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Into Glen Finglas (just) – a dogwalk

02 Feb

It was after 2pm when me and the Fatdog jumped into the car and headed out for the Trossachs.  Quite late in the day, but this was just a quick dog walk to check out the trail from Brig o’ Turk into Glen Finglas.  It’s been in my mind for a while to do the “Glen Finglas Round” which is to all intents and purposes the 20+km circumnavigation of the hill known as Meall Cala (674m) and this little jaunt would give me an idea of at least the start of the walk.  The weather forecast had hinted at the possibility of bright skies towards the west later in the day, so I was hoping for the chance of a decent sunset.  Didn’t happen.  Dull grey was the winter sky’s colour of choice, other than a bit further west where annoyingly out of reach patches of blue suggested that I should have travelled a little bit further.

By 3pm we were out of the car at the car park just off the A821 at Lendrick Lodge. Crossing a new looking bridge, then past a field of animated young bullocks, we took the path into the bare branched deciduous woodland beyond.  The map shows a whole swath of mixed forest but most of it is now firewood.  It only took a few minutes before we were beyond the trees and on the open hillside when scattered long bare trunks looked embarrassed by the absence decent foliage.

The path was a cracker though.  All that was missing was the hard shoulder, the central reserve and the odd service station.  Its maintained gravel surface was easy underfoot as we climbed up to the 250m contour, skirted around the face of the hill then dropped into Glen Finglas to join up with the tarmacked access road from Brig o’ Turk.

Just before reaching the road there is a great viewpoint looking towards the south end of the reservoir towards the top of the dam.  We ambled along the road for 10 minutes until reaching the pastureland at the side of the loch.  I looked at the watch…time to head back.  We’ll be back.

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6 Comments

Posted by on February 2, 2009 in General Drivel

 

6 responses to “Into Glen Finglas (just) – a dogwalk

  1. chrislbrown

    February 3, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    What…no mythology or wise-cracks about Americans? No mystical forces communicating with the dog? ‘Just a dog walk’? You are either not my father or you are not well!
    You know the Fatdog doesn’t really seem too podgy these days! Maybe the Not-quite-as-fat-as-she-used-to-be-dog might be a better name. Then again… 😉
    I’m at http://chrislbrown.wordpress.com
    Please don’t abuse me that much! It’s a slow work in progress.

     
  2. beatingthebounds

    February 3, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Looks like a great place for a walk. I thought that Glen Finglas seemed familiar, but I couldn’t think why because I’m pretty sure that I have never been there. I realise now that it’s because I’ve read about it before in Broadleaf, the Woodland Trust magazine. I believe that they have ambitious plans to return the glen to native woodland. Clearing the conifers must be a first step.

     
  3. beatingthebounds

    February 3, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    Sorry – here’s there website: http://www.glen-finglas.info/

     
  4. craggyirene

    February 3, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    Hi Ken

    I have done the Glen Finglas walk 3 times. The first twice the weather was so bed we had to do it for a third time to see what we had missed. The last time we started from the new carpark along the road from Brig O’Turk but it added an extra 3 miles on to the route making it 16 miles in total. The views from the highest point down the vallety were stunning.
    I am sure you will both enjoy it.

     
  5. fatdogwalks

    February 3, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Thanks for the info Mark. There has been significant clearance of trees but that would explain it. It’ll take a few years to grow in but I think it will make it an impressive walk when it does.

     
  6. fatdogwalks

    February 3, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    We must have started from the same car park Irene. I must admit I wasn’t sure about the views from the high point on the walk…there is definitely the temptation to head up onto the nearest available high point for the panorama. Did you do that by any chance and if you did, was it worth it?

     

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