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Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

Route Filmstrip & Description

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A pleasant walk through a beautiful woodland with lots of wildlife interest. The path is mainly earth-trodden, uneven throughout and over grown in places. There are no long gradients but occasional short steep slopes (see gradient tags) and in wet conditions there are likely to be extensive muddy patches.

Surveyed by: Sarah Buckingham, July 2014 (Summer)
Accessibility Rating: 4More Information
Distance: 1.3 km

Public Transport: No
Car Park: There are two car park spaces for blue badge holders at the entrance to the trail, other spaces are available about 300m away on the road leading to the nature reserve.
Steps: No
Barriers: No
Toilets: No

Full Profile

The trail starts at the car park provided for blue badge holders

Start The trail starts at the car park provided for blue badge holders

The entrance kissing gate is about 900mm wide with uneven ground under foot.

Gate The entrance kissing gate is about 900mm wide with uneven ground under foot.

There is a seat in the car park next to the entrance.

Seat There is a seat in the car park next to the entrance.

There is an information board just inside the entrance to let you know what you might see in Balls Wood.

Information There is an information board just inside the entrance to let you know what you might see in Balls Wood.

The main track into the wood runs down a gentle gradient but its surface is very uneven in places. Because of the ruts there are occasional cross gradients to be avoided.

Surface The main track into the wood runs down a gentle gradient but its surface is very uneven in places. Because of the ruts there are occasional cross gradients to be avoided.

 

Path

 

Path

The cross gradients along this section are quite severe in places.

Gradient The cross gradients along this section are quite severe in places.

There are 11 seats on the side of this trail. Check the tags to see their location around the trail.

Seat There are 11 seats on the side of this trail. Check the tags to see their location around the trail.

Follow the blue Hornbeam Trail way marks.

Information Follow the blue Hornbeam Trail way marks.

 

Path

A seat and information board provide a convenient place to rest.

Seat A seat and information board provide a convenient place to rest.

The information board tells you about the seasons in Balls Wood.

Information The information board tells you about the seasons in Balls Wood.

Don't take the trail to the left.

Direction Don't take the trail to the left.

Turn right off the main path. There is a short slope with a gradient of about 20% (1:5) for a metre or so.

Gradient Turn right off the main path. There is a short slope with a gradient of about 20% (1:5) for a metre or so.

Much of the path from here on is earth trodden and uneven. It may also be very muddy in wet conditions.

Surface Much of the path from here on is earth trodden and uneven. It may also be very muddy in wet conditions.

There is another seat, with arm rests.

Seat There is another seat, with arm rests.

Through the woodland there may be tree roots or stumps on the surface.

Obstacle Through the woodland there may be tree roots or stumps on the surface.

 

Path

The path narrows as it passes into the woodland. Here it is about 400mm.

Width The path narrows as it passes into the woodland. Here it is about 400mm.

 

Path

The path may be muddy after rain.

Surface The path may be muddy after rain.

 

Path

Keep following the blue way marks.

Direction Keep following the blue way marks.

 

Path

 

Path

Another seat with arm rests is just off the path.

Seat Another seat with arm rests is just off the path.

 

Path

 

Path

 

Path

The bridge is well over a metre wide.

Path The bridge is well over a metre wide.

Follow the way marked arrow and turn left.

Direction Follow the way marked arrow and turn left.

 

Path

The path is narrow and overgrown. It may be uneven underfoot so take care along this section.

Surface The path is narrow and overgrown. It may be uneven underfoot so take care along this section.

 

Path

 

Path

 

Path

The bridge of the ditch is more than a metre wide.

Path The bridge of the ditch is more than a metre wide.

 

Path

 

Path

 

Direction

A seat with arm rests is next to an information board telling you more about the nature reserve.

Seat A seat with arm rests is next to an information board telling you more about the nature reserve.

Follow the way marked arrow and turn left.

Direction Follow the way marked arrow and turn left.

Although the path is wider it may be over grown and uneven under foot.

Surface Although the path is wider it may be over grown and uneven under foot.

The gradient off the viewing  platform ramp is only 9% (1:11)

Gradient The gradient off the viewing platform ramp is only 9% (1:11)

A viewing platform over one of the wet areas of the woodland may help you see some interesting wildlife.

Viewing Platform A viewing platform over one of the wet areas of the woodland may help you see some interesting wildlife.

The gradient off the viewing  platform ramp is only 9% (1:11)

Gradient The gradient off the viewing platform ramp is only 9% (1:11)

You may be lucky enough to see an Emperor Dragonfly.

Wildlife You may be lucky enough to see an Emperor Dragonfly.

A bench provides another rest point.

Seat A bench provides another rest point.

 

Path

 

Path

The surface may be muddy after wet weather.

Surface The surface may be muddy after wet weather.

 

Path

The bench here is a little off the path.

Seat The bench here is a little off the path.

 

Path

 

Path

 

Path

Turn left as you rejoin the main path through the reserve.

Direction Turn left as you rejoin the main path through the reserve.

Path

This bench is quite close to the path.

Seat This bench is quite close to the path.

 

Path

 

Path

There is another bench about 15 metres into the grass next to the path.

Seat There is another bench about 15 metres into the grass next to the path.

 

Path

You are now back where the Hornbeam trail left the main track. Continue straight up the track to return to the car park.

Direction You are now back where the Hornbeam trail left the main track. Continue straight up the track to return to the car park.

Along the road known as the Roundings there are a few places to park at the side of the road. This photo shows some spaces next to a path that leads to the car park at the entrance to Balls Wood Nature Reserve.

CarPark Along the road known as the Roundings there are a few places to park at the side of the road. This photo shows some spaces next to a path that leads to the car park at the entrance to Balls Wood Nature Reserve.

Be sure to park off the road so you do not block it for local residents.

CarPark Be sure to park off the road so you do not block it for local residents.

Heading down the Roundings bear right to the nature reserve.

Direction Heading down the Roundings bear right to the nature reserve.

Do not park on the edge of the road in this area.

Direction Do not park on the edge of the road in this area.

 

Path

There are speed bumps along this road.

Surface There are speed bumps along this road.

Turn right at the junction to reach the car park for blue badge holders.

Direction Turn right at the junction to reach the car park for blue badge holders.

 

Information

The signs direct you to the right for Balls Wood

Direction The signs direct you to the right for Balls Wood

The track to the car park is uneven at present.

Surface The track to the car park is uneven at present.

The track to the car park is uneven at present.

Path The track to the car park is uneven at present.

This path comes from the car parking spaces along the Roundings.

Path This path comes from the car parking spaces along the Roundings.

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Accessible toilets
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Bird Hide
Boating
Cafe
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Museum & Heritage
Shelter
Viewing Platform
Visitor Centre
Water  Sports Centre
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