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“Woe…woe…and thrice woe!”

29 Aug

Glen Tarken (north side of Loch Earn)

This is our sort of path...none of that bracken and heather nonsense!

It was going so well too…I’d picked a great route…the sun was shining…our approach to the Graham Creag Each from Loch Earn was sheltered from the strong northerlies which had blasted the tank as they swept mercilessly down Loch Lubnaig an hour earlier…so why was I so pissed off!

A bloody great herd of cows…that’s why!

They saturated the landscape, sweeping down from a high pasture on the slopes of Creag Each across the track blocking our access to the corrie end beyond.  We could have headed up the steeper slopes to our left, but today wasn’t about battling with heather and bracken…or big coos.  Worse was to come…a vanguard of a dozen or so suddenly appeared over a hump in the track in front clearly intent on a bit of invader mugging.  We scuttled back down the track as the lumbering bovines pressed on towards us.

Creag Each in the background and behind that bloody tree lurked our nemesis!

Today was a gentle run-out for FD to make sure that the left shoulder problem in evidence earlier last week was now a thing of the past and that she’d be ok for a bit of Munro bashing on Tuesday.  If the walk was now a bit of a dog’s dinner at least The Fatdog had passed muster.

On a positive note the view down Loch Earn had been worth coming for.  We’ll sneak back in the winter when the beasts are safely corralled in their barn because this looks a great walk.

The view of the day - eastwards down Loch Earn towards St Fillans

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6 Comments

Posted by on August 29, 2010 in General Drivel

 

6 responses to ““Woe…woe…and thrice woe!”

  1. Alex

    August 29, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    I never gave a second glance towards cattle in the past until I had an experience with them on Hill of Garvock up in Angus. I honestly thought I was going to get trampled to death at one point.Nowhere to run to either.I ended up going for glory and charging the ringleader which seemed to take him by surprise and I was certainly glad when he turned tail.! Give them a wide berth nowadays or at the very least have an escape route handy 🙂

     
  2. fatdogwalks

    August 29, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    I did contemplate the charge but I wondered how difficult it might be trying to explain the presence of two walking poles protruding from the back of the bull…

    “OLE!” 😀

    There have been too many stories in the past couple of years about people with dogs being attacked by coos…I just don’t take the risk…mainly ’cause Maisie would sticjk to me like glue!

     
  3. scott

    August 31, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Scary coos right enough.

    I like the blog revamp by the way – very stylish looking! 🙂

     
  4. fatdogwalks

    September 1, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Thanks Scott 😀 . I’m pretty pleased with it. I set up a dummy blog and fiddled about with it for 2 weeks before settling on that layout.

    With a fixed width I know exactly what others are seeing whereas with the old variable width template it was different depending on screen size. I’d set up something on my big screen then next day go to the office where, on my computer there, it would look a dug’s dinner! 😆

     
  5. Andrew

    September 1, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Really don’t like coos.
    Avoid them wherever possible.
    Living near the Peak District there incidents every year.
    We have been chased across fields a couple of times.
    The buggers can’t half move

     
  6. fatdogwalks

    September 1, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    We tend to avoid fields to start off with but it’s a real bugger when you find them in a corrie about 400m!

     

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