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Meikle Bin Circuit (Part 1)

Meikle Bin Circuit (Part 1)


Postby Stuart Angus » Sat Jun 02, 2012 9:06 pm

Route description: Meikle Bin, Carron Valley

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Meikle Bin

Date walked: 02/06/2012

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 16 km

Ascent: 400m

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The Meikle Bin

The Meikle Bin is not my favourite hill but its one of them and a cracking walk especially if you do the complete circuit. I've been wanting to get some decent pictures of the circuit so others can try it. Whilst the circuit is longer it's more enjoyable and will test your patience at times (especially the fallen trees in the firebreaks) but the reward is a very pictueresque walk along the Carron Valley Reservoir in beautiful woodlands.
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Park in TodholesCarpark, there's room for plenty of cars as you an see. Infact this is the busiest I've ever seen it and there's still room for more!

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I managed to persuade my brother and friend to accompany me, so idecided to use them to highlight the tracks to take........as you'll soon see!

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Once you've parked head through the Green Fence and head up the path. Before long a junction appears on your right but ignore this and head straight on

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The reservoir will soon appear on your left

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Before long The Meikle Bin will appear in front of you from the path, it's more impressive than this picture shows I have to say!

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As you make your way along the path another path appears on the right. Once again, ignore this and head straight on................just like John & Alison are doing!:)

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The path leads down over a bridge which has good view up onto the hill and down into the reservoir.

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Once over the bridge you come to this junction. Take the turning on the right this time. (You will eventually emerge at this point on the return leg via the path on the left!)

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As you continue uphill yet another path appears on the right, once again just ignore it and continue in your direction of travel uphill

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At the next junction, take the path on the right. The path on the left takes you through the forestry along the front of the Little Bin.

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Having walked up quite a long gradual slope of about 600mtrs you level out a little and there are plenty of log piles to take a break on.................some nice views over to the Fintry Hills and Dumgoil here too:)

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The trees start to narrow as you and it's not long before your at the cut off from the path through the trees on to the hillside itself.

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A small cairn on the left marks the point to leave the drovers track onto slightly marshier ground!

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The gap through the trees, but be warned it can get incerdibly boggy!

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Once through the tress its onto the open hillside for the first time and only 10mins from the top.

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Follow the faint path on the hillside.

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Before long the summit comes into view.

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The top.


In part 2 I'll give the route description for the Circuit's Descent but there is always the option of returning the way I've described here.


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