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Lednock lists linking loop

Lednock lists linking loop


Postby rockhopper » Wed Jun 17, 2015 6:16 pm

Route description: Creag Uchdag from Glen Lednock

Munros included on this walk: Ben Chonzie

Corbetts included on this walk: Auchnafree Hill, Creag Uchdag, Creagan na Beinne

Grahams included on this walk: Shee of Ardtalnaig

Date walked: 14/06/2015

Time taken: 13.7 hours

Distance: 44 km

Ascent: 2600m

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Various options for the corbetts in this area; multiple single trips means driving in between, cycle in from the east (Newton Bridge) or west (Ardtalnaig) meant ascent/descent by same route so had a look for alternatives. A loop from Glen Lednock seemed to fit the bill albeit that it would mean returning over Ben Chonzie – but it did allow for the addition of the Graham, Shee of Ardtalnaig.


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Up (very) early and drove via Comrie to the wee car park at Invergeldie. Not surprised to see no-one else parked at that time. Away from the car just on 0500hrs walking NW towards the reservoir. Light rain at this point with forecast not exactly inspiring until late morning.

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Followed the track which ascended up from the start of the reservoir then more steeply northwards uphill until it turned into a more faint atv track.

NW over Meall Dubh Mor with some boggy ground en route. More persistent rain, clag down and nothing to see.

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Arrived at the trig point on Creag Uchdag. So far the forecast was proving disappointingly accurate.

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Now to get the best way to the Shee of Ardtalnaig. The map shows cliffs so basically two options – NE to Dunan then an up/down or head north over Meall nan Oighreag then descend eastwards. Opted for the latter and headed off.

Just after leaving the summit, the wind got much colder and it started snowing – must have kept up for about 20 minutes. Bit of a zigzag route here trying to get through a large area of boggy peat hags. There were to be quite a few areas of these throughout the day but this bit was probably the worst.

Clag starting to lift after turning eastwards and heading down towards the track from Ardtalnaig.

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Crossed the track then straight up the hillside. Cleft in the rock at the top.

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Small cairn

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Then off SE in the direction of Dunan

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View over towards Creagan na Beinne

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Creag Uchdag

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Skirted to the north of Dunan, short section on the track then quite steeply up the hillside to the summit of Creagan na Beinne

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Views to Lawers hills, An Stuc and others

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From here the plan was to pick up the hill track over Lechrea Hill to get down to the River Almond.

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Ben Chonzie

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River Almond

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Auchnafree Hill in the distance

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Back down to the floor of the glen, continued eastwards. Past the monument marked on the OS map.

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Had hoped to pick up a hill track which started around NN798334 but there was no bridge and couldn’t be bothered removing my boots.

Instead continued eastwards to the bridge at Larichfraskhan

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Weather starting to clear up quite nicely now – hot when the sun came out. Followed the hill track steeply up Auchnafree Hill.

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Track stops only a short distance from the summit.

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Found two cairns – smaller one seemed to be higher than the larger one.

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Now on the final leg – returning via Ben Chonzie. Headed west to the north of A’Chairidh then over Moine Bheag. Tried to stay high but had drop down to the track before the climb up to find the fence posts.

Loch Turret reservoir

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Clearer views

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Followed the track up close to the fence posts

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Arrived at the summit cairn and shelter – stopped for more food with the sun now quite strong. Then off SW to find the hill track back to Glen Lednock.

Fence posts at start of descent

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Hill track in distance

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Had run out of water so filled up in the wee stream just before getting on to the hill track – much prefer the filter to the bottle drops. Then back to the car for drive back home for a late dinner.
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Re: Lednock lists linking loop

Postby weaselmaster » Wed Jun 17, 2015 6:35 pm

That's a nice route - big day though RH - one of your specials :thumbup:
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Re: Lednock lists linking loop

Postby malky_c » Wed Jun 17, 2015 10:17 pm

Interesting stuff :) . I've looked at something like this before, as well as an overnighter approaching from Kenmore and finishing in Crieff...but I keep circling back around to the idea of cycling up Glen Almond. We'll see what the outcome is soon enough I'm sure. Anyway, big day in both distance and ascent :D
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Re: Lednock lists linking loop

Postby Collaciotach » Wed Jun 17, 2015 10:19 pm

A grand route you indeed :clap:
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Re: Lednock lists linking loop

Postby Beaner001 » Thu Jun 25, 2015 7:53 pm

Back to your best RH, nice round that :clap:
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Re: Lednock lists linking loop

Postby Silverhill » Thu Jun 25, 2015 9:10 pm

I’m glad the weather got better for you, on such a long day. You’re progressing steadily on the non-munros! :D
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Re: Lednock lists linking loop

Postby Huff_n_Puff » Thu Jun 25, 2015 9:35 pm

Enjoyed reading that, thanks, brought back memories of shorter tramps in the area :D
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Re: Lednock lists linking loop

Postby ChrisW » Fri Jun 26, 2015 3:18 am

Great report RH but where the hell do you guys get the energy for this kind of distance over and over again, 13.5 hrs wandering over 44km would leave me on stumps :lol:
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Re: Lednock lists linking loop

Postby Alteknacker » Sat Jun 27, 2015 12:35 am

Looks like a great expedition: smashing report and pics of a long walk, done in double quick time! You must be training for a double marathon....

I don't know this area at all, so thanks for posting: it's always great to get a flavour of unknown places when mountain time is at a premium :clap: :clap:
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Re: Lednock lists linking loop

Postby dooterbang » Sat Jul 11, 2015 11:36 am

I was expecting to see you pitch a tent when I seen the distance involved, but nope...nothing :shock:

Looks like you're back to big epic days eh - fantastic 8)
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Re: Lednock lists linking loop

Postby simon-b » Sat Jul 11, 2015 5:38 pm

A big round in a nice area. Lednock is an attractive glen.
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