Thirteen ramblers led by Matt Millar embarked on a new route from the north side of Loch Earn near to the Loch Earn sailing club. Unusually there were more men than women on this walk, done in warm sunny conditions but with a heavy shower interlude.
Data: Distance 16.1km, Elapsed time 4:40, Total Ascent 487m.
Quickly we started up the wide track that would be our guide almost throughout.
Soon we could tun around and view Loch Earn below.A number of small streams crossed our path: our great Leader was of course sure-footed.
Evidence of the hydro work was here, perhaps why our track was so wide, to accommodate big construction machines.
Shortly after turning around from the Northerly point, we had an early lunch: here the walkers diving into their food containers for the anticipated sitdown.
The return section, still on the wide track, allowed us to see, looking South, Loch Earn again and Ben Vorlich towards the right.
Now the weather changed and dumped showers upon us, so on went the wet gear.
The sky reflected the weather that's our Scottish summer!
Entering an estate,
we see the reason for the gate. Unsure whether the shooting is against Ramblers, Grouse or Dogs, which is the most expendable? Don't answer that.Now we joined the old railway path parallel to the main road and loch, in sunny conditions again.This bridge, explains the Leader, was one of the first concrete bridges to be made.
The single track railway path is attractive through woodland, now with improved weather once again,
but Alan Thomson was testing the path terrain, his knee and maybe required a comfort stop.One of the existing bridges required modern support, from which the view to the stream below was about 100 ft.vertically down. No wonder the railway never made money.
The rail path was approx 2 km back to the cars, the VoT given by Frank, and a nice drive home.
Many thanks due to Matt and Charlie, his recce partner.
A nice addition to the portfolio of SR walks.