First Walk - Stank Glen!

Route: Stank Glen

Date walked: 29/08/2009

Time taken: 4 hours

So last week i had the urge to go on a big (for me, at least) walk (my first). Anyway we searched for them and found one relatively close (50 mins), It was called Stank Glen!

On the way, it was raining badly, (although minutes before getting into the car it was so sunny) so i was a bit annoyed although i never hope for a sunny day in scotland. The transformation from our position, rainy and windy in comparison to the top of the sunny mountain was amazing and something i had never seen before.

When we got there, we had to make our own parking space.

It started with the long, boring road before heading up to the forrest where we got the towel out and sat down to eat some nuts. I saw two ripped dogs and an old man coming up. After that, we took some pictures of the waterfall and headed up the steps (which were surprisingly easy). It was easing up and not raining. It was my ideal weather because the sun totally saps me.

After that, i came close to a panic attack because the steep hill with stones and flowers on either side was covered with wasps and bees and maybe hornets. I kept my hands in and basically ran up it :lol:. I was proper scared but after that it all calmed down and i got to a steady walking pace again. A few minutes later seen me to a big boulder (still on-route to ben Ledi). I climbed up it and rested for 20 minutes.

Then i continued on around the side of the mountain to see more amazing scenary (see below). I was going to go up Ben Ledi but my sister determined it was too steep/hard so we carried on, like we planned. half an hour later and i seen a little open gap in the crowded forrest and hopped in hoping to find something. We went to the top, as far as we could, and found nothing. It took 30 minutes of our time too but did add something different to our walk as it started to rain just as we were coming down. (I also seen some red mushrooms here but couldn't photograph it).

After that, we basically went down to the waterfall and back down to the long boring road. We had been out for 4 and a half hours and we though we would rest about half an hour away from the carpark right on the edge of the Loch or whatever you call it. I thought it was a brilliant place to actually camp (in the future). There was a little island of stones a few metres from it so we crossed and skimmed some stones.

We got a little fire going and that, eat some chicken and rested. This took a further 2 1/2 hours off our time. We then walked the long road back to the carpark.

Looking back on it, i thought it was a very enjoyable experience. I saw good scenary, got good pictures and basically did something different. I'll definetely be going back.

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