Walk 4, 2019. Time: c.2.5 hour. Weather: humid, hot at base, cold at summit
A decent weekend morning walk
Travel & Parking:
This was an easy enough journey, though some single track roads on approach which were busy. The start point car park was small, but easy to find.
Having been too busy with work to get out into nature for about a month Meikle Bin felt like the right size to get me going again. I set off early to miss the crowds and began the walk.
The trail is good underfoot (though stony, I was glad of boots not trainers) and goes through the forest. At this time of year, there's plenty of visual interest with wildflowers coming up through the trees, the reservoir and wind farm peeking into view, and the odd wee pool or burn. It was very clammy, and I was glad when the forest opened out briefly over a stream - giving some more visual interest.
The trail climbs through forest for some time. A bit of a slog on a muggy day - but once the forest is cleared and the view opens out there are tantalising views across to the Trossachs, giving a taste of what was to come.
The final ascent goes off path onto grass - dry for me, but could well be boggy on a wet day. A few 'photo stops' to cool down on the way up, but a great 360 view from the top - as far as the Forth Bridges to the east, Tinto to the South and the Trossachs, as mentioned.
We descended on the same route, and it felt quite quick. Plenty of families passing us on their way up, which was nice to see.
One annoyance on this route was the swarms of flies. Perhaps my shampoo or something - but they seemed to enjoy congregating around my head!!!
It was home-time straight away!
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