Lowland Leader Award Assessment

For the past couple of days I have been out on a Lowland Leader Award assessment. The first day was spent in the Carron Valley and the second in the Pentland Hills. Congratulations to all the candidates for their efforts over the past two days.

The course was organised by the Outdoor Activitites department of Falkirk Community Trust. Check out their website for more course dates.

Carron Valley Reservoir.

Carron Valley Reservoir.

Devilla Forest and Carron Valley

The last two days I’ve been working with John on a Lowland Leader Award Assessment for Falkirk Community Trust. Based from Falkirk we used the Devilla Forest area on Saturday and the Carron Valley area on Sunday.

The group with Meikle Bin in the background

The group with Meikle Bin in the background

Well done to all those being assessed for dealing with the weather conditions, particularly today when we had steady rain and strong winds for a large part of the day. Sizable snow patches were visible on the nearby Meikle Bin today, but there was very little snow remaining below 400m.

Carron Valley Mountain Biking and Alva Gorge Canyoning

During the day today I was out with Eilidh and a group from the Falkirk Community Trust summer programme mountain biking on the excellent Forestry Commission trails at Carron Valley. The group improved their bike skills throughout the day and seemed to have a lot of fun.

John nearing the bottom of the main waterfall

John nearing the bottom of the main waterfall

This evening John, Kevin, Robert, Craig and I made a canyoning descent of the the Alva gorge. This is quite a committing gorge with several abseils required and no exit except continuing down once in some sections. It was another warm, dry, sunny day and water levels in the gorge were low.

Looking up the final waterfall

Looking up the final waterfall