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Traffic jams on Meikle Bin

Traffic jams on Meikle Bin

Postby Jaywizz » Mon Nov 17, 2014 10:23 am

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Meikle Bin

Date walked: 16/11/2014

Time taken: 3 hours

Distance: 10 km

Ascent: 397m

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The fog had been thick in the Forth valley, but as I drove along the Carron reservoir, the air was clear, the sun shining, not a breath of wind - I was looking forward to a solitary walk up the hill.
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After parking at Todholes, the first hint that this walk might not be 'solitary' was on the gate.
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With not a sound to break the silence, I persuaded myself that any vehicles must be in another part of the forest - however, after crossing the Carron, as the track steepened towards the west, I became aware of a low rumbling behind me. Five Landrovers slowly rumbled past - then another five - then another five. The inevitable outcome - a traffic jam at the end of the track!
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There was a good deal of banter that I had 'overtaken' the stationary vehicles, and it was great to see so many of the drivers and their passengers leave their vehicles and walk to the summit.
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The views were so superb it was enjoyable to share the experience. To the north and west, so many peaks were standing out so clearly - and I hoped many hillwalkers were having a great day on those.
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Apparently there were 40 - 50 Land Rovers on this meet, and without exception, all drivers were courteous and friendly.
Over the last week, I had decided not to post reports on my short walks as I try to regain some fitness, but this was such an unusual experience, I thought it merited a mention. Future hillwalks in the east should be quieter - the next Land Rover meet is on Army ground at Garelochhead.
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Re: Traffic jams on Meikle Bin

Postby Sarah86 » Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:33 pm

Looks a lovely walk despite all the land rovers. It isn't too far from me and it is one of those hills I keep saying I will do but never get round to. We headed off for a shorter walk near Rumbling Bridge and it was a very thick fog so you headed in the right direction for views.
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Re: Traffic jams on Meikle Bin

Postby robertphillips » Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:56 pm

well done jay great wee hill this, busy back in the summer when we done it.
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