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A winter Landscape around Carron Dam Reservoir at Carron Bridge, Stirlingshire, Scotland, UK.

January / February 2010

  

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A winter Landscape around Carron Dam Reservoir at Carron Bridge, Stirlingshire, Scotland, UK.
The coldest winter for over 40 years left snow drifts in excess of one metre. This was a hard time for livestock and farmers but a playtime for the more adventurous outdoor folks with a passion for snow and thick woolen clothing.

The Upper Carron Valley to the west of Denny and Fankerton is a popular summer evening drive and can even be added to a drive round the Trossachs if daylight permits.
The video shows the valley resplendent in winter garb and beautiful blue sky. If we get much more of this, I can see Carron Valley being added to the Winter Holiday Destination list. A day or two can make the difference between soft impassable snow and a frosted surface that almost supports the weight of a diehard walker or climber.

In summer, things are more accessible. Just to the east of the dam you can cross the Carron and park at a Forestry picnic spot. There are forest walks on the south side of the reservoir.

On the west side of the reservoir, you can park near the roadside and make your way to the highest hill in the area, the Meikle (big) Bin. The views from the top are magnificent (on a clear day!).

The area is very popular with people on Mountain Bikes or should that be Trail Bikes — I just know they look very cool in their high tech cycling gear. Most of the available videos of the area to date seem to have been shot by enthusiast Bikers.

 
 
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