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Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

Route Filmstrip & Description

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This is circular walk around the loch in the University of Stirling campus. About a third of the 3Km walk is on tarmac cycleways, the rest is along a crushed stone path that has some uneven areas. There are a number of short gradients (19% {1:5) for 1m, and 14% (1:7) for 5m). Occasional slopes across the path are as steep as 12% (1:8). There are 22 seats around the loch though 12 of these are right next to the path. The others are set a little way onto the grass areas.The main route is shown from the bus stops at the campus entrance. Two other access points are shown in the Xtra Photos

Surveyed by: . Fieldfare, April 2010 (Spring)
Accessibility Rating: 4More Information
Distance: 2.6 km

Public Transport: Buses run regularly to and from the University Campus connecting Stirling, Bridge of Allan and other centres to the trail. The bus stop at the entrance to the campus is at the start of the trail.
Car Park: No
Steps: No
Barriers: No
Toilets: No

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Information

The circular trail around Airthrey Loch can be started from the entrance to the University of Stirling campus at Ordnance Survey Grid Reference: NS802966There are bus stops in both directions for a range of local services.

Start The circular trail around Airthrey Loch can be started from the entrance to the University of Stirling campus at Ordnance Survey Grid Reference: NS802966There are bus stops in both directions for a range of local services.

Parts of the route are shared with cyclists.

Information Parts of the route are shared with cyclists.

There is a gentle but steady slope from the entrance to the loch which is never more than 5% (1:20)

Path There is a gentle but steady slope from the entrance to the loch which is never more than 5% (1:20)

 

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All road crossing have pedestrian crossings.

Information All road crossing have pedestrian crossings.

 

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The dimple paving warns of a vehicle crossing  Go straight on for the lochside circuit

Path The dimple paving warns of a vehicle crossing Go straight on for the lochside circuit

This is the first of 12 seats close to the lochside path but they are not evenly spread along the route. At least another 10 seats are available near the path but they may not be quite as easily reached across the grass or up a slope.Check out where the seats are and what they're like using the map tags

Seat This is the first of 12 seats close to the lochside path but they are not evenly spread along the route. At least another 10 seats are available near the path but they may not be quite as easily reached across the grass or up a slope.Check out where the seats are and what they're like using the map tags

 

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The lochside path leaves the tarmac cycleway to the left  before it starts to rise to the main university buildings.

Direction The lochside path leaves the tarmac cycleway to the left before it starts to rise to the main university buildings.

There is a lip (40mm) to the edge of the tarmac path that leads onto a stone path with a cross slope of 15% ( 1:7) and a linear gradient of 12% (1:8) for about 20m.

Gradient There is a lip (40mm) to the edge of the tarmac path that leads onto a stone path with a cross slope of 15% ( 1:7) and a linear gradient of 12% (1:8) for about 20m.

For about half the route the surface is of stone and mud that is uneven in places.

Surface For about half the route the surface is of stone and mud that is uneven in places.

As the path climbs from the water's edge there is a cross slope of 10% (1:10) for about 15m. The surface has also become uneven as dried mud has hardened into ruts. After wet weather this sort of surface may be soft and slippery.

Gradient As the path climbs from the water's edge there is a cross slope of 10% (1:10) for about 15m. The surface has also become uneven as dried mud has hardened into ruts. After wet weather this sort of surface may be soft and slippery.

 

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There are excessive cross gradients in several places

Path There are excessive cross gradients in several places

The uneven surface is found in several areas

Surface The uneven surface is found in several areas

 

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Some seats have a step up to them

Seat Some seats have a step up to them

 

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Keep left for the lochside walk

Path Keep left for the lochside walk

 

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There is a cross slope of 11% (1:9) for about 10m.

Gradient There is a cross slope of 11% (1:9) for about 10m.

This is a localised problem where the surface  is uneven.

Surface This is a localised problem where the surface is uneven.

 

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Steps lead up to the bridge across the middle of the loch.

Step Steps lead up to the bridge across the middle of the loch.

Some seats are set back a little from the path.

Seat Some seats are set back a little from the path.

The easier seats to reach are right next to the path.

Seat The easier seats to reach are right next to the path.

 

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A seat set back a little from the path.

Seat A seat set back a little from the path.

This small area of dried mud shows that there may be muddy patches and puddles on the path surface after wet weather.

Surface This small area of dried mud shows that there may be muddy patches and puddles on the path surface after wet weather.

 

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Path

 

Path

 

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There is a linear gradient of 11% (1:9) over  20m with a  14%   (1:7) gradient at its steepest.

Gradient There is a linear gradient of 11% (1:9) over 20m with a 14% (1:7) gradient at its steepest.

The dried surface has become very uneven and could be muddy after wet weather.

Surface The dried surface has become very uneven and could be muddy after wet weather.

A seat a little way form the path.

Seat A seat a little way form the path.

 

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Loose stone cover the path surface in a few places.

Surface Loose stone cover the path surface in a few places.

 

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The path gives interesting views of the loch all the way round.

View The path gives interesting views of the loch all the way round.

 

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A seat right next to the path.

Seat A seat right next to the path.

 

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A seat set back a little form the path.

Seat A seat set back a little form the path.

There is a short gradient of 14% (1:7) for about 5m.

Gradient There is a short gradient of 14% (1:7) for about 5m.

The uneven surface can be clearly seen.

Surface The uneven surface can be clearly seen.

 

Path

The seats are usually provided where there are good viewsThe path to the right leads to the entrance via the Innovation Park and the bus stops near the Wallace Monument.

Seat The seats are usually provided where there are good viewsThe path to the right leads to the entrance via the Innovation Park and the bus stops near the Wallace Monument.

There are always lots of Mute Swans on the Loch.

View There are always lots of Mute Swans on the Loch.

Seats are provided close to the path and on the surrounding grass.

Seat Seats are provided close to the path and on the surrounding grass.

In some areas coarse stone has been to cover wet areas. This not always easy or comfortable to walk on.

Surface In some areas coarse stone has been to cover wet areas. This not always easy or comfortable to walk on.

In some areas coarse stone has been to cover wet areas. This not always easy or comfortable to walk on.

Surface In some areas coarse stone has been to cover wet areas. This not always easy or comfortable to walk on.

A seat close to the path with a view.

Seat A seat close to the path with a view.

 

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A seat under the large tree may provide a shady rest point on hot summer days.

Seat A seat under the large tree may provide a shady rest point on hot summer days.

 

Path

Path

Keep left to continue around the lochside path.

Direction Keep left to continue around the lochside path.

A seat right next to the path.

Seat A seat right next to the path.

 

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View

 

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View

A seat near the loch but a little way from the path. The surface is again made up of coarse loose stones.

Seat A seat near the loch but a little way from the path. The surface is again made up of coarse loose stones.

There is a short (7m) linear gradient of 8% (1:12).

Gradient There is a short (7m) linear gradient of 8% (1:12).

A seat by the path.

Seat A seat by the path.

On the bend there is a cross slope of about 12% (1:8).

Gradient On the bend there is a cross slope of about 12% (1:8).

There is a linear gradient of 8% (1:12) for about 25m.

Gradient There is a linear gradient of 8% (1:12) for about 25m.

 

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Path

Views across the loch change all the time as you walk round.

View Views across the loch change all the time as you walk round.

There is a cross gradient of about 6%

Gradient There is a cross gradient of about 6%

Fork left to follow the lochside path. The surface is again made up of coarse, loose stone.

Direction Fork left to follow the lochside path. The surface is again made up of coarse, loose stone.

Another seat overlooks the loch.

Seat Another seat overlooks the loch.

 

Path

The gradient up this slope is about 9% for  23m with a section of 12% at top.

Gradient The gradient up this slope is about 9% for 23m with a section of 12% at top.

Some seats are a short distance across the grass slopes.

Seat Some seats are a short distance across the grass slopes.

 

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This seat gives a good view of the Wallace Monument.

Seat This seat gives a good view of the Wallace Monument.

The slope running up to the end of the bridge across the lake has a linear gradient of 7% (1:14) for 30m.

Gradient The slope running up to the end of the bridge across the lake has a linear gradient of 7% (1:14) for 30m.

As the stone path links to the tarmac there is a 1m gradient of 19% (1:5).

Gradient As the stone path links to the tarmac there is a 1m gradient of 19% (1:5).

Take the middle downhill path to follow the lochside route.

Direction Take the middle downhill path to follow the lochside route.

Good views across the loch are available from the middle of the bridge.

View Good views across the loch are available from the middle of the bridge.

The surface is tarmac all the way back to the start.

Surface The surface is tarmac all the way back to the start.

 

Path

A seat a little distance from the path.

Seat A seat a little distance from the path.

A seat right next to the path.

Seat A seat right next to the path.

 

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Path

At the junction by the road turn left.

Direction At the junction by the road turn left.

Follow the path rather than the road back towards your start point.

Direction Follow the path rather than the road back towards your start point.

Another seat with a fine view.

View Another seat with a fine view.

 

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There is a fishing platform. The University Angling Club have the fishing rights.

Fishing There is a fishing platform. The University Angling Club have the fishing rights.

 

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At the dimple paving you have completed the circuit. Turn right onto the cycle track to return to the bus stops at the campus entrance.

Direction At the dimple paving you have completed the circuit. Turn right onto the cycle track to return to the bus stops at the campus entrance.

The main car park of the university, which has disabled parking spaces, is for staff, students and visitors to the university. The trail can be reached from this point by leaving the car park across the pedestrian crossing.

Blue Badge parking bays The main car park of the university, which has disabled parking spaces, is for staff, students and visitors to the university. The trail can be reached from this point by leaving the car park across the pedestrian crossing.

Over the crossing pass in front of the Cottrell Building.

Direction Over the crossing pass in front of the Cottrell Building.

There is a short ramp with a gradient of 9% (1:11) for 8m.

Gradient There is a short ramp with a gradient of 9% (1:11) for 8m.

 

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Cross the pedestrian crossing over the road to the MacRobert's building to reach the top of the ramp down to the lochside walk.

Direction Cross the pedestrian crossing over the road to the MacRobert's building to reach the top of the ramp down to the lochside walk.

The slope down to the lochside trail from the main car park has a gradient of 10% (1:10) for more than 30m.

Gradient The slope down to the lochside trail from the main car park has a gradient of 10% (1:10) for more than 30m.

Good views across the loch are available from this high spot.

View Good views across the loch are available from this high spot.

This downhill gradient also has a cross slope of about 5% (1:20)

Gradient This downhill gradient also has a cross slope of about 5% (1:20)

Towards the bottom of the slope you can see the lochside path doubling back by the water's edge.

Direction Towards the bottom of the slope you can see the lochside path doubling back by the water's edge.

The turn onto the lochside trail is in the right.

Direction The turn onto the lochside trail is in the right.

Access to the Airthrey Loch circuit can also be gained from the bus stops on Hill Foots Road.

Public Transport Access to the Airthrey Loch circuit can also be gained from the bus stops on Hill Foots Road.

Drop kerbs are available at the crossing point on Hill Foots Road.

Direction Drop kerbs are available at the crossing point on Hill Foots Road.

Drop kerbs are also available at the crossing point on the entrance road of the Innovation Park.

Direction Drop kerbs are also available at the crossing point on the entrance road of the Innovation Park.

There is a gradient of 10% (1:10 for about 10m.

Gradient There is a gradient of 10% (1:10 for about 10m.

Further drop kerbs are provided as the path crosses minor roads in the Innovation Park.

Direction Further drop kerbs are provided as the path crosses minor roads in the Innovation Park.

Some buses go through the campus and can provide closer access to the lochside trail.

Public Transport Some buses go through the campus and can provide closer access to the lochside trail.

Further drop kerbs are provided as the path crosses minor roads in the Innovation Park.

Direction Further drop kerbs are provided as the path crosses minor roads in the Innovation Park.

A gradient of 11% (1:9) for 20m.

Gradient A gradient of 11% (1:9) for 20m.

Further drop kerbs are provided as the path crosses minor roads in the Innovation Park.

Direction Further drop kerbs are provided as the path crosses minor roads in the Innovation Park.

There is a 10% (1:10) gradient just before the corner of the road where you need to cross to the pavement on the far side.

Gradient There is a 10% (1:10) gradient just before the corner of the road where you need to cross to the pavement on the far side.

This is a gentle 5% (1:20) slope for  over 20m.

Gradient This is a gentle 5% (1:20) slope for over 20m.

 

Path

Turn right to get down to the lochside trail.

Direction Turn right to get down to the lochside trail.

The pavement is on the opposite side of the road to the path that leads down to the loch. If car are parked along here it may be necessary to go down the road to reach the junction to the lochside trail.

Direction The pavement is on the opposite side of the road to the path that leads down to the loch. If car are parked along here it may be necessary to go down the road to reach the junction to the lochside trail.

There is a 100mm kerb to cross onto a gradient of 20% (1:5) for 5m. The slope is less steep (14%, 1:7) lower down.

Obstacle There is a 100mm kerb to cross onto a gradient of 20% (1:5) for 5m. The slope is less steep (14%, 1:7) lower down.

At the bottom of this spur you will join the lochside circuit.

Direction At the bottom of this spur you will join the lochside circuit.

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