Win some - lose some

Fionas: Ben Cleuch
Donalds: Ben Cleuch

Date walked: 07/10/2021

Time taken: 3 hours

Distance: 10km

Ascent: 830m

Despite having ticked something off for 13 consecutive days, it still seemed a good idea to attempt a final "short" outing on the way home! Unfortunately, the spell of good weather didn't last for more than 48 hours, and low cloud and rain was not encouraging.
Still, a stop was made in Tillicoultry, near Stirling [not to be confused with the village of the same name in Sri Lanka!], which would be a great place to explore in better conditions.
Who said it is better to travel hopefully than to arrive? Anyway, a break in the rain made it look as if it wouldn't be too bad to have a go at one last Graham . . . hmmm.
The Mill Burn, flowing south from the Ochil hills, formerly powered numerous textile mills. One route up onto the tops was a stepped path up the east side.
26348 Tillicoultry footpath steps Perdy.jpg

Mining of Quartz dolerite had been another major industry, and had left a big hole.
26349 Tillicoultry quarry fr E.jpg

The town is one of the "Hillfoots Villages", and spread out below.
26350 Tillicoultry fr N.jpg

Where two burns join to form Mill Burn, a steep spur north gave an ascent route to the Law (638m). The rain had restarted . . .
26351 The Law fr S hillfog.jpg

The valleys are steeply cut through the hard rock.
26352 Tillicoultry Gannel Burn footbridge fr above.jpg

It was disctinctly unpleasant to battle on through the cloud and rain, with nothing much in view. The summit of Ben Cleuch (721m) was reached after 1 hour 40 minutes.
26353 Ben Cleuch summit Perdy fog.jpg

The circuit continued over Ben Ever, and it was good to drop out the cloud eventually and see Mill Glen again, and the town beyond.
26354 Tillicoultry fr above Mill Glen.jpg

There was a sting in the tail, as the boardwalk along the burn had been washed away. A rope was provided to create a sort of Via Ferrata! A sign at the far end said the path was closed. It would be a splendid walk on a good day, and it was a shame to have done it in such unrewarding conditions.
26355 Tillicoultry Mill Burn washed out boardwalk.jpg

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Member: Ramblers Open Spaces Society

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Corbetts: 19
Fionas: 77
Donalds: 10
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Distance: 205 km
Ascent: 13134m
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Corbetts: 4
Fionas: 15
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