Third North Reservoir Walk

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Despite the rather prosaic name this is a splendid little walk through the woods and over the hills that surround the Third North Reservoir in the rolling countryside to the south-west of Stirling.

The walk takes you over Lewis Hill and enjoys great views over to the South Perthsire Munros of Ben Chonzie and Ben Vorlich, before descending past an Iron Age hill-fort to the dam, then turning into a figure-of-eight walk through the woods and along the crags that surround this oddly named dam. The reservoir itself is created by the damming of the Bannock Burn, a name to stir the hearts of Scots and put fear into the heart of us Sassenachs... why it isn't called the Bannockburn Reservoir is a mystery.

In spring there are many wildflowers and although there a a couple of steepish ascents they are short and not too onerous. Waterproof footwear is probably advisable after rain.

Scotland - Central Scotland - Stirling - Woodland or Forest

Features

Birds, Flowers, Great Views, Lake/Loch, Wildlife, Woodland
25/11/2016 - Tom and Joyce Kay

Driven from the iced snow of our target walk we took this walk for exercise but totally underestimated it's charm. After sub-zero temperatures day and night for 3 days the growth was all frost white and the views, near over the reservoir, to the snowy mountains in the North, and the Ochils and Forth Valley were stunning. Added to a walk of extensively varied terrain it produced our first ever 5 star rating. A surprise to ourselves who have spent so much time on the mountains. It is what it sets out to be. The heavy frost made for hard ground and we suspect that it could at times be very muddy. A clear day is a must.

16/06/2015 - Richard Hardy

Pretty much lead free the whole way round, obviously there is some height exposure at the beginning and end. But no major obstacles and a great walk for dogs

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