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Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

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The Glen Trail starts at the Blairadam car park and follows forest trails and paths which in some places are covered by loose stones or are a little muddy after wet weather. The trail drops fairly gently into the Glen but there is a climb out of the Glen at the far end with gradients as steep as 15% (1:7) for distances of 15m, a 9% gradient that runs for 80m and there is a 16% (1:6) gradient near the end of the circuit.There are are eight benches or other places to sit and rest but there are not evenly spread along the route.The woodland glen is an interesting environment in which red squirrel, deer and numerous woodland birds may be seen.

Surveyed by: . Fieldfare, April 2010 (Spring)
Accessibility Rating: 3More Information
Distance: 2.9 km

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

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Information

The Glen Trail starts from the car park next to the Forestry Commission for Scotland's Blairadam depot at Ordnance Survey Grid Reference NT129463

CarPark The Glen Trail starts from the car park next to the Forestry Commission for Scotland's Blairadam depot at Ordnance Survey Grid Reference NT129463

The Glen Trail starts from the car park next to the Forestry Commission for Scotland's Blairadam depot at Ordnance Survey Grid Reference NT129463

Information The Glen Trail starts from the car park next to the Forestry Commission for Scotland's Blairadam depot at Ordnance Survey Grid Reference NT129463

The trail starts at the bottom of the car park by the green barrier.There are no disabled parking bays but there is usually ample parking alongside the road apst the depot.

Start The trail starts at the bottom of the car park by the green barrier.There are no disabled parking bays but there is usually ample parking alongside the road apst the depot.

The barrier at the start and finsih of this trail is likely to be locked.

Barrier The barrier at the start and finsih of this trail is likely to be locked.

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 the mounting block for hirse riders further along may be  handy seats when you return from this 1.6 mile walk.

Width 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 the mounting block for hirse riders further along may be handy seats when you return from this 1.6 mile walk.

 

Path

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 Glen Trail.

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

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

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

The surface is covered by loose stones in some places.

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

The surface is covered by loose stones in some places.

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

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 Glen Trail.

Direction Bear left then go straight over the cross roads to follow the Glen Trail.

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.

It should be possible to avoid the loose stone surface at the junction.

Surface It should be possible to avoid the loose stone surface at the junction.

The track is again uneven for about 90m.

Surface The track is again uneven for about 90m.

Bear right at this first junction

Direction Bear right at this first 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.

Turn left onto a short section of forest road that is covered with coarse  loose stones.

Direction Turn left onto a short section of forest road that is covered with coarse loose stones.

This is  a short section (30m) of forest road covered with large loose stones.

Surface This is a short section (30m) of forest road covered with large loose stones.

The path becomes more even and level as it enters the glen.

Path The path becomes more even and level as it enters the glen.

There may be occasional muddy patches which may be puddles after wet weather.

Surface There may be occasional muddy patches which may be puddles after wet weather.

There may be some overhanging tree branches in places.

Clearance There may be some overhanging tree branches in places.

There is a short linear gradient sampled at 8% (1:12)

Gradient There is a short linear gradient sampled at 8% (1:12)

There are heritage numerous features in this old mining area

Feature of Interest There are heritage numerous features in this old mining area

 

Path

The bridge wall may provide a resting stop for some people.

Seat The bridge wall may provide a resting stop for some people.

 

Surface

The bench seat is 400mm high.

Seat The bench seat is 400mm high.

 

Path

 

Path

 

Path

Short linear gradient sampled at 8% (1:12)

Gradient Short linear gradient sampled at 8% (1:12)

 

Path

 

Path

The bench is 450mm high

Seat The bench is 450mm high

There is a linear gradient of 12% (1:8) for about 30m.

Gradient There is a linear gradient of 12% (1:8) for about 30m.

 

Path

A small part of the edge of the path has fallen away but there is ample space to pass safely.

Width A small part of the edge of the path has fallen away but there is ample space to pass safely.

 

Path

The path slopes for about 5m with a gradient of 13% (1:8) and a part as steep as 15% (1:7).

Gradient The path slopes for about 5m with a gradient of 13% (1:8) and a part as steep as 15% (1:7).

There is another slope for 15m with a gradient of 14% (1:7). This lead to a junction where where you should turn left to follow the Glen trail back to the car park.

Gradient There is another slope for 15m with a gradient of 14% (1:7). This lead to a junction where where you should turn left to follow the Glen trail back to the car park.

This 90m slope a gradient of about 9% (1:11) for most of its length.

Gradient This 90m slope a gradient of about 9% (1:11) for most of its length.

The surface is a little muddy at the top of the incline.

Surface The surface is a little muddy at the top of the incline.

 

Path

A tree stump by the path could act as a convenient perch.

Seat A tree stump by the path could act as a convenient perch.

There is a short dip in the path before the forest road with gradients of 11% (1:9) going in and 8% (1:12) coming out.

Gradient There is a short dip in the path before the forest road with gradients of 11% (1:9) going in and 8% (1:12) coming out.

Turn left by the seat onto the forest road.The bench is 510mm high.

Seat Turn left by the seat onto the forest road.The bench is 510mm high.

Carry straight on at the junction.

Direction Carry straight on at the junction.

 

Path

 

Path

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

Direction Carry straight on to head back to the car park. The turn to the left follow 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) .

Width 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

The may be water on the path after wet weather.

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

 

Path

There is a slope 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. The surface also has loose stones one it.

Gradient There is a slope 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. The surface also has loose stones one it.

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

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

This turn to the right provides an alternative route that is slightly longer and has steep short steep section before reaching the level of the higher path that returns to the car park.

Path This turn to the right provides an alternative route that is slightly longer and has steep short steep section before reaching the level of the higher path that returns to the car park.

 

Path

There is a gradient of 16% (1:6) on a surface with loose stones.

Gradient There is a gradient of 16% (1:6) on a surface with loose stones.

There is a gradient of 16% (1:6) on a surface with loose stones.

Gradient There is a gradient of 16% (1:6) on a surface with loose stones.

Turn left to return to the car park.

Direction Turn left to return to the car park.

 

Path

 

Path

Turn left again to follow the Glen Trail back to the car park.

Direction Turn left again to follow the Glen Trail back to the car park.

 

Path

There is a short trail along the old railway line to a view point overlooking the Glen.

Feature of Interest There is a short trail along the old railway line to a view point overlooking the Glen.

 

Path

 

Path

There may be branches overhanging the path.

Clearance There may be branches overhanging the path.

The surface is a little muddy in places.

Surface The surface is a little muddy in places.

 

Path

From the view point retrace your steps to rejoin the Glen trail back to the car park.

View From the view point retrace your steps to rejoin the Glen trail back to the car park.

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