Glen Lednock Circular Walk

Glen Lednock

Glen Lednock circular walk begins at the car park opposite Comrie Primary School. This lies to the west end of the village on the right hand side. Turn left out of the car park and turn right into Dundas Street. Walk to the bend on the main road and Burrel Street begins. You are now on Monument Road, which leads to Loch Lednock reservoir. After 200 yards take a path on the right, sign posted to Deil's Cauldron and Glen Lednock circular Walk.

Alternatively use the car park in the Laggan Park. This is on the left hand side as you leave the village heading towards Crieff. Leave the car park and walk west towards the bridge over the river Lednock. Continue on the path which eventually brings you to the Primary school. As Glen Lednock is a circular walk you may wish take go in the opposite direction, the choice is yours. There is a sign for Glen Lednock walk and a brochure box at the west end of Laggan Park car park. Instead of taking the bridge over the river Lednock, go right along the path beside the river. If you choose this way you will need to read these directions starting at the end of this page.

The path climbs gently, with oak and beech woodland to the left and peaceful parkland to the right. It swings to the left, where you will see scabious and kidney vetch. Continue the Glen Lednock walk through lovely deciduous woodland, where large white toad stool flourish among bilberry and wood sorrel. Coal tits call with their characteristic 'saw-sharpening' sound as they search meticulously for insects among the oak leaves. To the right, down steep slopes of oak, you catch the first glimpse of the river Lednock.

Wee Cauldron
Further up the path starts to climb more steeply eventually reaching a sign post to the right for the Wee Cauldron. A railed way leads steeply and safely downwards into the Glen for a good view of the fast-flowing river, hurtling white-topped and streaked with peat stain into a very deep dark basin. Over the swirling water a tiny Wren flits back and forth collecting insects and spiders for her ever hungry chicks, in the safety of their nest, back in a crevice above the surface of the river. The hollow in the gorge is shaded with oak, rowan and beech. The flowering honeysuckle trails over low-growing bushes and moss, and liverworts covers the boulders. In spite of the immense noise from the raging river Lednock, the high-pitched 'keening' of a Buzzard can be heard.

Return to the main path and walk on. Below, to the right, the river tumbles in more pretty falls. A treecreeper gives its boy-like whistle as it ascends an oak, its bright white vest revealing its presence. Pass beneath some magnificent beeches as you climb gently, the river lies out of sight far below, but still the noise of its vigorousness as it negotiates the great drops in its bed resounds through the woodland. The path comes close to the road, so follow the way mark to pass a turf-covered shelter and walk past harebells, wood sage, tormentil, hard fern, golden rod and evergreen great woodrush.

Deil's Cauldron
On the right, take the sign posted railed wooden bridge and steps, which lead down to the Deil's Cauldron. The bridge walk ends at a viewing platform constructed by volunteers. What a good job they did and what pleasure they have given to the numerous visitors.

Deil's Cauldron means the 'Devil's Kettle', an apt name for this hollow in the gorge where the river has cut a narrow passage. Stones and sand carried by the river swirl round it around, cutting a large kettle-shaped pothole. In time the river breaks through and plunges as it falls into another basin. Three falls and pools can be seen. Moss and rushes carpet the over-hanging rocks and elm, ash, rowan and alder lean over the boiling water.

Leave this dramatic corner by another railed way, which leads by steep steps, to the Glen Lednock road. Turn right, and after 50 yard, take the sign posted path on the left.

Melville's Monument

This narrow, partly stepped path leads steeply upwards through the conifers of Dunmore Hill to a monument, erected by the friends of Henry Dundas, Lord Melville. The way marked path zigzags through the trees, where coal tits and blue tits chatter, to a heather-clad mound. The tall obelisk, commemorating the Scottish politician, is railed and a rowan grows inside. The view from the top is breathtaking. Look north to see Ben Chonzie. To the left stands the huge dam of Loch Lednock, specially reinforced to withstand the earthquakes, and the apron-like cascades of Sput Rolla. Bright patches of blue to the west are the waters of Loch Earn, deep in its mountain fastness. Due south lies Glen Artney and east the pastures towards Crieff. A more gentle climb to the monument can be made by walking a quarter of a mile further up the Glen Lednock road and taking the track up to the monument.

Retrace your steps to the quiet Glen Lednock road and turn left. Follow the sign post directions for Laggan Wood. Pastures lie on either side and in a ditch beside the way grow yarrow, kidney vetch, scabious, feverfew, harebells, milkwort, tormentil, ferns and marsh stilwort. Take the sign posted track that leads right and drops downhill. Above, the craggy tops of the lower slopes of Ben Chonzie are a soft hazy pink with heather.

Shaky Bridge
By a seat ideally placed for a picnic a way mark directs you to the Shaky Bridge over the river Lednock. This splendid wooden bridge has one end supported by a huge sycamore tree.

Beyond the bridge, turn right along the narrow path beside the alder-lined river. Notice the glossy leaves and the nuts of this sturdy tree that thrives with its 'feet' in water. Climb the stile and then the steps beyond that lead up a slope covered with bracken. Follow the way marked wide grassy path; look to the right to see Melville's monument towering above the firs and birch that find a foothold on the almost sheer sides of the crag. Wild thyme and mignonette grow along the sides of the way.

The Glen Lednock way mark directs you where the path swings a little to the left away from the lovely river. Climb the ladder stile into Laggan Wood. The path passes between mixed conifers where coal tits and goldcrests call. Look for the cone of the Norway spruce, the scales nibbled away by hungry red squirrels. Beyond the conifers and where oak woodland begins, take a well earned rest on a strategically placed seat for another good view of the monument sitting up on a crag, the path drops downhill, with firs to the left and oak to the right. Though these you can just glimpse the river Lednock far below. Look for the way mark where the firs have been recently felled. This directs you to a path on the right of the forest walk but still continuing ahead.

Very soon you pass into oak woodland. With more light passing through the leaves, bilberry and heather thrive. Look for raxor strop fungi flourishing on dead tree trunks of birch. To the left a roe deer stands quite still for several minutes and then daintily darts away into the firs. Just before you descend the step before you, head left out onto a heather-clad clearing with a seat.

Comrie view point

From here there is a grand view over Comrie, and its White Church with turreted steeple, built in 1804 and now used as a community centre.(The view has now been obstructed by trees, but it is still a magnificent sight)

Retrace your tracks to the steps, which enable you to descend a considerable slope. These steps were also constructed by volunteers.  Continue along the way marked path through oak and conifer. Here there are several paths, take the one that runs high and close to the river. Notice the pretty falls on the river Lednock and the rapids, where a Dipper is perched on a branch, waits to run into the hurrying water after insects and other delicacies. Pass the weir and remain on the path nearest to the hurrying river, passing a clearing where raspberries grow.

Turn right to pass two more pleasant seats. At a junction of the road crossover and continue ahead to return to the car park.

How to get there

The Glen Lednock Circular Walk starts at the Laggan Park car-park as you enter Comrie from Crieff. There is an infomation board and leaflets at the west end of the car park. The beginning of the walk is part of the recently completed Glen Lednock Millennium walk.

Located on the Lednock river which flows over the Highland Boundary fault are the Deil's & Wee Cauldrons, situated above Comrie. They can be accessed either from the Monument road, or as part of the circular walk.

Click Map to see where the Deil's Cauldron and Wee Cauldron waterfalls are locate.

Information Summary

Parking: Ample free parking in Laggan park at the east end of Comrie
Walk Time: 2-3hrs
Distance: 8km
Terrain: Most of the route is on waymarked woodland paths. The very steep climb to the Melville Monument can be omitted.
Grade: Easy walk, mostly on well defined paths, with no special difficulties.
Toilets:Public in Bridge street
Shops:There are are number of outlets in the village
Cafe/Restaurant:Visit my Places to eat listing page.

     Last updated 20/09/2011
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