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The Wilds of Glen Beich

The Wilds of Glen Beich


Postby past my sell by date » Wed Apr 08, 2020 12:24 pm

Date walked: 05/04/2020

Time taken: 5.3 hours

Distance: 15.5 km

Ascent: 457m

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One of the advantages of living where I do is that I can take my daily allowed exercise on the local hills outside my door, and because there is as yet no limit on how long that exercise can be, I am free to walk as far as I like :D
On my walk from Killin to St. Fillans https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=94503 I climbed over a low ridge, descended into the upper reaches of Glen Beich, climbed back out of it on a track to the 450m beallach and descended Glen Tarken .

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This part of Glen Beich is extraordinarily remote, and if it were not for the hydro scheme, I suspect it would be visited hardly at all except by whoever farms the land. Not having taken any photos on the above trip, I felt minded to return to the tiny reservoir in the valley to remedy that omission.
I have found in the recent past, that driving 2 miles or so West from the St. Fillans village to a parking place, and starting directly up Glen Tarken, knocks well over an hour off the total walk time going up that glen. Although it is not encouraged, I decided to take the risk of arrest and incarceration and follow this practice today:lol: :lol: :lol:
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A track starts at this gate just beyond the car park
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And zig-zags up through oak woods to cross the cycle path/disused railway a few hundred metres East of the new bridge built by the park authority a few years ago
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Looking along the cycle path towards the bridge
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The track zig-zags quite steeply past some derelict cottages: I was feeling rather too warm at this point
Apart from Glen Vorlich almost all the valleys around Loch Earn are hanging: - you climb quite steeply for 2-300 metres and they then flatten out. As soon as I reached this level, a fresh breeze kept me at a pleasant temperature
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the track passes through a number of gates
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A solitary scots pine by the burn
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you continue up the Western side of the glen
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Looking up to the head of the glen, and Creag Dhubh
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Eventually you come to a junction: down to the R the track circles round the head of the glen: straight on leads over the beallach into Glen Beich
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Looking back from the high point:
Just beyond here the track turns R and heads diagonally down to reach a small reservoir behind a dam.
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A solitary group of trees just below the dam: apart from these there is not a tree for miles :lol:
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The reservoir above the dam
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From the other side: the debris on the bank shows that it has been about 2m deeper recently - flowing right over the dam
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and the volume of debris shows how much of it is brought down by the burn in spate
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I pushed on 50m or so to where I had crossed the burn: a lot less water in it this time: what a wonderful spot to self-isolate :D the chances of meeting anyone here on a Sunday must be close to nil :lol: :lol:
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A wider view: at the head of the glen is a three way beallach: either carry on (Rob Roy Way) down to Ardeonaig on Loch Tay or head down R into Glen Lednock
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Looking North to the ridge: I must have come down from somewhere near the snow patches just R of centre
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Returning, the the track heads S for 50m or so and then turns R and goes diagonally up the hillside
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What a huge expanse of "nothing" there is at the top of this glen :) I heard a Curlew calling :D
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Zoomed viw of the Vorlich group - the weather was closing in and looking a bit threatening
On the way back I decided to climb the 50m or so to the top of Creag Dhubh - someone had told me it was a good viewpoint
Views from Creag Dhubh
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Views looking North - the weather was definitely deteriorating
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Looking down on to the high point of the track
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Down Glen Tarken
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A wider view of the whole glen with the track circling round its head
I got back to the car just as the first few drops of rain started to fall
Last edited by past my sell by date on Tue Apr 21, 2020 2:57 pm, edited 3 times in total.
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Re: The Wilds of Glen Beich

Postby Gordie12 » Wed Apr 08, 2020 8:53 pm

I'm not jealous, honestly, I'm not............................

I remember when doing the Rob Roy Way I got the map out at Lochan Breaclaich and noticed how I could easily (at least looking at the map) link up with the Glen Beich/Tarken track. Having already done the Sma Glen to Ardtalnaig, Comrie to Ardtalnaig and Comrie to Ardeonaig I might as well add this route to my list.

I'm off to read your linked report on the through route now.

Thanks for posting.
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Re: The Wilds of Glen Beich

Postby past my sell by date » Mon Apr 20, 2020 5:15 pm

Gordie12 wrote:I'm not jealous, honestly, I'm not............................

I remember when doing the Rob Roy Way I got the map out at Lochan Breaclaich and noticed how I could easily (at least looking at the map) link up with the Glen Beich/Tarken track. Having already done the Sma Glen to Ardtalnaig, Comrie to Ardtalnaig and Comrie to Ardeonaig I might as well add this route to my list.

I'm off to read your linked report on the through route now.

Thanks for posting.

It sure is a wild area Gordie - not as dramatic as other parts of the highlands but wild with a capital W :lol:
I was up there again yesterday to knock off a Graham top Meall Daimh 693m - Litle fish are sweet at the moment :) . There was an awful lot of tussock and peat hags :( - I would only have gone in wery dry conditions :lol:
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