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Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

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Eglington Country Park is located in the grounds of the old Eglington Castle estate in Kilwinning, North Ayrshire (map reference NS3227 4220). Amongst the woodland and parkland is the central iconic feature; the ruined Eglington Castle, once home to the Eglington family and later the Montgomeries. The park has many other points of interest such as the Belvedere, the restored Tournament Bridge, the beautiful riverside views and the Clement Wilson Gardens.Eglington Country Park has a number of established walks which are suitable for wheelchair users in addition to the excellent facilities at the Visitors Centre (including disabled parking and accessible toilets). A mobility scooter and wheelchair loan service operates from the Visitors Centre, with advanced booking advisable.For the most part, this Phototrail follows the Gardens Trail which is approximately 1.5km in distance on good, well surfaced, level paths.

Surveyed by: Andy Johnson, September 2010 (Autumn)
Accessibility Rating: 2More Information
Distance: 1.7 km

Public Transport: No
Car Park: No
Steps: No
Barriers: No
Toilets: No
The car park and  Eglington Country Park Visitor Centre is situated approximately quarter of a mile from the main entrance.

CarPark The car park and Eglington Country Park Visitor Centre is situated approximately quarter of a mile from the main entrance.

 

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There are six designated disabled parking bays closest to the main entrance, although the bays do not have hatched areas next to them

Blue Badge parking bays There are six designated disabled parking bays closest to the main entrance, although the bays do not have hatched areas next to them

Approach the Visitors Centre via a drop kerb and stay on the block paving

Path Approach the Visitors Centre via a drop kerb and stay on the block paving

A map board near the car park illustrates the different walking routes.

Information A map board near the car park illustrates the different walking routes.

Cross the road to the Visitors Centre and follow the line of the pergola and block paving

Visitor Centre Cross the road to the Visitors Centre and follow the line of the pergola and block paving

The visitors centre provides many opportunities to sit down as well as map and information boards.

Visitor Centre The visitors centre provides many opportunities to sit down as well as map and information boards.

 

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Path

Toilets are located next to the tearoom. Although the toilets are accessible, cobbled stones on the approach may present difficulty for some visitors.

Accessible toilets Toilets are located next to the tearoom. Although the toilets are accessible, cobbled stones on the approach may present difficulty for some visitors.

Toilets located at the back of the courtyard

Path Toilets located at the back of the courtyard

Acessible benches in the courtyard

Seat Acessible benches in the courtyard

 

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Path

The starting point for the Gardens Walk is at the back of the Visitors Centre

Start The starting point for the Gardens Walk is at the back of the Visitors Centre

The width of the gate at the entrance to the Gardens Walk is 110cm / 44 inches.

Gate The width of the gate at the entrance to the Gardens Walk is 110cm / 44 inches.

At this point, the path changes from block paving to a crushed stone surface. The path surface is level, wide and well compacted.

Surface At this point, the path changes from block paving to a crushed stone surface. The path surface is level, wide and well compacted.

At a path T- junction, turn right and follow the long straight path with the benches on your right

Direction At a path T- junction, turn right and follow the long straight path with the benches on your right

There are several benches along this area of the park

Seat There are several benches along this area of the park

 

Path

At this path intersection, turn right and head towards Stable Bridge

Direction At this path intersection, turn right and head towards Stable Bridge

At Stable Bridge head right and uphill to reach the Castle Ruins

Direction At Stable Bridge head right and uphill to reach the Castle Ruins

A steady uphill takes you towards the Castle Ruins. At this point the path deteriorates slightly as there is more loose material on the surface. The incline of the path at this point is 5%(1:20)

Gradient A steady uphill takes you towards the Castle Ruins. At this point the path deteriorates slightly as there is more loose material on the surface. The incline of the path at this point is 5%(1:20)

 

Path

View of the gardens

View View of the gardens

The path begins to change from tarmac to a crushed stone surface

Surface The path begins to change from tarmac to a crushed stone surface

At this point, visitors have the option of going straight-on for a more direct route towards the Castle Ruins. However, taking a left here before the avenue of Lime trees leads towards the Tournament Bridge and a pleasant walk along the river.

Direction At this point, visitors have the option of going straight-on for a more direct route towards the Castle Ruins. However, taking a left here before the avenue of Lime trees leads towards the Tournament Bridge and a pleasant walk along the river.

The path on the approach to Tournament Bridge is well-surfaced and maintained.

Path The path on the approach to Tournament Bridge is well-surfaced and maintained.

Accessible visual interpretation at Tournament Bridge

Information Accessible visual interpretation at Tournament Bridge

Bollards, gradient and cobbled stones may present access difficulties for some visitors. This changes to grooved decking boards on the bridge itself.

Obstacle Bollards, gradient and cobbled stones may present access difficulties for some visitors. This changes to grooved decking boards on the bridge itself.

 

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Path

On the other side of the bridge, turn right immediately after the white bollards.

Path On the other side of the bridge, turn right immediately after the white bollards.

The path follows the Forest Walk and narrows to 1200mm on a level gradient.

Width The path follows the Forest Walk and narrows to 1200mm on a level gradient.

 

Path

There are a number of minor obstacles along ths section of the route, but these should not present any difficulties with access.

Obstacle There are a number of minor obstacles along ths section of the route, but these should not present any difficulties with access.

There are slight undulations along the path  and some obstacles, such as the tree roots shown.

Surface There are slight undulations along the path and some obstacles, such as the tree roots shown.

 

Path

In places this section of the path has undergone minor wear and tear, but as before this should not present many access difficulties

Path In places this section of the path has undergone minor wear and tear, but as before this should not present many access difficulties

The approach to Castle Bridge is well-surfaced and maintained. Turn right onto the bridge to re-join the Gardens Walk.

Direction The approach to Castle Bridge is well-surfaced and maintained. Turn right onto the bridge to re-join the Gardens Walk.

From the path, there is a step level rise leading onto  Castle Bridge measuring 40mm. There are also breaks / gaps in between the wooden decking boards.

Step From the path, there is a step level rise leading onto Castle Bridge measuring 40mm. There are also breaks / gaps in between the wooden decking boards.

The bridge is wide enough for one wheelchair.

Width The bridge is wide enough for one wheelchair.

View of Castle Ruins

View View of Castle Ruins

Turning left immediately after crossing the Castle Bridge to re-join the Gardens Walk.

Direction Turning left immediately after crossing the Castle Bridge to re-join the Gardens Walk.

There is some seating available, but this is neither as frequent or as accessible as on the initial part of the trail.

Seat There is some seating available, but this is neither as frequent or as accessible as on the initial part of the trail.

The path rises gently on a gradient of 4% (1:25)

Gradient The path rises gently on a gradient of 4% (1:25)

The path incline continues for approximately 20 metres, although the rise is very minor.

Path The path incline continues for approximately 20 metres, although the rise is very minor.

A long straight path leads visitors towards a view of the Belvedere.

Path A long straight path leads visitors towards a view of the Belvedere.

View of Belvedere Hill.

View View of Belvedere Hill.

Continue along the level straight path to return to the car park. The surface, width and gradient of the path are in good condition.

Path Continue along the level straight path to return to the car park. The surface, width and gradient of the path are in good condition.

A slight detour can be made at this point by turning right. However, this takes in a steeper gradient (10% (1:10). A more accessible route can be followed by continuing straight on.

Direction A slight detour can be made at this point by turning right. However, this takes in a steeper gradient (10% (1:10). A more accessible route can be followed by continuing straight on.

Carry straight on to follow a more accessible route to the car park.

Path Carry straight on to follow a more accessible route to the car park.

Go through the wicket-gate and turn right.

Gate Go through the wicket-gate and turn right.

The path returns to tarmac. Continue straight on to the car park.

Path The path returns to tarmac. Continue straight on to the car park.

Arrival at the car park

End Arrival at the car park

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