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Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

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The Blairenbathie Trail is pleasant woodland walk just under 4Km (2.5 miles) long. There is a steady climb of 60m or so over 1500m in the middle part of the trail, with a number of short stretches as steep as 10% (1:10). The is short downhill 6% (1:16) slope towards the end of the walk.The trail starts from the Clentry car park next to the Forestry Commission for Scotland's Blairadam depot at Ordnance Survey Grid Reference NT129946. The path surface is generally firm but may be uneven in a few places, check out the trail photos.

Surveyed by: . Fieldfare, April 2010 (Spring)
Accessibility Rating: 4More Information
Distance: 3.8 km

Public Transport: No
Car Park: Yes
Steps: No
Barriers: No
Toilets: No

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Information

The Blairenbathie Trail starts from the Clentry car park next to the Forestry Commission for Scotland's Blairadam depot at Ordnance Survey Grid Reference NT129 946There are no disabled parking bays but there is usually ample parking alongside the road past the depot.

CarPark The Blairenbathie Trail starts from the Clentry car park next to the Forestry Commission for Scotland's Blairadam depot at Ordnance Survey Grid Reference NT129 946There are no disabled parking bays but there is usually ample parking alongside the road past the depot.

The BlairenbathieTrail starts from the car park next to the Forestry Commission for Scotland's Blairadam depot at Ordnance Survey Grid Reference NT129 946

Information The BlairenbathieTrail starts from the car park next to the Forestry Commission for Scotland's Blairadam depot at Ordnance Survey Grid Reference NT129 946

The trail starts at the bottom of the car park by the green barrier.

Direction The trail starts at the bottom of the car park by the green barrier.

The barrier at the start and finish of this trail is likely to be locked but there is a gap to the side of it.

Start The barrier at the start and finish of this trail is likely to be locked but there is a gap to the side of it.

There is a gap to the side, wider than 1m which will allow you onto the forest road.The concrete block to the side or further along the mounting block for horse riders may be  handy seats when you return from this 1.6 mile walk.

Path There is a gap to the side, wider than 1m which will allow you onto the forest road.The concrete block to the side or further along the mounting block for horse riders may be handy seats when you return from this 1.6 mile walk.

The surface of this trail varies with some sections a little uneven as shown here.

Surface The surface of this trail varies with some sections a little uneven as shown here.

The first turn to the tight is for the Ketlyhill Glen Trail. Stay on the main forest track to follow the Blairenbathie Trail.

Direction The first turn to the tight is for the Ketlyhill Glen Trail. Stay on the main forest track to follow the Blairenbathie Trail.

 

Path

The totem pole on the left is where you will come out when you have completed the BlairenbathieTrail circuit.

Information The totem pole on the left is where you will come out when you have completed the BlairenbathieTrail circuit.

The surface is covered by loose stones in some places.

Surface The surface is covered by loose stones in some places.

 

Path

The unevenness of the forest road may cover the full width of the route in places.

Surface The unevenness of the forest road may cover the full width of the route in places.

The uneven surface runs for about 60m.

Surface The uneven surface runs for about 60m.

This is the most uneven surface along this route.

Surface This is the most uneven surface along this route.

Bear left, then go straight over the cross roads to follow the Blairenbathie Trail. It should be possible to avoid the loose stone surface at the junction.

Direction Bear left, then go straight over the cross roads to follow the Blairenbathie Trail. It should be possible to avoid the loose stone surface at the junction.

There is a 1200mm gap next to the vehicle barrier which will usually be locked.

Width There is a 1200mm gap next to the vehicle barrier which will usually be locked.

The track is again uneven for about 90m.

Surface The track is again uneven for about 90m.

Bear right at the junction

Direction Bear right at the junction

 

Path

There is a gradient of 8% (1:12) for about 20m. The forest road has some loose stones covering most of the width of the track.

Gradient There is a gradient of 8% (1:12) for about 20m. The forest road has some loose stones covering most of the width of the track.

Go straight on the follow the Blairenbathie Trail. The turn to the left is for the Glen Trail.

Direction Go straight on the follow the Blairenbathie Trail. The turn to the left is for the Glen Trail.

Path

 

Path

There is a long steady climb along the forest road. It rises about 30m over 500m (average slope 6% (1:16))

Gradient There is a long steady climb along the forest road. It rises about 30m over 500m (average slope 6% (1:16))

Where the trees have been felled there are views across the surrounding countryside.

View Where the trees have been felled there are views across the surrounding countryside.

 

Path

 

Path

The gradient at the top of the long slope is about 9% (1:11) for 10m or so.

Gradient The gradient at the top of the long slope is about 9% (1:11) for 10m or so.

Turn left at the junction at the top of the slope.

Direction Turn left at the junction at the top of the slope.

There a a few patches where the path is muddy.

Surface There a a few patches where the path is muddy.

There are some good views from here, the highest point along the walk.

View There are some good views from here, the highest point along the walk.

 

Path

 

Path

The path may be muddier after wet weather.

Surface The path may be muddier after wet weather.

The path turns to the right up the hill.

Direction The path turns to the right up the hill.

Muddy areas may make the path narrower (500mm) in places.The slope has a gradient of about 9% (1:11) for 75m.

Surface Muddy areas may make the path narrower (500mm) in places.The slope has a gradient of about 9% (1:11) for 75m.

The gradient of here is about 10% (1:10).

Gradient The gradient of here is about 10% (1:10).

 

Path

 

Path

There are some muddy patches along this part of the path.

Path There are some muddy patches along this part of the path.

The slope up to the seat is 12% (1:8) for about 30m.

Path The slope up to the seat is 12% (1:8) for about 30m.

The bench is 470mm high.

Seat The bench is 470mm high.

The is a short 10% (1:10) gradient.

Gradient The is a short 10% (1:10) gradient.

 

Path

The path slopes at a gradient of about 9% (1:11) here.

Gradient The path slopes at a gradient of about 9% (1:11) here.

Puddles are likely in places after wet weather.

Surface Puddles are likely in places after wet weather.

 

Path

 

Path

Turn left at the junction to follow the Blairenbathie Trail back to the Clentry Car Park.

Direction Turn left at the junction to follow the Blairenbathie Trail back to the Clentry Car Park.

There a areas of loose stones where the path surface has been partially washed away.

Surface There a areas of loose stones where the path surface has been partially washed away.

 

Path

Loose stones cover the surface of the path in places.

Surface Loose stones cover the surface of the path in places.

There is a seat near the bridge that is 450mm high.

Seat There is a seat near the bridge that is 450mm high.

 

Path

 

Path

 

Path

 

Path

Keep right where the path from  the Glen trail joins.

Direction Keep right where the path from the Glen trail joins.

 

Path

 

Path

Turn left at the main forest track to head back to the car park.

Direction Turn left at the main forest track to head back to the car park.

 

Path

Carry straight on past the seat.The bench is 510mm high.

Direction Carry straight on past the seat.The bench is 510mm high.

Carry straight on at the junction.

Direction Carry straight on at the junction.

 

Path

 

Path

Carry straight on here to head back to the car park. The turn to the left follows the old railway line to a view point looking down into the Glen.

Direction Carry straight on here to head back to the car park. The turn to the left follows the old railway line to a view point looking down into the Glen.

Take the path on the right by the two logs and the way mark post.

Direction Take the path on the right by the two logs and the way mark post.

 

Path

The surface is muddy in several places.

Surface The surface is muddy in several places.

The grass and mud makes the narrower in places (400mm) .

Surface The grass and mud makes the narrower in places (400mm) .

 

Path

The path comes out onto the old railway line. Turn right to return to the car park

Direction The path comes out onto the old railway line. Turn right to return to the car park

 

Path

 

Path

 

Path

 

Path

There may be water on the path after wet weather.

Surface There may be water on the path after wet weather.

 

Path

There is a slope sampled with a gradient of 16% (1:6) for about 10m as the path completes the circuit to rejoin the track leading back to the car park.

Gradient There is a slope sampled with a gradient of 16% (1:6) for about 10m as the path completes the circuit to rejoin the track leading back to the car park.

Turn right and the car park is 150m away.The is a boulder at the junction which may provide a seat.

Direction Turn right and the car park is 150m away.The is a boulder at the junction which may provide a seat.

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