Landscape Photo
Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

Route Filmstrip & Description

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This is a short woodland stroll through the woodlands bordering the nearby community, and it is managed by the Woodland Trust. This is a young woodland and all the trees are native to Fife and include oak, ash, birch, cherry and Scots pine. During the spring and summer there are also blankets of wild flowers for visitors to enjoy. There is a large car park with no designated bays and the most accessible route is accessed by going out of the car park via the entrance and the start of the walk in on your left. The paths around the walk are varied and range from very narrow and muddy to wide and compacted. There are a few gradients with the maximum being 23% (1:4) for a short section, and there are a number of areas that have a cross gradient. The access route back to the car park is via the approach road to the car park and it has 11 speed bumps and gradients both linear and cross. There are no resting points, and the path is shared with horse riders and cyclists.

Surveyed by: Alison Rae, March 0012 (Spring)
Accessibility Rating: 4More Information
Distance: 2.0 km

Public Transport: There is a bus service to Collydean
Car Park: Yes, there is a large car park but no designated accessible bays.
Steps: No
Barriers: No
Toilets: No

Full Profile

There is a large car at the top of Benvane Road.  There are no dedicated accessible spaces and the surface is firm with slight gradients

Path There is a large car at the top of Benvane Road. There are no dedicated accessible spaces and the surface is firm with slight gradients

To gain access to the start of the path exit the car park through the main entrance.

There is a short ramp from the car park surface onto the main road up to 16.9% (1:6)

Path To gain access to the start of the path exit the car park through the main entrance. There is a short ramp from the car park surface onto the main road up to 16.9% (1:6)

Continue back down the road

Path Continue back down the road

The path entrance is to left

Path The path entrance is to left

The path is made up of surfaced path which is approximately 40cm wide but the path appears to have been wider and a desire line has appeared through usage

Path The path is made up of surfaced path which is approximately 40cm wide but the path appears to have been wider and a desire line has appeared through usage

There is a kissing gate with a width of 90cm  on a gradient on a very short section up to 15.9% (1:6) and there is a

Path There is a kissing gate with a width of 90cm on a gradient on a very short section up to 15.9% (1:6) and there is a

There is cross gradient up to 5.4% (1:18) at the exit of the gate and the width is restricted by grass

Path There is cross gradient up to 5.4% (1:18) at the exit of the gate and the width is restricted by grass

A short section here of gradient up to 11% (1:9)

Path A short section here of gradient up to 11% (1:9)

 

Path

The surface here becomes compacted with loose stones of various sizes

Path The surface here becomes compacted with loose stones of various sizes

Take a left at this junction for a longer walk around the woodlands

Path Take a left at this junction for a longer walk around the woodlands

 

Path

This section has a cross gradient up to 8.5% (1:12) in sections of the path approaching the corner

Path This section has a cross gradient up to 8.5% (1:12) in sections of the path approaching the corner

 

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There is a short section of gradients - cross up to 6.2% (1:16) and linear gradients up to 12.8% (1:8)

Path There is a short section of gradients - cross up to 6.2% (1:16) and linear gradients up to 12.8% (1:8)

 

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Path

 

Path

There is a junction here and this route has continued straight ahead. You can turn left to return to the car park although the path is very narrow with a maximum width of 50cm and gradients up to 10.1%

Path There is a junction here and this route has continued straight ahead. You can turn left to return to the car park although the path is very narrow with a maximum width of 50cm and gradients up to 10.1%

 

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Path

 

Path

There is a cross gradient at the bend up to 6.7% (1:15)

Path There is a cross gradient at the bend up to 6.7% (1:15)

 

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This section starts a descent with gradients up to 19.2% over a 15m section

Path This section starts a descent with gradients up to 19.2% over a 15m section

 

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There is a cross gradient here up to 4.5 (1:22)

Path There is a cross gradient here up to 4.5 (1:22)

 

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The path is shared with horses

Path The path is shared with horses

There is a kissing gate with a width of 100cm, there is slight overgrowth of greenery around the base of the gate

Path There is a kissing gate with a width of 100cm, there is slight overgrowth of greenery around the base of the gate

The gate did not appear to be lockable but there is a sign advising visitors that they need a radar key to open fully.  This was not the case on the day of audit, and the gate was opened fully without any problems

Path The gate did not appear to be lockable but there is a sign advising visitors that they need a radar key to open fully. This was not the case on the day of audit, and the gate was opened fully without any problems

The surface changes after the gate and become less formal and muddy.

Path The surface changes after the gate and become less formal and muddy.

There is a wooden bridge over a small burn and the bridge is covered with chicken wire with 15mm spaces

Path There is a wooden bridge over a small burn and the bridge is covered with chicken wire with 15mm spaces

The surface here deteriorates and becomes very muddy and churned up.  There is a left turn here to take a longer route which leads to the Pitcairn Centre

Path The surface here deteriorates and becomes very muddy and churned up. There is a left turn here to take a longer route which leads to the Pitcairn Centre

Continue straight ahead

Path Continue straight ahead

The path surface improves and becomes more stable

Path The path surface improves and becomes more stable

 

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The path continues to the right

Path The path continues to the right

The path becomes very narrow at 35cm, this width now continues for a majority of the informal path

Path The path becomes very narrow at 35cm, this width now continues for a majority of the informal path

The path condition deteriorates and can be very muddy and there is evidence that it is shared with horses and bikes.

Surface The path condition deteriorates and can be very muddy and there is evidence that it is shared with horses and bikes.

The path is partially obstructed here by a fallen tree forcing visitors to walk onto grass verge.  It is a very muddy section and uneven underfoot

Path The path is partially obstructed here by a fallen tree forcing visitors to walk onto grass verge. It is a very muddy section and uneven underfoot

 

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Path

The path becomes very muddy

Path The path becomes very muddy

The surface at this section is heavily rutted with pooled water and evidence of motor bikes and horses.  The surface was not suitable to take a measure of gradient here.

Path The surface at this section is heavily rutted with pooled water and evidence of motor bikes and horses. The surface was not suitable to take a measure of gradient here.

 

Path

There is a very muddy section here.

Path There is a very muddy section here.

This slope has a maximum gradient of 23.6% (1:4) over 30m and the path width is 30cm

Path This slope has a maximum gradient of 23.6% (1:4) over 30m and the path width is 30cm

 

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Path

The path is heavily eroded with bike tracks and the surface is very muddy

Path The path is heavily eroded with bike tracks and the surface is very muddy

 

Path

The surface becomes more firm but with some large stones protruding from the path

Path The surface becomes more firm but with some large stones protruding from the path

The surface once again deteriorates and is uneven underfoot

Path The surface once again deteriorates and is uneven underfoot

There is a short section of uphill gradient to 13.7% (1:7)

Path There is a short section of uphill gradient to 13.7% (1:7)

 

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Path

Take the right hand path here

Path Take the right hand path here

 

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There is a cross gradient of up to 3.5% (1:28) at the bend

Path There is a cross gradient of up to 3.5% (1:28) at the bend

 

Path

 

Path

Cross gradients at this bend of up 6.4% (1:16) in sections

Path Cross gradients at this bend of up 6.4% (1:16) in sections

 

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The section back down the approach road has a gradient up to 9.6% (1:10)

Path The section back down the approach road has a gradient up to 9.6% (1:10)

At the end of the path there is a 3cm kerb lip onto the road.

Turn right at this section to continue back to the car park

Path At the end of the path there is a 3cm kerb lip onto the road. Turn right at this section to continue back to the car park

The route now continues on the main approach road to the car park.

There are gradients up to 10.8% and 11 equally spaced speed bumps with a gradient up to 29% on each one.

The surface is now hard tarmac

Path The route now continues on the main approach road to the car park. There are gradients up to 10.8% and 11 equally spaced speed bumps with a gradient up to 29% on each one. The surface is now hard tarmac

 

Path

Speed bump here

Path Speed bump here

Speed bump

Path Speed bump

Speed bump

Path Speed bump

Speed bump

Path Speed bump

Speed bump

Path Speed bump

Speed bumps and cross gradient on the road up to 2.2%

Path Speed bumps and cross gradient on the road up to 2.2%

Speed bump

Path Speed bump

Speed bump

Path Speed bump

 

Path

Speed bump and a cross gradient up to 7.5% (1:13)

Path Speed bump and a cross gradient up to 7.5% (1:13)

Speed bump

Path Speed bump

Speed bump

Path Speed bump

The car park is on your left here

Path The car park is on your left here

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