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Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

Route Filmstrip & Description

This trail is above the shores of the Carron Valley Reservoir and provides excellent views across the water to the hills beyond. There are Blue Badge parking spaces and disabled toilets available.There is a bit of a climb to from the car park to the dam level with a 40m stretch with a gradient of about 16% (1:6) and there are a few short sections with gradients p to 14% (1:7).The path surface is firm but has loose stones in places. The path is generally wide enough for two people to walk side by side and where it narrows there are passing places to allow people to pass each other in comfort.The only seats are at the viewing area at the end of the trail from where osprey may occasionally be seen.

Surveyed by: . Fieldfare, September 2010 (Autumn)
Accessibility Rating: 4More Information
Distance: 1.5 km

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

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Information

The car park is along a forest track off the B818 near Carron Bridge at Ordnance Survey Grid Reference NS 721 828

CarPark The car park is along a forest track off the B818 near Carron Bridge at Ordnance Survey Grid Reference NS 721 828

The car park has a firm surface of crushed stone though it may be uneven in some places.In information board give details of walks and other amenities in the area.

Surface The car park has a firm surface of crushed stone though it may be uneven in some places.In information board give details of walks and other amenities in the area.

The trail starts at the end of the car park nearest the dam.Turn right to follow the trail.The track straight ahead leads to the disabled toilets. There is also a small designated parking area for blue badge holders.

Start The trail starts at the end of the car park nearest the dam.Turn right to follow the trail.The track straight ahead leads to the disabled toilets. There is also a small designated parking area for blue badge holders.

The trail follows the forest road for the first 300m. The surface may be muddy after wet weather.

Surface The trail follows the forest road for the first 300m. The surface may be muddy after wet weather.

 

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The road may have puddles after wet weather and have an uneven surface.

Surface The road may have puddles after wet weather and have an uneven surface.

At the crossroads turn right to follow the path.Straight on along the forest road also links to the trail and this route has less steep gradients but is more muddy.

Direction At the crossroads turn right to follow the path.Straight on along the forest road also links to the trail and this route has less steep gradients but is more muddy.

The surface path is mostly wide enough for two people to walk side by side. The surface has loose stones in many places.

Width The surface path is mostly wide enough for two people to walk side by side. The surface has loose stones in many places.

At the gate follow the path to the left into the wood

Direction At the gate follow the path to the left into the wood

 

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As the path comes out from the wood it begins to climb to reach the level of the dam.

Path As the path comes out from the wood it begins to climb to reach the level of the dam.

For 25m the slope has a gradient of 16% (1:6) and loose stones covering its surface.

Gradient For 25m the slope has a gradient of 16% (1:6) and loose stones covering its surface.

The final rise back to the forest road also has a gradient of 16% (1:6)Turn right as your reach the forest road.

Gradient The final rise back to the forest road also has a gradient of 16% (1:6)Turn right as your reach the forest road.

Take the trail to the right of the forest road to follow the reservoir shore.There is a 5m with a gradient of 14% (1:7)

Direction Take the trail to the right of the forest road to follow the reservoir shore.There is a 5m with a gradient of 14% (1:7)

From here the path width is between 1m and 1.2m, wide enough for two people to walk side by side most of the way. There are some sections where the path is a llittle narrower but there are passing places no more than 120m apart.

Width From here the path width is between 1m and 1.2m, wide enough for two people to walk side by side most of the way. There are some sections where the path is a llittle narrower but there are passing places no more than 120m apart.

 

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For 20m there is a gradient of 10% (1:10)

Gradient For 20m there is a gradient of 10% (1:10)

 

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This is the first of several passing places where people coming both ways along the path can pass each other in comfort and safety.

Width This is the first of several passing places where people coming both ways along the path can pass each other in comfort and safety.

There may be overhanging branches in a few places.

Clearance There may be overhanging branches in a few places.

 

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There are fine views across the Carron Valley all along this trail.

View There are fine views across the Carron Valley all along this trail.

 

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There is a slope with gradient of 16% (1:6) for about 20m.

Gradient There is a slope with gradient of 16% (1:6) for about 20m.

The path narrows occasionally becuase of encroaching grasses and shrubs.

Width The path narrows occasionally becuase of encroaching grasses and shrubs.

The bridge is wider than 1m

Path The bridge is wider than 1m

The is a rise after the bridge with a gradient of 10% (1:10)

Gradient The is a rise after the bridge with a gradient of 10% (1:10)

This shows a short slope with a gradient of  12% (1:8)

Gradient This shows a short slope with a gradient of 12% (1:8)

 

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There is a greater covering of loose stones in this area.

Surface There is a greater covering of loose stones in this area.

 

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This is a 20m slope with a gradient of 9% (1:11)

Gradient This is a 20m slope with a gradient of 9% (1:11)

 

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This passing place and some of the path in the area has a loose covering of stones.

Width This passing place and some of the path in the area has a loose covering of stones.

At the trees turn right to reach the viiew point.

Direction At the trees turn right to reach the viiew point.

 

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There are two viewing benches at this location.

Path There are two viewing benches at this location.

Osprey can be seen from here at certain times of the year.

Seat Osprey can be seen from here at certain times of the year.

From this point you can go back the way you came to the car park or you can complete the little loopl on which the bemches are located.

Seat From this point you can go back the way you came to the car park or you can complete the little loopl on which the bemches are located.

Continuing on around the loop you will drop down a slpe with a gradient of 14%(1:7)

Gradient Continuing on around the loop you will drop down a slpe with a gradient of 14%(1:7)

 

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Just before you return to the main path there is a gradient of 13% (1:8)Turn left at the path  junction to return the way you came.

End Just before you return to the main path there is a gradient of 13% (1:8)Turn left at the path junction to return the way you came.

 

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Accessible toilets

 

Accessible toilets

 

Blue Badge parking bays

 

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There is a gradient of about 10% (1:10) for 30m around the bend.

Gradient There is a gradient of about 10% (1:10) for 30m around the bend.

 

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