The An Teallach of the Southern Highlands...
by PeteR » Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:36 pm
Route description: Ben Chonzie via Glen Lednock
Munros included on this walk: Ben Chonzie
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The Chonzie....a hill which it appears can divide opinion amongst the hill walking fraternity. I approached this walk from Loch Turret, and for my part I thought it was a good little walk, with good views of the surrounding hills of the Lawers range and Loch Earn.
I'd had my boys up for the week, taking them back down the road on the Sunday. Never enjoy the handover, despite the fact I know it has to happen. Had taken the Monday off work with the intention of getting out and doing a good walk, to lose myself in my thoughts. Woke up on the Monday and could tell I was suffering from the early stages of 'man-flu' - or as any women reading this would call it.....the 'common cold'
Plans for a long walk got shelved, but I knew if I didn't get out I would regret it. So it was a late decision to head to Crieff and take on the might of the Chonzie.
Got to say, whatever people think Chonzie lacks in interest is certainly made up for by the approach road to the dam at Loch Turret and the car park there. I'm not sure I've ever seen bigger pot holes or quite so many in such a short space of time. It was a slow steady zig-zag journey along that road, to finally arrive at a surprisingly large and exceptionally well maintained car park. A stark contrast to the assault course of a road, that's for sure.
The turfed dam was a first for me. Wouldn't fancy having to mow that
The walk alongside the loch was just a very nice walk all the way. It was a bit chilly when the sun hid behind a cloud, but when it did smile down on me it warmed up nicely
I made good progress along side the loch - despite the 'man-flu' doing its best to slow me down. Looking back down the loch and again I was thinking the views were not too bad.
The landrover track eventually comes to an end at a lovely small lochan, Lochan Uiane, but there was a good path that took over, making its way up toward the obvious cleft ahead. A bit boggy in places, but improves with height. Lost the path somehow though, but had seen the obvious line of it on the approach, so was able to work my way through the rocks I'd come to in order to get back to the path.
The path up onto the saddle and the final push to the summit was excellent and gave me a good excuse for a short stop to admire the views
I actually sat here for quite a while. I was loving the view. I also had the place to myself and being out of the wind the silence was magical My expectations of this walk really hadn't been that high. Influenced by comments I had heard from plenty of other people, as well as those in the guide books I have on my bookshelf. But so far so good. It was turning out to be a real gem. Very different from the long days I have had in wilder parts of this amazing country this year, but taken on its own merits I was more than satisfied with my day.
Eventually shifted myself and followed the path toward the summit. Somehow, don't know how, I managed to avoid the direct route to the summit, and instead traversed to the right Managed to find a plastic bottle rattling round the hill, so perhaps my bit of litter duty made the completely unnecessary detour worthwhile
But then I was on the summit.
Good view of the Lawers range and surrounding hills
And the ever present Shiehallion
Rather than return via the same route I decided instead to head off on the high ground via Meall na Seide and Carn Chois. An excellent choice if I might say so Makes it a much better all round route.
The walk down this way was a great way to keep the interest going and seeing as I was being very lucky with the weather the views ahead and to my right were excellent. I was just wandering about at no great pace, but just soaking it all in and enjoying the solitude for as long as I could. I find these moments on the hills the best therapy whenever I'm feeling a bit down for whatever reason. I can lose myself in my thoughts and somehow at the end of the walk whatever it is that's been on my mind seems somehow less pressing.
Soon enough I was on the summit of Carn Chois, with its trig pillar. Again I stayed a while to enjoy the views from this point too.
The rest of the walk back to the landrover track this side of the loch was pretty easy, even though the path was a tad steep in places (managed to slip on my bum at one point on the damp grass ) and eventually I was back at the car, enjoying a nice view back down the loch from the Turret dam
Ok, so it wasn't An Teallach
But it was a good walk all the same. Just what the doctor ordered for the 'man-flu' I was lucky with the weather for sure too, which definitely added to my enjoyment. Approaching from Loch Turret certainly is the route I would recommend to others; the walk round by the loch is worth the trip alone.
All that was left was to tackle the pot hole assault course back toward Crieff....
by ChrisW » Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:52 pm
A couple of wee drams will sort that man flu right out
by skuk007 » Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:01 pm
Did you meet any "Heeland Coos" on the road in? I had to go down a pot-hole to avoid him as he wasn't moving.
by Frogwell » Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:46 pm
by Steve B » Wed Sep 07, 2011 9:29 am
Took the same return route but it turned into a bit of an epic as visibility was minimal and was done by dead reckoning, sending my mate out in front to walk the bearing etc. Was a tiring day due to that.
Nice to see what the views are like. Thanks for posting.
by AlisonFox66 » Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:51 am
there was one there last Saturday
I bagged the cairn as well but I thought the shelter was higher
by malky_c » Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:58 am
Ben Chonzie isn't a bad hill at all, particuarly by the Loch Turret route. I like your choice of return route too. Did this once, although we dropped down to Comrie instead as my family had rented a caravan there. It's great being able to walk right back to where you're staying
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