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around Loch Lednock

Date walked: 07/11/2020

Time taken: 4.75 hours

Distance: 13.3km

Ascent: 427m

When I climbed Ruadh Mheall from home, I didn't really have enough time to explore it properly, but I noticed that it looked down directly on Loch Lednock and appeared to be more accessible from there
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loch Lednock and Ben Chonzie from Ruadh Mheall
And as I have never explored the tracks in upper reaches of this glen I decided to do so on Saturday as the weather looked brilliant.
The car park at Invergeldie was packed beyond my imagination - cars on the verges hundreds of metres down the road, but I managed to sneak into a spot by the bridge that everyone else seemed to have missed :D :lol:
It is a shame that you can't drive further up the glen , but it's easy to see why this is the case :( .
Nevertheless - great to see so many people out in the hills though I didn't meet a single one on my walk :lol: :lol:
I set off up the road, took the L turn signed to Ardeonaig, crossed the river and continued past a ruined house and back over another bridge
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Autumn colours at the start of the Ardeonaig road
Beyond the bridge where the road turns L and heads up the glen the map shows a path leading off, but I decided to continue up the road and find the other end of it on the way back
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Looking up the valley (Gleann Mathaig) from just beyond the second bridge
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Looking back down the valley from higher
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The track continuing up the valley leads towards Creag Ruadh
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While the tarmac road bears sharply R
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Looking back from the road junction, the whole of Ben Chonzie comes into view
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The road climbs a little further and then descends. Zoomed view - it looks as if the Clyde valley is full of mist
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When I reached the high point, I expected to look down on the loch - but there was a green valley :? It took me quite a while to realise I was looking at a reflection :lol: :lol: :lol: The water was mirror calm
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Reflections in the loch
The road descends slightly and then heads North , above and parallel to the loch
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Looking North - Ruadh Mheall dominates the head of the glen
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Back down the loch towards the dam
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Further along
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Danger of death it says, but I needed to sit down and decided to take the risk :lol: :lol: :lol:
Although it was only lunchtime most of the road was in the shade and it was quite cold - glad I'd bought some gloves - and the thought of returning this way in a few hours time and of retracing about 6km of tarmac didn't really appeal.: I should have been a couple of hours earlier :( so I changed plan and decided to walk round the loch to the dam.
The map shows no track on the North/East side, but I can hardly have been the first person ever to traverse it, so there would surely be something to follow and at least I would be in the sun :D
There looked to be one streambed that might prove an obstacle, but I had crossed this slope twice doing Creag Uchdag so I had no worries.
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The beautifully built sandstone power station at the road end. (A couple of pipes descend to it). Now I understood why the road was tarmacked the whole way. Scottish Hydro don't skimp on these things - after all we are the ones paying for it :lol: :lol:
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I headed round the back of the power station, and crossed the flat terrain and the Lednock burn without difficulty: Looking down the length of the loch - the earlier calm had gone
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Another burn descend to the NE corner of the loch, but again it caused no problems and nor did the old stock fence beyond
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As expected there were signs of a track
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The lochside
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looking up the large gully which proved no obstacle
Beyond this gully, the bracken became a bit wearisome, though the small tracks continued through it. This walk would be much easier in the spring, but you wouldn't get the colour. I tried descending on to the foreshore but it was loose, unstable and slippery so I soon climbed back above
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Views up and down - I was about 1.5km from the end now
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Eventually you come to these attractive woods - mainly larch - and go through some sheep pens
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A wider view. The larch trees have grown well - a pity they don't continue up the lochside :(
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The track crosses a bridge over this exciting looking little chasm
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And continues to the dam: looking back from just above it
From the dam, I descended the road back to the car - a really enjoyable day









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Ideal day out: remote mountain where i'm unlikely to meet many people

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2020

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Distance: 94.5 km
Ascent: 3936m
Munros: 1
Grahams: 2

2019

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Distance: 91.8 km
Ascent: 7166m
Munros: 2
Corbetts: 4

2018

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Distance: 39.3 km
Ascent: 2088m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 2
Grahams: 1

2017

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Distance: 39.75 km
Ascent: 3366m
Munros: 1
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Distance: 210.95 km
Ascent: 11849m
Munros: 3
Corbetts: 8
Grahams: 5

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Distance: 143.9 km
Ascent: 10590m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 7
Grahams: 8
Donalds: 1

2014

Trips: 6
Distance: 80.6 km
Ascent: 5180m
Munros: 2
Corbetts: 6
Grahams: 1

2013

Trips: 5
Distance: 42.9 km
Ascent: 3887m
Munros: 3
Corbetts: 2
Grahams: 2

2012

Trips: 1

2011

Trips: 3
Distance: 32 km
Ascent: 2397m
Corbetts: 1

2010

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2009

Trips: 5

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2007

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2006

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2005

Trips: 1

2004

Trips: 3

2003

Trips: 13
Distance: 107 km
Ascent: 2586m

2002

Trips: 10

2001

Trips: 6

2000

Trips: 6

1999

Trips: 2
Distance: 35.7 km
Ascent: 1768m
Munros: 2

1998

Trips: 1
Distance: 36 km
Ascent: 1760m
Munros: 4

1996

Trips: 1
Distance: 70 km
Ascent: 3700m
Munros: 8

1995

Trips: 2
Distance: 29 km
Ascent: 2548m
Munros: 3

1994

Trips: 3
Distance: 43.1 km
Ascent: 3739m
Munros: 7

1993

Trips: 2
Distance: 47.5 km
Ascent: 3050m
Munros: 4

1991

Trips: 1
Munros: 2

1990

Trips: 2
Distance: 16.5 km
Ascent: 1108m
Munros: 4

1989

Trips: 3
Distance: 48.5 km
Ascent: 3780m
Munros: 9

1986

Trips: 1
Munros: 2

1972

Trips: 1
Distance: 29 km
Ascent: 1230m
Munros: 1

1969

Trips: 1
Distance: 7.3 km
Ascent: 962m
Corbetts: 1

1960

Trips: 1
Munros: 3


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