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Addicted to Recovery (100) Lomond Hills Circular

Addicted to Recovery (100) Lomond Hills Circular


Postby UrbanExplorer » Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:49 pm

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: East Lomond, West Lomond

Date walked: 25/01/2018

Time taken: 4.26 hours

Distance: 18.2 km

Ascent: 634m

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So at last the day had arrived, 100 days clean & sober, I'd managed to get to 99 twice before, only to fall by the wayside at the last hurdle... today would be different :)

After having spent the previous weekend in the snow covered Lomond Hills doing my NNAS training & assessment, I thought it would be a good idea to see them in their full glory. A quick drive over the Clammananshire Bridge then onto the A977, M90 & A91 and within the hour I got my first view of West Lomond ( left ).
Image20180125_104511 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

Turning onto the A912 gave my first view of East Lomond.
Image20180125_105422 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

Normally I would have parked in the village of Falkland, but rumour had it that Outlander had returned for some more filming, so today I was going to park up at the "Pillars of Hercules", a small organic farm, shop, tea-room and campsite situated, on the right, about a half mile from Falkland. If you ever want to spend the night in this area, then I would wholeheartedly recommend Pillars. The camping area is quiet, reasonably inexpensive and you have access to toilets, showers & fresh water. You could always park in the village and hike back, that way you can get the backpackers discount rates.
Image20180125_153638 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

Parked up, gear on and I was out and away by about 11:10, the weather was overcast but dry and no wind. I'd intended to do a little exploration of the forest to the NE of the Lomonds, so I set off straight up the road next to Pillars.
Image20180125_112046 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

About a half mile down the road I turned left past a private dwelling and headed into the forest until I reached a handily situated estate map, here I turned right.
Image20180125_113312 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr
Image20180125_113349 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr.

This is a stunning area and therefor quite popular with dog walkers, runners and ramblers. I even bumped into a old chap who was out trying his new toy drone, we blethered for a bit and then on I went.
Image20180125_114508 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr
Image20180125_115658 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

Arraty Den
Image20180125_115412 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

It was soon time for me to try and locate a track I'd spotted on the map that would allow me to climb through the forest and onto the side of West Lomond.... SUCCESS ??
Image20180125_120231 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

NOPE :(
The track soon petered out and I ended up finding the best way I could through the trees.
Image20180125_121052 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

A wee scramble at the top and I was out onto the hill.
Image20180125_121523 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

With no path to been seen, it was a case of heather bashing along any sheep tracks I could find, not too bad going and I could see that the sun was starting to come out behind me.
Image20180125_123500 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

I knew the main path to the summit was up and to my left, so I took the first chance I could and climbed again until I reached it.
Image20180125_124130 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

The path onto West Lomond.
Image20180125_124511 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

Looking back at East Lomond.
Image20180125_124528 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

As you can see there isn't really much navigation needed for this route, so it was a case of head down and onward till I reached the final climb.
Image20180125_125505 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

Looking back at East Lomond from half way up.
Image20180125_125845 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

Not too long and I was at the summit.
Image20180125_130350 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

Summit views.
Image20180125_130425 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr
Image20180125_130636 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

A quick bite to eat and I was back down the hill and onto the path heading towards East Lomond, the sun was shining and the air was warm. People say addiction recovery is hard, maybe... but today is seemed easy and enjoyable.
Image20180125_134729 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr
Image20180125_134734 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

Other than the local sheep I had the path to myself, it's any easy walk from here until you reach the gate at the road where I turn right.
Image20180125_135215 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

You quickly pass the Craigmead carpark & picnic area on your right ( unless the road is impassable, the toilets are open 7 days ).
Image20180125_135428 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

Then turn left for the path to East Lomond.
Image20180125_135439 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

Again easy navigation from here until you reach the gate where you turn onto the hill path.
Image20180125_140935 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

East Lomond now looms infront of you.
Image20180125_141112 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

West Lomond behind you.
Image20180125_141119 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

Following the track you soon reach the last climb to the summit.
Image20180125_142024 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

The obligatory summit shot & views from the surrounding area.
Image20180125_142615 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr
Image20180125_142644 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr
Image20180125_142736 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr
Image20180125_142724 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

I spotted down the hill to my left a trig point, I had to investigate.
Image20180125_143000 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

Then it was back down the hill and an enjoyable walk in the sunshine until you pass the picnic area on your left and reach the West Lomond path & gate again.
Image20180125_145139 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

Now I could have followed the road into the village, but why waste a good day on tarmac, so I was back through the gate and up the track untill I see the hill path downwards on my right.
Image20180125_145239 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

This path leads you on downward into Maspie Den.
Image20180125_145718 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr
Image20180125_145727 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

A last view of East Lomond before you get deeper into the Den.
Image20180125_150259 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

Down you go until you find the waterfall and path behind & under it.
Image20180125_150543 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr
Image20180125_150707 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr
Image20180125_150733 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

Yes, you can stand upright behind the waterfall.
Image20180125_150758 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

The path continues on downward, past the crags and a few more waterfalls.
Image20180125_150848 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr
Image20180125_151034 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr
Image20180125_151304 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr
Image20180125_151513 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

Watch out for the troll as you pass through the tunnel.
Image20180125_152142 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

Eventually you reach the road again, turn left and then follow the path down beside the fields into the woods, until you eventually return to pillars.

100m from the Pillars car park and I find early signs of spring.
Image20180125_153319 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

11.3 miles and I'm back at the car for 15:40.

Still living life "Just For Today"
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Re: Addicted to Recovery (100) Lomond Hills Circular

Postby Sgurr » Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:54 pm

I never get tired of finding new ways up and down these hills. ...but I don't think I'll bother with part of your ascent route......We went up Maspie Den on January 8th. (down which you walked to the car park) to see how frozen the waterfall was. As you can see, it was still running.....just.Image[/url]
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