After a couple of big days on the hill a shorter walk was required to rest the legs and get back in time for the afternoon world cup football match. The drive into Glen Orchy was lovely on another sunny day. The WH walk directions suggested the trail and the bridge leading to it were closed whereas the Forestry Commission site suggested it was open - which it is.
After crossing the bridge there is a wide track gradually climbing upwards. The trees to the right have been felled recently and the track looks to have been "improved" for the forestry vehicles. It was hot walking along it in the sun and flies and clegs were out in force.
Fairly quickly a fork in the track was reached with a signpost directing us left onto a more established track.
We eventually escaped from the recently logged area although not from the flies and clegs.
We arrived at the picnic area still cursing the insects and had a quick stick throwing session in the river with Jess.
Another signpost marked the route, a much older forestry track climbing up towards the Allt Brioghleachan Pinewood reserve.
We walked a fair way into the reserve, enjoying the peace and the trees. The path was a little wet in places even after such a hot weather period. We had intended to walk right through the reserve but the clegs were making the walk unpleasant so we decided to turn around early.
On arriving back at the bridge we spent some time exploring the rocks around the Eas Urchaidh falls. The low water levels gave us good access to get close to the river and the gorge. This must be some sight when full of water.
This is a nice walk to do if you are in the area and want an easy stroll or if the weather is poor. On a hot day expect to be a mobile food source!
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