Mell.

14 05 2016

The day after I rode over Conic hill, my schedule allowed me another day in the hills.

Another medium length ride would be a good test for the legs, so after some good advice from Frazchops and Bryan Dawson, the ground west of Balqhuidder seemed to be as dry as it is going to get so I decided to take in the north section of the Mell loop.

I started at the bottom of Cnoc nan Sidheag and followed the trail built a few years ago skirting Loch Venacher towards Callander and turned north under the big toe of Ben Ledi and up Stank Glen, past the glistening waters of Loch Lubnaig (where I stopped to tighten the SixC crank – see last blog entry!) popping out at Balqhuidder and turned west then south towards Ballimore and the trail head for the Mell hill path.

The going to Sròn a’ Chonnaidh was mixed. Some boggy trail, some sweet little sections of singletrack, but fabulous views. There is a farm track to a new barn just the other side of the Allt a’ Ghlinne Dhuibh which would be quicker and need a reasonably easy stream crossing.

From here the trail went uphill southwards, on the shoulder of Carn Mòr, before rejoining the trad Glen Finglas circuit.

The ground was generally a mix of reasonable trail on grassy ground and a lot of sphag bog. On a fat bike, or downhill, this might well be rideable, but it wasn’t for me going this way. About 1.4km of walking ensued, but the loop as a whole was definitely better this was round (anti-clockwise).

All in, it took 4 hours and is a good addition to Trossachs mtb’ing.

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