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The Ochils, Campsie Fells and Lomond Hills is a handy guidebook to the area of high ground between Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth. It consists of 33 day walks, which are mostly circular and cover a variety of terrain such as moorland, forestry and rocky crags. The routes range from easily managed walks to long distance with difficult terrain.
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The Ochils, Campsie and Lomond Hills form a prominent band of high ground across the central belt of Scotland, providing a dramatic backdrop to the nearby cities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Perth. Overlooked by many walkers on their way to larger hills in the north, these three ranges provide uniquely wild, challenging and beautiful walks literally on the doorstep of many towns and cities. Ironically, it is perhaps their proximity to these major areas of population which means that these hills remain a relatively uncrowded oasis for walkers.
Collectively the three ranges combine a rich mixture of distinct neighbouring habitats, ranging from: moorland, ancient and managed forestry, deep lochs and reservoirs, fast-flowing burns and meandering rivers, to rocky crags and fertile carseland.
This Ochils, Campsie Fells and Lomond Hills guidebook offers a mixture of routes, including many popular peaks such as Ben Cleuch, Meikle Bin and West Lomond, as well as areas that are well off the beaten track. The walks have been chosen to reflect the diverse landscape that exists in these ranges, and affords as much importance to smaller peaks and lower-level walks as it does to larger hills and high traverses. Several of the walks include peaks known as ‘Donalds’ – hills in lowland Scotland over 2000ft that have a drop of 100ft on all sides.
While some of the walks are justifiably popular and lined with obvious tracks and paths, walkers are also encouraged to explore routes following the natural lines of ridges and glens where few or no paths exist, so that the guide not only gives details for enjoying some classic routes, but also acts as a starting point for linking and creating endless combinations of different routes. The majority of walks included are circular, and wherever possible, start from a suitable place to park a car.
The walks are divided into three sections, one for each range of hills, and each section opens with an introduction to the area. All the route descriptions begin with a summary of information, along with an overview of what can be expected on the walk, including any significant details about terrain and navigation.
Despite being relatively low compared to the larger ranges in the Scottish Highlands, the hills covered in this guide present challenges that require similar levels of skills and experience to those that would be needed in more mountainous regions. A basic level of ability in macronavigating is assumed; as is the understanding of grid references, map orientation, gradients, map symbols and estimation of distances. For more challenging routes the ability to use a compass in setting and walking on bearings is crucial, as are micronavigational skills involved in timing and pacing distances.
Please note that the times in this book are pure times and do not account for rest breaks or difficulty in the terrain. Many people may find that the walks take longer than the times given.
|How to Use this Guide|
|Planning and Preparation|
|Access and the Environment|
|Walk 1 Blairdenon Circuit|
|Walk 2A Dumyat Hill|
|Walk 2B Dumyat Hill|
|Walk 2C Dumyat Hill|
|Walk 3 Myreton Hill|
|Walk 4 Bengengie Hill and Colsnaur Hill Circuit|
|Walk 5 Ben Cleuch via Ben Buck|
|Walk 6 The Nebit|
|Walk 7 Wood Hill|
|Walk 8 Ben Cleuch Circuit|
|Walk 9 Mill Glen to Dollar Glen|
|Walk 10 Castle Campbell Circuit|
|Walk 11 Tillicoultry to Blackford|
|Walk 12 Innerdownie Ridge|
|Walk 13 Kirk Burn Glen Circuit|
|Walk 14 Seamab Hill|
|Walk 15 Frandy Burn Circuit|
|Walk 16 The Glendevon Reservoirs|
|Walk 17 Steele's Knowe and Eastbow Hill|
|Walk 18 Ben Thrush Circuit|
|Walk 19 Glendevon Forest Circuit|
|Walk 20 The Round of Nine|
|The Campsie Fells|
|Walk 21 Dumgoyne|
|Walk 22 Ballagan Burn Circuit|
|Walk 23 Cort-Ma Law and Lecket Hill Circuit|
|Walk 24 Dungoil|
|Walk 25 Meikle Bin|
|Walk 26 The Corrie of Balglass and Earl's Seat|
|Walk 27 Little Corrie and the Corrie of Balglass|
|Walk 28 Stronend|
|Walk 29 North Third Reservoir Walk|
|The Lomond Hills|
|Walk 30 The Lomond Circuit|
|Walk 31 East Lomond Circuit|
|Walk 32 Glen Vale and West Lomond|
|Walk 33 Benarty Hill Ridge|
|Appendix Further Information|