Offlist Walk: High Corrie (Queen Elizabeth Forest Park)

16 09 2010
16th September 2010
with Mrs NLW
5.6 miles
Explorer 347 (Loch Lomond South), or 365 (The Trossachs)
Cloudy, sunny spells

Another walk garnered from a Forestry Commission leaflet, I’ll have to look into what they do in England – we’ve been impressed with the information and facilities in Scotland.

Ben Ledi

The walk started from the Drymen Old Road carpark which is approx 3 miles along the single-track road running north out of Drymen. This road forms the very first few miles of the long-distance walk: the Rob Roy Way which runs from Drymen to Pitlochry. The car park is in high heathland on the edge of the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.

The walk starts by crossing the road and entering the Forest, along one of two roads (the other will be the return road), we elected to take the left fork which was a wide logging track heading very gently uphill into the forest. After 15 minutes or so of walking we came to an excellent viewpoint, although electricity pylons threatened to spoil the view – the thoughtful positioning of the bench meant that the pylons are hidden from view – leaving nothing but trees, farmland, and in the distance the peak of Ben Ledi.

this isn't the actual deer (I wasn't quick enough), but it looked a lot like this

We started walking again, and as I rounded a bend in the road I saw something move on the edge of the forest about 6 yards to my right, it was a small deer taking a drink from the ditch, it looked straight at me and then bolted into the forest. I’ve since done a bit of googling, and as such I’m pretty sure it was a roe deer, either a female or an immature male (I didn’t see any antlers).

We continued climbing slowly along the ridge until the road turned steeply downhill to the east. It was here we met a gentleman sitting in a digger who stopped us and engaged us in conversation on any number of subject for at least 15 minutes. It was a welcome break at the halfway point in this walk. As we continued the road descended futher until we left it along a grass path emerging on a tarmac road at the delightfully named ‘Manhole Bridge’.

Here we turned right and followed the road all the way back to the carpark. Along the way we saw parts of the aquaduct carrying water to Glasgow, and a section where a significant number of trees had been felled by the wind – by the looks of them some years ago – their roots and a large amount of earth being presented to us as they had fallen away from us.



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