Decided to cross this one off the 'to do' list.
Susan, Bo (dog) and myself arrived in the car park around 10:30, after getting slightly lost on the way there and doing a whistle stop tour of St Fillians.
Forecast was good and the skys were clearing as we left the car park onto the track, via the front door of a couple of cottages. The owners must get fed up with the constant stream of walkers?
After the intitial track, we reached the dam and the start of the bulldozed pathway. Nice and wide an clear, although often covered in loose stones and boulders, something to be careful of on the descent.
The path climbed steadily and was quite steep in places and whilst the views were poor initially, these soon improved as we gained height.
The weather was lovely, although as we reached the start of the ridge the temperature had dropped a little and there was a bit of a wind so we cooled down a little. Once at the ridge the climb is more of a stroll across moorland, but the views were brilliant, always trying to remember to look back as well as forwards. The route becomes less clear at this point as the pathway stops and the route is less clear. The ground became a little boggy, but nothing too serious. We managed to see the path in the distance and picked our way easily across the boggy ground. Once joining the path, we were soon on the line of fence posts that shows the way to the summit. The summit is unspectacular in itself, but the view were lovely.
As usual we didn't hang about too long on the summit as we were getting chilled and we headed back down the mountain, reversing the route.
The weather by now lovely and we were glad we had set out when we did and the climb would have been harder with the sun beating down. it was nice to enjoy the sun on the way down though. We made good time, although not perhaps at our usual crisp pace as Susan was not at her best with a bit of a dodgy tummy. I didn't fall behind as much as possible which is a sure sign we were not cracking along at the usual break-neck speed! .... lol
In conclusion, a solid unspectacular mountain, with excellent views the higher you climb and another good day out with Susan and Bo.
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