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Addicted to Recovery (113) 2 Marilyns & Mellock from Carnbo

Addicted to Recovery (113) 2 Marilyns & Mellock from Carnbo


Postby UrbanExplorer » Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:01 pm

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Innerdouny Hill, Lendrick Hill

Date walked: 07/02/2018

Time taken: 4.4 hours

Distance: 15.9 km

Ascent: 680m

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It's Wednesday morning and I'm on my way back from my partners in Kirkcaldy, I'd packed my walking gear just in case, but I hadn't made any decision as to where I wanted to go, I thought I would just wait to see the weather. There was a front moving in from the north later in the afternoon, with the possibility of some snow, not a problem, I was starting work at 6, so should miss it.

I had completed the last of the Ochils Donalds last week, so I thought I should try and bag some of the remaining Marilyns, so after a quick look at the map I decided on Lendrick Hill then Innerdouny Hill via Mellock Hill. Lendrick and especially Innerdouny are quite well covered in forestry, but I was sure I could find a path through the breaks.

Forecast was -1 at ground level with winds 10-15mph further up, so it would probably get a bit chilly as I climbed.

I diverted towards Glenrothes, skirted Loch Leven on its right side and was soon passing through Carnbo on the A91. I'd decided to start from a point to the west of the village and I was lucky enough to find a small parking area by a gate about 1km further on. Gear on and ready I was off by 11:25. It was chilly.
Image20180207_112455 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr
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I followed the landrover track up and over the small rise, the Lomond Hills soon appear on my right, looking regal under some blue sky.
Image20180207_113904 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

As the track starts to bend west I head north and begin to climb up alongside the forestry land, only very immature pine here so still some good views behind me.
Image20180207_114155 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr
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After having to negotiate a fence or two I get my first look at Lendrick Hill.
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Some stunning layered cloud formations behind me.
Image20180207_114803 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

Lendrick is not really too imposing, it is quite a gradual ascent compared to most of the other Ochils, it is still just as boggy though, with plenty barbed wire fences to get over.
Image20180207_115222 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

Within an hour of leaving the car I'm up on top.
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Views N, E, S & W (ish)
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I don't hang around, the wind has picked up, the temperature has dropped I need to watch my time and press on. I head east down from the summit towards the forest looking for a fire break shown on the map, quite quickly I find it.
Image20180207_122636 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

I follow this downwards until I find a landrover track and turn left.
Image20180207_122934 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

Again I'm looking for a fire break to let my head down and then onward to Mellock Hill. I soon find it on my right.
Image20180207_123951 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

I know I have a little steep section coming up before I cross the burn, there is plenty of snow covered rock and heather, so I gradually pick my way downwards until I can safely look back.
Image20180207_124538 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr
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What a fantastic place to have a home.
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I'm soon at the bottom of this miniature glen.
Image20180207_124858 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

...and looking at the start of the climb back up.
Image20180207_124912 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

Rising very quickly I get a look back at the down scramble I had on the other side.. It looks far worse from up here, but you can see the clear path through the trees to the burn.
Image20180207_125548 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr.

No gate in sight, so I have a few deer fences to climb on this side.
Image20180207_125704 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

I'm not quick enough to capture them in photo, but I've already seen 4 or 5 deer dancing in amongst the young pines, so much for the deer fencing :lol:

Some nice patterns in the ice.
Image20180207_125748 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

I'm soon on top of Mellock Hill, my timing still seems good, I capture a quick image, before heading of to find the fence that will handrail me to another firebreak for the ascent onto Innerdouny Hill.
Image20180207_133608 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

Innerdouny on the right & the handrail I'm looking for.
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I might not be able to depend on mapped paths, but I sure can on these firebreaks. I head on up.
Image20180207_134842 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

Innerdouny has been afforrested on all sides apart from a small section to the SE, it is this route I intend to take, but I am hoping to reduce some of the reclimb by finding a path through the trees were I can. I turn right at the junction of breaks and start looking for a gap through the trees.
Image20180207_135324 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

The trees on the right look quite thick and dense, but once you get under the outer branches the plantation methods used by the Forresty Commision, create some natural paths.
Image20180207_141048 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

Im soon through and looking up at Innerdouny.
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Loch Leven behind me.
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Looking back at the route from Lendrick and over Mellock Hill.
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At last I reach the summit.
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Views along the trip points.
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The weather front is coming in, I've already had a few small snow falls, time to get down and on my way home. My descent off the hill is via the same means as the ascent, firebreaks.
Image20180207_142122 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr

I had found plenty of snow, it is only about 10-15cm here, but further down I find spots close to knee depth.
Image20180207_142726 by IainHamiltonPhotography, on Flickr
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Plenty of deer show themselves as well as a few trees across my path.
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A final look back up....
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Before I head down towards the landrover track that will eventually take me back into farmland.
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Once down on the flat I get a last look at the weather starting to come in.
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Nearly 2 hours later, after skirting newly sown fields, some over friendly sheep, two burns and plenty of fences I return to my start point at 16:15. All I need to do now is get home, washed, fed, changed and into work for 6 o'clock... hey-ho :crazy:

Still living "Just For Today"
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