Twenty ramblers, including two welcome visitors, led by Aileen McLay, ventured forth on to the Lomond Hills on a warm pleasant morning in sunshine, starting at Holl Reservoir Car Park. Before us was promised a bent clockwise circuit to include Bishop Hill, West Lomond (Hill) and good quality paths and tracks past Harperleas and Holl Reservoirs, with lovely views of beautiful farming countryside all around.
Data: Green track; Distance 19.1km, Elapsed Time: 6h 17m, Total Ascent approx 720m.
Assembly at the small but busy car park, with West Lomond in background.
The first coffee stop is always welcome, at the forest below Munduff Hill.
A variety of resting and sartorial positions were taken.
Onward we marched behind our Leader up steadily towards Bishop Hill.
Finally coming out on the plateau with a fine view of Loch Leven below.
where pictures of pictures were taken.
The ascent to Bishop Hill was made without difficulty and celebrated in the usual way, with a team photo.
Now began the descent towards Glen Vale.
Down, down to the Glen below.
Leadership can be sometimes a lonely place.
So we make it to the glen bottom and gather for a natter, as ramblers do.
The direct way up West Lomond is straight up through Devil's Burdens, but our Leader is far too cunning to be caught napping, so instead we turned East along the glen
Viewing the wildlife en passant (tadpoles silly).
Glen Vale has attractive rock formations.
We reached a newly-celebrated boundary stone, where young hikers were preparing to spend a night on the bare mountain on their Duke of Edin thingy award scheme.
We turned North to tackle the steepest part of the walk.
But were well rewarded by magnificent views from the top nom West Lomond, and the usual pictorial celebration.
From the top of West Lomond we again descended steeply, again reaching the path up which we had recently come (waste of time going up really, only joking, cunning route by Leader to avoid marshy ground on previous recce).
The young hikers had gone, but the boundary stone had not.
Continuing past the bog cotton,
we encountered the wet stuff accompanied by thunder. Time to get geared up for Scottish weather.
Past Harperleas Reservoir we tramped, the Leader showing her paces by the spillway, chased home in 2nd position by Ailsa.
The return to Holl Reservoir and the cars was made without incident where Alan G. gave the well-deserved Vote of Thanks to Aileen for creating and leading a fine walk, with beautiful views to match the challenging ascents, descents, distance and time.
Take a bow Aileen.