Along the Ochils – Alva to Glen Devon
Follow in the footsteps of the Drovers on this Woodland Trust Scotland walk from Alva to Glen Devon. Along the way hear about the history of silver mining in the area, Castle Campbell and walk through Glen Devon Woodlands.
Walk duration - 6 hrs, including lunch break. Ascent 376m, including Innerdownie Summit 730m. General The underfoot conditions include forest roads, built paths (not always well maintained) and grass paths. In the gorge at Castle Campbell there are sections that are moderately exposed and could be regarded as claustrophobic - but these can be avoided. Gradients The South facing escarpment of the Ochill hills feature some steep gradients but the proposed route generally follows a line that was used for cattle and therefore crosses contour lines at a sympathetic angle. In the gorge at Castle Campbell there are some short steep paths but, as said previously, these can be avoided. To suit all abilities, it is proposed to offer alternative routes on Innerdownie which is the last stage of the walk.
For Medium, Hard and Extra Hard walks we ask walkers to make sure they have full hillwalking gear, by which we mean definitely the following: Boots, warm clothing, warm/quick drying trousers (not denim jeans), waterproof jacket and over trousers, rucsac, hat, gloves, spare fleece, packed lunch, spare food and drink, small personal first aid kit including any medications, mobile phone, headtorch, and bivvy bag if you have one, and possibly also these other items, depending on personal preference: Gaiters, rucsac cover, walking poles, spare socks, map, compass, GPS, lipsalve, camera.
The nature of hill walking potentially involves leaders or other participants in providing close assistance to others. For everybody’s protection those people classified as ‘vulnerable adults’ or young people under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an appropriate carer or responsible adult. No special arrangements are available to provide independent supervision for vulnerable people, and the accompanying carer takes full responsibility for them. The carer or parent is best placed to judge the capability of their charges.
We do ask that you only bring children on a walk if you are confident that they will be able to complete it comfortably. At all times, children must be accompanied by an appropriate adult who must take full responsibility for them.
3. Lower age limits.
No children under the age of 16 are allowed on Extra Hard or Hard walks. Children over the age of 12 are permitted on Medium and Easy walks provided that they are accompanied by a responsible adult.
In common with other similar events and in consideration for others, dogs are not allowed (guide dogs excepted).
Please do not smoke on walks, out of consideration to others.