first car in the car park at Invergeldie. The estate have prepared the car park here and appear to be very welcoming. My route was to follow the road part way to the dam before heading off across the river on to the signposted route to Ardeonaig on the south side of Loch Tay. This is the view of Creag nan Eun from the road.....
 
 
Although marked on the map as a track, the Ardeonaig route is in fact a tarred road. I got a good view of my route up it as I approached.....
 
 
 
Just after crossing a second bridge, a 4WD track heads off up the hill. I missed the start of it on the way up and ended up forcing my way through some thick bracken but I made sure that I found it on the way down. After the path veered away across the hillside, I followed grassy runnels up through a gap in the crags to reach the top. As expected there was a fine view of the reservoir, less empty than I thought that it might be given the long spell of dry weather.....
 
 


It was also a fine vantage point for lower Glen Lednock (Torlum is the pointed hill in the distance)..... 
 
 
The view looking down on the dam was not as spectacular as I had hoped. I am sure that it will be much better when the reservoir is full.....
 
 
I like Glen Lednock. Many of the hills are quite rough and the scenery is truly highland for being so close to the central belt.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Druim Mor (Callander Crags)

2 July 2018
 
Participants: Just me
Where: Druim Mor (Callander Crags), 344m/1,129', P51, TuMP, OS 57, NN 627 095
 
Most days recently had been too hot for walking but the temperature had relented to the low 20's so I decided on a trip to Callander and a walk up this TuMP taking in Queen Victoria's Cairn. Ben was left in the house where he quite happily sleeps on my bed while I'm away so I had 5 hours for the drive there and back plus the walk. I parked in the Callander Crags car park and followed the red route as far as the top of the crags through pleasant mixed woodland. The path was steep in places especially near the top of the crags where there was a stone staircase. Passing the crags.....
 
 
At the top of the steps I turned right for a short detour to the cairn. It was erected in 1897 by local man Malcolm Ferguson to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria and is a fine vantage point. Approaching the cairn.....
 
 
Looking west to Loch Venacher.....
 
 
Looking down on Callander.....
 
 
The cairn is apparently not at the highest point of Druim Mor, there is a higher point to the north, across some rough ground. This is looking at it from the cairn; it is said to be on the middle hump of the higher ground in the centre of this picture; the height difference is 1 metre although it looked to be lower than the cairn from where I was standing.....
 
 
 I was in two minds about heading over as I had to cross a couple of deer fences which were built in such a way as to deter anyone thinking of climbing them. However I spotted a gate not far from the cairn so set off hoping to find a similar way of passage when I reached the second fence. And I did, result! The ground was very dry so it didn't take long to get to the high point which still seemed to be lower that the cairn. It was however a nice viewpoint for the higher hills. Ben Ledi.....
 
 
and Stuc a'Chroin and Ben Vorlich.....
 
 
Back at the cairn, I decided to complete the red route- a much longer way back to the car park but pleasant, apart from the heat. And I was back with Ben 4.5 hours after leaving him.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Back to the Ochils- Myreton Hill

24 June 2018

Participants: Just me, it was too hot to take Ben
Where: Myreton Hill, 387m/1,270', P49, TuMP, OS 58, NS 859982

It was a very hot day and I reckoned- correctly as it turned out- that I wouldn't find water on the hill so Ben was left at home. Although only rated as a Tump due to the lack of height drop between it and higher neighbours to the north, you have to make every metre of it's 387 if starting from Menstrie. The Ochils are steep on their southern flank!
 
 
There are a lot of new tracks about here and thousands of trees have been planted. The Ochils will soon look entirely different to what we have been used to up to now. As expected, the track was steep although zigzags helped. At the highest point and where a new fence cut across the hillside, I left the track and headed up the west slopes of Myreton Hill. There was a faint path alongside the fence and it didn't take long to reach the highest point, a grassy mound. The best viewpoint however was at a cairn on the other side of an old wall on the edge of the steep southern escarpment. A few photographs.....
 
Looking west from the high point, Ben Lomond, Ben Ledi, Stuc a'Chroin and Ben Vorlich visible......
 
 
Dumyat, the Wallace Monument and the Campsie Fells.....
 
 
The higher Ochils to the north.....
 
 
Looking down the escarpment to Alva. Knock Hill and Saline Hill centre distance.....
 
 
Across the Forth, Tinto just to the right of centre.....
 
 
A fine walk and one that I think I will do again, perhaps in winter.