2019-05a Menteith Hills Walk

Menteith Hills Walk

Start Point 18m (60 feet), Highest Point 398m (1306 feet), Distance 18.2 km (11.31 miles), Total Ascent 828m (2717 feet), Time taken 6hrs 36m

Five members headed for Aberfoyle for a 10 mile walk from the centre of of the town to the Menteith Hills. Despite a forecast which promised sunny spells, we started walking in rain which stayed with us, to varying degrees, for the rest of the morning. The walk was a mix of paths, tracks and rough ground over the hills. The first part of the walk was in woodland above Aberfoyle, which provided some shelter from the rain. However, the introduction of new features, such as a zip-slide, altered the path network and made navigation of the initial stages rather challenging. Navigational challenges proved to be a theme throughout the remainder of the route, both on open hillside and in forest, necessitating route finding using natural features and compass bearing. While we did not always follow the route as described in our guide we gave ourselves a good walk with a fair amount of ascent, offering views across to Loch Venachar when the cloud cleared. After a damp start, we finished the walk in warm sunshine with a pleasant return along the Rob Roy Way back to Aberfoyle, passing lovely banks of bluebells along the way. Although not quite what we had anticipated, both in weather and route, we agreed that it had made for an interesting day.

Coffee, tea and cake was taken at Liz MacGregor's Coffee Shop in Aberfoyle

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