Walk: First class views above North Third Reservoir

[View north from Lewis Hill]

Only a five-minute drive from the suburbs of Stirling, the fact that it's a reservoir can't take anything away from the fact that North Third Reservoir is a truly stunning location for a short walk. Backed by the pinnacled crags of Lewis Hill, the trout-rich waters are frequented by overwintering geese whose noisy calls are a constant accompaniment to the otherwise tranquil scene. Some parts of the shore path are a bit squelchy, but the views are sensational pretty much as soon as you say goodbye to the potholed layby, and even better from the top of the crags visited on the return leg. Oh - and the sunsets...

[View south from Lewis Hill]

Name: Walk: First class views above North Third Reservoir ★★☆
Length: 5 km / 3 miles
Ascent: 100 metres
Main summits: Lewis Hill (266 metres)
Points of interest: North Third Reservoir
Start / finish: One of several small laybys off minor road 4 miles south-west of Stirling, G.R.: NS 756880 / shippers rare amazed

Route: Layby - path on west bank of Bannock Burn - west bank of North Third Reservoir - cross dam - ascend Sauchie Craig at east end - Lewis Hill - Craigs Wood - start.
Terrain: Clear paths are muddy in parts low down, although duckboards cross the worst bits. Short but steep ascent to crags.
Wildlife today: Hundreds of excitable greylag geese in the fields, on the reservoir and on its islets; also sheep, mallard ducks and wigeon.
Weather today: Calm, crisp and clear in the evening sunshine; just above freezing, but sub-zero by the return to the car. A dusting of snow on the ground in shady spots.

[Lewis Hill from North Third Reservoir]

Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)

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