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Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

Route Filmstrip & Description

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A pleasant walk through a beautiful woodland with lots of wildlife interest. The path is mainly earth-trodden, uneven throughout and over grown in places. There are no long gradients but occasional short steep slopes (See gradient tags) and in wet conditions there are likely to be extensive muddy patches.

Surveyed by: Sarah Buckingham, July 2014 (Summer)
Accessibility Rating: 4More Information
Distance: 2.7 km

Public Transport: No
Car Park: There are two car park spaces for blue badge holders at the entrance to the trail, other spaces are available about 300m away on the road leading to the nature reserve.
Steps: No
Barriers: No
Toilets: No

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The trail starts at the car park provided for blue badge holders

Blue Badge parking bays The trail starts at the car park provided for blue badge holders

The entrance kissing gate is about 900mm wide with uneven ground under foot.

Gate The entrance kissing gate is about 900mm wide with uneven ground under foot.

There is a seat in the car park next to the entrance.

Seat There is a seat in the car park next to the entrance.

There is an information board just inside the entrance with a map and information about the wood.

Path There is an information board just inside the entrance with a map and information about the wood.

The main track into the wood runs down a gentle gradient but its surface is very uneven in places. Because of the ruts there are occasional cross gradients to be avoided.

Surface The main track into the wood runs down a gentle gradient but its surface is very uneven in places. Because of the ruts there are occasional cross gradients to be avoided.

 

Path

 

Path

The cross gradients along this section are quite severe in places.

Gradient The cross gradients along this section are quite severe in places.

There are 13 seats on the side of this trail. Check the tags to see their location around the trail.

Seat There are 13 seats on the side of this trail. Check the tags to see their location around the trail.

Follow the red Admiral Trail way marks.

Path Follow the red Admiral Trail way marks.

 

Path

A seat and information board provide  a convenient place to rest.

Seat A seat and information board provide a convenient place to rest.

The information board tells you about the wildlife to look out for in Balls Wood, whatever the season.

Information The information board tells you about the wildlife to look out for in Balls Wood, whatever the season.

Take the trail to the left shown by the red way mark. It leads over a small bridge that is over a metre wide.

Direction Take the trail to the left shown by the red way mark. It leads over a small bridge that is over a metre wide.

The bridge leads over a small bridge that is over a metre wide.

Width The bridge leads over a small bridge that is over a metre wide.

The is a small pond as you enter the woodland.

Feature of Interest The is a small pond as you enter the woodland.

For most of the rest of the trail the path is earth trodden, uneven and narrow in places.

Path For most of the rest of the trail the path is earth trodden, uneven and narrow in places.

There may be overhanging branches or vegetation as you follow this path.

Clearance There may be overhanging branches or vegetation as you follow this path.

The path is way marked. Look out for the posts with the red Admiral Trail arrow.

Path The path is way marked. Look out for the posts with the red Admiral Trail arrow.

 

Path

The small bridges over ditches are all over a metre wide.

Width The small bridges over ditches are all over a metre wide.

 

Path

 

Path

Another of the ponds that add to the diversity of the nature reserve.

Feature of Interest Another of the ponds that add to the diversity of the nature reserve.

 

Path

This ditch has a short slope to it with a gradient of 35% (1:3)

Gradient This ditch has a short slope to it with a gradient of 35% (1:3)

 

Path

 

Path

The slope on the side of this ditch is as much as 40% (1:2.5) for a short distance.

Gradient The slope on the side of this ditch is as much as 40% (1:2.5) for a short distance.

 

Path

 

Path

 

Path

A mysterious woodland pond.

Feature of Interest A mysterious woodland pond.

A bench provides a resting spot at the junction with the main track.

Seat A bench provides a resting spot at the junction with the main track.

 

Path

 

Path

The main track remains uneven and as it is grass covered there may be concealed trip hazards.

Surface The main track remains uneven and as it is grass covered there may be concealed trip hazards.

Watch out for the way mark post which directs you to turn right.

Direction Watch out for the way mark post which directs you to turn right.

Branches may overhang the path in places.

Clearance Branches may overhang the path in places.

 

Path

The gradient crossing the ditch is 25% (1:4) at one point.
Turn right at this junction.

Gradient The gradient crossing the ditch is 25% (1:4) at one point. Turn right at this junction.

A seat with a back provides a fine resting opportunity.

Seat A seat with a back provides a fine resting opportunity.

 

Path

The path surface can be overgrown during the summer.

Surface The path surface can be overgrown during the summer.

 

Path

 

Path

Overhanging branches should be avoided

Clearance Overhanging branches should be avoided

 

Path

Go straight across where the tracks cross

Direction Go straight across where the tracks cross

A nesting box for owls ....

Wildlife A nesting box for owls ....

 

Path

 

Path

A bench is provided.

Seat A bench is provided.

 

Path

 

Path

The path surface can be uneven and overgrown.

Surface The path surface can be uneven and overgrown.

 

Path

Carry straight on. The path to the left leads to another path running along the boundary of the wood.

Direction Carry straight on. The path to the left leads to another path running along the boundary of the wood.

 

Width

 

Path

 

Path

A simple bench provides a further resting point.

Seat A simple bench provides a further resting point.

There may be tree roots and other trip obstacles along the path.

Surface There may be tree roots and other trip obstacles along the path.

 

Path

The path narrows in places because of the vegetaion.

Width The path narrows in places because of the vegetaion.

 

Path

There is a short slope with a gradient of 23% (1:4)

Gradient There is a short slope with a gradient of 23% (1:4)

Turn right to follow the Admiral trail back towards the car park.

Direction Turn right to follow the Admiral trail back towards the car park.

A gate leads to the footpath system in the surrounding countryside

Gate A gate leads to the footpath system in the surrounding countryside

An information board by the pond has a map and tells you about the wood and it's wildlife.

Feature of Interest An information board by the pond has a map and tells you about the wood and it's wildlife.

 

Path

 

Path

There is a seat at the  path junction where you should turn right.

Seat There is a seat at the path junction where you should turn right.

There is another attractive pond by the path junction.

Feature of Interest There is another attractive pond by the path junction.

 

Path

 

Path

The overgrown path may hide some uneven ground and trip obstacles.

Surface The overgrown path may hide some uneven ground and trip obstacles.

 

Path

 

Path

 

Path

 

Path

This is where the Hornbeam Trail joins up. There is a seat and an information board, explaining the difference between hornbeam and beech trees, just across the little bridge but stay on the main path to follow the Admiral Trail.

Seat This is where the Hornbeam Trail joins up. There is a seat and an information board, explaining the difference between hornbeam and beech trees, just across the little bridge but stay on the main path to follow the Admiral Trail.

Although the path is wider it may be over grown and uneven under foot.

Surface Although the path is wider it may be over grown and uneven under foot.

The gradient off the viewing  platform ramp is only 9% (1:11)

Gradient The gradient off the viewing platform ramp is only 9% (1:11)

A viewing platform over one of the wet areas of the woodland may help you see some interesting wildlife.

Viewing Platform A viewing platform over one of the wet areas of the woodland may help you see some interesting wildlife.

The gradient off the viewing  platform ramp is only 9% (1:11)

Gradient The gradient off the viewing platform ramp is only 9% (1:11)

You may be lucky enough to see an Emperor Dragonfly.

Wildlife You may be lucky enough to see an Emperor Dragonfly.

A bench provides another rest point.

Seat A bench provides another rest point.

 

Path

 

Path

The surface may be muddy after wet weather.

Surface The surface may be muddy after wet weather.

 

Path

The bench here is a little off the path.

Seat The bench here is a little off the path.

 

Path

 

Path

 

Path

Turn left as you rejoin the main path through the reserve.

Direction Turn left as you rejoin the main path through the reserve.

Path

This bench is quite close to the path.

Seat This bench is quite close to the path.

 

Path

 

Path

There is another bench about 15 metres into the grass next to the path.

Seat There is another bench about 15 metres into the grass next to the path.

 

Path

You are now back where the Admiral and Hornbeam trails left the main track. Continue straight up the track to return to the car park.

End You are now back where the Admiral and Hornbeam trails left the main track. Continue straight up the track to return to the car park.

A few more car parking spaces are available along the Roundings.

CarPark A few more car parking spaces are available along the Roundings.

A few more car parking spaces are available along the Roundings.

CarPark A few more car parking spaces are available along the Roundings.

Be sure to park off the road so you do not block it for local residents.

Path Be sure to park off the road so you do not block it for local residents.

Heading down the Roundings bear right to the nature reserve.

Path Heading down the Roundings bear right to the nature reserve.

Do not park on the edge of the road in this area.

Direction Do not park on the edge of the road in this area.

 

Path

There are speed bumps along this road.

Surface There are speed bumps along this road.

 

Path

 

Information

The signs direct you to the right for Balls Wood

Direction The signs direct you to the right for Balls Wood

The track to the car park is uneven at present.

Path The track to the car park is uneven at present.

The track to the car park is uneven at present.

Path The track to the car park is uneven at present.

This path comes from the car parking spaces along the Roundings.

Path This path comes from the car parking spaces along the Roundings.

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