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Sunday, Uchdag, happy days…

Sunday, Uchdag, happy days…


Postby superstar_tradesman » Mon May 09, 2016 8:20 pm

Corbetts included on this walk: Creag Uchdag

Date walked: 08/05/2016

Time taken: 3.2 hours

Distance: 15.3 km

Ascent: 720m

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Hopefully the WalkHighlands servers cope with the flurry of walk reports this weekend—the amazing weather must have seen a huge exodus to the hills :)

My Hills Climbed map of southern Perthshire looks conspicuously full of red dots, despite many family trips to Comrie as a kid. Since I had work to do later, I didn't have time for a long day away, so Creag Uchdag seemed close enough and challenging enough for a nice walk. The sunshine had brought out tractors, cyclists and Sunday drivers, so progress to Glen Lednock (interesting…spellchecker changed it to Glen Redneck :shock: ) was slow, and I couldn't wait to get my boots on and get walking.

The parking area at Coishavachan was pretty full when I got there at 1.30pm, but I guess everyone was off up Ben Chonzie, as I didn't see a soul on Uchdag all day…

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NCP Coishavachan!


I made pretty good progress along the road up to the Lednock dam. I vaguely recall coming here for a picnic as a wee lad, back when it was possible to drive to the dam. Sput Rolla was clearly having a day off…

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Sput Rolla isn't spouting

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The Lednock Dam with a first brief glimpse of Creag Uchdag

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Tranquil Lednock Reservoir


Sticking to the outward WH route, I followed the track as it climbed steeply away from the dam, with good views of the reservoir and the hills behind, including, briefly, today's target. I followed the left fork of the track across a burn at about 580m, and the track seemed to continue up the hill, albeit much fainter than lower down. So I stuck to the track as it continued to climb, more gently, then eased off and even began to descend slightly. The going was good, with just a couple of boggy patches to jump across.

I knew I needed to abandon the track at some point to reach the upper slopes of Meall Dubh Mòr, so found a way through the peat hags without getting stuck. I took a rising traverse over the SW flank of the hill, and soon the summit of Creag Uchdag appeared again.

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Creag Uchdag's upper slopes finally reveal themselves again


Then I joined a faint path for the final pull up over a knoll and then to the summit, with its trig point in splendid isolation. There was a warm southerly breeze, so unusually I had to wander north for a short bit to get some shelter, not that it was cold enough to worry about putting another layer on :)

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Ben Lawers and family from the top of Creag Uchdag

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The summit trig with Ben Chonzie (and all the people?) beyond

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Landslip SW of the summit, looking back towards the dam


I hung around to enjoy the views, though the haze to the west took a while to clear, making picking out Vorlich, Ben More and Stob Binnein surprisingly tricky.

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SW over the reservoir towards Ben Vorlich


Heading back, I'd thought about a circuit of the reservoir, picking up the path from Ardeonaig and then onto the track down the SW shore, but the peat hags I'd need to negotiate directly below me looked complex enough that I soon changed my mind. So instead I returned the way I came, with a slight diversion over the top of Meall Dubh Mòr.

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A last look back up the reservoir


I was back at the car in just over three hours, thankful I'd brought plenty of water, shades and sun cream(!). After far too many rainy trips to Comrie in the past, I look forward to heading back for more west Perthshire Corbetts. The weather standard has been set seriously high :)
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