The "Sma Glen" to Loch Tay.
Anyone looking for a good spin of the legs through quiet glens and nice scenery may be interested in this straightforward 32 mile route starting from Newton Bridge in the "Sma Glen" five miles North from Crieff. You have to return the same way you came and have a stinker of a climb back from Ardtalnaig to Duran Bothy but its 100% rideable.
Note the Rats paws design throughout the Bothy 😆
You are actually climbing along this glen but you hardly notice it until you are coming back at a rate of knots.
The colouful Dalriech.
When you arrive at a weir, it signals the start of a rough and grassy 2k section to Dunat Bothy which you can see further up the hill. It basically follows the course of the River Almond.
There are old sheep pens at at Dunat Bothy in which to shelter from the wind.
Dunat Bothy heralds the long long descent down Gleann a Chilleine to farm buildings at Claggan where you must creep slowly through the yard as not to alert the crabbit sheepdogs.
Look out for slippery boulders in the river crossings as Andy demonstrates. 😆
Just before Craggan Farm you get your first sight of Loch Tay backed by the Ben Lawers Range.
The rough land rover track ends and tarmac takes over from here to Ardtalnaig and it is very steep in places with sharp corners, so watch out.
To return, just point your front wheel up the steep road that you just came down and plug in your I-pod until you get back to Dunan Bothy as its a long climb, but thankfully the gradient eases somewhat after exiting Claggan.
I spotted an old guy checking some traps coming up the glen.
The strange lumpy area approaching Dunan.
From the Bothy its a fast descent for miles along the glen and you will then realise that you have actually climbed a fair bit without really noticing it too much.
Newton Bridge. THE END.
at the end of the day theirs no tresspass laws but at the same time were not all clowns and looking to wind folk up. i know how i would feel if randoms walked in my garden, i want to do a good few long runs but all my fellow bikers either have problems with their lady gardens and cant cycle more than 5 miles or the weather may be to grim. PFFFT
I will keep an eye open for anything or fire me a message. the bikes going into evans in edinburgh tomorrow for brake problems (not sure on how long this will take) but still have my hard tail,