A stroll in Glen Tarken

Date walked: 19/01/2020

Time taken: 3 hours

The weather recently has been quite unusual: There is no snow below about 700m. but the high tops are bright white which leads to views which are amost Alpine. Yesterday in perfect weather I did my usual "St. Fillans round" thru E and W GlenTarken and had tantalising glimpses of Meall Ghaordaidh and the Tarmachan through the 460m bealach at the head . The sun was also illuminating the head of the glen rather nicely :D But I had no camera :( :(
The weather was forecast even clearer today, so I resolved to repeat the route and get some pics.
It became evident by about 10.am that it might not be as good as forecast, so to save 40 min or so I drove to the parking area at the foot of the Glen Tarken track and set off from there.
The path zig- zags up through the oak forest, crossing the disused railway and continues past some old houses. I decided to explore a track on the L that I'd not been on before, It leads to a mast of some some sort, but beyond on the horizon was a gateway to which I continued over boggy ground. At the gateway a new fence continued W with a plantation beneath and grassy slopes above. { the 1: 25k map shows the track continuing W through the upper part of the plantation}
However I climbed up and back right below a very well built wall until I found a gap above which I followed a fence climbing diagonally up N towards Creag Each.
Looking East up Loch Earn: Jerusalem in the foreground
A wider view across lower Glen Tarken
As I continued, the view through the Bealach improved - though from this side you see the Lawers group.

Glimpses of the hills N of Loch Tay
In the flat corrie below Creag Each: the gully in the corner is full of round slippery boulders :( :lol:

The whole Lawers group now comes into view
and finally the Tarmachan
As I had just come for a stroll without a pack or any food/drink I decided to descend from here to the track, crossing this rounded grassy ridge which I guess is the lateral moraine of the glacier that carved out the glen
Looking N up and along the moraine
I had hoped to return and get some photos of the early part of the walk but the weather since has been diabolical and that will have to wait :( :(

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