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|Author: Mattreed, Published: 24 Nov 2013||Walk Rating:|
|A circular scenic trail to a picturesque little loch that teems with wildlife – including a rather unusual fish! The trail climbs gently through mixed woodland to loop around Lochan Spling. Watch out for jays and crossbills in the trees, damselflies near the loch and wildlife sculptures along the way, including a wonderful wiry osprey. Not all the fish in the loch are as big as the pike that’s permanently leaping in the shallows!|
Lochan Spling can be started from Loch Ard car park in Loch Ard Forest which is part of the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. Aberfoyle is the nearest town or village. Follow the B829 west from Aberfoyle for a mile and a half. Turn left over the River Forth and onto the forest road. Follow the signs to a new car park just under a mile into the forest. Approximate post code FK8 3TG.
|Start to Fork Marking 'a'|
Start point: 56.1785 lat, -4.42 long
Start from the car park and head out on the path on the far side of the car park, following the green markers through the forest, over a bridge until you reach a fork in the path, marked 'a' on the map and on the markers.
|Fork Marking 'a' to Dragonfly|
Start point: 56.1757 lat, -4.4177 long
Take the left hand fork and continue through the forest until you reach the loch and the first sculpture, a dragonfly.
|Dragonfly to Fish|
Start point: 56.1732 lat, -4.4144 long
Continue along the side of the loch (with the loch to your right) until you reach the second sculpture, a fish.
|Fish to Marking 'b'|
Start point: 56.1732 lat, -4.4079 long
From the pike, continue around the lock to the sign marked 'b' on the map and on the signpost.
|Marking 'b' to signpost marking 'c'|
Start point: 56.1725 lat, -4.4056 long
Continue along the path (right) on the other side of the loch until you reach map/signpost marking 'c'.
|Signpost marking 'c' to Bird|
Start point: 56.1715 lat, -4.4205 long
From signpost 'c' continue along the path (right) to the final sculpture, an osprey.
|Bird to fork marking 'a'|
Start point: 56.1746 lat, -4.4204 long
Continue along from the bird sculpture back to the fork.
|Fork marking 'a' to Bridge|
Start point: 56.1757 lat, -4.4178 long
Continue from the fork ahead on the path back to the bridge.
|Bridge to Start/End|
Start point: 56.1769 lat, -4.4185 long
Finally leave the bridge and follow the path back to the car park.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author Mattreed and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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