The Glen Loin Loop

Route: Glen Loin and Coiregrograin, Arrochar

Date walked: 19/01/2020

Time taken: 4.5 hours

Distance: 17.5km

Date walked: 19/01/2020
Time taken: 4.5 hours
Distance: 19k (we went the wrong way at the end!)
Date walked: 04/01/2020
Weather: Very cold, mostly cloudy but with some sunshine

Overall: :clap: our first long walk!

Travel & Parking:
I won't be the first to grip about the exorbitant car-parking charges in Arrochar. While the best part of a tenner was hard to part with, our biggest problem as a lack of change and an early arrival. No signal to pay via an app, but had to phone a number to pay, which cut me off until 'chargeable' time (9am) - it meant a bit of hanging around in the car park when we were ready to set off, although the payment phonecall was straightforward.

Note to other drivers, authorities are clearly quite strict here - we returned to see several cars with tickets (parked on verges etc).

The walk:

The walk began with a lovely, if a little boggy, flat section through the initial Glen, with lovely views of the Arrochar alps peeking above. We then ascended (slowly) across the steep scrambles - with a bit of ice underfoot. At this point we had the whole place to ourselves; quite magical with the weather.

After ascending (with great views in all directions at this point) - we headed along a flatter, second valley. The light was beautiful at this point (January, 9.30 am) - with an almost sunlight quality.

The path then turns through trees - which give out sneaky glimpses of the hills above, for us - covered in snow.

Across the next section the path joins a tarmac road - which was pretty busy with plenty of walkers. We followed this for a while and then turned left (regrettably, not heading up to soak in a view of Loch Sloy). At this point most walkers started heading up one of the hills - I'm not sure which one, I'm still terrible at spotting them! Admittedly, I was glad when we didn't follow, and instead took a gentler (though long) climb up to the left-hand side. The views of Ben Lomond behind offered a great excuse for 'breather spots'.

The path levels out, great views again, and then turns at a sluice.

There's a fun river crossing - luckily low for us - before we begin the descent.

I wasn't a huge fan of the next section, which goes through dense forestry. While it's not unpleasant - I just find it a bit dull. I was much happier with some more open views (again across to Ben Lomond) - where we had our lunch.

The feet started to get pretty tired on the final leg, zigzagging down to the pretty village of Succoth. We also heard some very strange loud noises coming from one of the nearby glens - like mental banging and whooshing? If anybody can shed any light I'd be curious to hear what it might have been!

Sore feet at the end, but a great feeling of accomplishment after our longest walk yet!

Southbound traffic by Loch Lomond can get bad at the weekend - so we skipped a snack stop and just headed home.

It was cold! I had recently invested in thermals (long sleeved top and leggings from M&S) - they served me pretty weel - under my normal walking leggings, and a couple of base-layers/fleece/my usual waterproof. I also recently invested in a pair of waterproof trousers from Mountain Warehouse - which served me well sitting on soggy grass for lunch.

The walking boots (the same ones as before) didn't stay leak free, even on this dry day, so they're for the chop. Boot recommendations also welcome!!

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