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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2020 2:18 pm
by Tam Collie
I rather wanted a walk where we could get some views having struck out yesterday so we were off again, somewhere local with no long drives and a little lower to make the going easier.

Torlum is not a hill that I'd heard of before, don't know why as I'm sure it's a popular hill for the folk local to Crieff, but it was new to me and I was looking forward to a pleasant stroll in the woods.


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We parked in the entrance to the forest track by the locked gate and jumped over the fence (sic: not hefted this time) and headed West along a well surfaced road to a fork.

Now here you can turn right or left, we turned right and while both tracks rejoin later on, I would recommend the left one. The right one finds it's way through the Crieff Clay Pidgeon shooting range and the unpleasantness of what looks like a squatters camp. Should the shooting be active you wouldn't go this way anyway but really I can't believe the estate condones what I consider to be an appalling mess. Anyway soon past and on through the woods noting a truly massive old oak as we did so.
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Woodland track


Keeping on this track brings you around to the other branch but just before a smaller track breaks off right and back tracks up the side of the hill.
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Past an area of cleared woods and onto the top slopes where views east over Crieff unfold.
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and the top is soon reached.

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Great views from here and we tried to pick out where we had been yesterday
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The descent was via a worn path to the forest track, but rather than follow this we opted for a mountain bike track through the trees, steep in places and somewhat muddy but with a curious added sense of adventure. It exited the woods by the junction of the track that cut back from the main one.
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A pleasant wander through the woods down to the car was all that was left though we did past one or two oak trees, greyed with old mans beard a remnant of a older forest.
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It's always time well spent whiling away a pleasant hour or so rambling up a new hill. Looking forward to the next one already!