After visiting Cowden Japanese Garden ( see my recent post) we had spotted some nice hills around dollar / Glen Devon and my mountain buddy Fraser ( See Ficaill Ridge post) has mentioned there was a couple of nice horseshoes so we decided to do a quick Bank Holiday Monday hit , do a bit and play it by ear as the weather looked a bit questionable .
Glen Devon , part of the Ochills near startling has some lovely hills and from what we can tell it’s pretty overlooked as most head to he usual honeytraps around Glen Coe , Loch Lomond , the Trossachs etc so for a quiet walk we thought it would be ideal – and we weren’t wrong .
Nice big car park and obvious trail start to get us going we followed as usual the walkhighlands route , map and compass in pack as always ( good to practice and you never know when you will find yourself inside a cloud and blind in Scotland !)
The route heads up from and around the Glen Devon reservoir via an easy but steady incline from the car park , through the forest track and then a right turn at a small cairn after about 2.5km , up via a fire beak to the hills themselves and to the lovely views all around . Plenty Mountain biking trails as well so we actually saw more bikers than walkers i think but overall it’s a pretty quiet place ( ideal!)
As you work up through the forest itself you’ll find a whole carpet of various types of mushroom 🍄 – incredible – never seen so many ! ( remember unless you know your fungus and are are very sure never eat any you find some can kill … or at least send you a bit loopy)
Pretty quick up and down just to the first summit as rain was setting in and we’d been out for a couple of hours so happy to enjoy it and head back . 9km all in , the full round is only about 15km so an easy one for when you feel like it and it would make a good, relatively easy but worth it winter day for anyone starting to get used to winter walking and gear . Remember off you’ve only done summer / Autumn walking telnet Winter is VERY dodder and takes extra thought and skills – but is my favourite season for walking and especially climbing !
Over to the pics .
I’ll say it again – Remember as we head into Autumn that Scottish hills can be less forgiving than we think – so planning ( route, map, food/drink) are essential, having the right gear ( including “just in case” and summit layers ) and knowing how to navigate I.e. a map + compass and skills to use them , never mind how many apps / gps’ you have ) are all critical – our mountain rescue folks are incredibly stretched and we shouldn’t be placing pressure on them, or putting them in danger when we could have simply prepared a little better !
If you are new to winter check out our blogs on preparing and kit for winter – a read could save you trouble – or even a life .
Enjoy the hills – take care – and let me know if you do any of the routes we have – or suggest others you love !
1 response to Quick hit – Glen Devon
Important words of advice for fall/winter trekking and climbing, Alan. In my part of Canada, the weather can change very quickly as well. And I love your emphasize on the good old map and compass. GPS devices can malfunction, batteries can drain and signals can be lost. But knowledge of using the map and compass is critical. 😀👣