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Blairdendon to Ben Cleuch

Blairdendon to Ben Cleuch


Postby Gleneagle5 » Thu Jan 06, 2022 9:07 pm

Route description: Ben Cleuch circular

Grahams included on this walk: Ben Cleuch

Donalds included on this walk: Ben Cleuch, Blairdenon Hill

Date walked: 05/01/2022

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 17 km

Ascent: 932m

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Twas a fine clear chilly winter day for walking. Left cars at the wee strand of woodland E of Sherrifmuir and set off twards Blairdendon. First wee Glenty hill with thous of newly planted sickta then Mickle Corum which we sidestepped.
Then down and passed the wee sad crosses marking the site of the Spitfire crash of 1943.
The ground is firm but laced with lethal ice. Walk don't look-stop and look even more than usual. The summit of Blairdendon is a paltry affair. Two fences meet and on the other side there's half a dozen dockies looking sorry for themselves. We had a wee wander in case there was a higher bit.
Cleuch stood up to the SE. Offst we went down to the bog between. Twas easy enough striding across the frozen bits and the peat was frozen too. No paths but no need on a fine clear day.
Buck hill next. Could have slanted across to Cleuch but we're here, it's there so up we go. Easy slopes to another inconspicuous top in the shade of the turbines. No point hanging about, Cleuchs just over there! From Buck to Cleuch before you know it. Breezy on high but great 360 views . Two hours 40. Then back by the diagonal across the easy slopes to the bog and up and down and up and down twere dark came on.
A fine walk.
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Re: Blairdendon to Ben Cleuch

Postby Dave Hewitt » Fri Jan 07, 2022 9:55 am

Good writeup of a good day to be on the Ochils. However the Blairdenon crash site isn't of the three 1943 Spitfires out of RAF Grangemouth - that's much further east, on King's Seat Hill:
https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/5468554

The Blairdenon site - which still has wreckage although less than used to be there - is of a Tiger Moth that crashed in August 1957:
https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/231515
The main cross at the site has a plaque giving details:
https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2938394
I pass this way several times each year and always pause to think of the pilot who died - it's a poignant spot.
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