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Completed section 6 of the Central Belt Way today and wow, what an amazing walk it was! We started the walk from Tillicoultry into the woodland areas through the back of Alva and Menstrie along the bottom of the Ochill Hills, onto the Wallace Monument, through Cambuskenneth, Riverside and headed up towards Stirling Castle. This 13 mile walk was one of the nicest routes I have ever walked, the scenery, wildlife and history learned was just outstanding and even better with the good weather. Our guide John was so personable, funny and knew so much history along the way pointing out historic landmarks! Would 100% recommend for any avid walkers out there! It’s a must!!
Was privileged to be asked to do a section of the Central Belt Way before next year when John will begin this as a guided walk. The day began at the Bannockburn Heritage Centre, where you experienced a version of the battle close up, what clothes and weapons were used and much more. We then visited the battle site before passing through the village of Chartershall, where John gave a very interesting story on how the small village was named Chartershall. Continued the walk towards North Third reservoir and more interesting stories of the inhabitants of Little Sauchie. After lunch, which we sat on the hilltop of Lewis hill, with great views across the countryside, we headed towards Drum Farm, with more interesting and historic stories on the way. Although this part of the walk was just over 8 miles, there was plenty to see and a lot of history as there were two famous battles fought within this section of the walk. Although I did this walk at the beginning of November, it stayed dry, which is a bonus especially in Scotland. I did this walk out of season, as to be honest, John wanted peoples true opinion on this walk.
Last day of the Central Belt Way and I was honoured to be asked if I wanted to do this as a keen walker and love of history I learned so much from John during the 13 miles from Tillicoultry to Stirling along the Hillfoots at the base of the Ochils Hidden treasure and the burial of a part of William Wallace were only a small part of the great stories and historic information along this stage. Completing the rest of the Central Belt Way is on my bucket list. Thanks John for a fantastic days walking