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Balloch to Helensburgh

Route: Balloch to Helensburgh

Date walked: 01/10/2020

Time taken: 3.75 hours

Distance: 13.5km

Ascent: 300m

We were blessed with really sunny weather as we set off at 12.30pm from the tourist information centre. The Three Lochs and John Muir Way share much of this stage. A slight uphill start leading to the old coffin route which was really easy walking and the views started to open up.
The track continued for a few miles until we reached the forest. Was quite excited here as I heard that the views at the top at superb. It was an uphill climb through the forest sure enough much to the annoyance of my friend but we headed for the unmarked path which took us to the top of Gouk Hill and what stunning views we had - Ben Lomond, Loch Lomond and Conic Hill were there in all their glory! Well worth the little detour. I recommend this. There us another viewpoint sign further in but I heard they were not so good and obscured by trees.
Soon after, the walk left the John Muir Way and it was a downhill walk into Helensburgh and a walk towarda the town centre which was the least exciting part of the walk.
We really enjoyed the walk. It was well waymarked. Definitely try and do this on a sunny day as you can appreciate the scenery much better!

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laurianna


Location: TAYSIDE
Occupation: SELF EMPLOYED
Interests: Hillwalking, travel, sports, dance, music and playing the fiddle
Activity: Mountaineer
Mountain: Scafell Pike andHaystacks
Place: Broughty Ferry
Gear: My trusty well worn boots
Member: Ramblers, Scottish Wildlife organisation, National Trust, Scottish Youth Hostel Association (YHA)
Ideal day out: I enjoy a coastal walk - Fife Coastal Path covers lots of lovely villages such as St Monans and Pittenweem in Fife. However I enjoy a bracing mountain walk with a nice pub within a mile to chill out afterwards!
Ambition: To climb more Wainwrights




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Statistics

2020

Trips: 2
Distance: 29.5 km
Ascent: 600m

2018

Trips: 2
Distance: 30 km
Ascent: 1869m
Munros: 2

2017

Trips: 3
Distance: 28 km
Ascent: 600m
Munros: 1
Hewitts: 2
Wainwrights 2


Joined: Aug 01, 2013
Last visited: May 10, 2021
Total posts: 13 | Search posts