Stuc a' Chroin and Ben Vorich

Stuc a' Chroin and Ben Vorich

Friday, 25 January 2019

Always catching up (Part 2) - Wednesday 9 January. Innderdownie and Whitewisp Hill. 11 January, Wether Hill

Another cold, beautiful day. 

Glenquey House
The narrow Water Board road which gives access to  Glenquey Reservoir as well as Glenquey House  provides a pleasant approach to Innerdownie Hill, though it seems the more popular way nowadays is from Glen Sherup carpark which enables a route round the head of that glen to be made. 

The track through the gate goes to Castle Campbell, a worthwhile walk, but today we were glad to turn right and follow the sunny track below Innerdownie. It is also possible to go straight up the hill from here and cut out a fair bit of walking, but we rarely do this now since it misses out a fine part of the ridge and a rather high gate has to be climbed.

Looking back towards Glenquey House (hidden)

Our direction of travel
Just before the path begins its descent to the hamlet of Burnfoot, we took to the steepish slopes after which the gently rising ridge goes straight to the fine summit cairn. Looking at the map one would think the walk is through dense woodland but this is far from the truth: this is Woodland Trust country and the native trees are well spaced as you would expect. The conifers seen in the picture below are another matter and provide dense cover on the Glen Sherup side though some harvesting has taken place recently.

At the start of the gently rising ridge. L is wearing Karrimor Lycra stretchy, warm fleecy leggings bought some 30 years ago when the Karrimor label meant something. I have a pair of black ones. Who needs new gear?
A superfluous sign if ever there was one. There's now a seat further up.

Foreground: Ben Shee above Glen Sherup
The summit gives good views north, uplifting spirits, inspiring future plans.

The Ochils for all their benign appearance should not be underestimated. We have been turned back from summits in atrocious winter weather, usually because of deep snow and severe winds.

We turned back a few meters from the top on this occasion, in January 2016. The photograph does not do justice to the fierce conditions. 

Access to Whitewisp Hill by this route is blocked by a high deer fence with an equally (obviously) high stile over which, many, many years ago, I had to carry our Border Collie. Long after she'd sadly gone, a dog access door appeared in the fence and today we discovered  a full size gate immediately to the right of stile. Quite a contrast with Sir Hugh's recent experiences at

Between Innerdownie and Whitewisp near Bentie Knowe
Descending Innerdownie on our way back two guys on mountain bikes came hurtling down behind us. They gave no warning - we just happened to hear them. We moved aside and they acknowledged the fact, but I feel sure that they regarded themselves as having right of way when they didn't. I find this increasingly irritating.

Note: I'm aware that this route has appeared several times on this blog but that's just how it is at this time of the year.

11 January. Wether Hill - some pictures

Lower Glen Devon Reservoir

Summit area of Wether Hill looking towards Innerdownie Hill

Looking north

St Mungo's Well from the drove road - water supply for Gleneagles Estate

Water purification building for St Mungo's Well water supply


Sir Hugh said...

I am paying the penalty for more urban walks these days where stiles proliferate. With reference to your long lasting gear I still have a pair of Dachstein mits which do the job as well as they did when I bought them in 1960 for a trip to Norway.

afootinthehills said...

Rural and urban walking always seem to me to pose more problems than wilder places and navigation is often harder. I too have Dachstein mitts but unfortunately they are too tight to accommodate a wonky finger.

Sir Hugh said...

Wpnky as a word seems to be having a revival - my granddaughter was cast as the donkey in her primary school nativity play before Christmas and the phrase "wonky donkey" was bandied about to some degree, but it is a good word - bravo!

Alan Sloman said...

Hi Gibson

I've just spent a happy time reading through a year's posts. I'm afraid I've been a rare visitor to your blog (or any blog in fact) over the last year as life has been changing a good deal down here. Happily, things are more or less sorted now, and so I hope I will spend some more social time catching up with the real world out there!

It's good to see that you & Lynne are getting out and about. Your pictures and writing always bring me happiness.

All the very best to you both

afootinthehills said...

Hello Alan. Thanks for your kind words regarding the blog and pictures. I blow hot and cold on blogging but try to view posts as a record of the day with the hope that some will find them worth a glance.

I suspected something was up when your blog fell silent so I'm glad to hear that things are more settled now. The blogosphere has been a far less interesting place over the last 6 months without you, so I do hope you are going to be posting again soon. We are both delighted to have you back Alan.