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Top of the Ochils - bluebird on Ben Cleuch

Top of the Ochils - bluebird on Ben Cleuch


Postby denfinella » Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:09 pm

Route description: Ben Cleuch circular

Grahams included on this walk: Ben Cleuch

Donalds included on this walk: Ben Cleuch

Date walked: 21/02/2018

Time taken: 4.5 hours

Distance: 10 km

Ascent: 770m

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Weather: Sunny with clear air above low level haze, moderate wind on summits, probably just above freezing at the top.
Underfoot: Clear paths throughout - we didn't quite need hands for the steep section out of Mill Glen onto The Law. Lots of unprotected drops around the gorge (standard fare for the southern Ochils!). Snow patches and part-frozen ground above about 500 metres. Almost no bog :D
Notes: A stunning day! Our first trip both to Mill Glen and to Ben Cleuch - and together they made a fantastic, interesting circuit with great views. As the map shows below, our route basically mirrored the WH route except for an small extension at the end (to vary the return route). No navigational difficulties. A midweek wander so nice and quiet.


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Re: Top of the Ochils - bluebird on Ben Cleuch

Postby UrbanExplorer » Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:19 pm

Twice I have been on the summit of Ben Cleuch this year, both in whiteout conditions, It is nice to eventually get to see some of the views from the highest Ochil.

Nice report with some beautiful photography :D
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Re: Top of the Ochils - bluebird on Ben Cleuch

Postby Guinessman » Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:04 pm

Definella, I was on the Ochils the same day doing the 5 Donald's. It was a great day weather wise. Very quiet, only saw 1 person ascending The Law around 9am when I was going up Kings Seat Hill and 1 coming down Kings Seat hill who had an early start.
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Re: Top of the Ochils - bluebird on Ben Cleuch

Postby malky_c » Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:37 pm

Looked good :D . Must return to the Ochils sometime, I've only been up there in awful weather.
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Re: Top of the Ochils - bluebird on Ben Cleuch

Postby denfinella » Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:53 pm

UrbanExplorer wrote:Twice I have been on the summit of Ben Cleuch this year, both in whiteout conditions, It is nice to eventually get to see some of the views from the highest Ochil.

Nice report with some beautiful photography :D


:lol: Thanks!

Guinessman wrote:Definella, I was on the Ochils the same day doing the 5 Donald's. It was a great day weather wise. Very quiet, only saw 1 person ascending The Law around 9am when I was going up Kings Seat Hill and 1 coming down Kings Seat hill who had an early start.


Yes, sunny and quiet... heaven. It was a little busier in Mill Glen, but only saw 3 other people up on the hill, all at the summit. Sounds like a longer day for you!

malky_c wrote:Looked good :D . Must return to the Ochils sometime, I've only been up there in awful weather.


You and UrbanExplorer both! :lol:
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