Carron Valley to Denny
If you have already done these two videos:
then you have already done this route as all it does is join these two videos together, editing out my stop for a drink and watch an owl fly by, to make one 19.5kms video.
Whilst I cycle a lot around the roads of the Carron Valley it's not often that I get to traverse this particular route - I usually cover the roads to the East of the valley. This ride follows on from the video up the Crow Road hill climb from Lennoxtown, over the Campsie Fells and rides West to East along the valley initially through the Campsie Fells and then latterly alongside the Carron Reservoir and the river Carron. The scenery is stunning and it's not often that I get to enjoy it in sunny weather - more often than not it's misty, foggy or raining! Most of the ride is on the flat with just a couple of short inclines of 10% and 8%.
The wildlife in the Carron Valley is usually plentiful - particularly birds but on this ride, I didn't experience much other than an owl (which I didn't capture on video!). In the past, I have seen buzzard and osprey circling above me.
At the end of the valley, we cross over a bridge into my how district of Falkirk and start the long downhill run into Denny. The roads and trails through the Carron Valley are some of my favourites. They are around 20kms from my home and of course, once you have finished riding over these, you want to get home as quickly as possible. This route, over the main public roads, is one of the quickest and has the advantage that it is predominantly downhill. It's also rare that I meet any other traffic on it allowing you to take full advantage of this.